ICHLANDS - FOREST LAKE SCOUT GROUP UPDAT BY TA N I A McLAUGH LI N
With the onset of cooler weather, a lot of people head indoors for warmth and comfort. Not us! The start of June saw 11 youth members and three leaders heading out to Blackbutt for a freezing night of camping followed by an 8km bushwalk. The Cubs and Scouts have become very proficient with their compass and navigation skills, and managed their hike superbly. We also used this opportunity to let the Scouts practice lashing together their own flagpole, and experiment with pulling a car out of a bog using just a rope, three pegs and a fallen branch from the bush. With these activities, our Scouts have successfully completed their Pioneer Level Construction Target, and Isaac has completed his red cord. Not to be outdone, our Joey Scout section headed out to Allawah Scout Campsite near Ipswich for an amazing Gold Rush weekend. They pegged their claim, built a bush humpy, panned for gold, searched for eggs in the porridge pot, sheared simulated sheep, milked pretend cows, made billy tea and damper, designed and built their own bush instruments, made their own timber french knitting rings (and learned to french knit), participated in traditional games such as quoits, hopscotch and skittles, had an exciting ‘Escape in the dark’ night hike, followed by a fun campfire filled with songs, jokes and yarns. They also participated in a challenging and fun wide game, trying to work out who were the miners with the gold, who were the bush rangers trying to rob them, and who were the undercover Troopers trying to catch the bush rangers. This sees the end of our Joey Gold Rush theme, and also earns them their Adventure Challenge Badge and Mob Buddy Badge with our buddy mob at Camira...now, on to the next adventure! Thankfully, our annual Movie Fundraiser was a lot more comfortable and warm. We all came together with family and friends to enjoy a screening of Despicable Me 3 in the comfort of a nice, warm Cineplex theatre and the leaders were able to spend some time chatting with the other grown ups for a while. We took advantage of the cold weather for our final den meeting for the term, and enjoyed an all sections Winter in June themed evening. Games, carols, Christmas craft, yummy food...what a night and what a way to end the term! Apparently, our Cubs just cannot get enough of the cold, and headed out to the Darling Downs the following Saturday for a trip to the Darling Downs Zoo. They have also managed to complete all of their road, home and bush safety testing, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Emily Philpot on successful completion of her Grey Wolf Award. Emily is our second recipient of this Award this year and we are extremely proud and excited for her. The youth, leaders and parents of Richlands - Forest Lake Scout Group will be coming together over these school holidays to enjoy the Brisbane Gang Show performance of Bankrupt - The Musical at the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia. Brisbane Gang Show is a high quality variety show with cast members coming from Scout and Guide Groups all over South East Queensland. Season runs from June 30 to July 8. Adults $25, kids $15. Book now at trybooking.com. We look forward to Term 3 and a whole new set of adventures, accomplishments and shared memories with our Scouting families.
Forest Lake Probus Club Update by Marge Breitenbach
To quote our Newsletter Editor, Brian, “It is never too late to live.” (February 2017), whether it is happily ever after, healthy or making every day count, we also need to appreciate the life we have and the people that make up our world. Recently so much emphasis has been placed on awareness of loneliness. To this end there are clubs and organisations that offer programmes. Probus Clubs initially started under the wings of Rotary, have been providing an amazing service to combat this and improve the lives of retirees and semi-retirees. The Probus Club of Forest Lake Inc is a fine example of what is on offer. There is a social outing once a month. In May, a group of ‘dangerous Probian inmates’ visited Boggo Road Gaol. The group was led by an experienced hard-man guide who gave them a taste of what it was like to be on the wrong side of the law and being incarcerated. They sought freedom and were found at a local eatery! The morning Coffee Club meets at a different venue on the fourth Tuesday and the evening Dinner Group gets together on the first Thursday of the month. There is also a Book Group that meets on a Wednesday at the Inala Library where tea and biscuits are provided. At our general meeting, held on the second Tuesday of the month at 10am there is a guest speaker and scrumptious morning tea. There is even an opportunity to test your trivia knowledge and win a scratchy. We enjoy, fun, friendship and fellowship, so come for a test run! A taste of future activities that is in the pipeline is a trip to Bribie Island, a Hangi, a picnic and visit to the theatre. We are looking forward to meeting new retirees and semi-retirees on the second Tuesday of the month at 10am in the Uniting Church Hall, 128 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove. For further details please contact Membership Officer Judith on 3278 8042 or President Fran on 0403 882 030. Page 24 - July 2017 - The Lake News