Scouting is not just about knots, woggles and big shorts, and it's not just for boys either! There are approximately 16,000 young people in Scouting in New Zealand, spread across five age-related sections: Keas, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Each section has its own balanced programme of activities, badges and awards.
A time-honoured organisation run by passionate, committed leaders and parents for kids aged 7 – 19, Scouts is a wholesome, tried-and-true outlet for your kids’ creative energy, in a safe, supervised, yet challenging environment.
We are fortunate to have several excellent local Scout troops in the wider Blockhouse Bay area – each with a slightly different ‘flavour’, with both land- or sea-based to choose from. There is definitely one that will feel just right for your family.
New Lynn Sea Scouts
Contact Andrew 027 693 9756 newlynn.seascouts.org.nz
Western Bays Sea Scouts (Lynfield)
Contact Suzanne 09-627-3018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Iona Scouts (Blockhouse Bay) Contact Colin 021 208 1103
Seeking adventure-loving kids!
Do you have a 5 to 15-year-old child who is looking for new adventures in 2019? Perhaps Scouting is the opportunity for them.
We have planned another exciting year for our Scouts, and we’d love to share these experiences with more kids. Interested? Why not come along a few times and have a go, to see if scouting is for you and your family. You will find us at the hall under the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, beside the car park on Exminster Street, every Wednesday evening during the school term.
Keas, school years 1–3, meet 6.00-7.00pm, Cubs, school years 4-6, 6:30 – 8:00 and Scouts, school years 7 – 10, 6:30 – 8:00.
Fun on the water
While from a youth perspective, the Scouting experience is all about the adventure, a key underlying purpose is to encourage the development of important life skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership. This is something that the nautical environment supports so well due to the wide range of activities and challenges available.
For the Leaders it was a very rewarding experience watching the Juniors expressions as it dawned on them how their teamwork, communication and leadership had compensated for their lack of experience and physical strength, to pull off a win that was otherwise unimaginable to them.