Email sent to parents on Friday 10 April 2020:
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.
See full details of parent rosters, term plan and link to Zoom meeting on Cub Pack Programme Page.
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)
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.
Once 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.
6th Melbourne Cub Scouts were lucky enough to be able to enjoy a great Canoe night on the Maribyrnong River. Under the guidance of our great instructors, we managed to “Raft Up” and swing our raft through a full circle.
A lot of fun was had by all, and some ended up wetter than others.
Thanks to our great instructors Trevor Kinsey, Dale Hamilton and Steve Burns.
Having crash landed on Planet Rowallan, the pack had to complete a number of activities in order to survive until they were rescued. We managed to work out how we could propel ourselves back to earth, found some interesting planetary food and discovered that the atmosphere on planet Rowallan was much like earth and the air breathable. A great time was had by all.
Thanks to our parent helpers Sarah, Gill, Georgina, Philip and Alex for the great work in and out of the kitchen.
This year 6th Melbourne Cub Pack was very happy to join with 1st New Gibson and 15th Essendon Cub Pack to form Cuboree Pack 107. Leading up to Cuboree the cubs form the three groups got to know each other on two separate occasions. The cubs enjoyed an afternoon and night of fun on a sleepover at 6th Melbourne Hall. On the 13th September 22 cubs joined up at Days Picnic Ground for a wonderful and energetic 8.5km walk through the bush around Mt Macedon.
The fun really began on the 29th September when 37 Cubs, 8 leaders and 3 parent helpers all boarded the bus bound for Cuboree Camp 107, Gilwell Park, Gembrook. That was just the start of 5 days of fun, excitement, mud, games, experiences and new friends. Great Activities, from Time Lords, Robin Da Hood, Cherry Lane, Scouts and Beyond, Far Far Away, Never Never , Six Sences and much much more.
What a great week!! Thanks to all involved from Scout and Venturer volunteers, to parent helpers who assisted with camp setup and our three parent helpers who cooked for us (Dean, Philip and Fiona). A great week was enjoyed by all.