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Welcome to the Epping Scout Group website.
 
Our section leaders are preparing the programs for Term 1, 2019 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 1 2019 are:
Joeys - Monday 4th February at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Cubs - Monday 4th February at 130 Boundary St, Nth Epping
Scouts - Wednesday 6th February at 6 Essex St, Epping
Venturers - Thursday 7th February 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.

Try Sailing - 31st March 2019

posted 22 Mar 2019, 05:18 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 23 Mar 2019, 07:21 ]

TRY SAILING

The Epping Scout Group has been running sailing activities from Meadowbank continuously since 1939.  We currently have eight 5m sailing boats ranging from the larger training boats to the lighter and much faster Tasar and Leader dinghies.  We also have a selection of canoes and kayaks.  The Group is running a "Try Sailing" day to introduce Scouts to the fun and enjoyment of sailing.  Come along and enjoy an afternoon on the Parramatta River.  

   

This event is open to current registered members of the Scout Association.
 
WHAT TO WEAR:
· Water shoes - preferably closed in for added protection.  Crocks or thongs are not acceptable.
· Wide brimmed hat with chin strap.  Baseball caps do not offer sufficient sun protection and are not acceptable.
· Rashi shirt and board shorts.  Long sleeves and long trousers are OK if you require extra protection from the sun.
· Scout uniform is not required.  
 
WHAT TO BRING:
Spray jacket, water bottle (full) and sunscreen.  Please put your name on anything that you bring.
  
It is a safety requirement for everyone involved in the water activities to wear a life jacket (PFD).  We have a range of sizes to suit everyone.  Please let one of the leaders know if you are not confident in or on the water.  Scouts should be able to swim 50m to participate in the sailing activity but let us know beforehand if you are not able to.
 
The activity will be under the supervision of Scout accredited instructors and leaders.
 
We hope that you have an enjoyable experience sailing with Epping Scouts and look forward to seeing you back again soon.
 
There will be a special event with refreshments starting around 4pm.  All of the boats should be back by then.

Clean Up Australia - Sunday 3rd March 2019

posted 1 Mar 2019, 05:48 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 1 Mar 2019, 05:55 ]

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 accept the CareMonkey invitation or, for those not yet on CareMonkey, complete an E1 for those participating.

Meet up around 8:45am and register at 1st Meadowbank's BBQ which will be located in the car park between the Ferry Wharf and the rail bridge. Spend an hour or two helping to clean up the shores of the Parramatta River.  

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.

1st 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.

New Program Badges and Placement

posted 21 Feb 2019, 04:30 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 24 Feb 2019, 04:43 ]

The New Program is being used across all sections.  The process for converting over from the old to the new system is now mostly completed and the new badges are ready to be distributed.  The Cubs and Scouts will be receiving their badges first and the Joeys and Venturers will follow soon after.  The Patrol Leaders and Leaders will have discussed with each member as to what level everyone is at in each of the Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS).  For some this may have taken place quite a while ago.  There is also a conversion from the Joey's Participation badges, the green or red Proficiency badges for the Cubs, the yellow Achievement badges for the Scouts and the Venturer's Tapes.  These will be replaced by the 6 Special Interest Area badges.  The Cub's Boomerangs, the Scout Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer badges have been replaced by 3 Milestone badges.

On pages 10 & 11 in the new badge record book, or check out the files below, you will find the placement for all of the new badges.  You will need to remove all of the badges on your sleeves EXCEPT:
  • the Epping tape and any other Group tapes that you have, 
  • Sydney North Region badge, 
  • a Leadership course badge, 
  • any special badges (the blue anchor badge, a First Aid badge, etc), 
  • a Peak Award badge (Joey Promise Challenge, Cub Grey Wolf, Scout Medallion, Venturer Queen Scout or Rover BP Award) 
  • any Link badges (these will now become the Intro to Section badge).  
Do not remove any badges from the front of your shirt.

When you receive your badges, please arrange for them to be sewn on promptly.  If you lose any of them once they have been issued, you will need to purchase replacement badges from your section leaders.

