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..