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2011 Term 4 News

posted 24 Jan 2012, 01:38 by Epping Scouts

Rifle Range Night!!! Thursday 8th Sept

posted 12 Aug 2011, 03:05 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:52 ]

The one we've been waiting for ... Rifle Range Night!!!!

Note that this is is a Thursday night and we will not hold a Wednesday night meeting this week.

Well - this is the one we've been waiting for all term. We are going to the North Sydney Small Bore Rifle Club where we will be instructed in the safe use of a firearm and then get to fire a rifle. The rifles we will be using are .22 caliber, which mean that they are light and hardly have any recoil. Unfortunately though, only Scouts who are 12 and over are allowed to fire rifles, but you may come and watch and learn for the next time.

The A1 permission note is attached, also please note the additional P650 consent form that the Club requires - no A1 and P560 = no shoot. Parents - please make sure you read and fill in this additional form.

Parents and adults are welcome to participate, but note that the Club has a limit of 25 (30 as an absolute) shooters, so we will have to give priority to Scouts if we get a large turnout.

The cost is $20 which includes all the nights instruction and 50 shots. Please hand your A1, P650 and $20 to Shaggy no later than Wed 31st August.

State Jamborette, Canberra - October Long Weekend

posted 5 Aug 2011, 18:49 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:52 ]

Latest Update: It's a go!! A1 form is now available
Looks like we will be able to get enough numbers from the Sydney North Region to allow us to go as a troop. The A1 is now uploaded below. The closing date for registration is 16th September - Not very long at all, so if you are planning to go, please fill in the A1 and hand it, together with the $170 fee to Shaggy by Wed, 7th September at the latest.
Let Shaggy know if you want to go!!!
October may seem a long way away, but these things take time to organise. I don't have much information as yet, but I though that I'd share what I do have so far on this Camp. Basically the information in the following link is all that's been published so far: http://www.patroltent.com/content/event/system/355/nsw-state-jamborette

Our main challenge is numbers - and not just our own, but because the organisers have decided that they want to camp as troops of 40 in order to reduce the amount of gear that each smaller troop would have to bring, we basically have to look to the Sydney North Region to pull us into a Regional Troop. This organisation is very similar (so I am told) in structure to a Jamboree Troop.

I think this would be a great event for us to attend, Epping has never attended one before but I'm told by other leaders in the district that it's great. So I'm more than willing to push this along in our district and region. What I need help from Scouts, tho', is a strong commitment to go - the more firm the number of our Scouts intending to attend, the easier it will be to get other Troops in the region to join up. In fact - if all 32 of our Scouts were to attend, we'd be nearly there.

So think about it and let me know if you would like to go and how likely you are to be able to go. Get back to me either via e-mail or at our meetings (actually - send me e-mail anyway, that way I won't forget). I'll send more information as I get it.
State Jamorette this year is being held at Camp Cottormouth in the ACT: http://maps.google.com.au/maps/place?q=camp+cottermouth&cid=13835033485063509251
Thanks - Shaggy

Pioneering & Construction Course. Fri 26th Aug - Sun 28th Aug

posted 29 Jul 2011, 00:18 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:51 ]

This is a 3 day non-residential course that teaches Scouts all they need to know about construction and "Pioneering". At the end of the course, they will qualify for their Construction Badge (at any level). It is being run by Benowie District at the Normanhurst Scout Hall, Harris Road, Normanhurst on:

Friday 26th August 2011 – 7pm, to 9.30pm

Saturday 27th August 2011 – 8am to 4pm

Sunday 28th August 2011 – 8am to 4pm


All participants must have achieved the SCOUTCRAFT BADGE and be proficient in BASIC BENDS AND HITCHES. i.e. reef knot, sheet bend, sheepshank, clove hitch, round turn and two half hitches, bowline & rolling hitch.


Uniform is to be worn on Friday Night, Hat and Scarf only for Saturday and Sunday. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Please bring a mug and your own lunch.

Please bring gardening gloves to protect your hands from splinters on Sunday as you will be working with wooden poles.





Overnight Hike - Marramarra National Park. Sat 17th - Sun 18th Sept

posted 29 Jul 2011, 00:03 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:51 ]

UPDATE: This hike has been postponed from 20th / 21st Aug until 17th / 18th Sept

This is a great hike for both Scouts who have never done an overnight hike into a remote area before and also for those who might already have. It's a fairly easy route to walk, with only a few steep sections. At the end of the first day's walk, we camp by a lagoon near a disused orange orchard, if the season is right there'll be fresh orange juice for breakfast!!
While there is a pit toilet and running water available, there are no shops or ice cream vans, so you'll have to be prepared to bring your own supplies, including:
  • All food and drinks. You will need to bring about 2ltrs of water. Bring food for 2 lunches, one dinner, one breakfast and some trail snacks.
  •  Fuel stoves for cooking - Scouts will arrange to borrow some from other groups
  • Hike Tents
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots with support and warm clothing.
  • Compass, pocket note book, first aid kit, and all other equipment for overnight hiking.
  • All gear should be brought in a backpack - if you haven't got one, let me know 
Start time on Saturday is 9:30am from Essex Street Hall.

