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Annual Report 2017

The 1st Magill Scouts annual report for 2017 is now available for anyone interested in the status of our Group as a whole and for each section individually. A PDF is attached below.

Season's Greetings from Magill Scout Group!

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We reached the end of another year filled with lots of Scouting activities. We hope you enjoyed them and look forward to see you all back when we return on the 30th of January 2017.

In the mean time, leaders and parent committee members of Magill Scout Group wish you all a happy and safe festive season and best wishes for 2017!

URGENT meeting re: Future of our Scout Section

Emergency meeting to discuss the future of the Magill Scout Section.

As you are aware the current Scout leaders would like to retire and we are seeking new leaders for 2017 for them to mentor to take on the role for next year and beyond. This is a serious situation. If we have no leaders in the Scout section, it will go into recess and possibly signal the ultimate demise of the whole Group. All the local groups around our district are full and it would be difficult to take on more Scouts.

This Group has a great parent committee, a great hall and wonderful camaraderie so why would you want to leave with your children? Fortunately a new Group Leader has come our way and she will be starting soon once her paperwork has been completed.

Magill Scout Group does have a future.

I understand everyone is much busier than we were 20 years ago and you may think, “Oh I can’t do that I don’t have the skills”. That is what Martin said and he has had a wonderful ten years in Scouts and the Scouting youth have learnt so much from him and Graham.

We would like to recruit new leaders with a long term commitment to the group such as Joey or Cub parents; however this does not preclude current Scout parents from applying. Of course there may be someone out there who has always had desire to become a leader, perhaps since they were involved as a Scout/Guide in their youth. Maybe you know someone who would enjoy taking on a leader role. Please invite them to the meeting.

So what is the process?
1. Talk to Martin and Graham about a leaders role
2. Attend the meeting on Tuesday 15th November at 7.30pm where I will talk to parents about training (which incidentally you don’t pay for) plus other useful information. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
3. At least two potential leaders would be wonderful even more would be fantastic. Some Scout groups have 4 leaders and two helpers.

Looking forward to meeting you all again on the 15th.

Kind Regards,

Kay Ealing
District Commissioner Adelaide Foothills
Acting Group Leader, Magill Scout Group

An overview of the past year and a bit...

An open letter to Magill Scout Group

Dear Parents and Guardians of Magill Scout Group,

Further to the recent loss of our long serving Group Leader (GL), Marco Hess, we are not only searching for a replacement GL but we also need volunteers to become adult helpers and assistant leaders in all sections of the Group – Joeys, Cubs and Scouts.

The Group also needs some new faces with fresh ideas to help run the Parents Committee in various roles, including fund-raising to help with running costs, facilities upgrades and external activities associated with the Group.

Many of the current leaders and committee members have been in their roles for a long time. Some have been doing these jobs for years after their own children have finished with Scouts altogether. These leaders and committee members would relish the chance to take a step back while coaching and encouraging someone new to take over in the mid to long term.

If you are reading this and are at all concerned about the on-going viability of the Group to continue providing great activities and opportunities for your children then please consider coming onboard in some capacity to help out. Scout Groups such as Magill simply cannot exist without the help of dedicated volunteers.

The AGM on Tuesday 7th Junewould be a great time to offer your help, or simply contact our acting GL, Kay Ealing at home on 8251 3250, mobile 0411 111 91, or by email at dc.foothills@sa.scouts.com.au

Thankyou,

Chairperson
Magill Scout Group

Term 1 Newsletter

Welcome back everyone. Please find our Term 1 newsletter attached.

AJ 2016

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AJ2016 turned out to be a very different experience to what we all expected it to be. AJ2016 was still fantastic and many great memories and friendships were made.

Each day of the Jamboree was different. For the first four days it was raining continually. It rarely stopped which meant getting around the camp site sometimes became difficult. Although there was a lot of rain and it was muddy everywhere we turned each and every scout got out in the rain, completed the set activity and enjoyed all of it. Unfortunately many of the scout’s camp gear got wet and was unable to use.

