Joey Scouts Go Bush

thumb_ingleside01Parramatta District Mobs – 1st Ermington, 1st North Rocks, and 1st Winston Hills, were joined by 1st Cambridge Park Mob for an excellent Joey Scouts Go Bush Mob Holiday on 25-26 October 2008. After many  months of planning the time for the Parramatta District Mob Holiday had finally arrived. Leaders arrived early to set up for the weekend, before the arrival of Joeys and parents.

We had a very packed weekend full of activities—just like any normal Mob meeting—except that this would run for many hours—not one. Our theme for the weekend was Joey Scouts Go Bush. As we were running the Mob Holiday at the Environment campsite—we ran activities on an environment/bush theme.

The Mob Holiday was a great opportunity to get to know some Joey Scouts from other Mobs. Hopefully we will see our new  friends again at District and Region events in the future—if not as Joeys, perhaps as Cubs or Scouts.

After our opening ceremony we divided up into 2 groups. These groups rotated through 2 different activities—tree planting and worms/composting. Hopefully the Joeys will get a chance to return to Ingleside at a later time, and will see how much their plants have grown. We made our own worm farm—with real worms—to take home, and had snail races. What fun!

Throughout the camp we enjoyed many yummy meals—feeding 75 people at once was a challenge—but the Joeys quickly learned to wait their turn, and to wash up their own plates. Many thanks to Kathy Cuneo (RCJS) as cooking co-ordinator, and Jeff Fairall (GL – 1st Cambridge Park) for cooking us a fabulous baked dinner.

thumb_ingleside02After lunch we rotated through various activities —low ropes course, making a leaf collage and enjoying a bush sensory story, making Aussie animal biscuits for afternoon tea, and creating creatures from seed pods and pinecones.

After eating our yummy biscuits we participated in a bush Olympics activity. Then it was on to showers and dinner—the dress up theme was Outback Australiana. After dinner, it was time for our  campfire—no camp would be complete without one. There was lots of singing and each Mob performed a skit. The campfire ended with the making of smores—these were a hit—and many Joeys , parents and Leaders lined up to enjoy this sweet taste sensation.

After the campfire we went to look for night animals in small groups—and although we didn’t find any of the furry kind (they came visiting after the Joeys went to bed) - we managed to find some helpful Scouts—who kindly returned one of the Joeys to us that had wandered away from their parent—I guess they were just a bit too young to be a Scout.

After our Joey Scout’s Own lead by Lindsay McEwen on Sunday morning, we participated in a water bugs survey in the local creek. A bit of a walk for some of the Joeys (and parents), but a lot of fun. On returning to camp we went animal tracking and painted plaster animals.

After lunch it was a bushwalk for Joeys and parents—despite the moans—everyone was very tired by this stage.

thumb_ingleside04This was a great weekend—it takes many people to make this happen. Thanks to Cassie Rec (1st North Rocks) and Helen Sara (1st Winston Hills) for working hard to come up with a fabulous Mob Holiday. It’s a pleasure working with such talented Joey Leaders.  Thanks to other Joeys Leaders that helped out on activities over the weekend – Robert Stead (1st North Rocks), Karen Fairall (1st Cambridge Park), and Jodie Richards (1st Winston Hills). Thanks especially to 1st Winston Hills Scout Group – for extra help from Cub and Scout Leaders - Grant Sollom  and Lindsay McEwen – and Scout helper Haydn Apps. Thanks also to all the wonderful parents that pitched in and helped over the weekend—we couldn’t have done it without you.

Sandy Knox
District Leader Joey Scouts
Parramatta District

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