Archive for March, 2008

A Scoutmaster’s Blog has a great post featuring Bohemian Rhapsody – Scouting Style. I could really see this happening at one of our camps. Classic!


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Experts call to end first aid’s ‘kiss of life’
In a controversial move, the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine has recommended that mouth-to-mouth ventilation be abolished from national cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines and replaced with chest compressions only, saying the move would save more people.The recommendation comes after two prestigious overseas studies found patients were more likely to survive without brain damage if CPR was administered without mouth-to-mouth.But the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), the peak body overseeing CPR guidelines, is resisting recommendations despite last year slashing the rate of breaths to compressions and eliminating pulse checks.Dr Stephen Bernard, of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, told The Sunday Telegraph latest research showed compression-only resuscitation was the best way to improve survival.(…)

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month found patients of emergency workers who delivered compression-only resuscitation were three times as likely to survive.

— (2008-Mar-30) news.com.au

Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation
Minimally interrupted cardiac resuscitation (MICR), a novel protocol for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, includes an initial series of 200 uninterrupted chest compressions, rhythm analysis with a single shock, early administration of epinephrine, and delayed endotracheal intubation. To investigate whether MICR is associated with improved patient survival, Bobrow and colleagues (SEE ARTICLE) instructed emergency medical service personnel from 2 urban Arizona fire departments in MICR and assessed patient survival before and after instruction. In a second analysis, the authors reviewed data from 62 Arizona fire departments (12 trained in MICR) and compared survival among patients who received MICR vs those who did not. The authors report that survival to hospital discharge increased after implementation of MICR and was higher among patients who received MICR compared with those who did not. In an editorial, Peberdy and Ornato (SEE ARTICLE) discuss critical determinants of cardiac arrest survival and progress in resuscitation techniques and protocols.
This Week in JAMA: JAMA. 2008;299(10):1105.

Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation by Emergency Medical Services for Out-of-Hospital…
Bobrow et al.
JAMA.2008; 299: 1158-1165.

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We are almost there

ONLY 1 sleeps until Cuboree 2008 “World of Wonders” starts!

1. The tents are up, the wall is hung

Gateway frame – Welcome to the reef (2008-03-29)

A BIG thanks to everyone who helped setup the site yesterday, things went together pretty well and the Cubs should be impressed as they walk into camp on Monday. A special thank-you to Eric Hormann who donated the sand for our beach and transported it up with the other gear in his truck.

This is a learning experience for me as well. One of the takeaways from yesterday is that we should of had a BBQ lunch for our volunteers at the setup … Doh! I’ll have a BBQ arranged for the pull down day (Sausages, bread, sauce, onions).

2. More paper work!
Copies of the Cuboree forms that were in the mailouts (I know some forms were missing from some envelopes). You definitely require the Medical Update Form for all Cubs and Leaders.

  • All Cubs should have a copy of the “Medical Update Form” which shipped with their Cuboree envelope. According to the form every member of Cuboree 2008 needs to complete the form, this would also refer to leaders. NO FORM NO BUS.
    Medical Update Form [PDF]
  • “Medication Information Form” which should be completed for anyone bringing medication to Cuboree. This includes over the counter medications, but does exclude Tim Tams, Mint Slices, and Coffee.
    Medication Information Form [PDF]
  • “Personal Allergy Management Plan” for Cubs/Leaders with allergies … all forms completed with ‘I am allergic to other people’s kids’ will be treated carefully 😉
    Allergy Management Plan [PDF]
  • “Asthma Management Plan” for Cubs/Leaders with asthma
    Asthma Management Plan [PDF]

Note: For Leaders resolving outstanding medical problems; you need to fill our “Cuboree Form 5150 – Sanity restored, no longer attending”. Of course this form does take 12 months to be processed due to the document management system… orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. (with apologies to Douglas Adams)

Only 1 sleeps!
cheers Darren )


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1. Cuboree 2008 Theme Song
Seems to be a fair bit of interest in this question. I guess people may need the lyrics to practice? Oh well, it looks like We’re All In This Together

2. European Wasps!

I have just been told by our Scout Leaders that did Straddy at Gilwell that they had a major Wasp problem – with one scout being bitten 5 times. — Brenda E.