But praise the S.A. Contingent they had a big heater in the contingent where we could take our clothes and sleeping gear up to dry. Through these four days many of us got saturated but we didn’t let that upset us or dampen our spirits and we continued to venture off to the activities the next day. Most of our scouts were lucky and we didn’t have many or any activities cancelled on us only a few were changed to suit the weather.

There was a very good varies of activities. A couple of the off-site activities were City sights which is where we caught a bus into Sydney and as patrols spent the day walking around Circular Quay as well as getting on a ferry to spend an hour over in Manly. Another activity that was a favourite by many scouts was going to Botany Bay to complete many water activities.

Another favourite of the scouts was Jamberoo. Jamberoo is a big water park with many different slides that we could all go on over the course of the day. Some of the on-site activities that we participated in were Cirque Du Scout where we were taught some circus skills, Adventure where we completed a series of different activities ran by venturers and rovers. One of the favourite activities that were part of Adventure was challenge valley. Challenge Valley was an obstacle course set up by Venturers.

We had some great night time entertainment which included Justice Crew who performed at the opening ceremony, AJ’s got talent which happened over many nights, a carnival with many different rides that we could go on and for the closing ceremony we had Samantha Jade and Cyrus.

AJ2016 was definitely a different experience to our normal scout camps. It left many scouts tired and in need of a good night’s sleep but that was the plan from the start. Many great memories were made and many friendships were formed throughout the camp site. It was also twelve days that 10,000 scouts will never forget.

Written by Chloe Holliss

Welcome back!

The first few days of the Jamboree in Sydney was a ‘bit’ wet but other than that, our Scouts had a great time with all sorts of adventurous activities and seeing some of Sydney and its surrounds.

Now that we all had some time to relax and school has started again, it is also time for another year of Scouting.

Please have a look at the term programs at http://magill.myscoutgroup.org/view/termprograms for what is planned. If your section program is not there yet check in a little while as it still being finalised.

Meeting times are like last year, so:

  • Joeys – Tuesday 6:15 to 7:15 PM
  • Cubs – Tuesdays 7:15 to 8:30 PM
  • Scouts – Mondays 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Enjoy the coming year!

Marco Hess

Rock Climbing at Magill School Fair

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At the recent Magill Primary School Fair, the Magill Scout Group organised for the Scout Climbing Wall to be in attendance for the day.

Thanks to the leaders and parents who were able to help for the day as it was a resounding success for both the School and also for our Group.

We followed this activity at the School with a ‘Come and Try’ Scouting night with Joeys, Cubs and Scouts and subsequently have new members at all levels. Our goal was to increase Joey numbers and with this activity and following event, it has been achieved, as well as some additions to our Cub pack.

The School also was successful in having a great activity for the kids during the fair and also with Scouts donating a portion of monies raised to them as part of the School fundraising efforts.

What a great outcome for our whole local community!

Sep/October Newsletter

Welcome back to Term 4. Hasn’t this year gone fast!!! Please find the latest newsletter attached.
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What we have done in the past year...

Here is the video about the things we have done in the past year that premiered on the AGM on the 2nd of September.

Also the AGM report can be dowloaded from the Parent Support Group page.

Click here for more Videos from previous years AGM’s.

Australian Jamboree 2016

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The countdown to AJ2016 has begun late last year.

Scouts from Magill will be attending this event in the first week of 2016. Depending on numbers from Magill, we will join other Scout Troops to form one Jamboree Troop.

Scouts need to have achieved a level of competency with their Badgework which qualifies them for the Pioneer Badge. They must have slept at least 10 nights under canvas (in tents) prior to attending the Jamboree and 3 nights must be continuous for one event. This is all as Scouts at Scout events, not family trips or weekends away.

We will travel by bus to Sydney and Cataract Park where the Jamboree. This bus will depart on 2nd January 2016 and we will return on Friday 15th January 2016.

