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Welcome to the Epping Scout Group website.
 
Our section leaders have prepared the programs for Term 1, 2017 and these will soon be available by clicking on the "Sections" page and then selecting the relevant section (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts or Venturers).
 
The starting dates for Term 1 are:
Joeys - Monday 30th January at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Scouts - Wednesday 1st February at 6 Essex St, Epping
Venturers - Thursday 2nd february at 6 Essex St, Epping
Cubs - Monday 6th February at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Rovers meet on Tuesday evenings all year round.
 
If you have a question about the program activities, please use the Leaders page and contact the leader for the relevant section or Peter Buckley, the Group Leader, on 0404 136 350.

Epping RSL ANZAC Day March - 23rd April 2017

posted 25 Jan 2017, 19:07 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 19:08 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating ANZAC Day with a march on Sunday 23rd April 2017.
 
Meet in Rawson St, outside the Epping RSL at 1:45 pm for a 2:00 start.  Participants will go upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for a 45 minute service.  After this, everyone forms up outside to march up Rawson Street, turn right at the roundabout into Bridge Street then right again into Victoria Street. The march is led by the Golden Kangaroos Marching Band.  There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph where participants may also lay the poppies given to them earlier at the service.  Everyone will then march back to the RSL where they will provide afternoon tea.  Parents can pick up their children from the Ballroom from around 3:30 onwards.  Traffic in the streets is normally stopped by the police to ensure the safety of those marching.  
 
Parents are welcome to attend the service and the wreath laying ceremony and also follow alongside the march.  They can also join in with the afternoon tea.
 
Due to the age (both young and quite old) of some of those marching, consideration is always given to the weather.  If rain is imminent, the outdoor component of the activity might be held indoors instead.

UNIFORM

As we are on show to the public and representing the Scout Movement, particular attention must be placed on appearance.  Wear your section shirt, scarf and woggle.  Jeans are not considered as part of the uniform and should not be worn. For Joeys, wear grey school trousers.  For Cubs and older, the current style is the Snowgum zip-off pants in stone colour or similar or school trousers.  Shoes should be black or brown (no runners please).

A Permission Note is attached and this is to be completed for each person participating in the activity.


THEIR SERVICE OUR HERITAGE Badge
Participation in this event will go towards achieving this annual badge.  It is awarded to Joeys for attending 1 of these events, to Cubs for attending 2 of these events and Scouts, Venturers and Rovers for attending 3 events.  Participation in other Military activities/events will also go toward this badge.

Clean Up Australia - 2017

posted 25 Jan 2017, 18:59 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 19:38 ]

Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia has been running since 1990.  This is our opportunity to get out there and do our bit.  Each year the banks of the Parramatta River adjacent to the Epping Scouts Boat Shed and the Meadowbank Ferry Wharf are becoming cleaner with less rubbish being discarded in the area.  However, until we can get the message across to everyone, there will be enough new rubbish that has accumulated since the last clean up.

The more people that come along to assist in the clean up, the larger area of bank can be scoured.  Mostly it is plastic bags, drink cans and bottles, shoes and occasionally car parts are also found and retrieved.  Recently we have been taking the canoes out to enable us to gain access to the mangroves without causing environmental damage.  We ask that the Joeys and Cubs bring a parent but all parents are welcome to assist.  Youth members will go around in groups supervised by a leader or parent.  The more leaders and parents that come along, the more groups we can form and therefore the more rubbish we can collect in the shortest amount of time.  Please complete an E1 for everyone who is participating.

Wear safe, sun-smart clothes including a brimmed hat, collared shirt and sturdy shoes.  Gardening gloves make the task much safer.  If it is a warm day then a water bottle (with your name on it) is essential.  If it likely to rain, please bring a raincoat as the event will not be rescheduled.

Meadowbank Scout Group runs a Sausage Sizzle for those who participate.  A gold coin donation is appreciated - so they can afford to do it again next year.   Any surplus will be donated to the Clean Up Australia fund.
 
Please complete an E1 for everyone who is participating and hand these to one of the Epping Leaders.

Family Camp: 10th - 12th Feb, 2017

posted 2 Aug 2016, 03:37 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 8 Feb 2017, 13:23 ]

Family camp is on again in 2017 at Lake Lyell, a few kilometres out of Lithgow.  As a Family Camp, the parents will be responsible for looking after their children and, for this reason, will need to attend unless you can get them adopted out to another family there for the weekend.  We encourage siblings to join us to also experience the joys of camping and water activities.  As with last year, we will be camping at the water's edge and be able to use the Group's canoes and at least one sailing boat.  PFD's (Life Jackets) and paddles will be available.
 
