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Welcome to the Epping Scout Group website.
 
Our section leaders are preparing the programs for Term 4, 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 4 are:
Joeys - Monday 15th October at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Cubs - Monday 15th October at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Scouts - Wednesday 17th October at 6 Essex St, Epping
Venturers - Thursday 18th October 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.

Armistice Day - Sunday 11th November 2018

posted 7 Nov 2018, 22:06 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 8 Nov 2018, 20:23 ]

The Epping RSL will be commemorating the Centenary of Armistice Day on Sunday 11th November, 2018.
 
Current members are invited to meet at the rear of the Coles car park at 10:15 am for a 10:30 start.    There will be a service at the Cenotaph followed by a wreath laying ceremony.  Parents are welcome to participate in the event or pick up their children from the Cenotaph from around 11:15 onward.
 
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 stone coloured or 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
Page 1 of this E1 Activity Notification Form is to be completed for each non-member who is attending this activity.  Please bring page 1 with you on the day and give it to one of the Epping Leaders.  Current members are to use the CareMonkey invitation and NOT this 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 20th October 2018

posted 8 Oct 2018, 03:15 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 13 Oct 2018, 04:26 ]

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 12 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.  If you have not received an invitation through CareMonkey, please print off the attached Activity Notification form and pass the completed form to one of the Epping Group Leaders at the parade.

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.

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