Scouts & Guides

 Birralee Guides win State Regatta


West Epping’s Birralee OP Guides won the recent State Guide Regatta held at Myuna Bay Sport & Recreation Camp on Lake Macquarie.

Over 350 senior guides, aged 14 -18, and OP units from around the State gathered to camp and compete in a variety of single and paired rowing, canoeing and kayaking events, along with various land based activities, over the weekend.

Birralee OP guides, aged 18 – 30yrs, won the overall point score and ‘The Oar’ which is awarded to the unit who displays exceptional sportsmanship, helpfulness and enthusiasm, for all participants irrespective of their unit. It is rare that a unit wins both awards.

This year’s regatta theme of ‘superheroes’ saw the seven young women compete in morph suits, capes and over shorts in their unit colours of purple and yellow.

Their gnome mascot was also dressed to fit the theme.

Pictured are the array of winners’ trophies and pennants including ‘The Oar’.

For membership or leader inquiries contact Cheryl 9878-3028 or Guides NSW at

Local Rovers attend National Moot


Over 500 Rover Scouts from all over Australia and eleven other countries gathered at Woodman Point Recreation Camp in Western Australia over the New Year period to take part in WAM 2014, the 19th Australian Rover Moot.
Among them were 34 Rovers from groups across Sydney’s northside including Brush Park, Epping, Lindfield, Forestville, Mona Vale and Turramurra.
Rovers are young men and women aged 18 to 25, who are members of Scouts Australia.
“Moot” is the term used for a gathering of Rovers, similar to a Jamboree and these events are held on a local, national and international basis.
WAM 2014 was two weeks of new experiences, with the Rovers undertaking a huge range of activities, including gourmet tours through the Margaret River region, caving and abseiling through the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park, sailing the Indian Ocean, hiking through the WA wilderness, watching the sun set from the beach and lots of night time entertainment in the Moot Arena, including a special performance by popular indie band British India at the closing ceremony.
“This was my third National Moot, and it’s been the best one yet, ” said Scott Osborne from Epping Rovers.
“Thanks to the WA Rovers for organising an amazing fortnight of adventure! ”
Emma Noller from Epping Rovers was just as appreciative.
“Two weeks of meeting amazing people, having amazing experiences, – I ‘m so grateful for everything that I have had the chance to participate in at WAM ” said Emma.
Next National Moot will be held in Victoria in 2017.
Rovers come from all walks of life and backgrounds and haven ‘t necessarily participated in Scouting before.
They undertake a wide range of outdoor adventure, social and community service activities.
There are many Rover Crews across the northside and new members are always welcome.
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Tribute to long serving Scouts leader Phillip


East Ryde Scouts paid tribute to stalwart Phillip ‘One Tonner’ Ward during the festive season, who celebrated 40 years as a leader with the group.

East Ryde Scouts paid tribute to stalwart Phillip ‘One Tonner’ Ward during the festive season, who celebrated 40 years as a leader with the group.

During that time, Phillip has been a leader in every section as well as Group Leader; has attended Jamborees and Cuborees and taken members on numerous camps.

He was presented with a gift and then the sections sang a song for him to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas.

The song included some of Phillip’s memorable sayings and interests: On the twelfth day of Christmas One Tonner said to me – fill out those A1’s correctly (All); 11 Joeys leaping (Joeys); 10 funny songs (Cub scouts); 9 singing bus rides (Venturers); 8 laying hens (Scouts); 7 stories going on and on (Venturers); But that’s another story (Cub scouts); I’ve been to 5 Jamborees (Scouts); 4 times ten years as a leader (Leaders); 3 French Horns (Joeys); 2 compulsory admirations (Cub scouts).

And I’ll have a white coffee please (ALL).

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