Cubs explore Middle Harbour Creek – Mar 18

The Cubs were looking forward to the first bushwalk of 2018… so the forecast of some scattered showers wasn’t going to dampen their enthusiasm (I’m not entirely sure if that pun was intended!). A “few showers” ended up being fairly heavy rain that conveniently started just before we set out, and continued throughout the walk: fortunately we the Cubs were all well-prepared for the adverse conditions.

It was a challenging walk, starting with an off-track descent from the Koola Track (in East Killara) down to Middle Harbour Creek, with the Cubs helping each other to safely get down the slope. (It was also a good opportunity to practice following a compass bearing.)

s

Once we reached Middle Harbour Creek, we met up with the Lockley Track which follows the creek downstream. This was much easier walking, although still a rough track that needed vigilance to ensure we didn’t stray off the path, and some clambering over fallen trees and other obstacles.

With the light fading (and head torches on) we reached the intersection of our track back up to the ridge. After passing a large rock overhang, the Cubs made sure we followed the faint white arrows marking the trail back up to the Koola Track, completing the 3km circuit through Garigal National Park.

We started with 20 Cubs… and finished with 20 Cubs, arriving back at the trail head at exactly 8pm!

The Cubs all did incredibly well on what was a tough walk, especially with the wet weather. They supported each other and were all well-prepared for the conditions. We’re all looking forward to our next hike!

Cubs Regional Soccer Competition – Dec 2017

The 2nd Gordon Cubs participated in the regional “World Cub Soccer” competition on Monday evening, fielding a team against local Cub groups including 1st Gordon, 1st Turramurra and West Pymble. We were undefeated in the competition, which was a great result for a team that had never played together!

There were some very close matches…

…and some where we enjoyed a solid win – and our goalie was a little under-utilised!

Most importantly, all the Cubs enjoyed their evening, took turns in being team captain and showed great teamwork!

We look forward to next year’s competition!

Full photo album.

 

Cubs Weekend Camp at Baden Powell – Nov 2017

After months (or at least weeks!) of planning, we’re off to the Baden Powell Scout Centre for a 3-day/2 night Cub camp on 17-19 November. We’ve got nearly all the Cubs (17 in total) participating, with an action-packed weekend of activities around the theme of “Doing Something I’ve Never Done Before”.

After arriving late Friday afternoon and finding our cabins, we enjoy a traditional Italian meal, before the evening activities.

Despite the forecast of a very wet weekend, the rain holds off allowing us to build a campfire. The Cubs test their fire-lighting skills and enjoy cooking damper over the fire. It’s a late night by the time we get the Cubs into bed!

Saturday starts early. The Cubs are up at 6am, and we have breakfast at 7am followed by our Opening Ceremony. We show the Cubs how to “break” the flag, before our first activity commences.

We challenge the Cubs with a rogaining exercise: the Cubs have to find codes, hidden all over the camp, in order to work out a scrambled phrase. After a briefing by Mim and Will, two Rovers who are leading this activity, the Cubs are off in small groups. (Full photo gallery)

After successfully completing the challenge, the next activity is the Leap of Faith. It’s very simple. Each Cub has to climb up to a 10m platform in a tree, using ladders and spikes – and jump off! Just about every Cub does this, without any qualms. (Full photo gallery.)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

After lunch, more fun and adventure awaits with a Crate Stacking exercise. Standing on top of the stack, how high can the Cubs build a stack of milk crates before it comes crashing down? The exercise requires balance and confidence, and pushes the Cubs to their personal limits whilst encouraging team work and communication. It was the favourite activity of the day! (Full photo gallery.)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

It’s been a tiring day – but it’s not over yet. Having physically exhausted the Cubs, now it’s time to mentally challenge them! After a few brain-teasers, we give them a simple challenge: balance 14 nails on top of the head of a single nail. All of the nails have to be balanced at the same time and cannot touch anything but the top of the nail that is stuck in the base. The Cubs don’t think it’s possible. The adults don’t thinks it’s possible either… but Brian, who’s leading the exercise, is very confident that’s it really quite simple. Amazingly, with a tiny bit of encouragement and lots of team work, each of the teams manage to complete the challenge fairly quickly! (More photos.)

It’s finally time for dinner, and with the rain still holding off we’re able to have another campfire, where we are joined by the 3rd Mosman Sea Scouts (who are sharing the camp with us).

