This year we had another successful ski trip. Everyone throughly enjoyed themselves and there were no injuries. Everyone returned home safely on Friday night. The only injury was our loyal trailer!
Just after passing the Campbelltown exit, Mark who was driving the bus noticed there was something amiss with the trailer and pulled over to investigate. The driver's side wheel of the trailer was about to come off the axle!
After a quick deliberation, it was decided to unhitch the trailer, lock it up (to keep the contents secure) and get everyone back to the Hall safely by midnight. We alerted Campbelltown police about our trailer.
Arrangements were made for the trailer to be delivered to the Hall aboard a flat bed tow truck on Saturday. Everyone picked up their luggage on the Sunday.
On 24 July, the trailer was loaded onto a car trailer to be taken to hospital (mechanic) to get a new axle. At the same time the trailer will also be fitted with gas bottle holders and various holes repaired. The trailer will be out of action for 3 weeks.
Thank you for Mark and Stephen for taking good care of our trusty, hardworking trailer. We look forward to its return!
Cubs made the most of a midweek visit to Vivid to miss the crowds. Cubs enjoyed interacting with the different light shows & the travel on the bus & train was as much fun as the lights.
We had an adventure packed fun at the Cataract Dam Scout Camp, with actives such as archery, a muddy obstacle course, waterslide and a scenic walk to Cataract Dam. The weather was awesome, raining briefly on the second night.
While Riku and Roland were out sailboarding on Saturday morning (19 November) I spotted 2 large fins 200m away. As a precautionary measure we got the cubs and their boards back to the boat shed.
The Cubs with their mothers Cate and Kyoko piled into the scout runabout and went out to investigate the fins.
Out from Clive Park we came across a pod of 6 large dolphins.
A BIG thank you to Keith Clarke for putting his carpentry skills to good use (again) to install a new awning made from the starboard half of a decommissioned sailing dingy.
The front door has also been repainted to match the new awning.
Also thank you to Lisa Allshire for putting her sign writing skills to good use. Lisa is not only an artist but she was a professional sign writer.
The new awning and signage was completed in good time before our Annual Christmas Tree Sale! It really does give the face of the Hall a lot more character.
Thank you to those who volunteered for this BBQ. It turned out to be yet again a great, fun, profitable event for the scouts.
We had a great morning being involved in a community event with athletes of all abilities and hundreds of other Cubs, Scouts and Venturers. The early 5.30am start didn't put us off, and walking along closed streets in Double Bay was a novelty.
We had an hour to set up the tables, line up all the cups and start filling them with water or sports drinks. It was a great chance to work as part of a team to get everything ready for when the first wheel chair athletes came racing along the course. There were cheers and claps from everyone, as they sped past us in a flash. Everyone was inspired by their determination and that of all the runners that took part, no matter whether they were the trumpet blowing runner, those in fancy dressed, the ball bouncing athlete, the teams, babies in prams and there was even a man who had completed EVERY city to Surf since it started.
Some runners sped past grabbing drinks in a hurry and we had to duck as the empty cups were thrown on the road, others took the time to thank us for volunteering. There was so much energy from everyone and plenty of refreshments to keep the volunteers from getting hungry or thirsty. A fantastic event to be part of and 1st Northbridge Scouts and Cubs will definitely be back next year - especially as we raised funds for our pack at the same time as having fun.