Archive for September, 2010

Royal Life Saving is deeply alarmed to see that the numbers of drowning deaths are the highest they’ve been at any time in the last 7 years, with 314 drowning deaths in Australian waterways between July 1st 2009 and June 30th 2010.
Royal Life Saving CEO Rob Bradley says following on from the previous year (where the number of drowning deaths jumped by 16%) there’s now been another increase, which may point to an alarming upward trend in drowning deaths.
In the past 2 years the number of people drowning in Australia has increased by close to 21% – after a period of time where the number of drowning deaths was steadily dropping. …

2010 National Drowning Report (2010-Sep-22) [Royal Life Saving Society – Australia]

Our Cub Scout Boomerang award system has an area specifically dedicated to water safety, and the dangers inherent to water activities;


a.) Discuss the dangers of swimming in the type of waters in your area.
b.) Explain the dangers of inflatable toys in open water.

a.) Demonstrate an understanding of the dangers of swimming in swimming pools, rivers and lakes, the sea and by dams.
b.) Identify safe areas for swimming.

a.) Show three methods you could use to help someone who fell in deep water and cannot swim.

It is useful when discussing water safety to have access to real data to assist in analysing areas of risk. This is where Royal Life Saving Society – Australia’s 2010 National Drowning Report is very good at providing real information, of particular interest for the questions asked in our badge work are;

(i.) the ‘locations of drowning deaths’ and the activities/sex/age group analysis for each of the locations

(ii.) Drowning Deaths by Age and Gender

(ii.) Quick Facts on Drowning

Interestingly the swimming achievement badge doesn’t also cover these issues.

Royal Life Saving says children – particularly those under 5 years – are the most vulnerable to drowning. They highlight that child drowning is preventable and that the Royal Life Saving Keep Watch Program (www.keepwatch.com.au) offers critical actions to highlight that close constant and focused supervision is important plus restricting children’s access to water; water awareness and ensuring people have up-to-date resuscitation skills. Royal Life Saving reminds all Australians to regularly check pool fences and says improved pool fencing legislation is needed.


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(This page last updated 20-September-2010)

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
— Erica Jong


Gilwell Park,
Launching Place Road,
Melway ref 299 E1

FIG 1. Gilwell base map.


Our campsite (Pack 115) location: Forest Path, Opposite camp site 15

FIG 2. Camp location on Gilwell base map.

FIG 3. Camp location on Cuboree 2008 base map.
Shows proximity to the old subcamps.

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(This page last updated 17-September-2010)

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.
I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.

— Mother Teresa


I am trying to get some more details regarding our sub camp and site allocation which will have a large impact on the set-up time. If we can get the details early, and visit before the set-up day to measure and create a tent overlay the set-up day will be faster. If we need to plan on the day things will be slower. The biggest issue is how to fit the eating shelter/kitchen.

… as to the Question of getting the sites prior to Cuboree we won’t be able to go to Gilwell to mark out the sites until Saturday 18th of September. — Sub Camp 1 Admin

Now, there are several issues. We are not allowed on site until 9am on the Saturday AND darkness will fall approx 5:30pm in the valley. I am guessing we would need possibly 5 hours of set-up given that we are now building a Jamboree camp site.

Based on previous years and similar ‘jamboree’ style camps the following timing would apply. Timing will depend on the number of parents who attend. We need to make it quite clear that parents are expect to attend either set-up, pull-down, or both.

SET-UP: Saturday SEP 25th
Load at Scout Hall from 9:00am
Travel to Gilwell (1 hour)
Set-up on-site from 11:00am @ Gilwell
Set-up will probably be 5 hours worth of work
BBQ Lunch will be provided
No children under 16 on-site

PULL-DOWN: Saturday OCT 2nd
From 11:00am Saturday @ Gilwell
Pull-down will probably be 3 hours worth of work @ Gilwell
(Lynda, Jezza and Eric were staying Friday night and going to start the tear down)
BBQ Lunch will be provided
No children under 16 on-site
Travel to Hall (1 hour)
Allow for up to two hours pack away at Hall

It is your responsibility to get all of your gear to and from the Cuboree. The Sub Camp will be manned from 9:00 am on the Saturday before the Cub Scouts arrive and hopefully the Sub Camp staff managers will not have to be there after the following Saturday. I believe at this stage that you will NOT be able to access your gear on the last day of the Cuboree ie the Friday as youth members will still be leaving the site till late.
— Sub Camp 1 Introductory letter (2010)

Hope this makes sense


Pack Leaders
What to bring

We are expecting you to bring enough tentage for your Pack to house the leaders male and female, male cub scouts and female cub scouts separately. I do not at present have a break down of your Packs I hope that you do. Please approach your Scout Leaders for adequate tentage. The Cub Scouts need to be able to stand up in the tent to dress. There needs to be enough room for their bedding AND their gear. It needs to be weather proof (no holes) and also needs to have some kind of flooring.

