The Scout Group will once again be taking part in the SMC Fest, which will be held on Sunday 26th May and is being organised by the College's PTA. The Group's Band will be opening the event by playing some popular tunes, as well as the College and National Anthems. The Group will also be manning a 60m long zip line, which last year proved to be a great success. A small exhibition promoting scouting and our Group will also be set up for this event. Everyone is invited to attend and take part in the various other activities that will be available on the day, such as football, quad bikes, segways, trampolines, archery, paintball, human fly and video games.
In association with the Manikata Farmers Cooperative, as part of it's Nature themed month, the Troop Section will be holding an activity this Saturday during which the scouts will follow a heritage trail which will give them a taste of rural life in a place where nature is always at hand. Along the trail, the scouts will get to visit a small animal farm where they can learn about farm animals, feed chickens, ducks and sheep, and also help with the caring of these animals. They will also walk through fields and country lanes, where information will be given about what is being cultivated in the fields, about local flora and indigenous trees found along the trail. The scouts will also visit historical sites which include a World War II beach post and a small Roman tomb.
As part of the preparations for Keswick Adventure 2013, the Group aims to design a commemorative camp badge which will feature on the Keswick Adventure T-Shirts and on the scout uniform. A competition is being launched, through which the winning design will be selected.
The following are the competition guidelines:
Any member of the Group can enter this contest.
Each participant can submit as many designs as s/he wants.
Each design must somehow have a reference to "Keswick" or the "UK", to the "Stella Maris College Scout Group" and to "Scouting" in general. This reference need not be in the form on text, but it can include creative imagery that conveys the message. If the Group logo is used, it need not necessarily be reproduced exactly as is, but its elements should be immediately identifiable.
The badge should be relevant for the whole contingent, irrespective of the member's section.
Designs must be new and innovative. Any designs copied (eg from the internet) shall be disqualified.
All entries must be submitted by Sunday 16th June 2013.
Submitted entries can be drawn by hand or using a computer.
The Group reserves the right to not use any of the designs submitted.
If more than three entries are submitted for this competition, these will first be restricted to three by a Scouters Meeting.
The contingent members will then select the winning design, and the entry with most votes will be selected as the official Keswick Adventure badge.
The badge can be any shape, but it should not be larger than 7cm.
A team of five ventures from the Unit section are currently planning an 80K, four day expedition being held in the central Lake District area from the 13th to 16th August. Each venture is responsible for a different aspect, namely; route, campsites, equipment, nutrition and theme. This expedition is being organised as part of the ten day adventure which the Group is organising with the Keswick Scout Group.
Once again, the Stella Maris College Scout Group is organizing a training camp for PLs and APLs, which has a Mighty Heroes camp theme. The reason for this will become more evident as the camp progresses and the scouts learn about patrol leading and how to become better patrol leaders. Patrol Leader Training Camps are, in fact, one of the most important activities organized for the Troop section.
On Saturday 27th April, the pack section will be organising an exciting outing to the Bird Park situated at Kennedy Grove. Home to 200 species of birds & animals, the Cubs will have the opportunity to learn about bird flights, habitats, song & calls, territory, nests & eggs and much more. They will also have the opportunity to get up close with some of the birds, mammals & reptiles and will also be experiencing what the everyday running of the park involves.