Scouts & Guides

Ryde Scout Group Centenary Celebrations


Ryde Scout Group celebrated its 100th Birthday last Sunday at the Ryde Scout Hall with a big roll up of former Scouts and leaders from near and far. The centenary cake was cut by Scout Emma Edwards who designed the centenary badge which was presented to all present. Group Leader Elizabeth Garratt presented a special award of appreciation to Emma, pictured left. TWT on-the-spot PHOTOS.



Epping Centenary Next

Epping Scout group will celebrate their 100th birthday this year also on Saturday July 11 with a special celebration at the Scout Hall from 4pm to 5pm and a Celebration Dinner from 6pm in St Alban’s church hall.

Inquiries email: [email protected] or contact Epping Group Leader Peter Buckley 9876 4383.



Guest speaker at St George’s Guild meeting

Author Maureen Mulheron will be guest speaker at this Tuesday’s Sydney St George’s Guild of former scouts and guides meeting a historic “Addington” 813 Victoria Road Ryde.

Maureeen will talk about the importance of ensuring that our moment in history is documented for future generations and how to write a family history.

All are welcome at 7.30pm for 8pm.

RSVP for catering to Doris Carrall 0425 223 628 or Howard Blair 9798 4060 or John F Booth 9807 6666.



Queen Scout Award to East Ryde’s Zac Savva

East Ryde Venturer Scout Zac Savva received his Queen’s Scout Award at last Saturday’s presentation ceremony from his former Venturer Leader Elijah Marshall at East Ryde Scout Hall. Zac is the Group’s first Queen Scout in twelve years but leaders expect some more to follow soon. PICTURED ABOVE Zac Savva, centre, in front of the Queen’s Scout Honour Board with l to r Geoff Ward, David Pike, Elijah Marshall and Paul “Chippy” McGregor. TWT on-the-spot PHOTOS.

Ryde Scouts 100th Birthday Party This Sunday at Ryde Scout Hall

Ryde Scout Group will celebrate its centenary at a 100th Birthday Party and open Day at Ryde Scout Hall this Sunday starting at 1pm to 5pm with formalities at 3pm including cutting the birthday cake.

All former Ryde Scouts, leaders and committee members are especially invited to attend along with Scouts and former Scouts from all Scout groups anywhere in the world.

And people and boys and girls who have not had the opportunity to join Scouting as yet are also welcome to go along and find out more about the fun of the international Scout Movement.

Inquiries Group Leader Elizabeth Garratt at [email protected] or




BETHANY PHOON will always remember the year she earned Cub Scouts highest award the Grey Wolf as it was presented at the Ryde Scout Hall in the week of the Ryde Group’s Centenary celebration party at the Scout Hall. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.

Matthew does Boronia Joey Scouts proud


1st Boronia Joey Scouts is celebrating the latest awarding of the Promise Challenge to young Matthew Reeves (pictured right).

The Promise Challenge is the highest badge that can be attained as a Joey Scout, and the first badge a Joey Scout completes individually. The badge has a range of requirements including learning about Scouting, considering our duty to God and living the Joey motto: “Help Other People” (HOP!).

For his service activity, Matt took part in Shave for a Cure and shaved his head to raise funds to support a friend.

He actively collected sponsors and managed to raise $1,200.

Matthew was presented with his award by the State Commissioner for Joey Scouts Lyn Mann.

Joeys are the youngest section of the Scouting movement, catering for boys and girls aged 6 and 7.

They work towards a number of badges as a group including Caring & Sharing, the Buddy Badge, the Environment and the Adventure Challenges.

A trained Joey Scout Leader guides a Joey Mob of up to 20 boys and girls as they learn to share and care for each other in a social environment. It’s more than school as it extends each child’s understanding of the world around them.

Joey Scouts learn how to recognise native birds and animals and develop an understanding of the impact of our modern world on the environment.

They are encouraged to express themselves creatively, through games, stories and craft activities.

Building monsters and spaceships from scrap items, growing plants from seedlings or singing songs together all develop a strong sense of belonging. Inquiries Joey Leader Bronwyn Hardy 0402 892 285.

Epping Scouts Centenary Next

Epping Scout Group will celebrate its 100th birthday also this year on Saturday July 11with a special celebration at the Essex Street Scout Hall at 4pm to 5pm.

The Epping Group will be the third Scouts Group to celebrate their centenary this year following Hunters Hill Scout Group on Saturday March 14 and Ryde Group this Sunday.

Following the Epping Scout Hall celebration on Saturday July 11 from 4pm to 5pm there will be a Centenary Dinner in St Alban’s church hall from 6pm.

All former Epping Scouts, leaders and supporters are invited to participate. Inquiries email: [email protected] or contact Epping Group Leader Peter Buckley 9876 4383.

