Congratulations to Cub Scout Jayde, who tonight was awarded her Grey Wolf Award: the highest award attainable by Cubs aged 8-11. She's had to learn new skills, discover her community, help other people and even plan her own adventures to earn this prestigious award.
Less than 10% of Cub Scouts earn the Grey Wolf Award: In order the complete all requirements, young Cubs must become involved in their community and prepare themselves for both adventure and life, with challenges including learning first aid skills, attending intensive practical leadership training with other Cubs and even planning and leading a day hike with minimal adult supervision. It's a program which is designed to give Cubs independence and self-management skills, and recipients often report increased success in school and readiness for teenage years.
Despite her success, Jayde isn't resting on her laurels. Having just turned 11, the young adventurer is looking forward to moving from Cubs to Scouts, where she'll take on bigger challenges designed to give young adults aged 11-15 opportunities to explore their world and choose their own paths. She says she's excited to be taking the next step in her Scouting journey, but that she'll also always remember the lessons learned during her time in Cubs.
Rain and clouds weren't enough to stop more than a dozen Joeys, Cubs and Scouts aged 7-14 from 5th Footscray Scout Group participating in National Tree Planting Day. Despite the poor weather, the Scouts worked enthusiastically alongside the Friends of Cruickshank Park to help plant trees and ground cover near the new playground outside Clare Court Kindergarten.
"It's great fun, actually," said Matt, 14, who spent the afternoon helping younger Cubs and Joeys with the planting process. Leaders were not surprised at how willing Scouts were to help. "Giving back to the community is a big part of Scouting," said Scout Leader Jonas Anderson. "It's great to see so many of our youth members keen to help care for the parks they enjoy so much."
It was a damp, cool day on Sunday 1st June, 2014 but that wasn't going to stop the official re-opening of our newly renovated scout hall. Many current members of 5th Footscray Scout Group and their families, along with a few ex-members, visitors and official guests gathered to celebrate this event. Scouts, Matt and Oscar greeted Brendan Watson - Victorian Chief Commissioner for Scouts, Bernie Finn MLC - Victorian MP for Western Metropolitan Region and Doug Dixon - Scouts Victorian Branch building supervisor and explained how the hall renovations had improved their scouting experience. Official greetings and speeches followed, and then an official commemorative plaque was unveiled. After the formal business was concluded, the children and some of the adults were keen to take a turn abseiling down the 8 metre tower set up in the park outside. Thanks to the very professional team from Scouts Victorian Branch Abseiling Council and their awesome mobile tower, many got to experience abseiling for the first, but probably not the last time. Those who weren't abseiling tried their hand at screen printing or making paper helicopters. With all this activity making people hungry, it was a good thing that there were plenty of BBQ sausages available as well as homemade scones with jam and cream. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Yarraville and Gerard White for allowing us the use of their BBQ trailer and for cooking the sausages. Thanks Akela for the scones. The dream of renovating the scout hall has taken about seven years to become a reality and only finally became possible in 2013 thanks to funding from the Victorian Government Department of Human Resources matched by funding from Scouts Australia. Although those grants account for the lion's share of the project's cost, sincere thanks must be given for the fundraising efforts of many parents over the last seven years, as well as the generous support from the Seddon Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank, Yarraville Masonic Lodge, Omega Security Solutions and Mrs Beryl Whittle who have all helped make this a possibility.