Troop Scouters Report 2015
During the Easter school holidays three of our senior scouts, Jordan, Kyle and Daniel, attended the Gilqua PLTU Course. The Patrol Leaders Training Course is a comprehensive 9 day leadership programme that aims to help individuals overcome their limitations and discover their true potential, creating a strong sense of self-worth, self-confidence and self-discipline. We look forward to seeing how our Scouts use these skills in the leadership of their Patrols.
Four of our Junior scouts, Amy, Kai, Nicholas and Matthew, took part in the Upton Shield competition this year. Upton Shield is a hiking competition for scouts under 15 years and aims to test scouting knowledge with a focus on Pathfinder and Adventurer requirements. We are looking forward to sending two teams next year.
In the July school holidays we ran a short Troop Camp from the 6th to the 9th of July at Hawequas Scout Ranch in Wellington. We had two patrols and 5 assistant troop scouters on the camp, and a great time was had by all.
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held this year from the 28th July to the 8th August in Kirara-hama, Japan. We where fortunate enough to be able to send four scouts, Kyle, Daniel, Jordan and Oliver to this once in a life time event. Well done to the scouts and especially the parents for all the effort that went in to making this possible. 33, 628 scouts from 155 countries participated in this years Jamboree. The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in the USA in 2019. Junior scouts start saving your pocket money now!
Eight of our scouts participated in the Gordon Shield competition on the 22nd of August. The competition focuses on measuring the implementation of the Patrol system and general scouting skills. The team had a lot of fun, and hopefully next year we can take what we learnt this year and show the other Troops what we are made of.
On Friday the 11th of September we joined 2nd Hout Bay Sea Scouts at their hall for an inter Troop meeting. Lots of fun was had building catapults and the Camps Bay patrols came out the clear winners at the end of the evenings distance competition. We look forward to joining 2nd Hout Bay on more activities, and reaching out to other Troops in our area.
The annual Orienteering competition was held at Central Square in Century City on the 13th September. Jordan, Kyle, Sacha and Skye took part and placed third in the Seniors competition amongst 24 teams so a big congratulations to them! Next year we would like to enter teams in the junior, senior and adult categories.
Our fourth term kicked off with a bang as we held a sleepover at the Appleton campsite on
top of Signal Hill. Oliver organised a killer campfire for us, Kyle made some delicious chicken stew and a hike up to the top of Lions head on Saturday morning wrapped up a great start to the term.
Matthew and Connor obtained their Scout Warrants in the second half of this year, and Cullum obtained his permit. A big thanks in is order to you three for making the effort to attend these courses. We look forward to seeing your new found knowledge and leadership skills being utilised in the running of the troop.
A multitude of Advancement and Interest badges where obtained this year by our scouts. We encourage all scouts to attend as many badge courses as possible. Not only do you learn invaluable skills and obtain a badge but the experiences and friendships that are gained on these courses will last a lifetime. Check out the online site to view the course calendar and apply for badge courses http://www.wcpermits.org.za
We will be joining 9th/16th Cape Town and 2nd Cape Town on a District Competition on Saturday the 14th November. This promises to be an exciting day, and a great way to interact with the other Troops in our area so please save the date!
We are very excited to be joining 1st Bergvliet on their Summer camp in January 2016. This will be held at Clanwilliam dam and promises to be a week filled with fun, adventure and water activities. I strongly encourage all scouts to attend this camp. It will be a once in a life time experience.
Next year will be insanely busy as three of our senior scouts complete their Springbok badges. We also aim to have the entire Troop move up an advancement level over the next year and increase our presence at badge courses and competitions. And of course Kontiki is happening in the first half of next year so be sure to look out for information about that.
At the end of 2016 the Cederberg Senior Scout Adventure will take place. The adventure will be held from the 10-22nd of December 2016 in the Cederberg Mountains. I trust that all of our senior scouts (15 years +) will take part in this amazing event.
Yours in Scouting,