Winter Campfire 2018 - 110 years of scouting

1st Kengray paid tribute to 110 years of scouting in Kensington with its annual mid-winter campfire held at Jeppe High School for Boys on Youth Day - 16th June 2018. The drumming spectacular that was so popular last year was back again this year with an awesome interactive drumming session by Paul Boyter’s Harmonics.

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 and all the scouts - past and present - from around the area who came out to support this momentous milestone.

More photos of this event can be seen here.

To view our group's heritage visit our heritage page.

Wally Kolher Enduro Cycle Rally 2018

Well done to our scouts who participated in the annual Wally Kolher Enduro Cycle Rally at Camp Delta. Although tiring, the guys had a blast cycling around a course strewn with mud and obstacles.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

1st Kengray wins KonTiki 2018

Well done to the scouts, scouters and parents who made KonTiki 2018 a very successful event for our group. 1st Kengray placed first overall – to say this is an awesome achievement is an understatement and doesn’t do justice to the hard work and dedication put in by everyone involved.

KonTiki is the largest annual scouting event in South Africa and to win it is no mean task – it sees troops from around Gauteng building rafts and campsites and competing with one another for the coveted title of overall winner. Huge congratulations go to everyone involved and especially to Jonathan Diesel, the raft captain, and Chris Park, the supporters patrol leader, who, together with our scouters, led the troop to victory. 1st Kengray goes from strength to strength and we are very excited to see what else we can achieve in the future.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

Patrol Camps - April 2018

The patrol system is one of the things that separates scouting from other youth development movements and is a fundamental part of what is called “The Scout Method” – the methodology employed in our advancement programme to allow for progressive self-education. The patrol system allows scouts to take responsibility under adult guidance and gain skills that will stand them in good stead for later life.

Our three patrols each held patrol camps at Arrowe Park in Benoni from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2018 to allow for our scouts to experience the patrol system in action in the great outdoors and away from the usual Friday night meetings. Under the leadership of their respective Patrol Leaders, who were all completing several requirements for their First Class badges, the other scouts learnt by doings and completed requirements towards their own advancement badges. Our scouts built rafts and enjoyed paddling them on Homestead Lake – a novel experience for some of our newer members. All-in-all, a fantastic time was had by all and all the scouts who attended learnt a lot and, more importantly, had a great time doing it.

More photos of the event can be viewed here.

Northrand District BP Sunday 2018

Northrand District’s BP Sunday celebrations, hosted by 1st Bedfordview, proved that scouting is alive and well in 2018. This year we were honoured to be joined by the Chief Scout of South Africa, Brendon Hausberger, along with a host of other scouting dignitaries both from National and from the Gauteng Region. Well done to Chris Park, Jonathan Diessel and Kyle Henry who all successfully completed the tough Gilten Patrol Leaders Training Unit (PLTU) Course in December. These proud scouts (and rightly so) were presented with their certificates and badges by Gerard Evans, the course director of 62nd Gilten PLTU.

Congratulation also go to our adult leaders who received awards. Our Scout Group Leader, Paul Diessel, received his 20 year long service award. Our Pack Scouter, Melanie Diessel, has been awarded her 15 year long service award (although she could unfortunately not attend to receive it today). Our Troop Scouter, Dylan Smith, received his 5 year service award. Assistant Troop Scouter, Ewen McAlpine, received the Medal of Merit for contributions to scouting.

The official celebrations were followed by a Scouting Triathlon – where our scouts took part in a triathlon consisting of an obstacle course, a run and a swim. Thanks to 1st Bedfordview for organising this event and to all the cubs, scouts, scouters and family members who came along to support – we put on a proud show for scouting today!

More photos of the event can be viewed here.