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Welcome Back To Scouts 2014

posted 25 Jan 2014, 03:40 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 26 Sept 2014, 22:14 by Epping Scouts Group Admin ]
We hope you had a good break over Christmas and are recharged for another fun filled term of Scout stuff! The full program for Term 1 is attached, but more on that later... Our first Scout meeting of the term will be Wed 29th Jan and to kick the year off we will be heading down to our boat shed by the Meadowbank Ferry Terminal (see attached map), here we will be introduced to our two new Sailing instructors Greg and Ash. Greg and Ash will have a boat rigged and will explain all of the important bits and the sailing names for them, and for those who are interested there might be a chance for a sail. For the rest it will be into the canoes to refresh our paddling and balancing skills.

As with previous canoe nights we will be starting a 6:30 pm so we can spend as much time as possible out on the water, please wear clothes that can get wet including closed in shoes - no crocs or thongs please - and a headtorch if possible. We will be finished at 9:00 pm, but some parental help from 8:30 pm to get the craft out of the water, washed and put away would be much appreciated. Please bring the attached A1, duly filled out and signed, on the night.

The full program for term 1 is attached (there are some items yet to be confirmed and a revision will be sent out later in the term once we have finalised these items). Term 1 is all about enjoying the summer months in the great outdoors and there are several major outdoor events that we will need to get organised for straight away. These incude:
  • Canoeing Course on the weekends of Feb 1st - 2nd and 22nd - 23rd. If you are interested and have not yet signed up - please fill in the attached A1 and A2 forms and deliver them to Shaggy RIGHT NOW (via email is fastest)
  • 1 day First Aid Course on "Emergency Life Support". This is a fully accredited course run by the St. John's Ambulance training team and is highly recommended for Scouts under 14 years of age. If you are under 14, this course not only provides you with the skills necessary to potentially save someone's life (always useful), you will also complete the First Aid components necessary for attaining your Green Citizenship Badge as well as the Emergency First Aid badge (a great bonus). Applications close on the 7th Feb, so if you are interested, sign up DIRECTLY (but still let a leader know that you are doing so) using the form provided here: https://stjohnscoutsnsw.org.au/afa/. NOTE: Scouts over 14 should consider the more advanced 2 day "Providing First Aid" course to be held later in the year.
  • Sirius Cup - now in it's 64th Year (held on 7th - 9th March this year), this is the annual Sydney North Region sailing and canoeing regatta held at Balmoral Beach. It is always a fun event - you get to camp on Balmoral Oval, play on the beach, go on a canoe hike and has been a popular event with our Scouts and Cubs for many years. More information is available here http://siriuscup.webs.com/. If you are interested, fill in the A1 form attached and hand it to a leader.
  • Sailing - as mentioned above, we would like to thank Ash (Anaya's dad) and Greg (Ben Clark's dad) for voluenteering to run the Sailing activities for us. The sailing program for term 1 will run every 2 weeks (approximately) on a Sunday afternoon. These dates are noted on the term program, but to ensure you get the latest information (sailing conditions can change very quickly) - please RSVP with Shaggy for each weekend so that we can let you know of any last minute changes.
  • Scouthike - happens in Term 2, but is not as long to go as it seems. We need to have patrols registered by 23rd March, so start thinking about it, talk to your PL and APL about it and let them or a leader know if you will be attending so that we can form and register our patrols on time. For more information on ScoutHike, see http://www.scouthike.com/online/default.asp