They had some great wasp traps at Bunnings on the weekend. I’ll get some. We will need to locate them away from the tents as wasps release a pheromone to attract the colony when they get in trouble. I’ll also take a few takeaway containers to remove wasps from tents. I better also top up on the stingose for use in the camp site.

3. Load ’em up, ship ’em out!
As we have 30 Cubs going from Diamond Creek we will use the Diamond Creek hall as our staging area for collecting the gear on Friday 28th March 5:30pm – 7:00pm. We’ll need to have a chat to work out transport, trailers, tow vehicles, semi-trailers,… We can transport stretchers (+ sleeping bags?) + personal gear

I won’t be able to make it at 5:00pm but will get there as soon as possible. Do we all have enough transport available for the Saturday? Is there any extra space available for items such as trestles and chairs?

4. Set-up and Pull down
We have yet to organise a time to travel to the site on the Saturday for set-up (or the Saturday for pull down). Can I propose the following timetable?

SETUP: from 11:00am Saturday 29th March 2008 @ Gilwell
Meet at Diamond Ck hall at 9:30am for convoy if required
Setup will probably be 3 hours worth of work

PULL DOWN: from 11:00am Saturday 5th April 2008 @ Gilwell
Meet at Diamond Ck hall at 9:30am for convoy if required
Pulldown will probably be 2 hours worth of work at Gilwell and an hour or so back at Diamond Ck

5. Roger has got the Cuboree leader hats!

I will be collecting the hats tomorrow. There are around 50. The cost was around $1100. They ended up coming to $22 each, a little more than expected, though as they have been individually done this is still a bargain considering. I will take them with me on Saturday so those there then can collect, otherwise Monday. (…) Please advise that I would like payment by all concerned upon collection as I have already paid for these. — Roger (2008-Mar-26)

If you ordered a Cuboree leader’s baseball cap from Roger can you see him on Saturday or Monday with your $22.

6. Camp site lanterns
I have 2 battery lanterns (rechargeable twin lamp camp lantern), with another 2 being picked up this evening to provide light for the camp site. These will provided a reasonable amount of light but will need recharging during the day. Glen is providing a solar recharging rig to allow for the recharging process.

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Crush: Dude? Dude? Focus dude… Dude?
[Marlin wakes up]
Crush: Oh, he lives. Hey, dude!
Marlin: Oh… What happened?
Crush: Saw the whole thing, dude. First you were all like “whoa”, and we were like “whoa”, and you were like “whoa…”
Marlin: What are you talking about?
Crush: You, Mini-Man, takin’ on the jellies. You’ve got serious thrill issues, dude. Awesome.

ONLY 7 sleeps until Cuboree 2008 “World of Wonders” starts!

Only 7 days; serious thrill issues, dude. Awesome.

1. Organisation and Planning

Our programme is a little tighter this time as we have longer on the activity bases allowing for a sit down period for morning and afternoon tea. Bearing in mind the tightness of the programme and the feedback we received from the previous Cuboree, we will not be attending the Campfire in the mornings. Instead, Gunyah teams will be leading their sub-camp, in packs to the activities in the morning and afternoon. It will be important for you to be on time – not late and not too early. — Liz Golec

[PDF] Program (Final)
[PDF] Activity Timetable
[PDF] Entertainment Program

2. Sub Camp 4 – site layout

 Cuboree 2008 - Sub Camp 4

3. Hand washing
Each Pack is to set up a hand washing table at their Pack Gateway so everyone washes their hands before proceeding to the Marquee for meals, this will also help with meal timings. With nearly 400 people in the Marquee, it would create a traffic jam if all needed to wash their hands at the entrance. Each pack camp site has a tap within there area. The object is to get our Cubs with their line leaders down into the dining marquee in shortest time.

4. Eating Gear
Our big top (marquee) management would like to strongly suggest that each Line Leader takes a plastic box with a lid to keep “their six” cutlery and crockery in a dust free environment between meals. This box can be left in the Marquee. Each Line Leader will be responsible for the organisation of tea towels for the duration of the Cuboree. They will not be available from the kitchen. — Greg Nash

5. Special Diets
We at sub 4 are having serious difficulties getting food allergy/special dietary needs information. We have discovered that some of the information from the application forms has not been transposed correctly. It is really important that every line leader checks their six for this information and then emails our Catering Manager (Special Diets) Belinda Dowell. If you or your line leaders can do some checking please do so. As I’m discovering, most of this can go back to little or no info on the application form. For this one, I need your help with information as quickly as possible to ensure that we can cater for all these needs. — Greg Nash

If your Cubs have special dietary requirements, please get the information through to Belinda Dowell (see separate email for contact details) as the info flow has not been wonderful. Better to let her know again that to find out that the information isn’t on record.

