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Magill Shoe Box Of Love Project

During the past terms, you may recall that we have been collecting bits and pieces for our Shoe Box Of Love project .

This term we are putting some extra focus on it to get ready for the packing of our shoe boxes at the end of this term so they are ready to be shipped and can arrive in time for Christmas.

Have a look at 6 minute short video to remind yourself on what the project is about.

Click here for the previous news items we posted at the beginning of the year with some more videos.

Family Details Survey

Dear 1st Magill Scout Group Families,

Please find attached a letter detailing a number of ideas to help and support our leaders in continuing with the good Scouting programs they already provide.

Please note survey form on the second page of the letter that we need every Magill family to fill out so we can update our records and implement the parent roster system as was discussed in the Parent Meeting of a few weeks ago.

We would appreciate if you return the filled in form ASAP to address or email address shown at the bottom of the form.

Thanks in advance.

Marco Hess
Group Leader

In case you missed it...

A big thank you to the parents attending the meeting last Tuesday. We had some positive and fruitful discussions and some outcomes that we will be pursuing in the coming weeks to help our leaders.

If you were not able to attend, please find attached the presentation that was used on the night.

For any questions or suggestions, please contact Group Leader Marco on 0407 78 55 66.

All Parent Meeting 14th June

We are calling all parents to attend a special Parent Meeting on the 14th June 2011

See also the attached letter introducing the issue and further details on the meeting time.


Group Camp ... what a good one!

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Scouts built a platform in the trees, and slept in it.

Cubs & Joeys made all sorts of things (boomerangs, Wall-es, fossils…).

Scouts, Cubs & Joeys teamed up for orienteering, adventure trails.

Parents had fun and made it all go smoothly.

A campfire with rousing singing.

It was fun!


Group Camp 2011 is on!


Just ONE week to Group Camp 2011. Forms and payments are due NOW!

All Magill Members, Friends, Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and siblings are invited to join us for this weekend get away.

We booked a 27 hectare facility called Douglas Scrub which is only an hour drive away from Adelaide in McLaren Flat.

We have a wide range of activities planned for all ages, including face painting, crafting for the younger ones, tree house building for Scouts, orienteering and treasure hunts for all, night time wildlife spotting, bouldering walls, campfire sing-a-longs and more.

The facility offers both camping (with powered sites) and bunk room type accommodations.

For further details, forms to download and directions, please visit our website on:…

There is still room available for both tent and bunk rooms, but make sure you let us know a.s.a.p. by email. Forms and money need to be in by Tuesday 10 at the absolute latest!

Magill Scouts Community Project 2011 - Shoe Boxes of Love

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The Leaders have agreed to undertake a whole of Group community project this year and we’ve selected “Shoe Boxes of Love”.

What is a Shoe Box of Love? In essence it is a Christmas gift to a child in an underprivileged country.
A Christian organisation knowns as Samaritan’s Purse manages the program known as Operation Christmas Child, which over 20 years has delivered 1m+ shoe boxes to children at Christmas time. The map shows where the boxes head in our Asia Pacific region.
Refer to their website for further information…

Over Terms 1, 2 & 3 we will be asking Joeys, Cubs and Scouts to bring along SMALL donations of NEW goods or gold coin donations at particular events. If your family cannot donate each time, that’s OK – it’s about the whole community of our Scout Group contributing what they can. If you can donate something extra, that will be great too. Or have your Joey, Cub or Scout ask family or friends to donate something too if you wish.

In late Term 3 Joeys, Cubs and Scouts will pack the items collected into shoe boxes ready to be sent to the designated country during October and November.

Besides the goods required, we need to provide $9/box donation to cover the cost of transportation and distribution.

We hope this will provide all members of our Scout Group community the opportunity to share a little of our own comforts with another child. Maybe your Joey, Cub or Scout could use some pocket money to purchase a small item for inclusion or forego a school lunch order to help them appreciate their ability to contribute to another child in meaningful way.

If someone in your family loves to knit, there are some patterns attached for items ideal to include in the shoe boxes.

Eventually our shoe boxes need to contain one or more items from each ‘something’ category:

Teddy bear, doll, soft toy, etc.

Exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk, etc.

T-shirt, shorts, underwear, cap, beanie, sandals, thongs, etc.

Tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, wind up torch, etc. (No battery operated items!)

Soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, scrunchies, etc. (No toothpaste)

Carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, craft kits, stickers, note or photo of yourself.

