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.

1st Kengray Cobras Soar High

1st Kengray's Cobra patrol, under the leadership of Jonathan Diessel, took part in a joint friendship activity with Harmelia Gardens Air Scouts. Our scouts went gliding at the Magalies Gliding Club - a novel experience of our guys.

A huge thanks to everyone involved in giving our scouts this awesome opportunity!

More photos of this event can be seen here.

Swimming Evening - 2018

Well done to all the cubs who completed their Aquanaut badge and the scouts to completed their Swimming Scoutcraft, Swimmer Interest and Lifesaver Interest Badges.

More photos of this event can be seen here.

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.