Scouting conjures up images of badges, campfires and doing good deeds, and it is all that, but it is also much more.
For Sea Scouts, sailing and rowing are a big part of the programme. Western Bays Sea Scouts who are based in Margaret Griffen Park, Lynfield, have been heading out to French Bay for regular rowing and sailing practice in preparation for the triennial National Sea Scout Regatta, being held at the end of this year in Porirua.
They also attended the Auckland Area Regatta at Shakespeare Regional Park in March/April. Although there was little wind at first, which is not good for sailboats, the Scouts were still able to take part in other events including kayaking, raft building, seamanship and tug-of-war. And it is never hard to find something to do at the beach!
To become a Scout, or even a Kea, Cub or Venturer, you need to learn a few basic Scouting principles, which is then confirmed in a special ceremony called an Investiture. Not content with ‘average’ ceremonies, Western Bays Sea Scouts held their Scout and Venturer Investiture at a lava tunnel. Once the formalities were over, the Scouts and Venturers (plus leaders, parents and siblings!) slid down through the narrow entrance and explored the hidden grotto. A marshmallowy hot chocolate completed the evening.