6th Melbourne Cub Scouts COVID-19 update

Email sent to all parents on Sunday 22 March 2020: As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately progressed over the last few days as predicted and cases have now been reported all over Melbourne, including at schools attended by some of our youth members. In line with the current suppression strategy being pursued by the Government it is important we engage in social distancing as much as we are able. Further to the e-mail you would have just received from Stewart, this unfortunately includes an early end to the Scouting term. There will be no weekly Tuesday meeting this week the 24th of March.
We will be monitoring the situation closely over the coming weeks and be in touch with more information as it becomes available, in particular when and how Cubs will re-start after the holidays. In the next few weeks to months our community will move from a suppression to a mitigation strategy at which point the restrictions on gatherings will be quite different to what they are now. What this looks like depends entirely upon how the local epidemic progresses. This is all to say that the Scouting program will look quite different for the rest of the year but at the moment it is hard to know just what that will entail. It is very likely that both our planned upcoming Pack Holiday and Cuboree will look quite different to how we have been planning. There will also very likely be changes to how, when, and the size of Group and Branch fees that are invoiced and collected this year.
Of course, Scouts is all about being prepared and adapting to change. We will be looking at ways we can deliver parts of the Scouting program virtually. As a starting point we encourage you to visit https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ where Bear Grylls and Scouts UK have put together 100 indoor and garden-based activities that align with parts of the Scout Method and program. For your Cubs’ leisure times there is also a Scout-administered Minecraft server (at https://www.scoutwired.org/minecraft/) where they can plan the the creative version of the game, which I’m assured is the non-violent version, with other Scouts from around the world.
Finally, we care deeply about you and your Cubs. Please look after yourselves, keep abreast of latest Government and medical advice on preventing COVID-19 and limiting its spread, and make the most of this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in. If you have any questions or concerns relating to Scouts, COVID-19, or in general, please get in touch with us and if we don’t know the answer we’ll help you to find it.

Yours in Scouting,

6th Melbourne Cub Scout Leaders
Rahul Barmanray (Akela), Kerry Morrow (Kaa), Jon Baker (Ikki)

Wine Drive – 2018

 It’s on again!  

  • Wine Drive opens 2nd week of Term Four: Monday 15th October to Sunday 18th November 
  • Order on line  –  click here to order
  • Wine Tastings at the hall
    • Monday nights ­­- Scouts – Mon 29 Oct, Mon 5 Nov 6 45 p.m. – 7 15 p.m.
    • Tuesday nights – Cubs – Tue 16 Oct, Tue 30 Oct 7 30 p.m.- 8 p.m.
    • Wednesdays – Joeys – Wed 17 Oct, Wed 7 Nov 6 45 p.m.- 7 15 p.m.
  • Contact – Patricia, 0422 412 206  patricia1708@gmail.com

Thanks, once again, to the support of Parkhill Cellars in North Melbourne, we are pleased to offer this great selection of wines for the Festive Season and summer.

Food Truck Shiraz 2016,  55% McLaren Vale, 30% Lower Murray, 15% Fleurieu Peninsula

Vivid red / purple in colour with an expansive nose of blackberries, blood plums and chocolatey oak. The palate is opulent and inviting with dark plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours matched by dried herbs, cloves and subtle spicy oak. Fine-grained savoury tannins provide definition to the impressively long finish. This powerful but well balanced wine is very approachable now but will gain character and complexity for up to ten years cellaring. $15  per bottle. $170 for cases of twelve.

Ryder Watervale Riesling 2017, Clare Valley SA

Watervale is a district renowned for producing premium wines for over 50 years and our elevated vineyard is in the heart of this region. The elevated St Clare Vineyard has rich red loam over deep limestone to produce this distinctive Watervale Riesling. Aroma and Palate Lifted floral aromas with a delicate palate of zesty lemon and lime followed by a crisp acid finish. $15.50 per bottle. $170 for cases of twelve.

Love Bug Prosecco, King Valley VIC

Prosecco is a sparkling white wine, indigenous to the Veneto region in Italy’s north east and is made from the Prosecco grape. It’s a delicious alternative and a great summer aperitif. Our Love Bug Prosecco is sourced from Victoria’s King Valley, Australia’s pioneer region of Prosecco. $17 per bottle. $185 for cases of twelve.

Days of Rose 2017, SA

A very pretty, dry rose style from South Australia. Bright fruits of strawberry and raspberries with notes of rose petal and other florals. Clean and fresh style. $16 per bottle. $180 for cases of twelve

Bleeding Heart Sauvignon Blanc 2017, McLaren Vale SA

Bleeding Heart Wine was born from a shared passion in the wines and vineyards of South Australia. The ancient soils and moderate climate create rich and full bodied wines that are incredibly satisfying. Crisp, clean and light on its feet with hints of gooseberry and citrus leaning down the palate to the crisp dry finish. $15  per bottle. $170 for cases of twelve.






ANZAC Dawn Service 2018

Representatives of 6th Melbourne turned out to march from the local RSL to the cenotaph on Racecourse Road behind a lone piper.

The weather was a little wet but spirits were still high as a hand made wreath consisting of several poppies made by our scouts was laid on behalf of 6th Melbourne by Emma Rawson and Arcadia Merlot.

