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.

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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





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


Boiling water over wax stoves.

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The AGM – The Scout Group Leader’s Address

Below is the text of Tim, our Scout Group Leaders address, at the 2018 AGM.

  1. The Group Committee consists of volunteer parents, each with a defined role, to support the branches (troop and pack), in producing scouting.
    1. Karen has fulfilled the role of managing our important leasing activities which supports not only the troop and pack but also allows us to invest money into our equipment and infrastructure. This is a key revenue generating role. These activities also support the community by providing a place for them to meet and engage at very low cost.
    2. Andrew manages the infrastructure, the largest expenditure item on the budget as we play catch up for years of neglect of infrastructure. This year major items were the installation of extra outside lighting, sadly immediately stolen and damaged by thieves, treatment for borer beetle and roof repairs.
    3. Ingrid manages the Treasury function efficiently and will present her report shortly.
    4. Sam as the Group Secretary keeps us all on our toes with action points and helps ensure we deliver.
    5. We have also, this year, produced the Group magazine Smoke Signals which has a long and distinguished, if somewhat erratic, history. Special thanks to Kathrine and Lynn for their hard work on producing this fine publication.
  2. Thanks to all the committee members for their hard work and those parents who have come to assist work parties and other times & events
  3. In the 2019 year, we plan to finally repair and treat the invaluable hall floor and to improve our security by installing a new fence between ourselves and the old bowling club. We hope the improvements in security will allow us to improve our infrastructure further without the improvements being stolen. Other functions such as maintenance and purchase of equipment and infrastructure will continue as normal.
  4. In addition to the Committee, we are looking for further support from parents. These roles are not necessarily Committee positions so it is not necessary to commit to attending the regular meetings. We are specifically looking for:
    1. A cub parent to assist in the production of the cub section of Smoke SIgnals;
    2. Help with Facilities management – Ensuring hall is stocked and equipped with key items and managing the cleaning of the hall. A cleaner for two ½ days a week.
    3. Fundraising – looking at ways to raise new funds. Although we have a good income stream, we can always use more money to speed up the pace of delivery
    4. Grounds – to initially produce a plan for the grounds for implementation when funds become available.
  5. Thanks to all those parents and volunteers who help make the Group one of the pre-eminent Groups in the Western Cape and indeed the country.

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A year in 1st Claremont Scouts by Rebecca

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Created, compiled and edited by Rebecca.

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Recently our senior scouts hiked the Outeniqua and Harkerville Trails near Knysna. This was done as a substitute for the cancelled 2018 Senior Scout Adventure. The scouts did this hike on their own without any adult accompanying them or even being within 500 kms of them. I expected concerns to be raised by parents over issues such as safety, transport and the recent fires in the area. But interestingly, no such concerns were raised. Further, while I harboured unease over taking this step of letting the scouts go on their own, I never seriously considered having an adult accompany them once I had taken the initial decision that they should be on their own as part of the experience.

It came down to trust between the various parties involved. Perhaps most significant was the trust both the parents and the scouters placed in the scouts themselves. We trusted them to pack their equipment and food appropriately and to hike for 6 days, unaccompanied, in unfamiliar terrain, far from assistance. We did this because we trust them to be responsible people who have sufficient hiking experience and skills to deal with issues that may arise without reference to an adult. And while they had daily contact with the outside world, this is exactly what they did. At no point did they ask for help or advice.

This is one of those skills that scouts teaches by being a youth led organisation. We trust our scouts to be responsible when they should be and to learn the skills and earn the trust to undertake adventures such as this. This trust takes different forms over the different age groups. Initially we might trust a scout to handle an axe after appropriate training. Later we trust them to run a camp without adult supervision and later still to lead hikes without adult supervision. The scout learns responsibility and they learn what it is like to be responsible. Baden_Powell said “The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.”.  I can honestly say that in my years as a adult scouter, my trust has never been misplaced by one of my scouts.

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Founders Day 24th February 2019

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Elandspad Kloofing 2019 by Aidan

We started our eventful day meeting at 8:30 at the parking lot near the Huguenot tunnel on the Worcester side.

