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Welcome to the Epping Scout Group website.
 
Our section leaders are preparing the programs for Term 2, 2018 and these will be available by clicking on the "Sections" page and then selecting the relevant section (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts or Venturers).
 
The starting dates for Term 2 are:
Joeys - Monday 7th May at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Cubs - Monday 7th May at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Scouts - Wednesday 2nd May at 6 Essex St, Epping
Venturers - Thursday 3rd May at 6 Essex St, 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, at group@eppingscouts.com.au or on 0404 136 350.

Group Camp - 14-16 September, 2018

posted 10 Aug 2018, 04:51 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 10 Aug 2018, 05:08 ]

GROUP CAMP:  Group Camp for 2018 will be held at Wombeyan Caves, about 80kms north of Goulburn.  

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.  Because of the longer than normal travel time (3 hours), I am inviting the parents and other family members to come along and stay for the weekend.  I have organised for our Group to be taken on our own Guided Tour of the caves.  There will be activities within each section and also with other sections.

Joeys must have a parent at the camp all times.  

ARRIVAL:  For those arriving on Friday check in anytime after 2pm For those arriving on Saturday morning, the Opening Parade will be at 11:30.  Please try to be there in time for this.

TRAVEL:  There are 2 ways to get there.  Both routes took me about 3 hours in daylight, via Goulburn 290 km, via Mittagong 190 km.  Both are suitable for 2-wheel drive vehicles but the Mittagong route is a lot of dirt road which slows the speed down considerably.

Via Goulburn. Take the 1st Goulburn turnoff onto the Old Hume Hwy.  After 4.5 km turn right at the Mobil into Union St and head toward Taralga.  After 52 km (about 10 km after Taralga) turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Rd.  There is 15km of dirt road but it is a good surface and not very windy.  The bitumen returns about 5km  before the campsite.  Probably better for night time travel and a definite for people towing caravans..

Via Mittagong.  Take the Mittagong (Route 89) turn off and proceed through Mittagong.  Follow the Old Hume Hwy and turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Rd.  After about 25 km there is around 40km of narrow, winding dirt road with pot holes, corrugations, fallen rocks and fantastic views (during daylight).

ACCOMMODATION:  I would expect that most of us will be sleeping in tents.  The Cubs and Scouts will be in the new Bell tents, Venturers and Rovers will be in their own tents, Joeys will be with their parent/s or can opt for the dormitory.  Parents are welcome to borrow one of the Group's tents, bring their own tent (like at Family Camp), camper-trailers, caravans or you can splurge on a self contained cabin.

COST:  $65 per person if arriving on Friday night or $50 if arriving on the Saturday.  Included in the cost is camping costs, food, and a guided cave tour. 

Additional costs will be:

  • + Additional Self Guided Cave Tour (Figtree Cave)  $7 per person 
  • + Dormitory accommodation (room sleeps 8)  $5  per person / per night.  I will book these up for our Group only as required.
  • + Powered site: $8 per person / per night.  Contact the campground on 4843 5976  for availability. 
  • + Cabins are available.   Contact the campground on 4843 5976  for availability.

FOOD:  Cooking rosters will be drawn up by each of the section leaders so that members from each section will be assisting with the preparation, setting up, serving and cleaning up of a meal.  I hope that the Rovers are planning the Saturday dinner but will still need assistance.  In the past, they have presented the group with a delicious spit roast but they might surprise us this year.  Please contact Rama (0404 136 350 / 9876 4383) if you have any specific dietary requirements.   

WHAT TO BRING:  Everyone will need to bring their own mess kits (plate, bowl cup and cutlery), warm clothes and wet weather gear.  Sleeping bag, sleeping mat etc.  For the 1 or 2 nights you won't need a stretcher.  Closed in shoes suitable for damp ground of the cave tour and for the walks and generally getting around.  Thongs are not to be worn except for in the amenities block.  There are showers and toilet blocks. in the campground.

For those staying in the dormitories,  they come with a mattress only.  You will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, and a pillow.  Some extra blankets are available but I would not rely on an adequate supply.  

REGULATIONS:  For the Joeys, the Scout Association require a parent to be in attendance for the duration of the activity.  Members can complete their CareMonkey eForm.  A separate E1 form will need to be submitted for each non-member attending the activity.  

