Looking for a venue? Then look no further!

With two halls to choose from you are spoilt for choice!

Ettalong Hall (pictured above)
Cnr Picnic Parade & Maitland Bay Drive
Ettalong

Umina Hall
3 Carawa Street
Umina Beach
(at the far end of the street adjacent to the parking for Club Umina).

Facilities

Both halls offer the following facilities:
•Kitchen (fridge, servery to main hall, oven, stove top, crockery etc);
•Tables and Chairs; and
•Toilet Facilities.

To find out more about how to book, pricing etc, please visit our “Hall Hire” page.

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Be Prepared For A New Adventure – A word from our Group Leader

A word from our Group Leader…

As group leader (and former scout leader of many years) I hope that I have been able to make a contribution to the skills that the young Scouting members of our community have, because we try to teach positive values and leadership. Skills they will carry through to their adult lives.

Our young people of today live in a very fast and mixed up world, what with peer pressure and some disturbing influences of the society in which we live. We as leaders try to give the children some good direction in the ways of scouting and the good life and fun times that can be had.
My love of the outdoors extends to hiking, mountain bike riding and boating – and I enjoy sharing this passion with the children and their families.
 
So I welcome you and your Scout and may you enjoy the benefits this great organisation can provide to you all.
 
The activities that the children can become involved with are many and varied and every child has the opportunity if they wish, to expand their knowledge and stretch themselves out of their comfort zones.

Interested in Joining Us?

Interested in joining us to learn more…?

Just about anyone can join, boys, girls, mums, dads, and even grandparents. We currently have four sections within our group.

Below is a list of the different groups you may wish to join. “New Chums” are invited to visit and try Scouting for up to 4 weeks at no cost before making a decision to join – so come along and attend one of our groups to find out what enjoyment is on offer! You will be asked to complete the attached application forms and return them as soon as possible. You will not be required to pay the membership fees until either the 4 weeks are up or that you decide to enrol your child.

The Joey Mob is for 6 to 8 year olds. This is the first section of Scouting and their focus in on fun, friendship and a gentle introduction into the adventures and challenges within Scouting. Joeys can earn a number of badges including Share and Care, Environment, and the Joey Promise Badge. They meet during the school term on Wednesdays (5.00-6.00 pm) at the Umina Hall, 3 Carawa Street (at the far end of the street adjacent to the parking for Club Umina).

The Cub Pack is for 8 to 11 year olds. The Cub section introduces them to Leadership skills, adventures and new challenges. They will make new friends and learn new skills in Canoeing, Bushcraft, Handy-worker, Scientist and many more. There are 34 achievement badges with level 1 and level 2, they are divided into 4 sections:

  • Arts and Literature;
  • Nature, Science and Technology;
  • Sport and Recreation; and
  • Our World.

There are also their Boomerangs (Bronze, Silver and Gold) which teach them about Health and First Aid, Safety, Outdoor Scouting, Scouting Traditions, Symbols of Australia and many more. They can earn the highest award in Cub Scouts which is the Grey Wolf Award where they have to show they understand and complete the Gold Boomerang.

They meet during the school term on Tuesdays (6.30-8.00 pm) at the Umina Hall, 3 Carawa Street (address as above).

The Scout Troop is for 11 to 15 year olds. With an almost unlimited range of activities. Scouts receive expert instruction in a wide variety of outdoor skills, camps with friends, make decisions and work as part of a team, developing their skills, playing games and having fun, become familiar with equipment and the right way to use it. You’ll go on a few or join thousands of boys and girls for fun and adventure at a national Jamboree.

They meet instead at the Ettalong Hall, Cnr Picnic Parade & Maitland Bay Drive, Ettalong on Thursdays (7.00-9.00 pm).

Venturers – 15 to 18 years of age. Bored? Feel like doing something with your life? Don’t know where to start? Try Venturer Scouts. It’s a do-it-yourself mix of fun, adventure and personal challenge that will bring you together with other young people who feel the same way. You may find yourself exploring wilderness Australia, camping above the snowline or diving on coral reefs. You could be abseiling into a limestone cave or climbing a sheer rock face. Perhaps you’ll learn white water kayaking or ride your mountain bike on an expedition across real mountains.

They meet at the Ettalong Hall, Cnr Picnic Parade & Maitland Bay Drive, Ettalong on Mondays (7.00-9.00 pm).

It’s your life… Get on with it!

All sections have good leaders who have great programs for their respective sections which encompass all of the ideals that Lord Baden-Powell, The Founder of Scouting, would wish for.

Membership fees

One-off Joining fee: $130
Term fees:   $ 86/term or $8.60/ week (arranged with section Leader), this pays for insurance, facilities (hall), equipment, badges etc, it will also depend on when they start in the term period. Term fees are required to be paid by week 2 of each term.

Investiture

Once your child has decided to join and the fees have been paid they must be invested into the Group. An investiture ceremony consists of the child making their Scout Promise to their Leader. The promise varies slightly depending on which section they join. Family members are invited to attend the investiture and take photos as this is an important part of the child’s life in Scouting. The section leader will advise you of when the investiture will take place.

