Gilten PLTU Campfire

Well done to Chris Park, Jonathan Diessel and Kyle Henry for completing the tough Gilten Patrol Leaders Training Unit (PLTU) course. This intensive ten-day training course pushed the participants to their limits – both mentally and physically – and we look forward to the leadership and scouting skills that these scouts will bring back to our troop.

Photos from the final campfire can be seen here.

Carols By Campfire

Our district’s Carols By Campfire, hosted by 1st Bedfordview, ended off another busy and successful year for 1st Kengray. 2017 was filled with a lot of great scouting and our group has continued to go from strength to strength.

A big thank you to everyone who has made Kengray the awesome group it is. Stay tuned for 2018!

More photos of the event can be viewed here.

Camping Compo 2017

Scouts from 1st Kengray’s Eagles patrol recently participated in the North Rand District’s annual camping competition held at Lake Deneys Yacht Club in The Free State from 1st to 3rd September. The patrol competed with nine other patrols and beat their nearest competitor by just one point to take this year’s trophy.

Outdoor activities form a fundamental part of scouting – allowing our youth to learn life-skills and develop their characters through adventure – and camping is just one of the outdoor activities scouting offers to fulfil these aims.Our scouts also had the opportunity to usher in Spring with various water activities on the Vaal Dam. They constructed a makeshift raft which, despite the choppy conditions, they bravely took out onto the water. They also went sailing – a novel experience for land scouts.

In addition, each patrol celebrated Arbour Day by planting indigenous trees at the Yacht Club.

More photos of this event can be seen here.

First Aid Competition

An emergency situation may be just around the corner and, true to its motto, Scouting aims to ensure that our youth are always prepared to safely assist with life-threatening situations. To this end scouts from the 1st Kengray Scout Troop, based in Highland Road in Kensington, participated in the North Rand District first aid competition on Saturday, 5th August. Our Scouts got a chance to demonstrate the potentially lifesaving first aid skills they learn as part of the scout programme. From performing CPR under the supervision of paramedics to treating serious bleeding and assisting motor vehicle accident victims, our scouts learn skills for life in the traditional scouting way – learning by doing.

In addition to gaining practical experience in first aid situations, our scouts also got to interact with emergency services professionals and explore an ambulance and a fire engine under the supervision of paramedics and firemen.

More photos of this event can be seen here.

Winter Campfire

This year 1st Kengray celebrated its annual mid-winter campfire is spectacular fashion with a drumming spectacular hosted by the group in the quadrangle at Sacred Heart College. Our group was joined by a few other groups from our district and were treated to an awesome interactive drumming session by Paul Boyter’s Harmonics in addition to the more traditional campfire songs.

The sound created by the drumming was breath-taking to behold!

A huge thank you to everyone involved for making this event the enormous success it was and a special thanks to the drummers from Harmonics for their contribution to the evening.

More photos of this event can be seen here.