6. Gateway + Fence
1st Eltham Gellibrand has purchased a 1.8m x 50m (18oz) Hessian Bolt that will work as our fence, as we will be able to re use the Hessian for other events. I have 20 x starposts (with caps) and 20 x 1.8m tomato stakes to support the Hessian.I’ll bring up the construction poles that we use at JOTI/JOTA to lash up as the gateway frame. I also managed to get two reasonable sized palms for the gateway.

gateway palms

I haven’t manage to track down the clam pools, has anyone seen these in their travels?

We will need to tee up the beach sand to come up on the truck.

As we are a beach resort we could also have beach volley ball inside the sub camp. I have a ball, can we borrow a net?

[yes] Gear for Hessian fence (Darren)
[yes] Lashing poles for gate (Darren)
[yes] Palms (Darren)
[tbc] Beach sand (Glen)
[yes] Clam shells (Simon)
[yes] Volleyball net (Simon)
[yes] Volleyball (Darren)

Cheers Darren 🙂


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AAAARRGH! ONLY 13 sleeps until Cuboree 2008 “World of Wonders” starts!

Dory: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?
Marlin: No I don’t wanna know.
Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
Marlin: Dory, no singing.
Dory: [continuing] Ha, ha, ha, ha, ho. I love to swim. When you want to swim you want to swim.
Marlin: Now I’m stuck with that song… Now it’s in my head.
Dory: Sorry.

1. Camp Sites

Camp sites are settled. It will be a bit tight in areas but it’ll work OK.

Pack 405 (blue) – bottom end of site #56 [Photos on Flickr]
Pack 406 (red) – top end of site #19 [Photos on Flickr]

Subcamp showing Pack sites. “UP” is along road towards abseiling tower
A very rough sketch of the Pack 405 camp site to tie in with the photos and how the site can be put together.

2. Hessian Wall
At least along road side, and dividing the campsite between two packs

  • Hessian Bolt 1.8m x 50m (14oz) = $82.50
  • Hessian Bolt 1.8m x 50m (18oz) = $110.00
  • Put up using star posts with caps (strength) + tomato stakes (height) and cable ties (glue). I’ll supply the materials. This will be installed on the set-up Saturday.
    {There was Hessian available from the Cuboree stores for the activity bases last Cuboree, will need to check if we can nab some from there}

    3. Gateway
    The gateway … top end of camp site. Banner between poles tied onto trees. Some beach sand brought up on the setup Saturday in the truck. Two palms one each side of the gateway. There are also some QLD Tourism posters for on the tree. Small “clam” pool?
    We may also have some fish shower screens to hand down from the poles.

    “I IZ AN ART1ZT!”

    An update from Brenda E. regarding decorations;
    FYI – Kristen (the art teacher in the group), is having great fun and has come up with heaps of ideas. “Great Barrier Reef” is so easy compared to some of the other sub camp themes.
    So far she has

  • Painted shower curtains with the islands on it for the gateway (couldn’t get nice enough sea looking ones so decided to paint them herself).
  • Made a totem pole for us to use at night that will also light up from the inside
  • She has heaps of other ideas too, so I am letting her put her talents to work. (I think that she is having fun too).
  • We were also thinking of randomly hanging some large laminated fish and sea shapes around the camp, they would be plain and there for using permanent texta use them for signs or notices to the Cubs.


    If we could get a little kids pool we could also have a fishing game for the cubs to use during free time (or when we need to distract a cub that is not in a great mood) – using fish with paper clips attached to them and the lines would just need to be sticks with a string and a magnet attached. Or even in the $2 type shops you can buy the fishing games, but we would need a pool to contain it all and make the look right.


    If we have any more ideas then we will let you know, but I think that we can aim to have the best decorated campsite at Cuboree. Kristen is also going to be up there before us due to private travel arrangements so I am sure that the site will be well and truly decorated by the time we arrive.

