Annual Camp – a photo essay

December 2018 ended with the Annual Scout Camp at Appleton: with 17 Scouts and 18 Scouters attending.


Activities included a walk to the Kramat and the Noon Gun.


Team games like volley ball and an amazing race











An outing to the Company Gardens and Camps Bay beach.

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And lots and lots of eating!



Camp ended with a flag break – and bonded scouts!



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Boatswains Course by Justin

Sea Scout courses are very much foreign to most land scouts as we generally don’t stray to that side of things. However, this year I attended a senior Sea Scout course called Boatswain.

This course has two parts; to teach you how to repair any damages done to a boat and the other part of this course was making our bosun’s lanyard. I thoroughly enjoyed learning these new skills. While on this course we learnt how to fix a crack using fibre glass, to use general power tools, to sand down various items, to stitch and much more!

For those asking what exactly is a bosun’s lanyard, it’s a piece of rope that has been plaited, woven and tied to make different patterns throughout it. This results in a lanyard that (if you are in the sea scouts you attach your bosun’s call to it)

This is an example of a regular bosuns call. It is not only used by sea scouts but also be sea cadets and the navy for day to day announcements and calls. In scouting terms however, it is mostly used for ceremonial occassions.


Overall, like any other course this was a great opportunity to meet new scouts from different areas and build relationships with them. This all while still learning new and useful skills that will give you an edge in day to day activities.

This is in my opinion a very valuable course to attend for anyone interested in the sailing world.


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Annual Camp 2018 by Taybah

My 1st Claremont Troop Camp started on the 15th December 2018.

We packed all our equipment for the camp, and then started our journey to Appleton Scout Base on Signal Hill.

At Appleton we were divided into patrols. We hiked down Signal Hill to the noon gun. The navy officer gave us a bit of history about the noon gun. It was really amazing to watch and be part of this.

The next day we played games. We hiked through Bo-Kaap and to the gardens. We took a My-City    bus to Camps Bay beach, where we played some games and swam. We took a My-City bus up to Appleton.

We made meals and learned how to look for animal tracks. We poured Plaster of Paris on to the track and let it dry. We built a dresser and a gateway.

The following day we had our own amazing race at base camp, patrols competing against each other.  We were given clues to carry at the different bases. The winning patrol received some chocolates.

Time passed by so quickly and then it was time to pack up camp to journey home again.

The camp was really memorable and I learnt new things, it gave me the chance to interact with the members of our troop more.

Thank you David our troop scouter and his team for an amazing troop camp.


For more photographs of the Annual Camp, click here. 

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A year in 1st Claremont Scouts by Natasha


Scouting at 1st Claremont

Created, compliled and edited by Natasha.

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Cub Hike to Eagles Nest Constantia

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The 1st Claremont Senior Scout 2018 Adventure by Natasha

In the December holidays of 2018 the seniors of the troop were privileged enough to hike in the Outeniqua forest. As part of the trail was burnt due to the recent Knysna fires we were to meet up with the trail on its fourth day. As we thought that the right path that was joining on to the Outeniqua trail was closed, we took a more complicated path up to the Rondebossie hut.  
The seniors walked the rest of the Outeniqua trail without any mishaps except perhaps doubting ourselves when the trees/parts of trees were lying in the middle of the path. The shorter you are, the harder it is to climb over the tree without getting stuck. While hiking, we passed a couple of day hikers, 2 cyclists who we thought were cars, played with some charcoal and crossed the national road.
The second part of our six day hiking experience (remember that we could only do four days of the Outeniqua trail) we hiked the Harkeville trail which was a beautiful coastal trail. The first day was meant to be really long and to go down to a rocky shore but as it was also burnt and was closed for restoration purposes, therefore it was actually really short.
While hiking these two trails we saw some amazing forest scenery and coastal as well. There were a lot of interesting fungi, really tall trees (even some Californian Redwoods) and some pointy shelled snails. At the Diepwalle hut, there was a scorpion sitting on the rim of the bin. We walked into a multitude of spiderwebs. Even the person at the back. Surprisingly we only saw one Knysna Lourie and the frog population that we saw outnumbered our bird sightings. We were fortunately lucky enough to come across some relatively fresh elephant spoor and scat
All in all we really enjoyed our adventure, created stronger friendships and played some crazy Uno. I would like to thank everybody who made this possible for us to hike in this amazing place. Also a really big thank you to the people who drove us to and from Cape Town. You had to put up with a bunch of crazy kids for about six hours. That was most probably a really long drive.

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Bats Patrol Hike


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On a cool Saturday – perfect hiking weather – the Bats Patrol set out to hike from Constantia Nek to De Villiers Dam.

Thanks to all the participants and well done to Nina for organising the route!

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Cub Activities: Fires, Cooking, Culture

Learning about other cultures and countries, creative expression through poetry and drawing, lighting fires and cooking food over burners made by the cubs themselves – these are just a few of the activities that make our cub group an exciting and fun filled space for all our members.







Cubs at Claremont 1st making flags and writing poems to learn about different cultures and to connect with cubs around the world.






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After learning about cultural differences in our cub pack, the cubs wrote some poems and some general observations:

“I learnt about cultures at cubs. Who would have thought they were made out of mugs?”


“Most of the people celebrate April fools day” Tristan





Fires Oliver



Cooking stokbrood over open flame and enjoying the fruit of our labour.


Boiling water over wax stoves.

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