Items that are NOT allowed:

ITEMS THAT LEAK OR MELT – (these can spoil boxes) including toothpaste, shampoo, bubbles, plasticine/play dough and batteries
FOOD OR LOLLIES OF ANY KIND – (due to customs regulations) including medicines and vitamins
ANY USED OR DAMAGED ITEMS – (due to customs regulations) including worn clothing and old toys
ANY BREAKABLE ITEMS – including glass, porcelain and mirrors
ANY ITEM THAT CAN SCARE OR HARM A CHILD – including knives, war-related toys and toy guns
ANY GAMBLING-RELATED ITEMS – including play money, playing cards and dominoes

It is VERY important that the conditions above are followed in order to comply with various overseas government and customs constraints and to protect the content of the shoe boxes. We reserve the right to remove any unsuitable items.

Scouts Do It All!

The latest Scouts SA TV Commercial. A clear message about what Scouts is really about!

Parent Support Meeting Minutes

Please find attached the meeting minutes of the Parent Support Meeting of the 27th of July 2010.

World Scout $ Day 2010 - Thanks!

Just to let you know that your donations for World Scout $ Day during our Working Bee on Sunday the 1st of August, raised $51.60.

This will be forwarded to Scouts HQ for forwarding to the National Australian Scouts organisation.

Thank you for your support.

Working Bee - Thanks!


A big thank you to all the people big and small who contributed in whatever way to the Working Bee at our hall. An amazing amount of jobs have been done. We can all be very proud of the work we put in. Some of the things that got done where:

  • The ceilings in the toilets got a good scraping of all the loose paint and we had a good go at repainting them (we need to revisit this at a later date).
  • The gutter at the back of the hall has been properly reattached and cleaned so rainwater now gets into the rainwater tank again instead of overrunning the edge of the gutter.
  • The whirly-vents on the roof received some TLC so the may less noise when turning.
  • The corrugated iron from the back fence got reattached properly.
  • The kitchen received a new coat of paint (we also need to revisit this later).
  • The kitchen also got a good clean.
  • All the benches get some good looking over and most of them got sanded and received a new coat of Estapol.
  • We cleaned out the main Q-store and all the items had a look over as to what we want to keep and what not.
  • The back wall in the main Q-store got moved out and we now have almost doubled the available storage area!
  • Al the valuable items in the Q-store got noted and photographed for cataloging.
  • The leaders den got a good clean out.

The picture is from a moment halfway the day where we had all the Q-store contents out and it was a bit of an organised chaos, but we managed to put it all back again :-)

Thanks again for all your contributions. Whatever it was, big or small, it is very much appreciated and we can all be very proud!

World Scout $ Day 2010

The 1st of August 2010 is World Scout $ Day. The Scouts Australia National Chairman David W. Jones AM FCA started this project and in the video he talks about his inspiration for the project.

The aim of the project is to raise $66,000 to support the Food For Life project in the African Region. That sounds like a lot of money, but is essentially just one $ for every Scout in Australia.

On the 1st of August we have our Working Bee and we ask you to bring a $ to support this Food For Life project.

Parent Committee Meeting Minutes

Please find attached minutes from the parent committee meeting of 8th June 2010.

Roonka Survivor Group Camp


We hope you all enjoyed the camp this last weekend. The weather has certainly be kind to us (except Friday night was a bit chilly).

It was great to see so many families getting involved and participating and hopefully made some new friends in the process.

We have setup a small survey about the camp and we are also looking for some feedback for a possible future camp.

Please click here to start the survey

Incredible turnout on Anzac Sleepover

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This ANZAC sleepover was possibly one of the largest if not the largest sleepovers at the Magill Scout Hall we ever had!

In addition to the Magill Joeys, Cubs and Scouts we also hosted a considerable contingent of Stradbroke Joeys, Cubs and Scouts and some more from Beaumont Scout Group.

Well over 80 youth members were tightly packed not only in the main hall, but also in the den downstairs, on the stage area and in the meeting room.

With significant rain during the night we feared a bit for the weather during the ANZAC service. However, during the service the weather was completely dry and the the new memorial at the Gums reserve was a stunning setting.

The Magill RSL expressed their thanks for the large turnout of Scouts and Guides at the service.

Some photos of the event are available at

78 years and still going strong!


During some research in the Magill Scout Group archives we found what probably is one of the oldest pictures involving Magill Scout Group.

This one is from 1932. Wel over 78 years ago. In this picture Magill Scout Group is ready to depart for a camp on the Onkaparinga River, Oakbank.

If you are one of the people in the picture or recognise any of them, we would love to hear from you.

Click on the picture for a better look!

Parent Committee meeting

Minutes of the last meeting attached

More equipment funding

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our Committee Secretary, we have again been succesful in gaining $440 to purchase a shade shelter for camps and activities.

Parent Committeee Meeting Minutes

Please find attached minutes of the Parent Committee meeting held on 17 November 2009.

Scout mums do dutiful best, too

Today the following article appeared in the Sydney newspaper. Most if not all Scouting mums could related to this……

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