The following morning is very quiet, with not a sound to be heard at 6am. Still total silence at 6:30am. By 7am the Cubs are stirring, and after some free time we’re off on the “City View” bushwalk. It’s about 1.3km each way from our camp, to a lookout over Lane Cove River National Park with the city in the distance. While we have our morning tea, we do some revision with the Cubs around bush safety.

Before we conclude our Camp with a Closing Ceremony, we invest five new Cubs – Emilie, Marlon, Grace, Martin and Isabelle.

It’s been an exhausting but very rewarding three days for the Cubs, leaders and parent helpers – but we’re already looking forward to our next camp! A huge thanks to our parent helpers (and future leaders!) Georgia, Brian and Toby.

 

Five new Cubs invested into 2G – Nov 2017

Congratulations to our five new Cubs, invested at our Cubs Camp at Baden Powell Scout Camp over the weekend.

Congratulations and welcome to 2nd Gordon…

Emilie F.

Marlon D.

Grace P.

Martin C.

Isabelle C.

Congratulations from the Cub leaders and to the entire pack for doing a great job on welcoming our newest members.

Cub Scout Law: “Cub Scouts are Loyal and Obedient; Cub Scouts do not give into themselves”

Cubs linking to Scouts farewell – May 2017

Congratulations to Jack R, Matthew L, Aiden K, and Will S who had their last night with Cubs this month and have linked up to our Scouts section. Their send off included a creative challenge course (built by one of our Scouts, Ed H) and water shooters!

We also farewelled our Spanish visitors for the month of May, Carla and Charlie. We trust you can share some great stories with your Scout group back home; it was great to share our traditions.

 

3 new Cubs invested into 2G – May 2017

Congratulations to Jade D, Luke D, and Will G-J who were invested into 2nd Gordon Cub Pack this week at a special pack ceremony alongside Middle Harbour. We also had 5 parents come along to be a part of our night hike and take part in our three investitures. All new Cubs pledged their Cub Scout Promise and recited the Cub Scout Law. Each Cub was congratulated by the pack with the Cub Yell (1-2-3-WOLF!!!) which echoed loudly across the harbour.

 

The investitures occurred during our pack night hike in an area near Founders Way/Bungaroo Track, St Ives on the Pipeline Track. Of historical significance, it was in this area where Admiral Arthur Phillip (RAN), the first Governor of NSW, 1788, camped and explored with an expedition to find suitable farming land. We felt this was a significant and memorable location.

 

Congratulations from the Cub leaders and to the entire pack for doing a great job on your night hike and welcoming our newest members.

Cub Scout Law : “Cub Scouts are Loyal and Obedient; Cub Scouts do not give into themselves”

Spanish Cubs Visitors May 2017

2nd Gordon Cubs started off Term 2 with two special (Cub) Scout visitors from Madrid Spain, Carla and Charlie. Carla presented a scarf from their home Scout group as part of their custom when visiting another international group. Welcome to 2nd Gordon Carla and Charlie! During Term 2, Cubs leaders have also re-organised the Six teams for optimal succession planning and promoted numerous Sixers and Seconds.

 

2nd Gordon Cubs parade Pets Mar 2017

The 2nd Gordon Cub Scout pack had their first pet parade in many years, mostly cool-canines, accompanied by a coy-cat feeling outnumbered and two very beguiled-Guinea-Pigs!

Cubs also earned their Level 1 Pets achievement badges, with four Cubs earning their Level 2 Pets badge by further explaining about pet care, challenges through growth, and local laws of ownership. The night had strong participation from all Cubs.

Cubs BLAST off Term 1 with Water Rockets Feb 2017

Cub Scouts were able to enjoy a toned down version of a traditional 2nd Gordon Scout section activity with water rockets. Our theme this term is to enjoy the outdoors while we still have daylight saving.

These rockets have a unique design modified by engineers in the 2nd Gordon leadership team to optimise flight with very simple design modifications where rockets can be built in about 10 minutes from recycled soft drink bottles, and launched with nothing more than water and bicycle pump air pressure. Firing them is always lots of fun, with some rockets going high, some far, and some spiralling out of control! Thanks again to Connor, an extra Scout leader present to supervise a second launcher, and four committed parent helpers, Toby, Mike, Eric, and Oliver who also kindly donated the very professional looking photos attached.

Cubs (…and leaders) never seem to get tired of this!