Family Camp - 8 to 10 February, 2019

posted 17 Nov 2018, 03:13 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 18:20 ]

Family camp is on again in 2019 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 per site.  For those who arrive on Saturday, the camping cost is $52 per site.  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.

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 30th January 2019.  Payment details are at the bottom of this page.  When you arrive, let the campsite staff know that you are with Epping Scouts and they will let you through the gate.  If you arrive on Friday after the Warden has left for the day (about 6pm), give me a call when you arrive and I will give you the entry code.    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.  These sites are un-powered.  Sites 2 - 9 do have power.  If you want one of these please book these direct through the Camp Warden and let me know .

I have not confirmed if we will be running the Group BBQ for the Saturday dinner.  Information for this will come out later.

Further information can be found in the CareMonkey form or on the E1 Activity Notification Form which is attached here.  You can call me (Rama) on 0404 136 350 for more information.  A copy of the E1 needs to be completed for all attendees who are not registered within CareMonkey.  Only page 1 of the E1's need to be handed to Rama (Peter Buckley) on arrival at the camp site.

This event is becoming more popular each year.  We have again booked up 23 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 so that I know that you are on the appropriate site.

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Recent legislative changes come into effect from 1st January 2019 requiring all adults (ie anyone over the age of 18) who are staying overnight are to hold a current Working With Children Check and have submitted an Adult Helper (A2 form) to the Scout Association.  This means No A2 Form - No overnight attendance - No exceptions.  For details about applying for these, click on this link.  Please talk with Rama (Peter Buckley) if you have any questions about this.


Available Sites:
 Site StatusSite Status
 Friday   Arrivals Saturday Arrivals
49BookedSki LodgeBooked 
50General11XXX
51Booked12XXX
52Booked13XXX
53Booked14XXX
54Booked15XXX
55Booked16Booked
56Booked17
57XXX18Booked
58XXX19Booked
59XXX 20Booked
60XXX 

The following information is required when making your booking:

  • Names of all people attending - indicating youth (under 18) or adult.
  • Preferred site number.
  • Arrival day (Friday or Saturday)
  • Notification of payment of deposit by EFT to BSB: 032-287, Acct: 15 0933, Desc: "Fam Camp <surname>"

Camping Costs and Payments per site.

 Arrival day

 Deposit required at time of booking

 Final payment by 30 Jan.

 
Total Cost

 Friday

 $39.00

 $39.00

  
$78.00

 Saturday

 $26.00

 $26.00

 
$52.00

 The E1 form is for non-members and those who do not have access to CareMonkey.

Cockatoo Island - 1st and 2nd December 2018

posted 14 Nov 2018, 16:44 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 14 Nov 2018, 16:44 ]

Our biennial (every 2 years) outing to Cockatoo Island is on again.  This is a Group event with the Scouts and Venturers journeying either by sailing, canoeing or taking the scenic route on the ferry.  The Joeys and Cubs are invited to join in on the Sunday.

Saturday departure for Scouts and Venturers.
Sailing:        Leave Meadowbank around 9:00 Saturday morning and sail to Cockatoo Island.  The power boat will accompany the boats.
Canoeing:   Leave Burns Bay Reserve around 9:00 and paddle to cockatoo Island.  
Ferry:          Catch a ferry from Meadowbank to Cockatoo Island.

Return Journey.
Canoes and boats to leave Cockatoo Island to be back at Meadowbank and Burns Bay Reserve by 4:30 pm.  Canoes then to be returned to Meadowbank to be washed and put away.

Pick up by parents at Meadowbank Boatshed around 5:30 pm.

Sunday departure for Cubs and Joeys.
  • Meet at Epping Station at 8:00 am Sunday morning in time to catch the 8:12 am train to Meadowbank.  Walk to the Meadowbank Ferry Wharf to catch the 8:41 am ferry to Cockatoo Island.
  • Meet at the Meadowbank Ferry Wharf at 8:30 am to catch the 8:41 am ferry to Cockatoo Island.
Return journey:
Depart Cockatoo Island at 2:58 pm to arrive at Epping Station at 3:53 pm.


Please refer to the additional information contained in the CareMonkey eForm of the attached E1 Activity Notification forms.

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.

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