The cost this year is $26 per site per day (10:30 am to 10:00 am the following day).  The cost will be $78 from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon or $52 from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon.  These costs will permit people to remain until Monday morning if you are able to.  For those just coming for the day, the cost is $5 per car per day.  Parents will need to bring their own food and cooking facilities to cook their food for the weekend.  I have previously brought a small 3 burner cooker for general use.  This will be situated under a communal shelter.

Because the camp is so close to the beginning of Term 1, I require pre-payment of one day's camping ($26) to confirm your booking and full payment by Tuesday 31st January.  Payment details are contained on the attached (E1) Permission note.  When you arrive, let the campsite staff know that you are with Epping Scouts and they will let you through the gate.

Further information can be found on the E1 permission note which is attached here or call Rama for more information.  A copy of the Permission Note needs to be completed for each person attending and handed to Rama (Peter Buckley) on arrival at the camp site.

This event is becoming more popular each year.  We have booked up 22 sites this year   Once we have received your deposit of $26 (one night's camp fee) into the Group Account (BSB: 032-287, Acct: 15 0933) you will be able to nominate which site you would like to use.  This will be more of a benefit for those who have been there in previous years and know the area.  As you can see from the map, all sites are beside the water.   Please indicate with your booking if you intend arriving on Friday or Saturday.  Day visitors pay at the entry gate as you enter the Camp Ground and so please do not pay this in advance.  Please let us know if you are coming for the day (Saturday or Sunday) so we know to expect you.

Camp sites:  There are 2 areas that we have booked.  We have sites 11 - 20 and 49 - 60.  Site bookings will be taken on a first in with $26 deposit basis.  Bookings will be coordinated through Rama once the payment has been made.  Email a copy of the EFT transaction or over the counter deposit slip to arrange your preferred site.

Available Sites:
 Site StatusSite Status
Ski LodgeBooked 49Booked 
 11Booked 50 Booked 
 12Booked 51Booked
 13  52Booked
 14
 53Booked
 15Booked 54Booked
 16Booked 55Booked
 17Booked 56Booked
 18Booked 57Booked
 19 Booked 58
 20Booked 59Booked
 
 60Booked

Group Camp: 21st - 23rd October, 2016

posted 29 Jul 2016, 22:12 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 7 Oct 2016, 16:38 ]

Group Camp for 2016 will be held at Camp Coutts Scout Camp from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October.  Camp Coutts is situated near Waterfall Station just south of Heathcote.  Travel time from Epping is about 1 hour off peak.  Group Camp is where all sections of the Epping Group, including 1st Epping Rovers, are invited to a weekend camp together.  There will be sectional activities and also some group activities.  I am hoping that the Rovers will be cooking something special for Dinner on Saturday. The camp is on the 2nd weekend of 4th term so attendance numbers will be finalised on Monday 17th October.

There will be a huge camp fire on Saturday night so I hope each section will be have some camp fire songs and skits. .

Cubs, Scouts and Venturers will be provided with tents and camping in their sections.  Joeys will need to camp with their parents.  Contact your section leader if you will need to borrow a tent.  Rovers will be organising their own tents.  As with all Scout camps, each Joey must have a parent in attendance at all times while they are attending the camp.  

The cost for the weekend is $65 for those arriving on the Friday evening or $50 for those who arrive on the Saturday.  Please refer to the attached E1 Permission Note for more details including what to bring and how to find the camp site.

Please print and complete the attached Activity Notification form (E1) and remember to indicate when you will be arriving (Friday night or Saturday) so that appropriate catering arrangements can be made.  I need to receive page 1 of the form by 17th October so that we can organise sufficient food for everyone for the weekend.  

JOTA / JOTI - 2016

posted 29 Jul 2016, 22:11 by Epping Cubs


Granny Smith Parade: 15th October, 2016

posted 29 Jul 2016, 22:09 by Epping Cubs   [ updated 6 Oct 2016, 05:50 by Epping Scout Group ]

The local Scouts and Guides will be participating in the Granny Smith Parade through the streets of Eastwood.   Join the usual 100 + Scouts and Guides from Groups in our local district to show that the Scouting movement is alive and flourishing.  Let us make it the largest group in the parade.  The parade usually commences around 9:30 from the mustering location adjacent to Eastwood Oval.  This year, our float number is 7.  Epping's boat will be there to help promote the Scouting movement.  At the end of the parade, meet up with your parents at the initial meeting point, spend some time at the stalls and amusements while taking in the festive atmosphere. 

