Hi Everyone, I hope everyone had a great two weeks off to recharge after what seemed like a very long term 1. This term’s Programme Highlights Our theme is “Community”
The focus for this term is community. We have a couple of trips planned for this term to get out and about in our community. This term also has our Zone Keas in Action walk/hike and the Cub and Kea family camp so we are pretty busy! Keas in Action Hike 19 May
The Keas in Action Hike is a national event. This year we will be doing a walk around the Oakley Creek area in Mt Albert. The hike is a chance to get out and about with other Keas from the West and Central Auckland areas so our Keas can see that the Scouting world is bigger than just our Group at Oratia. All Keas who attend
this event get “National Event” signed off in their award scheme, and as a bonus will also receive a badge. The permission slip for this event is attached. Cub and Kea Family Camp 14 – 16 June Twice a year the Keas and Cubs do a camp together. This term we will be heading out to Bethells (79 Te Henga Road). As this is a full camp and not just a sleepover a parent/caregiver is required to stay for the entire camp with the Kea. If your Kea doesn’t want to (or can’t) stay for the entire weekend you also have the option of coming along on the Saturday only from 8.30am and either staying until
afternoon tea (ie. just doing the base activities), or staying until after dinner and staying for a campfire in the evening. The costs for this camp are: Full Camp $45 per person Saturday Only including lunch
Our Cub Leaders always run fantastic camps and we really recommend you attend one if you can! As a part of the Kea award scheme (Outdoor Cornerstone) all Keas need to visit a Cub or Scout camp so this is the perfect opportunity to get that done. The permission slip for the camp will be available shortly. Supporting our Scouts – Jamboree Fundraising
This year is a big year for the members of our Scout section with the 20th New Zealand Jamboree being held over the Christmas break at the end of the year. In order to help our Scouts and Leaders get to the Jamboree we have two fundraisers running this term. The first is the Group Badge which we are selling at $3 a badge. The second fundraiser is a movie night (for the Mums and Dads) on Monday 20th May. The flyer for this fundraiser is attached. Tickets are only $12 each and we want to sell a total of 140 tickets! Please also ask your friends, family, and work mates if they would like to join us. Our Kea section will be well represented at the jamboree with four members of the Kea Leadership team attending the Jamboree, either with the Jamboree Troop (Gull and Pukeko), or as Jamboree staff (Kereru and Ruru). Personal Challenge Badges
The Personal Challenge badge is a part of the Kea award scheme, with Keas needing to complete one challenge at the silver level of the award and one challenge at the gold level. We would like to encourage ALL our Keas to have a look in the award
scheme book they received when they were invested and choose a badge to work towards at home. Two really great badges for them to work on at home are the Helpful Kea badge and the Caring Kea badge. We find quite a few Keas also enjoy doing the Healthy Kea badge. If you have any questions on these badges please talk to Ruru. Fees for 2013 The Fees for Keas in the Oratia Scout Group are $45 per term. These fees go towards paying our National dues, running the Group, repairing/purchasing equipment, training Leaders, and purchasing resources for running the Kea Section. Leaders are not paid. Fees can be paid on a Kea night, or paid directly into the Group account as per your invoice. Please make any cheques payable to Scout Association of New Zealand. Some things to Remember 1. Kea’s: please wear your full uniform every week. This means you must wear your
shirt, scarf and woggle, and appropriate footwear – Shoes with covered in toes are to be worn EVERY session unless advised otherwise for a specific event. The wearing of shoes is a safety issue and as such Keas may be sent home if not wearing appropriate footwear.
2. Keas need to bring their drink bottle each week. This is particularly important
3. Please arrive at Keas early. We would appreciate it if you could all arrive
between 5:55pm and 6:00pm. This will enable us to get everyone organised so that we can begin our programme on time and hopefully get through everything planned for the evening.
4. Join the Group Committee. Our committee meets on the third Tuesday of each
month. The committee is always looking for more members from all sections of the Group (ie. Parents of Keas, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers).
If you have any queries about anything in this newsletter please feel free to see Gull, Kiwi, Weka, Kereru or Ruru. Yours in Scouting Weka, Gull, Kiwi, Hihi, Kereru, Pukeko, and Ruru Maarten, Paul, Teresa, Aaron, Denise, Craig and Tracy
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