It’s week 1 of Term 3 virtual Cubbing. We’d hoped we’d be back doing in-person Cubbing by now but unfortunately that’s not possible as yet. We’ll be doing Cubs virtually for the next few weeks once again.
We had a very successful Pack Council on Tuesday 14 July and got some more great ideas of activities the Cubs want to do from home this term. So get ready for more fabulous fancy dress, bold building projects and crazy cooking!
If your Cub has any ideas on activities they would like to do this term please get in touch by emailing the leaders at email@example.com
Following on from the Pack Council last Tuesday we will be re-starting Cubs (virtually) this coming Tuesday 14 April following the Easter break. For the rest of the term while social distancing measures remain in place we will be meeting via Zoom, a platform most of you will be familiar with.
We will be running our entire program virtually including investitures, badge presentations, and other elements of Cub Scouts we normally run in the hall. Once back in the hall extra special presentations we will be doing again in person.
Please also note that the parent helper roster will be active again this term as we will need two adults (one leader and one parent) in each of the 2 breakout rooms we’ll be splitting into at times during the meeting. There will be 2 families rostered each Tuesday night. If your family is unable to assist on your rostered night please swap with another family. When you are a parent helper you can either join us on the same device as your Cub or a different device, whichever works best for your family. You are also more than welcome to join us even when not rostered.
With the new measures in place to protect us against the spread of COVID-19 Joeys has moved online!
We will be running the weekly program and providing extra activities the Joeys can do at home via Team App. Every week there will be a Joey Zoom meeting for the kids to catch up and interact with one another. We will also use this time to check in on the kids and run some short activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….