WHERE TO MEET:
Meet at Float 7 in Lakeside Rd, Eastwood from about 8:30.  The parade usually finishes around 11:00.  Meet up with your parents who should be waiting for us to return to our start point.

WHAT TO WEAR:
You will need to wear your Scout uniform (shirt, well folded scarf) and comfortable shoes for walking.  Do not forget to bring a hat and water bottle.  This is essential if it is going to be hot or sunny.

WHAT TO BRING:
Bring a water bottle.  Print off the attached Activity Notification form and pass the completed form to one of the Epping Group Leaders at the parade.

Epping RSL VP Day March - 14th August 2016

posted 18 Jul 2016, 22:01 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 18 Jul 2016, 22:01 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating VP Day with a march on Sunday 14th August 2016.
 
Meet in Rawson St, outside the Epping RSL at 1:45 pm for a 2:00 start.  Participants will go upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for a 45 minute service.  After this, everyone forms up outside to march up Rawson Street, turn right at the roundabout into Bridge Street then right again into Victoria Street. The march is led by the Golden Kangaroos Marching Band.  There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph where participants may also lay the poppies given to them earlier at the service.  Everyone will then march back to the RSL where they will provide afternoon tea.  Parents can pick up their children from the Ballroom from around 3:30 onwards.  Traffic in the streets is normally stopped by the police to ensure the safety of those marching.  
 
Parents are welcome to attend the service and the wreath laying ceremony and also follow alongside the march.  They can also join in with the afternoon tea.
 
Due to the age (both young and quite old) of some of those marching, consideration is always given to the weather.  If rain is imminent, the outdoor component of the activity might be held indoors instead.

UNIFORM

As we are on show to the public and representing the Scout Movement, particular attention must be placed on appearance.  Wear your section shirt, scarf and woggle.  Jeans are not considered as part of the uniform and should not be worn. For Joeys, wear grey school trousers.  For Cubs and older, the current style is the Snowgum zip-off pants in stone colour or similar or school trousers.  Shoes should be black or brown (no runners please).

A Permission Note is attached and this is to be completed for each person participating in the activity.


THEIR SERVICE OUR HERITAGE Badge
Participation in this event will go towards achieving this annual badge.  It is awarded to Joeys for attending 1 of these events, to Cubs for attending 2 of these events and Scouts, Venturers and Rovers for attending 3 events.  Participation in other Military activities/events will also go toward this badge.

Epping RSL Anzac Day March - 17th April, 2016

posted 15 Mar 2016, 07:37 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 16:48 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating Anzac Day with a march on Sunday 17th April 2016.
 
Meet in Rawson St, outside the Epping RSL at 1:45 pm for a 2:00 start.  Participants will go upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for a 30 minute service.  After this, everyone forms up outside to march up Rawson Street, turn right at the roundabout into Bridge Street then right again into Victoria Street. The march is led by the Golden Kangaroos Marching Band.  There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph where participants can also lay the poppies given to them earlier at the service.  Everyone will then march back to the RSL where afternoon tea is provided by the RSL.  Parents can pick up their children from the Ballroom from around 3:30 onwards.  Traffic in the streets is normally stopped by the police to ensure the safety of those marching.  
 
Parents are welcome to attend the service and the wreath laying ceremony and also follow alongside the march.  They can also join in with the afternoon tea.
 
Due to the age (both young and quite old) of some of those marching, consideration is always given to the weather.  If rain is imminent, the outdoor component of the activity might be held indoors instead.

UNIFORM

As we are on show to the public and representing the Scout Movement, particular attention must be placed on appearance.  Wear your section shirt, scarf and woggle.  Jeans are not considered as part of the uniform and should not be worn. For Joeys, wear grey school trousers.  For Cubs and older, the current style is the Snowgum zip-off pants in stone colour or similar or school trousers.  Shoes should be black or brown (no runners please).

A Permission Note is attached and this is to be completed for each person participating in the activity.

