Beautiful ANZAC Day Wreath by Joeys
As mentioned in my earlier post Broken Bay Scouts were engaged in a number of activities to mark ANZAC Day to mark our acknowledgement of those that have served and continue to serve our nation.
This year our wonderful Broken Bay Scout Group members again participated in the Woy Woy ANZAC Day March followed by a Ceremony at Woy Woy Cenotaph.
I will let the images speak for themselves. All that participated should give themselves a big pat on the back for being such a wonderful part of our community and values!
This year the Broken Bay Scout Group were fortunate to participate in a number of activities to mark ANZAC Day and to remember those that have served and continue to serve Australia both here and overseas.
Camp Fort Scratchley, Newcastle
Setting out a little earlier three of our Scouts were able to join 49 other red cord Scouts from the Hunter District at an inaugural four day camp at Fort Scratchley sleeping under the sky in swags on the parade ground. For those of you that aren’t aware Fort Scratchley is situated on the headland of Newcastle overlooking Nobby’s Beach. Completed in 1882, Fort Scratchley was built as a coastal defence installation but is now an interactive museum with paid tours capturing the maze of underground tunnels. It was built to defend Newcastle against a possible Russian attack however the guns were only fired in anger on 8 June 1942 during the shelling of Newcastle by a Japanese submarine.
To mark ANZAC our Scouts were engaged in a number of related activities with highlights including:
- a visit to the frigate HMAS Newcastle (thanks Joh for the picture);
- witnessing the crew of the HMAS Newcastle marching from the mall to Civic Park to mark the ship’s honour;
- observing the ANZAC Day dawn service at Nobby’s Beach from the vantage of For Scratchley;
- participating in the Newcastle ANZAC Day march;
- observing the lighting of the Eternal Flame;
- participating in the Newcastle Memorial Walk Sunset Ceremony;
- visiting the sea wall at Nobby’s light house;
- the firing of the guns from Fort Scratchley and HMAS Newcastle;
- visiting Fighter World at Williamstown; and
- enjoying an extensive tunnel tour of Fort Scratchley.
We understand that our three Scouts represented the group proudly and feedback from the HMAS Newcastle and members of the Fort Scratchley Historical Society was very positive praising the behaviour and manners of the Scouts and Venturers that attended.
A huge thanks must be extended to the Hunter & Coastal Branch of Scouts, HMAS Newcastle for being so welcoming, members of the Fort Scratchley Historical Society for opening its doors to this wonderful experience, the sponsors of the camp, and of course our Scout leaders. Our Scouts came back with so many stories to share that it was hard to get a word in. What an amazing experience for them!
We recommend when you visit Newcastle to be sure to view the city from its best vantage point at Fort Scratchley.
Here are a few pictures to entice you…!
I must confess I never would have thought of this Scout challenge but I’m assured it’s easier than it sounds. Tent assembly blindfolded and using your feet with just one person directing you! Great to see Grandfather looking very relaxed observing this exercise. He must have plenty of faith in the Scout troop’s abilities. Go BBSG!
It’s been a bonanza of activities at Cubs! I’ve been a bit remiss in my blog posting of late and in the blink of an eye so much has happened that I’m hard pressed relating them all.
So perhaps it’s just best that I relate a few of them…and let the pictures do the talking!
- Going up into Scouts for two Cubs;
- 10 Pin Bowling Fun;
- ANZAC Day wreath making;
- Cub Scout Leadership course; and
- Cub Art Camp.
Look how creative and industrious they are! Our leaders should give themselves a big pat on the back!
One of the fabulous things about being part of the Broken Bay Scout Group is that no matter what age you are there are just so many activities you can do. As you can see from this picture everyone can share the fun!
Joeys have been tremendously busy with their activities which included Joey Scout Big Day Out in Newcastle and Clean Up Australia Day here in our own locality.
The Joey Scout Big Day Out included a visit to Newcastle Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Honeysuckle area. The Museum hosted a show science show which included… wait for it…da, da, daaaaa the “Science of Slime”.
So wonderful to see the Joeys helping out, such as they did cleaning up McEvoy Oval, and learning about the culture and history of Newcastle our neighbouring city.
We’re sure Greta’s heard this many, many times – but a big B-R-A-V-O-O-O to her just the same! Greta was presented with her Australian Scout Medallion (ASM) Certificate in early April by Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM JP.
Greta was just one of 39 NSW recipients and she was awarded her medallion at the Broken Bay Scout Group 2016 Christmas celebrations.
For those who are wondering exactly what the ASM represents it is “the highest award in the Scout Section” and is considered “the pinnacle” of Scouting at this stage.
Have you encountered “Goliath”? If you look around the leaders of the Broken Bay Scout Group and searched for one of the taller individuals with a big cheeky smile then you’ve found him. Yes, he’s pictured on the right in the above image with “Kotick”.
Goliath in March clocked up 10 years’ service and a big heartfelt thanks goes from all of us within the Group.
Keep up the great work Goliath and leading by example to our Scout troop! We know you’re ready for anything!