What a crazy year! We started the year with some amazing activities such as Founder’s Day camp at Motu Moana, our fishing lesson at Blockhouse Bay Beach (which should have been the first of many fishing sessions), our Cub Zone swimming competition at Glen Eden Intermediate, cycling at Herdman Park, and a scavenger hunt around Blockhouse Bay.
And then Covid hit, disrupting our plans. We couldn’t have predicted as we put up our tents at Founder’s Day Camp in February that a few weeks later our country would be in lockdown and we would be forced to stay at home for many weeks.
But Scouts are resilient, and we quickly adapted to the situation. Before long, weekly emails of ideas of fun activities to do at home were organized and our group got to work on their personal interest badges. We even did ‘Stand at Dawn’ in our driveways for ANZAC Day - quite different to our usual participation in the Mt Roskill ANZAC Day parade, but we were happy to be able to honour our fallen.
Now back to normal we have been making the most of it. We walked through Terry Street Park to identify our local native trees and birds, our Keas joined with other local packs for a group campfire, and we have several ongoing craft activities to keep us busy. Coming up is an activity night of swimming and keep an eye out for us in the Blockhouse Bay Santa Parade on 6th December.
So here we are, almost full circle, and looking forward to our first big event of 2021: Founder’s Day at Motu Moana. We also hope to enjoy the planned activities we missed out on in 2020.
We welcome new members so please text Colin on 021 208 1103 if you would like to visit. We meet Wednesdays at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre basement. Keas (aged 5-8) meet 6-7pm, Cubs (aged 8 to 11) and Scouts (aged 11 to 14) both meet 6:30-8pm.