Circus Workshop - April 2016

posted 7 Mar 2016, 19:30 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 7 Mar 2016, 21:02 ]

The Scouts' Cirque du Scout Circus team are running a Circus Workshop during the April school holidays.    There are 3 separate activities.


Scouts

For Scout (10.5 years – 15 years), there is a Circus Workshop taking place at 1st Ermington Scout Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 on Saturday 9th April.  No prior knowledge needed.  Cost $5 – payment to be made on the day.  For further details see the attached E1 form.

 

Circus Camp Venturers and Rovers

There will be a Circus Camp for Venturers and Rovers over the 9th/10th April 2016.  Preference will be given to members with some circus skills, but there will be places for beginners who are keen to start learning Circus skills.  Fee is $45 for this session – payable on the day. Numbers are limited.

 

Fire Assessment for Competent Performers

The third session being offered is for competent circus performers only.  We have an ACAPTA (Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association) PASS (Performance Assessment for Street Safety) Assessor, Hemlock Mejarne, from Solid State Circus attending the weekend to assess interested members for a Scout Fire Performer qualification.  This is a safety based training session and only performers who can demonstrate prop competency (unlit) will be permitted to attend this assessment. Fee is $25 for the assessment payable on the day.  Essential that log books and required paperwork are completed prior to presentation for assessment. Document links are on the E1.  Only Venturers with written parental permission will be permitted to present for assessment. Rovers/Leaders must also present log books and completed application for assessment prior to presentation for assessment.  This will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 on Saturday 9th April.

Note: Participants must be current financial members of Scouts NSW).  For all three activities below, bookings through submission of the E1 to the GWS Region Office by the closing date are essential.  Participant numbers are limited so interested members will need to get their E1 in quick! Acceptance strictly by order of receipt of forms.


Family Camp - 12th / 14th February, 2016

posted 29 Nov 2015, 21:14 by Epping Scouts Group Admin   [ updated 23 Dec 2015, 13:37 ]


Family camp is on again this year at Lake Lyell, a few kilometres out of Lithgow.  As a Family Camp, the parents will be responsible for looking after their children and, for this reason, will need to attend unless you can get them adopted out to another family there for the weekend.  We encourage siblings to join us to also experience the joys of camping and water activities.  As with last year, we will be camping at the water's edge and be able to use the Group's canoes and at least one sailing boat.  PFD's (Life Jackets) and paddles will be available.
 
The cost is $25 per site (max 5 people) per day so it will be $50 from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.  For those not able to stay overnight, it will cost $5 per car per day.  Parents will need to bring their own food and cooking facilities to cook their food for the weekend.  I have previously brought a small 3 burner cooker for general use.  This will be situated under the communal shelter.

Because it is so close to the start of Term 1, I require pre-payment by 29th Jan to confirm your booking.  Payment details are contained on the attached (E1) Permission note.  When you arrive, let the campsite staff know that you are with Epping Scouts and they will let you through the gate.

Further information can be found on the permission note which is attached here or call Rama for more information.  A copy of this note needs to be completed for each person attending and handed to one of the leaders on arrival at the camp site.

What is new in 2016.    This event is becoming more popular each year.  We have booked up 21 sites this year (up from 12 last year).  To encourage families to book early, we are allowing you to pre-book your site.  Once we have received your deposit of $25 (one night's camp fee) into the Group Account (BSB: 032-287, Acct: 15 0933) you will be able to nominate which site you would like to use.  This will be more of a benefit for those who have been there in previous years and know the area.   Please indicate with your booking if you intend arriving on Friday or Saturday.  Day visitors are asked to pay the Camp Warden when they enter the Camp Ground and so please do not pay this in advance.  Please let us know if you are coming for the day (Saturday or Sunday) so we know to expect you.

Camp sites:  There are 2 areas that we have booked.  We have sites 15 - 20, 22-24 and 49 - 60.  Site bookings will be taken on a first in with $25 deposit basis.  Bookings will be coordinated through Rama once the payment has been made.  Email a copy of the EFT transaction or over the counter deposit slip to arrange your preferred site.

Available Sites:

Sorry.  All sites have now been booked out.  You are still welcome to come for the day or check for late cancellations.

 Site StatusSite Status
 15Booked52 Booked 
 16Booked53Booked
 17Booked 54Booked 
 18Booked 55Booked
 19Booked56Booked
 20Booked57Booked
 49Booked58Booked
 50Booked 59Booked 
 51 Booked60Booked
 22Booked24Booked
 23Booked


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