Chairmans Report 2015
Writing the annual report every year is such a pleasant task. I get to think back and reflect on how the year has been for our cubs and scouts and what was achieved in the year that has just whizzed by.
This year’s highlight was the 23rd World Scout Jamboree held in Japan. Four of our senior scouts attended this awesome event. As a parent, seeing your child all grown up and heading more than half way round the word to meet thousands of scouts from many nations and have an experience of a life time was a deeply fulfilling and proud moment. An amusing moment at the airport occurred when we were waiting for our scouts to come through the exit gates on their return. The western province rugby team walked out and were completely ignored by anxious scout parents (who had filled the arrivals area with banners and flags) wanting to catch a glimpse of their children. We did get some feedback as to how it went although most of had to be prompted! I do however rest assured that they all had a wonderful time. The Atlantic Sun featured our boys in their 1 October 2015 edition. They spoke of their experiences and what scouting does for them.
As always Kontiki was another fantastic event this year. Our raft was judged 1st in construction and our team collected the McEwan Trophy. What a proud moment for our group to see our captain, Jordan Bysshe receive the trophy. Sadly we could not take the trophy home with us to show it off. If this was not enough, we also came 2nd overall out of about 27 entries. Our team did us proud by doing well in the spare time activities (STA’s), cooking and other tests. We came 3rd in the STA’s competition section as well. Of course this has threatened our traditional rivals 1st and 2nd Bergvliet who I’m sure are up to some cunning plans to wrestle the McEwan Trophy away from us next year. Bring it on!!
We also entered the other annual competitions such as Gordons Shield but were outgunned by the much larger troops. Our scouts did however come 3rd in the Orienteering competition.
The cub camp at the Cape Leopard Trust proved to be a great event. The cubs had a fabulous time in the Cedarberg learning about nature and camping with their buddies.
Both our Halls remain in good condition. Our relationship with the folks that offer Yoga, Guang Dong and music remain good as they share the halls with us.
We are down on scout numbers at the moment. We have a few new recruits this year so we have three patrols. Cubs is full after a successful brochure drop in every child’s starter pack at the Primary School.
Our uniform and apparel are all up to date and for sale (T-shirts, caps, etc.) Please wear the caps as much as possible for sun protection. I know the wider brimmed hats are not cool but it would be nice to look into a version for our group.
Our Group has remained strong because of the commitment, dedication and generosity of Mike Eastman, Lynne Coertzen and Wendy Scott. Lana Glass has taken up the position of Troop Scouter this year. We are eternally grateful as parents to these special people who provide guidance, training and support to our children. There has also been another amazing development of the past two years with the scout leadership. Many of the senior scouts who have finished up because they are now over 18, have remained on as helpers and assist with the Friday evening meetings, hikes and camps. This is awesome as they offer so much guidance, leadership and friendship to our scouts. Many thanks to Mathew Boynton, Connor Thompson, Callum Geyser, Ben Alexander for being such outstanding young men. I also know that study commitments are keeping Michele Scott and Kian van Rensberg from doing the same. They are all so welcome to pop in at any time and join in.
I would also like to thank Alex Jochheim (and Cindy) for his devotion to our Group. Alex is always ready to attend a meeting or to respond to any request for assistance.
Mike Scott was missed this year. His contribution to our Group over the past few years was enormous. He will remain an honorary member of our group albeit I am too scared to let him into the store room!. Its not exactly as he left it…
We have developed a strong connection with Hout Bay scouts and Bergvliet scouts. At the end of the year our scouts will be attending the 1st Bergvliet camp in the Cedarberg. Great friendships and memories are being made.
Our finances are in good shape. We hosted a very successful fundraiser mid year. A big thank you to Brett Archibald who gave a packed audience a talk about his experience about surviving at sea after falling off a boat.
A big thank you to my committee for all their support and behind the scenes organising and efforts. Our monthly meetings are always great fun. Thank you Lisl Gruneberg who was our treasurer for the past two years. Patrick Ryan has kindly taken over this role.
Time for our scouts to focus on their looming exams. Study hard – it’s the only way (unless you wish to work for a parastatal).
Have a spectacular festive holiday, then we start all over again!