As this is a National Park, domestic pets are not allowed.  Firewood for a campfire will need to be brought in.

Epping RSL VP Day March - Sunday 12th August, 2018

posted 28 Jul 2018, 00:38 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 28 Jul 2018, 00:50 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating VP Day with a march on Sunday 12th August 2018.
 
Current members are invited to 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 provided with afternoon tea.  Parents are to pick up their children from the Ballroom from around 3:30 onward.  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.  You are expected to wear FULL uniform.  This includes your section shirt, scarf and woggle.  For Joeys, wear grey school trousers or similar.  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).  Jeans are not considered as part of the uniform and should not be worn.


ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

An E1 Activity Notification Form is attached, however, all current members will receive an invitation via CareMonkey.  Please click on the "Respond Now" button and acknowledge by either accepting or declining.  For new members, please complete page 1 of the E1 and bring this with you on the day and give it to one of the Epping Leaders.  Parents are to pick up their children upstairs in the Ballroom.  Current members should not complete an E1 form.


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 within each calendar year.  Participation in other Military activities/events will also go toward being awarded this badge.  Please notify your Section Leader (by email) if you have participated in other relevant activities, eg participation at school or other events.

Mother's Day Flower Sales - 2018

posted 30 Mar 2018, 04:35 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 30 Mar 2018, 06:52 ]

On Sunday 13th May we will be selling flowers for Mother's Day.  We will be setting up at the North Epping shops on the corner of Malton Road and Roma St, Epping Oval on Norfolk Rd and Epping Railway Station opposite the Bendigo Bank. We are seeking volunteers to man the 3 stalls from about 7am until 11am or until the flowers run out.  We need a few parents on each shift and also quite a few kids to help with selling.  Joeys are especially welcome as they have the perfect sales technique.

Any flowers that are left over at the end of the morning are taken to Ryde Hospital where the youth members present them to the mums.

Please consider donating some time on Sunday morning, an hour or 2 would be great and the children really love being little merchants.  Uniform is required for invested members.  New members who have not yet been invested are also welcome to participate.

This is one of the Group's biggest fundraisers of the year and the money we raise goes towards purchasing the equipment necessary to conduct the exciting activities such as canoeing, hiking, camping, boating etc, etc.

Current members will recieve an email containing a link to the roster which will show the available time slots for each of the three selling venues.  Please indicate your preferred site and time slots and include the names of who will be attending.  It might be necessary to move people around on the day based on how busy each site is.

ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

An E1 Activity Notification Form is attached, however, all current members will receive an invitation via CareMonkey.  Please click on the "Respond Now" button and acknowledge by either accepting or declining.  For all others attending, please complete page 1 of the E1, for each person, and bring this with you on the day and give it to the coordinator at your site.  Current members should not use this form.

Your help is essential.  Please reply as soon as possible as some of the time slots fill up very quickly.

Epping RSL ANZAC Day March - Sunday 22nd April 2018

posted 30 Mar 2018, 04:34 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 28 Jul 2018, 00:49 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating Anzac Day with a march on Sunday 22nd April, 2018.
 
Current members are invited to 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 be provided afternoon tea.  Parents are to pick up their children from the Ballroom from around 3:30 onward.  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.  You are expected to wear FULL uniform.  This includes your section shirt, scarf and woggle.  For Joeys, wear grey school trousers or similar.  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).  Jeans are not considered as part of the uniform and should not be worn.

ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

An E1 Activity Notification Form is attached, however, all current members will receive an invitation via CareMonkey.  Please click on the "Respond Now" button and acknowledge by either accepting or declining.  For new members, please complete page 1 of the E1 and bring this with you on the day and give it to one of the Epping Leaders.  Parents are to pick up their children upstairs in the Ballroom.  Current members should not complete an E1 form.


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 within each calendar year.  Participation in other Military activities/events will also go toward being awarded this badge.  Please notify your Section Leader (by email) if you have participated in other relevant activities, eg participation at school or other events.

Granny Smith Parade - Saturday 21st October 2017

posted 2 Oct 2017, 06:25 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 13 Oct 2017, 03:37 ]

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 9:00.  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 - 13th August 2017

posted 7 Aug 2017, 01:22 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 7 Aug 2017, 01:28 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating VP Day with a march on Sunday 13th August 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.