We hiked along the mountain and then descended towards the river. We stopped at a spot next to the river, had a snack and everyone had to ensure that their belongings in their backpacks would not get wet. Luckily Jonathan saved the day. He had a proper waterproof bag and the cell phones were given to him for dry keeping. Otherwise we would have been in trouble… as most of our belongings did get wet.IMG_5364

I started my first Kloofing experience. Kloofing is the art of following a mountain stream by floating, jumping and swimming. Kloofing takes place in a river gorge deep in the mountains.

We were surrounded by beautiful mountains and apart from a few trout fishers we were on our own. Some of the scouts dragged behind and some were charging ahead.

The most special part of the Kloofing experience was the waterfall. When we reached the 100-metre-high waterfall, we were in awe. Although it was in shade the water wasn’t too cold. A few of us had the courage to jump from the highest point next to the waterfall.

Once back from the waterfall we had lunch and for the next four hours made our way back by swimming, walking or jumping from rock to rock. This was no easy task, with scouts falling backwards, forwards and sideways, miraculously no-one got injured.IMG_5396

By the way I manage to contract swimmer’s itch, for those who have never heard of it (including me). It’s a rash caused by an allergic reaction to the larvae of certain parasites. The parasites can get under your skin when swimming in freshwater. If they come into contact with people, the parasites can burrow under the skin. This causes an allergic reaction and a rash. Luckily the larvae can’t survive in humans, so the parasite die.

The rash goes away on its own and doesn’t need treatment. Mine was so bad that I couldn’t go to school for the two days.

We had a great day and it was certainly one to remember.

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Arangieskop by Simon

Arangieskop is a high mountain peak near Robertson, often rated as the most demanding hike in the Western Cape. Attendance is by invitation only and is limited to senior scouts.

After a short drive from Cape Town, we arrived in Robertson and parked at a small cottage around 1km from the start of the hike.  We made the short walk to the start of the hike which took us along a gravel road, overIMG_5173 a fence and along more gravel road. It was clear where the hike actually started, because this is where we started going up.  The first part of the hike was continuing along the steep gravel road, which eventually led into a path. This path continued going up and along a ridge, which lead onto a steep downward path into a valley. Here we stopped for a rest and to refill our water bottles.  After walking along the valley floor for a while, we reached a steep upward path that took us out of the valley. Here, we started hiking up zigzags. We could now clearly see the saddle we were aiming for. The zigzags seemed to last forever, before we reached another spot to fill our water bottles and have short break.  The path then continued up and onto a few more zigzags before we reached the saddle. Here it was a short, flat hike to the Arangieskop cabin. Here, we had a very rewarding view down onto Protea farm and the rest of the Koo valley below. After enjoying our dinner and some friendly chatter with another group of hikers, we went to sleep.

The next day, we woke up early to make it to the top of Arangieskop to see the sunrise. After our breakfast, we started around a two kilometre hike to the peak. We arrived just as the sun was rising. Here we also discovered a small can with notes from previous hiking parties inside. We wrote our own note and then headed down. The path took us down a ladder and into a deep valley.  The path zigzagged from one side of IMG_5229the valley to the next until we reached a forest. Here, the path flattened out as we made a few crossings, back and forth over a river. We then continued hiking around a spur and onto an extremely eroded path which lead all the way around another valley. On the other side of the valley, we hiked along a flat path which eventually started to zigzag down.  These zigzags seemed to last forever, but eventually met a road. We hiked along this road for a couple hundred metres and onto another path. On this path, we hike around a small koppie and then zigzagged down to where we had started the day before. After the walk along the road, we got back to the cottage where we had a very rewarding Coke and biscuits.

Simon Bean

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Cub Camp at Rondevlei

In March the Cubs spent the night on an island in Rondevlei Nature Reserve and earned their Conservation Badge in a camp run by CTEET.

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We went dragon boating in Seekoeivlei
– James S

The Draggon boating was so much tun. It was alot of fun.
– Olivia

On camp I injoyd the hippos and the way they poop.
– Avila

At cubs we went to Rondevlei to camp. We saw hippos.
– Ado

We went on a boat. And we went for a walk.

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