You also need adequate tentage for an eating shelter and a kitchen/ Q store.

The area allocated to your is not limitless so be mindful of the space your tentage will take up.
— Sub Camp 1 Introductory letter (2010)

Please ensure that you stay inside the area designated to you. Space is limited and precious.

Please ensure that all your tents are checked EACH day for
1. Stability – check poles, ropes and.pegs.
2. Cleanliness – get the Cub Scouts to tidy up each day – put papers in a bin. Clothes in THEIR bag.

We will not be returning lost property.

Attempt to air the tents every day – depending on the weather. Lift the sides of the tent and lift the ground sheet to one side each day.

Clothes lines would be good to air sleeping bags, every day or every second day. These need to be erected away from the tents and with adequate warning of the existence on them. Old plastic shopping bags are good for this.

Keep your ‘shelter’ clean and tidy.

— Pack Akela Manual
Sub Camp One (2010)


The latest detail regarding travelling to and from the Cuboree. Bus and Pack numbers are the same. All packs and other members of groups attending are allocated to travel on the same bus. To ensure departure at the right time, to minimise any delay in arrival, please ensure everyone arrives ½ hr prior to departure. (2010-SEP-15)

Pick-up Place: 1st Eltham Scout Hall
Pick-up Location: Youth Road, Eltham
Approx# Pick-up Time: 11:00:00 AM

[Copy of list sent to all Pack 115 Leaders]

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I HAVE said in Rovering to Success that travel and reading and Nature study are all part of self-education, and as such should be commended to Scouts. Take reading. With your books around you you have a magic power; when others are fussing and losing their hair over political hopes and disappointments, you are sitting content with what you have got. You can at any moment remove yourself and travel through far-off lands, dip into the history of other times, command the wonders of science, amuse yourself with good stories, and see beauty in thought through poetry.
Books are the best friends a man can have. You choose those that you like; you can rely on them at all times; they can help you in your work, in your leisure, and in your sorrow. You have them always around you at your beck and call in your home. They are not nowadays very expensive if you only buy one now and then to make up your collection. At any rate, the nearest public library will bring almost any book to your hand without expense.
If you can hand on something of the love of books to your Scouts, you will be giving them friends which will never fail them.
— Baden-Powell, October 1932.

Literature (Arts and Literature)

Green-Literature [PDF]

1. Read six books, all by different authors, approved or recommended by your local librarian or school teacher.

2. Write a different ending to one of the above books you have read.

3. Visit your local or school library and explain:
a. the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.
b. what to do when borrowing and returning books from the library.
c. three things you can do to care for books.

4. Choose one of the following:
a. Write a ‘Thank You’ letter to someone who helped you or your Pack with a task or visit, or gave you a gift.
b. Write a poem based on a topic of your choice.
c. Write a description of one of the books listed in the year’s “Book Week Awards”.
d. Make a book mark.

Red Literature [PDF]

1. Read 10 books (different from the previous six of basic level) with different authors, approved or recommended by your local librarian or school teacher.

2. Write an original story or episode involving the characters in one of the books you have read.

3. Visit your local library and explain:
a. the way in which books are catalogued.
b. how to locate four books from different categories (Art, Sports, Mystery, Romance, Biography, Travel, Gardening, etc.) by using the Library’s information retrieval system.
c. how to use dictionaries, encyclopaedias, computer software or internet connection in the library reference section to research a subject of your choice.

4. Choose one of the following:
a. Write a ‘Thank You’ letter to someone who helped you or your Pack with an activity, or gave you a gift.
b. Write a short play based on a theme of your choice.
c. Write descriptions of two books listed in the year’s “Book Week Awards”.
d. Draw a page illustration for one of the story books you have read.


Lester Literate [PDF]

Lester Literate Cub Scout badge (Victoria)
The Lester Literate Cub Scout Badge is a colourful strip badge that can be worn on the Cub Scout uniform on the lower edge of the right sleeve below the special badges. (Further information www.vicscouts.asn.au)

1. Read six books, all by different authors, approved or recommended by your local librarian or school teacher.

2. Write an original story or write a different ending to one of the above books you have read.

3. Write a thank you letter to thank someone:
* For a gift you have received.
* For a visit to your pack.
* For an outstanding you really enjoyed.
* For help they gave you or for the help they gave someone else.

4. Visit your local library and ask the Librarian to assist you to find four books in different categories such as Art, Sport, Mystery, Romance, Biography, Travel, Gardening, Craft or any subject, which is of interest to you.

5. Do two of the following:
a. Describe in writing an interesting event.
b. Be able to tell the tester three things you can do to care for books.
c. Make a book mark.
d. Find out the date of the next Children’s Book Week, the theme of the week and an event that will be happening during that week.
e. Read the children’s “Book of the Year” or a book from a recommended list of books issued for the year.
f. Show your examiner how to find information in an encyclopaedia or dictionary.

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