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1st Willoughby Scout Group

Annual Report for 2013 - 2014

2014- 2014 ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 10 May 2014


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PROGRAM

6:30 Opening

6:45 Welcome to All

7:00 Report from the Chair

7:15 Cubs

7:30 Scouts

7:45 Joeys

8:00 Treasury

8:30 Thank You

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1st WILLOUGHBY LEADERSHIP TEAM

Group Leader Peter Blair

Scout Leaders Michael Harding

Stuart Collins Sarah Boyd

Cub Leaders Jenny St Quintin

David Hyde Tim St Quintin Deborah Lee

Joey Leader Toni-Lee Game

Joey Helper Lily Santosa

Leaders in Training Tim Maguire (Cubs)

Leaders in Reserve Christina Holder (Venturers - VL)

Rob Gallagher (Scouts / Venturers - ASL) Steven Rees (Scouts - ASL) Jason Barker (Group Management – AGL)

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GROUP LEADER’S REPORT : PETER BLAIR

This afternoon I have been putting together a slide show for tonight’s Annual Report Presentation. As I looked through about 500 photos which represented a small component of this year’s activities it really sank in what it is that Scouts contribute to our society. Scouts contribute well developed human beings giving exposure and opportunity to many for the extraordinary rather than the ordinary. I cannot be anything other than proud of the leadership team and the parent body which amazingly creates and supports this group.

I would like to commence with some thank yous. Hopefully everyone in the room has a reasonable understanding of the rolls that each of us fulfill but our Section Leaders and assistant leaders are the front the middle and sometimes the back line of our operations. Joeys are lead by the amazing Toni-Lee. As a sometimes Joey assistant I can only marvel at her ability to keep her little audience entranced and also under contol each week as they explore the bigger world which they are becoming a part of.

Our Cubs continue to be lead by Jenny St Quintin who puts enormous energy into delivering an unimaginably successful program. As I look at the Cub photos for the year which I encourage all to do I am reminded of at times an SAS training camp in northern Wales, at times an acrobat school in southern France and every now and then there are images of pure joy. Jenny is backed up by her fantastic assistants, Tim StQuintin, David Hyde and Deb Lee. Tim McGuire is also joining the Cub leadership team. I note all of these guys are contributors to our communities in this and other ways. Their generosity is enormous and 1st Willoughby is so lucky to have them.

In the Scout section we have had a leadership change. After 3 years of leading our Scouts, Steve has stepped aside to see Michael Harding take the reins. I have watched Michael mould the Scouts into a dynamic, well managed, enthusiastic group of almost adults. Stuart Collins and Sarah Boyd are Michael’s partners in this venture.

Our Venturers have been part of a District Group for the past couple of years. As our older Scouts reach Venturer age we have been sending them off to Sailors Bay for the sailors and Northbridge or Roseville for the land lubbers. It is my hope that 1

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Willoughby can become a base for land Venturers within the next 12 months. Preliminary plans are being drawn at present.

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I would like to thank my Parent Committee who takes an enormous amount of stress out of my roll. Through the committee they run a substantial property operation looking after the maintenance of the hall, providing the Scouts with a substantial subsidy in its operations through hall hiring and fundraising throughout the Scout year. Stuart will discuss their roll further.

I would like to thank my wife Louise who aside from putting up with me also fulfils the roll of membership coordinator, packhorse, technical advisor and ever patient supporter.

I have no requests of any of you this evening. It is a great pleasure working with all of you and I look forward to the challenges of the year ahead. It is in no way a thankless task when you think about those bright happy enquiring faces that are the beneficiaries of this organisation.

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JOEY LEADER’S REPORT : TONI-LEE GAME

2013 has been a year of change for Joey’s. Firstly, my assistant leader Jill Day needed to leave the Group to address family issues in the State’s Central West. This has left a vacuum in the leadership which we have been unable to totally replace as yet. It is vital that Joey’s have a solid leadership team. My own work commitments have left us challenged on a number of occasions throughout the year to maintain a program. I would like to thank Lily Santosa for assisting on most nights of the year and making this significant commitment.

The Joey program has been very much refined this year with the Joeys focusing on a particular area of learning (a theme) for the entire term. This has allowed opportunity to explore subjects to a deeper degree.

The year has also been significant turnover in the Joey section with our older Joeys graduating to Cubs and many new Joeys coming on board for the first time. It is an exciting time. The Joey movement is the youngest section in scouting both for the age group it is targeted at and the very existence of Joeys within the Scout program. As it has found its feet it has brought a real awareness of what it can provide to our youth members. That is a great foundation for a strong future in scouting and the values it holds dear being community, outdoors, friendship and mutual respect.