Scouts Abseil Day - Sunday 7th August 2011

posted 19 Jul 2011, 23:59 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:50 ]

UPDATE: Sorry, this event was postponed by the Activity Leader due to wet and slippery conditions. A new date will be provided.
This is a 2 hour introduction to Abseiling run by the Region Activity Center. While it does not qualify you for Abseiling, it is a fun way to get a quick introduction to the sport. If you enjoy it - you can go on to complete the full course at some other time to qualify for your Abseil Badge.
Meet at:

Lindfield Rocks, Tryon Rd, Lindfield (behind the tennis courts)

10:00 am start, 12 noon finish

Please meet in the corner of the car park near start of marked walking trail (Map attached)

Bring the completed A1 form and $5

Oaks Fire Trail Mountain Bike Hike - Sunday 31st July

posted 19 Jul 2011, 23:40 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:49 ]

The Oaks Fire Trail is a 28km trail popular with mountain bikers in the Blue Mountains National Park. It is rated Medium to Hard with some long climbs and even longer descents. Participants will need to have confidence in off road riding as the track can be rough and steep. 

Getting there and back:

We will be meeting at the Essex St Hall and loading bikes into trailers and scouts into cars. We need to catch the 9:23 train from Glenbrook, the trains run only once an hour so we will need to leave the hall on time. You will need to bring $2.30 for your train ticket.

We plan to return to the Essex St Hall by 5pm

More information can be found on the attached A1 Form which needs to be returned by Wed 27 July.

Welcome back to Term 3 - A New Beginning

posted 19 Jul 2011, 05:09 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 05:48 ]

A big welcome back to Scouts in Term 3. This term is going to mark a new beginning for the troop as some of our older Scouts start to move on to bigger and better things. A new generation of leaders will step up to take their place and we will re-organise our Patrols to give everyone the opportunity to grow their scouting abilities.

This term we will focus very much on the Patrol; what a Patrol is, why we have them and how to work effectively as a Patrol to achieve a goal. We will begin by introducing the new PL and APLs, announcing new Patrol lists and making sure everyone knows their Patrol.

But of course, we'll still be having fun along the way. The Term 3 program is now published on our web site, but here are some highlights:

Sunday 31st July - Mountain Bike Ride. James and Simon are organising a day bike ride along the "Oaks Fire Trail" - this is a truly classic ride in the Blue Mountains (http://www.trailflix.com.au/tfx_new/trails.php?id=theoaks&&component=trailmap) and will test your skill and endurance; it is a fairly long (about 30km) and challenging ride, so you will need to have access to a mountain bike and show that you have the necessary skill and strength.

Sunday 7th Aug - Scout Abseil day. This is a 2 hour course run by the Region Activity Center. It is intended as introduction to abseiling, there is no pre-requisite for participation (except that you know up from down) and will be a fun morning activity for all.

Saturday 20th - Sun 21st August - Overnight Hike, Marramarra National Park. This is a easy to medium hike plus an overnight camp by a tidal river. If the season is right - there may also be free Oranges.... there is an old citrus orchard near the camp site.

Friday 26th - Sun 28th Aug - Benowie Scouts Pioneer & Construction Course. This is your opportunity to obtain your Construction Badge (at any level) in one weekend. This course is run at the Normanhurst Scout Hall, it is not residential - you get to go home to sleep - and at the end of it you will be able to build awesome structures out of bits of wood and rope... 

Thursday 8th Sept - The big one!! .. Rifle Range Night. We are booked in for a night at the Hornsby Small Bore Rifle Club (http://www.northsydneysmallbore.org.au/) where we will not only learn how to, but actually fire a rifle, for real, at real targets. Unfortunately, only Scouts who have turned 12 will be able to fire rifles - although under 12s are still welcome to come and participate as targets.. Seriously - do come along and learn, we promise to make this a more regular event for Epping Scouts, so your turn will come.

Friday 30th Sept - Mon 3rd Oct (Labor Day Long Weekend) - State Jamborette: like a Jamboree, only smaller. This will be our big camp for the term, it is organised by the NSW State Scout Association and will be held at the Cottermouth Scout Center in the ACT. It will be run along the same lines as Jamboree - so it's a great introduction for those scouts who may not have been to Jamboree before. It is also a great way to get you 4 nights under canvas camping requirement for Jamboree 2013. we have yet to confirm our ability to attend this event - so stay tuned..

District Camp. Fri 10th June - Mon 13th June

posted 22 May 2011, 02:44 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 23 Jul 2011, 00:03 ]

What is it? District Camp
When is it? Queens Birthday Long Weekend, Fri 10th June - Mon 13th June
Where is it? Glenrock Scout Centre, via Burwood Road, KAHIBAH (Near Newcastle) link here: http://webmail.nsw.scouts.com.au/property/property_detail.asp?alpha=k&PropertyNum=1123)
How much is it? TBC, but around $35 - $45 (camp fees and food)
Why should I go? Because it's FUN
More information? See the A1 Form

ANZAC Day March (Sun 17th April 2011)

posted 5 Apr 2011, 23:54 by Epping Scouts   [ updated 23 Jul 2011, 00:04 ]

The Epping Group has been invited to join the Anzac Day March from the Epping RSL.
Meet outside the Epping RSL at 1:45 for a 2:00 start. Participants will go upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for a 20 minute service. After this, everyone will form up outside and 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 all 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 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.


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 shorts (school trouser style). For Cubs and older, the current style is the Snowgum zip-off pants in stone colour. Shoes should be black or brown (no runners please).

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

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