Indoor Skydiving - 20th August, 2017

posted 30 Jul 2017, 21:44 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 30 Jul 2017, 21:57 ]

Please refer to information that has been emailed out to all members of the Group.

Forms for this activity can now be downloaded from here.  Payment for the activity needs to be paid into the Group account and the forms need to be returned to Peter Buckley before Friday 4th August otherwise you might miss out on your booking.

The waiver needs to be completed for each participant who is taking part in the Skydiving.  For those under 18 who are flying, a waiver form needs to  be completed by a parent and, on page 4, each child must be listed and signed for by the parent.  Also, if the parent is flying, they must also include their name with signature on page 4.  Parents will need to present a valid id on the day.  If a child is participating without their parent attending, the parent will need to make a copy of their id (usually driver's license) and include this with the waiver form.

No bookings will be taken after Friday 4th August.

Mother's Day Flower Sales - 14th May 2017

posted 9 May 2017, 08:22 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 9 May 2017, 08:24 ]

On Sunday 14th May we will be selling flowers for Mother's Day.  We will be setting up at the North Epping shops on Malton Road, Epping Oval on Norfolk Rd and Epping Railway Station opposite the Bendigo Bank. We are seeking volunteers to man the 3 stalls from about 7am until 11am or until the flowers run out.  We need a few parents on each shift and also quite a few kids to help with selling.  Joeys are especially welcome as they have the perfect sales technique.

Any flowers that are left over at the end of the morning are taken to Ryde hospital where the youth members present them to the mums.

Please consider donating some time on Sunday morning, an hour or 2 would be great and the children really love being little merchants.  Uniform is required for invested members.  Those who have not yet been invested are still welcome to participate.

This is one of the Group's biggest fundraisers of the year and the money we raise goes towards purchasing the equipment necessary to conduct the exciting activities such as canoeing, hiking, camping, boating etc, etc.

The attached spreadsheet sets out the time slots for the three selling venues.  Please let me know your preferred site and time slots and include the names of who will be attending.  It might be necessary to move people around on the day.

SCOUTBANK
25% of the money raised from this event will go back to the families who participate, based on the time spent at the event.  You must remember to fill in the attendance sheet or you might miss out.

Your help is essential.  Please reply as soon as possible as some of the time slots fill up very quickly.

Please download and complete an E1 for each person participating in the event.

Family Camp - 9th to 11th Feb, 2018

posted 25 Mar 2017, 06:57 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 31 Jan 2018, 05:15 ]

Family camp is on again in 2018 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. 
For those who arrive on Friday afternoon/evening and are keen to get lots of time on (or in) the water the camping cost will be $78.  For those who arrive on Saturday, the camping cost is $52.  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 which is payable at the entry gate on arrival.  

Parents will need to bring their own food and cooking facilities to cook their food for the weekend.  There will be a small 3 burner cooker and a BBQ for general use.  This will be situated under a communal shelter.  If you need to borrow a tent from the Group, we have some that are suitable.  Please let me know at the time of booking so that we can reserve one for you.  Food can be purchased at Lithgow which is about 15 minutes drive from the campsite.

This year we are trialing a Family Camp Group Dinner for the Saturday evening.  There will be a $7.50 per person charge to be included with your final payment.  This will include home made burgers (vegetarian ones on request) with salad, egg, bacon, etc and bread.  It will also include a dessert.  Please bring your own drinks for the occasion.

Because the camp is so close to the beginning of Term 1, we require a 50% pre-payment ($39 or $26) to confirm your booking and full payment by Wednesday 31st January 2018.  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.  For those who are coming for the day and not camping overnight the $5 is to be paid to the Camp warden when you arrive.  There will be no need to book unless you are staying overnight.

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 again booked up 22 sites for this year.  Once we have received your deposit 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.  Please let us know which day you are coming (Saturday or Sunday) so that I know which sites to book for you.

Camp sites:  There are 2 areas that we have booked.  We have sites  49 - 60 for those arriving on Friday and 11 - 20 for those arriving on Saturday.  Site bookings will be taken on a first in basis.  Bookings will be coordinated through Rama once the payment has been made.  If there are not enough Friday night sites I will try to extend some of the Saturday sites.  Please refer to the table below for available sites.


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

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.

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