Queen Scout Award at East Ryde

Zac Savva will receive his Queen’s Scout Award at a presentation ceremony at East Ryde Scout Hall in John Miller Street East Ryde this Saturday.

Presentation of Scouting’s highest award will take place at 5pm followed by a BBQ in true Scouting style according to Group Leader Bob Chorley. Congratulations Zac on your hard and well earned honour following a select few from the Group’s first Queen Scout John Armstrong nearly 50 years ago.

Ryde Scouts Centenary Celebrations

100th Birthday Party Sunday May 24 at Ryde Scout Hall

Ryde Scout Group will celebrate its 100th birthday Sunday May 24 with a Centenary Birthday Party and Open Day at Ryde Scout Hall from 1pm to 5pm.

All are welcome to attend the celebrations at the Ryde Scout Hall corner Blaxland Road and Princes Street Ryde opposite Ryde Park.

Ryde Scouts Group Leader Elizabeth Garratt extended a special invitation to all former Ryde Scouts and leaders to come along for a special birthday reunion and get together and to swap stories and memories of bygone days.

And she also extended a warm invitation to all current Scouts and Leaders from surrounding groups and Girl Guides units.

“We want this to be a really big and happy occasion for all as we celebrate the start of our second century in Ryde”, Elizabeth Garratt said.

The celebration day will also be an Open Day highlighting the values and working methods of today’s Scouting and young people and adults with no Scouting experience are especially welcome to come.

“We hope that we can introduce more people to Scouting with the possibility of them joining and benefitting from membership of our wonderful worldwide Movement”, Elizabeth said.

“Scouting is an international Movement and offers wonderful opportunities of travel and meeting fellow Scout members in just about every country in the world”, she added.

Ryde Scout Group Committee chairman Brian Populin said he and his committee members were very much looking forward to welcoming all the former Ryde Scouts to this once in a lifetime centenary celebration.

He invited former Scouts or past Committee members to bring along any photos or memorabilia for display and they would receive a special centenary cloth badge designed by one of today’s Scouts.

Celebration day will start at 1pm with Scouts and Cubs demonstrating Scouting games and activities and inviting all to join in the fun.

Focal point of the day will be the cake cutting and speeches at 3pm with VIP guests and former Scouts and Leaders.

Inquiries and RSVP to Elizabeth Garratt: [email protected] or



Ryde Scout Group’s special Centenary Badge was designed by young Ryde Scout Emma Edwards.




Epping Scout Group will be the third scout group in TWT Territory to celebrate  their centenary in 2015 on Saturday July 11  from 4pm to 5pm at the Scout Hall and from 6pm with a Centenary Dinner in St Albans church hall. Inquiries email: [email protected]  TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.


Historic ‘Addington’ Open Day

Historic “Addington” will be open for public inspection this Sunday May 17 from 2pm to 4pm sponsored by the former Scouts and Guides of the St George’s Guilds of Ryde and Sydney.

Addington contains Australia’s best Scouts, Guides and Guilds Museum as well as being Australia’s Oldest Complete Settlers Cottage and serving afternoon teas from Australia’s oldest continuously used kitchen.

The Guilds will host a special celebration for the three local Scout Groups – Hunters Hill, Ryde and Epping – who are celebrating their centenaries this year. Inquiries re Sunday’s Open Day to Doris Carrall 0425 223 628, Lyn Donald 0402 256 920 or Ron Paton 0418 408 323.


Baden Powell Scout Awardfor Epping Rover Scott


Scott Osborne of 1st Epping Rovers was recently presented with his Baden Powell Scout Award by his Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley at a ceremony at Government House.

The Baden Powell Scout Award is the major award for the Rover Scout section, and is the highest youth award that can be achieved in Scouting.

Scott worked progressively on his award during his eight years in Epping Rovers, completing four major badges: a Major Project, a Ramble, Scoutcraft and finally Service.

For his Major Project Badge, Scott spent four years learning to play the guitar from scratch, astounding his Crew when he performed, given his lack of musical ability when he began the badge.

On his Ramble, Scott, along with Geoff Ward (1st Epping Rovers) and Owen Cooke (1st Normanhurst Rovers) completed a 70km section of the Hume & Hovell track near Jingellic NSW over the Easter long weekend.

To complete his Scoutcraft component, Scott took 1st Epping Rovers on ten weekend camps throughout NSW, where the Rovers got back into some traditional Scouting activities, including hiking, building pioneer style camp furniture, crossing rivers on rope bridges and even makeshift rafts, and most importantly 10 amazing camp cooked dinners.

Service is the motto of the Rover Section, and is the most important section of the BP award. Scott applied his abseiling and organisational skills to the role of Scout Abseiling Coordinator for the Sydney North Region Rockcraft team, organising and running six abseil days over a 12 month period.

