The Cubs are excited about their visit to the Scout Heritage Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. Run by experienced and enthusiastic Scout Activity Leaders, and near a fantastic playground, it promised to be a fun and educational day.
We started with a Flag Parade, and learnt a bit about the Aboriginal history of the area – Sydney Olympic Park is situated on the traditional lands of the Wann clan, known as the Wann-gal.
Next is an outdoor activity, with the Cubs firing – and trying to catch – water-propelled rockets. It’s one of the many fun activities that the Centre runs for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers using a variety of simple devices.
After this, it’s time for a more cerebral work-out and the opportunity to earn a History badge. The Cubs really get into the activity – there’s a huge amount of Scouting history and memorabilia in a relatively small place. The Cubs need to work their way around the exhibits to complete their activity sheet and learn about the origins of Scouting in Australia.
A few Cubs finish the activity early… they head outside again where they’re shown the “mobile patrol box” – an entire Patrol tent and everything you need to set-up camp in a mobile box!
There’s just enough time for all the Cubs to complete their History activity sheet before our Riding the Rails train arrives… This is both great fun and educational. Formerly used for transporting munitions (including missiles and torpedoes), the train enters an area that’s otherwise closed to the public and goes past (and into!) buildings dating back to the 1890s that were use to store explosives.
It’s almost time to go – our two hours at the Centre have flown by… There’s time for one last activity, with the Cubs building a pyramid out of polystyrene cups which are then blasted by a home-made “cannon” using smoke from a fog machine!
We finish our afternoon with lunch (and a few lolly-snakes) at the nearby Blaxland Riverside Park. It’s an impressive playground with heaps of different equipment to keep the Cubs busy for another hour.
A huge thanks to all the volunteers at the Scout Heritage Centre – the Cubs, Leaders and parents all had a fantastic afternoon!