A hearty BBQ breakfast of bacon and egg rolls prepared by Richard, Dale, Elizabeth and Michael was enjoyed by all our marchers back at our hall.


Explorer (Blue) Cord Hike – The Beeripmo Walk

On Feb 20 an adventurous bunch of 6th Melbourne Scouts wanting to complete their Explorer (Blue) Cord Hike started walking with all their gear for the next 2 days on their backs.  28 hours later, they completed the Beeripmo Walk, as experienced bushwalkers!  Congratulations to scouts Yo, Sophia, Yvonne and Matthew, shown below at various stages of their hike.




Operation Night Owl Report

6th Melbourne Scouts entered Operation Night Owl as the Raging Rabbits patrol, lead by PL Alex.  Lerderderg Region hosts this annual hiking competition, and this year, about 250 Scouts plus their Leaders setup camp at Treetops Scout Camp, on Saturday afternoon, 12th September, in preparation for an evening departure.

It was pleasing to see our patrol of 7 Scouts complete the hike independently and without incident, covering 12 kms and 7 activity bases between 7:45 PM and 2 AM – that’s 6 hours of hiking in dark bushland.

Setting up camp before the night hike.
Setting up camp before the night hike.


Our 6th Melbourne Scouts demonstrated resilience and team work to a high degree.  Congratulations to Yo, Kenneth, Matilda, Dylan, Sophia S., Yvonne, and Alex!

Whilst we didn’t get to keep the Night Owl trophy, which we won last year, it has flown only as far as Footscray and the challenge awaits next year….

Closing Parade on Sunday morning.
Closing Parade on Sunday morning.

Night hikers having Noodles at Base 4
Night hikers from the Region tucking into Noodles at Base 4

The Fantastic Race

Based on the ‘Amazing Race’ TV show, the Fantastic race involves Scouts travelling in Patrols and completing a number of challenges in locations across Melbourne. The Patrols follow clues to navigate between the locations.

Each and every year the locations and challenges in the race change. In fact no two races have ever been the same. All the details are kept a very closely guarded secret right up until the race starts.

This year our small patrol of three from 6th Melbourne hunted clues from Albert Park, St Kilda, Carlton, Brunswick, the CBD and on Saturday night everyone came together at CRC Sydenham for a BBQ and Movie. Sunday morning everyone participated together in a surprise activity which this year was Lunar Park.

Ready, set, go….
Ready, set, go….


3 Big Pigs build a bucket tower
3 Big Pigs build a bucket tower

3 Big Pigs build a bucket tower
3 Big Pigs build a bucket tower

Sleep point - CRC Sydenham
Sleep point – CRC Sydenham

Surprise destination - Lunar Park
Surprise destination – Lunar Park


How strong are you Alex?
How strong are you Alex?


How to win Gold at Stradbroke Cup

These photos were taken at Easter time, when 6th Melbourne Scouts competed in the Lerderderg Region Stradbroke Cup camp, held at Treetops.  Our Scouts entered with a Patrol Name ‘Ragin’ Rabbits’.  They spent four nights under canvas and were assessed on their ability to independently set up and maintain a high standard of camping over 4 days and nights.  As well as the camping there were fun and challenging activities every day, a movie night, a Daryl-Dollar market night, a long-table dinner, and a visit from cousin Ester Bunny.  Congratulations go to PL Michael and APL Alex, who ran a tight ship, ably assisted by Sofia, Matilda, Yvonne, Tamsin and Sophia. The Patrol was awarded a Gold pennant, which makes 6th Melbourne a co-holder of the Stradbroke Cup for 2015.   And there is some talk about entering the next competition as a girls-only patrol so watch out guys!

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Scout Crafters

Last week our Scouts completed their World Scouting proficiency badge by researching and finding out facts about the history of Scouting history.  They also used natural materials to make models of the World Scout Badge which are displayed in the hall.


Tassie Tigers
Tassie Tigers


Razor Wallabies
Razor Wallabies


Big Blue Hike Weekend 20 – 22nd March

Kingston Scout Group hosted the Big Blue Hike weekend 20 – 22 March, in the Bunyip State Forest, for Scouts wanting to complete the requirements for their Explorer (Blue) hike, a journey of at least 15 km over two days, carrying their food, clothing and camping equipment.  Along the journey, and at the overnight camp, Scouts were trained and tested on Explorer Campcraft skills.  The hike completed on Sunday at 12 noon, with a Parade and award presentation ceremony.

6th Melbourne’s Kenneth was our only participant, and I am very pleased to say that Kenneth was successful in completing the hike and in obtaining his Explorer Campcraft Badge.  Congratulations Kenneth on an extraordinary effort!  A full report will be given at our next Scout meeting.  Here is a snapshot of the weekend’s activity…click image to  expand thumbnails.P1070643 (640x360)P1070635 (640x360)





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District Camp – The Pines

DSC05178 DSC05174Once again District Camp at the Pines was lots of fun with all sorts of activities.  Who know you could play full size Foosball, shoot marshmallows out of a gun or flush poo down a pipe??????

Its great to see the cubs having such a great time camping under canvas (even if they chose not to sleep!!).

Thanks to all the leaders and parent helpers who made it so much fun.