Broken Bay Cub Pack

Cub Scouts – 8 to 11 years

Cub Scouts have lots of fun doing a lot of interesting things! There are games to play, codes and skills to learn and new friends to meet. Cub Scouts all help each other, and try to help other people too. Each week you’ll get together with other boys and girls your age and be led into adventure! You’ll wear your own Cub Scout uniform to show you’re one of us. Plus you’ll be able to collect special badges to put on your uniform to show your achievements.

From the Start

At your first pack meeting you may feel a bit shy to begin with but it won’t take long to get to know everyone.

You’ll learn the Scout Salute, the Handshake, the Motto, the Grand Howl, Pack Calls, the Cub Scout Law and the Cub Scout Promise. The leaders will help you. You’ll soon be making friends with Cub Scouts and having a terrific time!

You’ll find there are around 24 boys and girls in your Cub Scout Pack. All of them are just like you. They all might have different interests and be good at different things, but they all want to enjoy themselves and have fun.

 Fun Out and About

We spend weekends away together camping, fishing and exploring. We go to the Fire Station, visit factories, go the zoo, go to the local museum and local Heritage sites. We learn bushcraft, and we learn how to fly model aeroplanes and make matchbox sailing boats.

Earning Badges

Cub Scouts can earn achievement badges by doing things that interest them and by learning new skills like cycling, electronics, sports, cookery, boating, writing and more. There are also special Boomerang Badges earned by doing things like tying knots, first aid, hiking in the bush and building models. There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold Boomerang Badges.

There’s a lot more Cubs Scouts do too. Why not come along and find out?

Fun with your Leaders

Your leader is known as ‘Akela’ (the Wolf – the one who stands alone). Akela’s other current helper is Jacala (The Crocodile).

The names are taken from the famous Rudyard Kipling story “The Jungle Book”.

For details the Cub Scout contact email is: cubs_umina@yahoo.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello!

Hello and thank you for visiting our new Broken Bay Scout Group website.

Broken Bay Scout Group is located in the heart of Brisbane Water on the sunny Central Coast only an hour north of Sydney and an hour south of Newcastle. Our group is unique in the fact that we have two halls. One located in Umina and the other in Ettalong. Our location in Umina is within short walking distance to Umina Beach which is perfect for surfing, swimming and fishing. From here you can also do plenty of beach walks and bush walks.

Ettalong is an aboriginal word meaning “drinking place”. From here you can use nearby waterways for canoeing, safe swimming or a spot of fishing.

Our position is advantageous as we can utilise both the Brisbane Water National Park for Bushwalking and our waterways for water activities.

History

A little bit of history about the Broken Bay Scout Group and the Scouting Movement…

Blackwall – The group originally began in 1968 and was known as the 2nd Woy Woy (St Davids). In 1977 when the Uniting Church took over, the group became known as 1st Broken Bay (Uniting Church) Group. In 1998 the 1st Broken Bay (Uniting Church) merged with 1st Ettalong, formed in 1933, and became Blackwall Scout Group.

Umina –  The group opened in 1966, it started in Umina Progress Hall with a Cub Pack and a Scout Troop. In 1969 the group opened their own hall in Carawa Street Umina with 3 Cub Packs, 2 Scout Troops, and 1 Senior Unit (now called Venturers). In 1972 a Rover Crew was formed. The Umina badge was designed by a young Scout that sadly passed away from cancer before he could Jamboree in Queensland.

Today’s Group – Broken Bay – In 2006 Blackwall, merged with Umina to become the present day Broken Bay Scout Group. We have a Joey Mob, a Cub Pack, a Scout Troop and a Venturer Unit. Our Broken Bay Scarf badge was designed by one of the Scouts in 2006. His designed used aspects of both Blackwall and Umina scarf badges.

Lord Baden-Powell

Lord Baden-Powell

The Founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell was born in England on the 22 February 1857. As a boy, he lived a busy and adventurous life. He spent much of his spare time in outdoor pursuits, hunting in the woods, and going on expeditions with his brothers. He developed his powers of observation and resourcefulness, and many other useful skills. His family was not wealthy, and his father died when he was a young boy.

He joined the army and was sent to India, where he served for many years. He trained the soldiers in “scouting,” and taught them how to fend for themselves. He set down his ideas in the book, “Aids to Scouting,” which was used as an army textbook for many years. After the siege of the South African town of Mafeking, Baden-Powell, who was in charge of the defending force, was welcomed home a hero. The leader of the Boys Brigade encouraged him to try to use “Scouting” with the local boys. He conducted an experimental camp in 1907 on Brownsea Island. He had them live in tents, cooked their own food, and they learned many valuable skills through games. Baden-Powell wrote of his experiences in a book he called “Scouting for Boys.” Published in January 1908 in fortnightly parts, it sold readily to the youth in England, who started to carry out “scouting” as they read the book. Lord Baden-Powell died on the 8th January 1941.

Scouting has survived the two World Wars, many social events and the many challenges in society, to become stronger than ever. It does this by placing the needs of young people first – in a program that can adapt to change. For each generation of Scouts, the challenge has remained the same: to make a better world and have some fun along the way.