Driving through Connaught Street on the last weekend of February you may have noticed a lot more activity than usual. Local Scout campground Motu Moana played host to many packs of Keas, Cubs and Scouts who came together to celebrate the annual Founder’s Day, this year marking 110 years of Scouting in New Zealand.
All 12 Scout groups from the Moanarua Zone attended this camp including our local troops Iona, New Lynn Sea Scouts, Orpheus Sea Scouts and Western Bays Sea Scouts. While the little Keas mostly visited each day to take part in the fun, the older Cubs and Scouts enjoyed the full immersion camping experience sleeping in tents and making their own food.
The theme of the camp was “Elements: Water, Earth, Wind, and Fire”, with activities related to each element. For “Earth”, cubs had to transport ‘plutonium’ pellets (golf balls) from the spent reactor to a storage pit without touching them. “Fire” had them using a traditional magnesium fire rod starter and different forms of tinder.
“Water” proved to be the favourite element with a dunking machine among the higher-ranked popular activities, and the ultimate highlight of the weekend - a mudslide down the large grassy bank.
Iona Scouting pack had their own special highlight, with Iona Cub Symeon Dove winning the competition to design the Founder’s Day badge. The badge was awarded to all 400 or so participants, ranging from Keas through to Rovers and Scout Leaders. Well done Symeon! Your pack is very proud.