    We have $200 for the pack via the pre-Cuboree camp. I’ll get one of the plastic clam wading pool setups – use one half for the game and one for the front gate.

    4. Tea towels
    In some tips from Lynda on Wednesday night it was suggested that line leaders collect the tea towels for their line and doll them out one at a time for drying purposes. This way grotty unhygienic tea towels are not put back in with eating gear to ferment.
    You may wish to add a few spares from the $2- shop into your kits?

    5. Ponchos
    For Carnivale night we need to make ponchos. Should we get a bolt of material or should we get sheets from savers?

    Via Brenda E;
    (…) Has thought of a fantastic and easy idea for the Carnivale night using the Clear Ponchos that you can get for $2 from discount shops and we can turn into Jelly Fish for the evening, (it is quick and really simple). (…)

    JELLY FISH … oh yeah!

    Marlin: [Surrounded by jellyfish] This is bad, Dory. Very bad.
    Dory: [Bouncing on top of a jellyfish] Hey, watch this. Boing! Boing!…
    Marlin: Dory!
    Dory: You can’t catch me!
    Marlin: Dory, don’t bounce on the tops! They will… not sting you. The tops don’t sting you! That’s it!
    Dory: Two in a row. Beat that.
    Marlin: Dory, listen to me. We’re going to play a game.
    Dory: A game?
    Marlin: Yeah, a game.
    Dory: I love games! Pick me!
    Marlin: We’re gonna race. First one out of the jellyfish wins.
    Dory: Out, got it!
    Marlin: Rules, rules! You can’t touch the tentacles, only the tops…
    Dory: Something about tentacles, got it.
    Marlin: No, it’s not something about them, it’s all about them.
    Dory: On your mark, get set, go!
    Marlin: Wait, Dory!

    6. Setup Crew
    I know we have a crew from Plenty and Diamond Ck. Brenda F-S – have you been able to tee up some assistance for you tents?

    From Brenda E.;
    I have a fantastic contingent of Parents to assist with the set up at Cuboree and we are building on our list for pack up (as long as the gear gets back close to home, I don’t really care).

    7. Extras from Cuboree Web site
    The links are now active for the following items:
    DVD Order Form [PDF]
    Cuboree Leaders Handbook [DOC]
    Cuboree Leaders Handbook [DOC]

    Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. …
    Cheers Darren 🙂


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    BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD 1. Health – First Aid
    # Explain how to use a mobile phone and a public phone and discuss the steps you would take to make an emergency call.


    ICE – In Case of Emergency
    Nearly all of us carry a mobile phone with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.
    If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending to us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Who is the contact person in case of an emergency?

    An initiative conceived by a paramedic in Britain, is trying to solve this problem. The idea is that you store the word ICE in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted ‘In Case of Emergency’. For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc could be used.

    In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff can then quickly find out who the next of kin are, and be able to contact them. This could save a life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest. Not only does it help emergency workers identify a person if they come upon them unconscious, it also helps identify the owners of lost cell phones. — Florenz Ronn, ABC

    ICE will allow ambulance crews and other personnel to quickly contact a nominated person who can be informed in the event of an incident.

    Mobile phone owners should type the acronym ICE followed by a contact name (for example, ICE – mum or ICE – David) into the address book of their mobile phone and save the phone number. They should also agree and inform their ICE contacts of the arrangements.

    Reach for your phone now and make that new entry in your contacts list. You never know when you’ll be In Case of Emergency.

    And if you don’t carry a mobile phone, how about carrying an ICE card instead?

    Mobile Emergency Number
    While we are discussing mobile phones, another number for your contact list is the Mobile Emergency Number. The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. No cell cover? 112 can be dialled in any area covered by GSM, whether it’s within your mobile phone company’s coverage area or not, and without having to unlock your keypad or key in your security-protection pin number.

    Emergency call service
    This is an operator-assisted service that connects you to an emergency service organisation such as police, fire or ambulance services in a life-threatening or time-critical situation from any phone at no charge.

    Dialing 000 will connect you with emergency services from any fixed, mobile or pay phone.

    You should only call the emergency call service in a life-threatening or time critical situation.

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