Family Camp on the Colo River – Mar 2020

As the threat of Coronavirus looms and lockdowns seem only a matter of time, we escape reality for a couple of days at Camp Bielany on the Upper Colo River… It will be the last camp we have for a while, so the Cubs (and parents) enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors while we still can! (Thanks Sarah and Rod for the photo contributions!) – more photos in our Cubs Photo Gallery.

We’ve got a fairly quiet first night with a few families arriving on Friday: the first task for the Cubs is demonstrating their ability to get the fire going…

The equally important next task is to cook some marshmallows… the theme of this camp being not so much “Surviving Coronovirus” but “Eating Marsmallows”. Fortunately the Cubs were not responsible for Coronavirus panic-buying, as marshmallows were still available in the supermarkets and we had a good supply at our camp!

The next day brings many more families – we have 16 Cubs in total (plus many older siblings and Future Cubs!) as well as Jade, Charlotte and Aiden from our Scout section. There’s also lots of outdoor activities taking place… The main activity is swimming and “tubing” on the Colo River, the last pristine river in NSW which flows from the Wollemi National Park down to the Hawkesbury River.

Of course, it’s not ALL play when you’re a Cub… more serious activities involved building a bamboo teepee, putting up the tents and making some notes on how to improve the design of future camps…

All this activity generates a healthy appetite: fortunately there are still marshmallows available to sustain the Cubs, Scouts and siblings through the evening!

As the day winds down, the Cubs seem to adapt well to their electronic-device-free surroundings, playing card games by torch-light as the day draws to a close…

There’s a bit of overnight drizzle, but we awake to a sunny and cloudless morning, and a last chance for a swim, before heading reluctantly back home.

Scouts Water Activities Camp Nov-Dec 2019

The leaders and parent helpers spent a few months putting together our water activities camp (Outdoor Activity Skills – Level 3 Boating and partial Level 4 Sailing). It consisted of Powerboating with ski tubing, small powerboat handling (by youth), canoeing, and sailing (Hobiecat and Maricat). This was to be a unique experience not typically seen amongst the Scout groups where we tend to focus on campcraft.

Lake Lyell in Lithgow was our setting for a two day and two night camp. The emphasis was learning about new activities in a fun and rewarding environment. Nearly all Scouts, young and old attended the camp along with four leaders and two parent helpers (thanks JB and MS).

Duty patrols took care of kitchen and cooking duties, and we also made time to get together with the youth to review the first day to make quick improvements to the day 2 program.

Some of our water activity photos:

Youth got to try out small boat handling and driving skills:

Tubing was one of the favourite activities, with a number of those loving a fast adrenaline rush!

We shall consider doing another water camp next year.



Scouts Easter (ANZAC) Weekend Camp April 2019

Scouts, Leaders and parent helpers enjoyed the 4 night (5 day) camp which included traditional standing camp construction, navigation activities, an Easter egg hunt, 3 course Dinner cooking competition, and we also invested 5 new Scout members.

Set amongst the mountains around Abercrombie River, 2nd Gordon Scouts have used the Craven’s private property for years with their generosity and friendship. The land has largely remained natural for decades – Scouts are of course taught how to sustain the land to keep for generations.

Our canvas tents are still holding up well after decades. They and Scouts had fun for two of our evenings dropping to 2 degrees. The daytime was a nice mild temperature by contrast.

Chuff chuff ground ovens constructed from 15 litre metal drums, rocks and mud allowed the Scout patrols to cook a lamb roast and sticky date pudding for their competition dinner.

There was time to socialise… relax… and work as patrols…

And also carry out our daily water collection run for washing up water and a bush shower.

A camp isn’t a camp without our campfire night including skits, performances and toasted marshmallows.

We finished off with 5 new Scout investitures, a group photo, then our trip back to Sydney… till next year!


Two New Scout Leaders May 2019

We are pleased to welcome Smokey (Fiona) and Ian-Ross to the 2nd Gordon Scout Troop. Ian-Ross is currently in training for the Scouts section whilst Smokey brings a wealth of experience to the Scout troop leadership team including previously held roles as Cub leader, Scout Leader and Venturer leader from other regions. More on their profile will be added on the Leader Profiles page in future.

2G Scout Leaders (L-R: Glenn, Jezza, Connor, Ian-Ross, Smokey, Phil)

Jamboree Scouts Combined Evening – Sep 2018

2nd & 3rd Lindfield Scouts had a combined night with 2nd Gordon Scouts to bring together our AJ2019 troop B548 for the first time. Non-Jamboree Scouts also attended to join in a mixed patrol activity.

We had a Masterchef challenge night, where patrols selected their ‘chosen’ members to take on mini challenges in order to make a preferred choice of cooking ingredients.