The cost for this event is to be in the order of $2,000 which includes the fee payable to Scouts SA, plus a cost for the Troop fee and spending money allowance. This gives you an idea of the funds needed. It is great value when you look at it as $170/day for the time we are away. This includes meals, accommodation, travel costs, Jamboree clothing and travel bag, fantastic activities and even concerts and entertainment at the event.

Scouts undertake activities at the Jamboree site and also attend activities in and around Sydney and local areas.

Checkout the Official Jamboree Website http://www.aj2016.com.au/ and register for the enews so you stay up to date with the developments as we get closer to January 2016.

In the coming weeks, we will be seeking registration of interest from Magill Scouts as to who is planning to apply etc and who needs help with progression of badgework and camps etc. This will also help us as a Group plan for leader attendance, fundraising opportunities etc.

In the mean time, enjoy the promo video:

Click on the link below to download the flyer.

July/August Newsletter

Welcome back to Term 3. Please find attached the latest newsletter. Please take note of the important dates mentioned on this letter.
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May/June Newsletter

Welcome back to Term 2! Please find the May/June newsletter attached.
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Annabel

Shoeboxes of Love

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Over Terms 2 & 3 we would like all members and families of our Scout Group to contribute donations towards Shoeboxes of Love. Then late in Term 3 the whole Group will get together to pack the shoeboxes.

We’ll need some cash to help pay for their distribution to children in need at Christmas time.

Other NEW items required include the following:
SOMETHING TO LOVE
Teddy bear, doll, soft toy, etc.
SOMETHING FOR SCHOOL
Exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk, etc.
SOMETHING TO WEAR
T-shirt, shorts, underwear, cap, beanie, sandals, thongs, etc.
SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH
Tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, wind up torch, etc. (No battery operated items)*
SOMETHING FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE
Soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, scrunchies, etc.(No toothpaste)*
SOMETHING SPECIAL
Carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, craft kits, stickers, note or photo of yourself.

What not to pack **

ITEMS THAT LEAK OR MELT
Including toothpaste, shampoo, bubbles, plasticine/playdough, batteries.
FOOD OR LOLLIES
Of any kind (due to shipping regulations) including medicines and vitamins.
USED OR DAMAGED ITEMS
Including clothing and toys.
BREAKABLE ITEMS
Such as glass, porcelain, mirrors.
ITEMS THAT CAN SCARE OR HARM A CHILD
Examples are knives, war-related toys and toy guns.
GAMBLING-RELATED ITEMS
For example, play money and playing cards.
ANYTHING OF A RELIGIOUS, RACIAL OR POLITICAL NATURE

For further information, see attached or the website…
http://operationchristmaschild.org.au/

December Newsletter

Where has the year gone!! Please find the December newsletter attached and don’t forget the Christmas party on the 13th December.

October/November Newsletter

Welcome Back to Term 4!! Please find attached the newsletter for October/November. If you have anything to add for the next newsletter please let me know! annabelholliss@gmail.com

September Newsletter

Hello everyone,
Please find the September newsletter attached. If you have anything you wish to add in the next newsletter please contact me at annabelholliss@gmail.com. There will be hard copies distributed at the meetings.
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AGM2013 Video For Download

For those of you who missed our AGM slideshow video looking back at the past Magill Scouting year you can download it with the link below.

It is a fairly large download so it is best to use Right-Click and Save the file to your own PC before you play the video.

‘Right Click’ & ‘Save link as…’ to download video

Also below is the AGM data pack with all the reports and financial statement. Feel free to have a look and ask any of the committee members about any details about our group or ask us how you could help us.

Adelaide Gang Show

While a Gang Show performance is always a good for a great night out for the whole family, this year we have some extra incentive to a number of our Scouts performing in the show!

As such we are organising a group booking for:

Gang Show Performance

Thursday 19th September 2013

Includes Exclusive Back Stage Tour!

Book Your Tickets by:

Tuesday 20th August 2013

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