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 camp craft 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 and kitchen dining areas.

Our Scouts had a belated Easter egg hunt using a navigation challenge, a night hike including navigation by the stars, 2 course competition dinner in ground camp ovens, and games. Leaders cooked the troop’s first meal with the now-famous two shovel chicken stir fry done over 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 shall 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 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.

Scouts and Venturers support Leukaemia Research – Oct 2017

2nd Gordon and North St Ives Scouts, Venturers, parents, and leaders worked the Sat 28 Oct afternoon through to hours well into Sun morning to daybreak to support the 2nd Gordon Scouts-run Checkpoint India at Wisemans Ferry for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic race.

 

 

Each year, The Arrow Foundation hosts the race for around 600 participants who paddle for up to 111km overnight to raise money for research.

2nd Gordon has run the site for well over 15 years, including site logistics, checkpoint control, and check in and out to track all paddlers.

Congratulations to our own Chris, Ric, and Nicole on your achievements in the paddle!

Scout & Venturer Leaders progress Advanced Leadership Training Jul 2017

2nd Gordon Scout section leaders Glenn, Phil, Connor and Venturer leader Nicole have now completed 90% of their Advanced Leadership sectional training following a mix of comprehensive online training modules and about 18 hours of weekend practical training at the Baden Powell Scout Centre. They now only need to complete their final projects in their own time to complete the course (though learning will never really cease).

  

Scouts Air Activities Badge – Temora Jul 2017

A number of 2nd Gordon Scouts, along with leaders and parent helpers Simone, Mike (thanks!), visited the Temora air show and museum to complete the Scouts air activities badge work.

 

It was a fun and tremendously-packed weekend that included: meeting pilots, inspecting historic aircraft, watching demonstration flights of historic and extremely rare operational “warbird” aircraft including the famous British World War II Spitfire fighter that has actually seen combat, investing new Scouts into 2nd Gordon, cooking and camping, sharing stories around the campfire, building rubber-band aircraft and flying them, seeing a private small aircraft up close and personal to learn how it works, firing model rockets on a property, and best of all, solidifying friendships.

 

The overnight temperature hit a record low of minus 5.3 degrees, however everyone was warm through good planning and being well prepared for cold weather.

 

All Scouts got to take home a collectable coin from the air museum. The below link is a model rocket taking off.

Click here: Short Video of model rocket

New Invested Scouts – Temora Jul 2017

Congratulations to Kevin, and Cubs that have completed linking to our Scouts section Will S, and Aiden K who were invested into 2nd Gordon Scout Troop at a truly special location at Temora air museum alongside an operational and fully restored Supermarine Spitfire aircraft that has seen real air combat during World War II. Just half an hour earlier, our Scouts were observing this aircraft fly past the air strip before landing and providing us with a great investiture location alongside it. Thanks to Temora air museum for hosting us.