After all ingredients were earned, a creative meal was prepared, cooked, and then sampled.


The combined troop night went very well. We look forward to having all Jamboree attendees at October’s shakedown camp.

Australian Scout Medallion Project – Aug 2018

On Sunday 5th August, Tom L, our Australian Scout Medallion candidate organised and documented the planning of a brilliant project for his award requirements.

It included all sections of 2nd Gordon’s group including Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers in canoes and kayaks scouring the shorelines of Cowan Creek from Apple Tree Bay Bobbin Head for rubbish.

25+kg of general rubbish and a very old 20kg wheel/tyre was collected with support from Clean Up Australia (also organised by Tom in conjunction with National Parks).

Of no surprise, a large amount of rubbish amongst the rocks and oyster shells or wrapped around trees were plastic shopping bags and bottles of all shapes, sizes and materials. And the two oddest items we found were a rusted out cast iron camp oven and a pitch fork with wooden handle intact.

The weather was another beautiful warm Winter’s day. Leaders from all sections were present.

This activity was particularly inspiring because it entailed conserving our natural environment, inter-group socialising, and most of all, a fun way to do it by paddling!

We wish Tom all the best in finishing his ASM before moving up a section to Venturers. Thank you to all members and parents who helped out today to make this happen for Tom, Bobbin Head National Parks for hosting us, and West Pymble Scouts for the loan of extra canoes.

Scout Hike – May 2018

One of the Scouts’ premier events for the year, is the two-day, two-night Scout Hike, where registered NSW Scout patrols lightweight hike between about 30 activity points (run by leaders) in a closed (to public) state forest. This year celebrated a 25-year milestone for this event.

Our first night of arrival was windy and cold, however the photo above of day break was to be perfect conditions to hike.

This year, 2nd Gordon Scout Hike patrols won 1 gold and 3 bronze places – well done to all.

We even tried to blast a Scout into space!

But the landing failed…

2nd Gordon and North St Ives ran a fun activity point with a Mars theme which included trivia, making an effigy ‘starman’ like Elon Musk did sending a Tesla car to space, and then firing their effigy attached to a water rocket.

Glenn explaining water rocket propulsion

Our activity point was very popular and processed over 150 patrols over two days.

Two days went fast! See below for a very short video of a water rocket being fired for the most part in slow motion – you can appreciate how fast these air and water powered rockets fly.

Video of Water Rocket – 5 seconds

Scouts Anzac Long Weekend Camp Apr 2018

2nd Gordon Scouts’ normal annual Easter camp was pushed out to the ANZAC long weekend to align with school holidays. This camp is our troop’s primary campcraft and traditional scouting venue over 5 days and 4 nights; and set upon a backdrop of bushland backing onto the Abercrombie River on private property.

Scouts are challenged with patrol related tasks, setting up a full camps including canvas sleeping quarters, kitchen dining areas with gadets and cooking over open fires.

Our Scouts had a belated Easter egg hunt using a navigation challenge, a night hike including navigation by the stars, 3 course competition dinner in ground camp ovens, and games.

Leaders cooked the troop’s first dinner with the now-famous two shovel chicken stir fry done on a huge steel sizzling hot plate.

Many Scouts also appreciated the opportunity to bond as patrols and a troop, and we had a few jokes, skits, and sharing stories around our large campfire.

See you all at our next big camp!

Break on the way to camp

Phil and Connor presented the Wood Badge Mar 2018

Phil and Connor are amongst four 2nd Gordon leaders completing their Advanced Leadership training to be recognised with the time-honoured Wood Badge.

This is the highest leader award, though learning and honing of skills that never really cease during a leader’s tenure.

Phil and Connor presented with the Wood Badge and Gilwell scarf

The Wood Badge is awarded on successful completion of specific training as well as a major project.

Ceremony included special commisioners Kevin Sewell and Faye Bowers

The badge is actually two wooden beads worn around the neck on a leather string. The ‘dove grey’ Gilwell scarf is worn on non-group special events, and signifies their membership in the internationally-recognised 1st Gilwell Scout Group. Two more presentations are to come soon for another two 2nd Gordon leaders.

Scouts in 3rd Place – District Raft Race Feb 2018

Congratulations to the 2nd Gordon Scout Troop who built a superb traditional raft able to float 13 Scouts around the race course at Narrabeen.

The rain stayed away for most of the morning, with wind creating some navigating challenges.

Third place is admirable; however 2nd Gordon Scouts couldn’t retain the First Place trophy they won last year. They will have to attempt it again next year.


Construction as usual for 2nd Gordon was top notch using traditional knots. Well done to all, and also our parent helpers who did a great job transporting and assisting on the day.