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CUB LEADERS REPORT : JENNY ST QUINTIN

The past 12 months have been very busy for the Cub Pack. The second half of 2013 was spent preparing for Cuboree (held in January 2014). Our Cuboree pack was made up of Cubs from 1st Willoughby, 1st Lindfield and 1st Killara. We had 2 joint meetings with the other groups, one at 1st Lindfield and one at our hall. We also held a “Shakedown” camp. This was an overnight practice camp at Kariong for all Cubs, Leaders and parents going to Cuboree. We have also attended several District events, had a joint night with the Scouts and another with 1st Northbridge Cubs. We had a few interesting visitors to the Scout Hall as well as going on visits ourselves and of course we did some great outdoor activities. Highlights from Term 2, 2013 – the theme was “Once upon a time” and each week was based on a different fairytale. We went indoor rock climbing, tried campfire cooking, and had a visit from Sebastiaan’s mum Sandra who told the Cubs a Dutch fairytale and taught the Cubs a Dutch children’s game. Highlights from Term 3, 2013 – the theme was “CSI” and each week had a different mystery for the Cubs to solve. We went orienteering in the cemetery, learnt different types of codes (as part of the Codes and Signals badge) and had a visit from Keego (Leader from 1st Lindfield) who challenged the Cubs to identify items without seeing them – some by sound, some by smell and some by taste. Highlights from Term 4, 2013 – the theme was “Cub versus Wild” and each week’s program was based on the areas covered in one of the Bear Grylls survival courses. The Cubs completed several sections of the Waterwise badge, we had our joint night with 1LD and Shakedown camp and finished the year with a night at Balmoral beach with the Willoughby Scouts. Highlights from Term 1, 2014 – the theme was “Science and Magic” and the Cubs had fun trying out some weird and wacky science experiments and learning a few magic tricks too. We had a night of learning to juggle and spin plates. There was also a weekend bushwalk around Manly Dam. District/Region events we participated in during 2012-2013: * Challenge Camp – a district camp at Glenrock Scout Camp for the Gold Boomerang Cubs in conjunction with the district Scout camp. The Cubs did some activities on their own and some with the Scouts. * Founders Day at Warners Park – the day when all Scouts worldwide celebrate the birthday of BP, the founder of scouting. The Cubs were spilt up into groups with all the packs mixed together and rotated around 6 activity bases during the evening. Cuboree – 6 to 10 January 2014 21 Cubs, 4 leaders and 3 parents from 1st Willoughby joined thousands of others from across the state for Cuboree at Cataract Scout Park. The camp was divided into 4 subcamps, and each subcamp had about 30 pack campsites. We were Pack 205 - the Swamp in the Land of Shrek.

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Daytime activities over the week included the water slide, Challenge Valley (a muddy obstacle course), caving, a flying fox, giant kerplunk, visiting the camp fire station, learning circus skills, making masks, badge swapping and a visit to the Wild Wild West village. Each evening had a different activity too. The opening and closing ceremonies were for the entire Cuboree camp. Each subcamp ran an outdoor movie and a talent quest. Our entry in the talent quest was a scary story read by Keego and acted out by the Cubs. Each campsite had to construct a gateway as the entry to their site. Garry Duursma did much of the construction of ours with assistance from several Cubs. The banner was designed by Scott Bremner based on ideas that the Cubs discussed at Shakedown camp. We also had a wooden name plate for each member of our Pack. At the end of camp, our gateway was voted the best in our subcamp! Weekend badge testing continues to be quite popular. Each month, the leaders set aside one weekend afternoon for the Cubs to come to the hall and have badge work signed off. This is to encourage the Cubs to complete badges on their own in addition to the ones we do as a Pack. The Cub pack continues to sit at around 30 Cubs, including 9 girls, and we currently have 8 children on the waiting list. Cub Leader update – Sarah Boyd (Raksha) and family returned from the UK but Sarah has now moved into the Scout section. Tim St Quintin (Baloo) continues part time whenever he has a night off from Army Reserve (they also meet on Tuesday evenings). Tim Maguire (Hawkeye), David Hyde (Chil) and Deb Lee (Hathi) have continued as leaders and I appreciate all their time and support, particularly this year as I was overseas in July & August and left them in charge! I would also like to thank the parents for their assistance and participation in the weekly Cub meetings, the weekend activities and camps.

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SCOUT LEADERS REPORT : MICHAEL HARDING

1st Willoughby Scouts Troop Report 2014

The troop has 26 scouts at present we get about 15-20 regularly attending scout nights and fewer on weekend activities. Although the troop has seen a number scouts move-on (some to Venturers) there has been ample replacement from outside and also from cubs.

The past twelve months for the 1st Willoughby Scouts has seen us fill-in another packed program. Between making camp stoves out of drink cans, night-time bush walks, the usual District, Regional and State camps, we’ve also managed to go abseiling, earn silver awards at Scout Hike, learn how to geocache using GPS devices, have a fascinating night at the Sydney Observatory and target shoot at Hornsby rifle range amongst many other things.

A major highlight during the year was the awarding of an Australian Scout Medallion to 1st Willoughby Scout Jasmine D’Arcy.

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COMMITTEE REPORTS:

TREASURERS REPORT: ANDREW VICKERY

Please refer to the accounts available separately.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: LOUISE DEVINE

Membership 2014 2013 Joeys 12 10 Cubs 24 26 Scouts 28 27 Venturers 4 7 Joey Leader 1 + 1 helper 1 + 1 trainee Cub Leader 4 + 1 trainee 5 + 1 trainee Scout Leader 3 + 1 Trainee 3 Venturer Leaders 2 2 Group Leaders 1 + 1 Assistant 1 + 1 Assistant

HALL HIRING REPORT

A significant portion of our funding comes from our permanent hall hirers. Without their support our costs to the youth (or more correctly their parents) would be much higher. We have an excellent relationship with our hirers and do our best to accommodate them without impacting the youth program which must always come first. I would like to particularly thank Jane Zahra from Gymbaroo which is our biggest supporter for their ongoing patronage.

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