During this time, Scott and the team trained around 270 Scouts in basic abseiling skills, with an astounding total of almost 1500 individual abseils by the Scouts.

While giving the Awardees Response at the official presentation, Scott highlighted what he thought was the most important thing he had done during his 18 years in Scouting;

”When we joined Scouts, some of us recently, some of us not so, we all made a promise. On my honour, I promise that I will do my best.

Everyone’s best is different, as we’ve seen by the huge variety of adventures, events and personal achievements that all of the awardees have undertaken, but what matters is that we have all followed through on our promise, that we have all done our best.”

Having joined 1st Epping Scouts at the age of 8 in 1996, and finished with 1st Epping Rovers at the end of 2014, Scott is continuing his involvement with Scouting as part of the Sydney North Region Rockcraft team, helping teach Scouts and Leaders the skills for Abseiling, Canyoning, Caving and Rock Climbing.


National Biscuit Day

Girl Guides will celebrate National Biscuit Day on Saturday May 16 by selling the iconic Girl Guides Biscuits.

The Girl Guides will be out in force selling the delicious biscuits across the country, including in selected shopping centres, supermarkets and fairs.

“Girl Guides have been selling Biscuits in Australia for the past 57 years to raise proceeds to support local, national and international Guiding activities and programs,” Girl Guides NSW said.

“This year, Australians are expected to consume more than 13 million Girl Guide Biscuits raising over $1.7 million for young Australian women as more than 570,000 packets of Girl Guide Biscuits will be sold across Australia this year.

“The current biscuit supplier, Griffin’s acquired the recipe from the Cadbury biscuits business 30 years ago when they swapped it for their confectionary business.”

Each packet of Girl Guide Biscuits costs $3 and 100% of the funds raised support Girl Guides programs.

Proceeds are used to help fund local Guiding activities, camps and events, purchase Guiding supplies and program materials, and support disadvantaged girls to enjoy Guiding.

The funds are also used to provide training and support for Girl Guides Leaders, and to support international Guiding events.

Recognition for Putney Scout Leaders


Moocooboolah District Commissioner Christine Morling (left) presented 1st Putney Scout Group’s Cub Scout Leader and Leader in Charge Alison Small with a 25 Years Service Award at the Group’s Christmas District Seeonee at Hunters Hill Club.


Alison later presented retiring 1st Putney Scout Leader Mark Warren with his Special Service Award, (the old Certificate of Merit) at the Scout Group’s recent troop meeting.

The tireless Warren is finishing up this year after five years as a Scout Leader and re-registering Putney’s Scout Section as well as serving as assistant to Alison in the Cub section as a parent and Treasurer of the Group for three years before that.


Ryde MP Victor Dominello and new NSW and ACT Guides Commissioner Gillian Garsia of East Ryde (pictured above) were among the special guests at the official opening of the 27th World Conference of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship at Sydney Olympic Park.
Mr Dominello, in his role as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, paid respect to the Land and Country and Elders and introduced elder Glen Doyle who gave the Aboriginal Welcome to Country.

The gateway was constructed and erected by St George’s Guild member Charles Donald and son Ross, an active member of Marsfield Scouts. TWT on-the-spot PHOTOS.

Promise Challenge Award


Harry Methven of 1st Boronia Joey Scouts was recently awarded his Promise Challenge, the first badge a Joey Scout completes individually, and the highest award they can attain.

The Promise Challenge comprises a number of elements including learning about Scouting and its history, considering our duty to God and what Joeys do best – helping other people.

For his service element, Harry collected abandoned shopping trolleys in the local area and returned them to the local supermarket.

Harry was one of the Joeys presented with their award at the recent Fun Day held at Newington Armoury.

The Fun Day involved Joey Scouts from Sydney Northern District participating in a range of activities including drumming, launching water rockets, riding the mini-train and firing smoke cannons.

Joeys are the youngest section of the Scouting movement, catering for boys and girls aged 6 and 7 and work towards a number of badges as a group – including Caring & Sharing, the Buddy Badge, the Environment and the Adventure Challenges.

Congratulations Harry on a great effort!

G-G opens ISGF World Conference

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove as newly appointed Chief Scout of Australia officially opened the 27th World Conference of the International Scout and Guide Fellowship of former scouts and guides at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday. Local Scouts and Guides made a guard of honour with world member flags from sixty nations attending the conference. Local Aboriginal Elder Glen Doyle offered the Welcome to Country pictured with Sir Peter and Ryde MP and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello paid respect to the original owners of the land.
Delegates enjoyed a harbor cruise Monday night on All Occasion Cruises flagship MV Bella Vista. Some also visited historic “Addington” at Ryde  home of the St George’s Guilds of former Scouts and  Guides which is open to the public this Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

Watch the video online here





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