Australia - ACT Cuboree (fwd)
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 17 Feb 1996 01:03:31 -0500
Some of you may know Sarah Jones from Australia. She's been having some
trouble keeping hooked in to the Internet from home and isn't on Scouts-L
for the time-being, so I've asked her if I could share a story she wrote
with all of you on the list. With her kind permission, it is a pleasure
to pass on her story of a wonderful adventure with Cubs in Australia.
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - firstname.lastname@example.org
FORWARDED MESSAGE STARTS BELOW:
here is a copy of the trip report of the trip to the ACT Cuboree. This is
basicly what I am gong t send into the District Newsletter.
ACT Cuboree: Shaping our Future
Recently, 4 leaders, a Venturer and 3 Cub Scouts from Elizabeth District
attended the ACT Cuboree held at Camp Cottermouth in the hills around canberra.
Like South Australian Cuborees, these events are held every three years and run
to a theme.
The planning for the South Australian Contingent started back in late January
1995, when Alan Jones (Project Commisioner for Cub Scouts) approched the Branch
Commisioner for Cub Scouts in the ACT with the idea of a group comming across
from South Australia. Permission was given and from there things really started
happening. At least in the Jones Household. The phone was constantly ringing
and enquireries were a daily activity. The Contingent team was sorted out and
who was in charge of what. Leaders were slotted into line postions and the rest
went into activity areas.
The request was made that the South Australian Cubs to be in groups of 6 and
then were teamed with a sub camp (or zone) and were only required to provide
sleeping tentage for our cubs. This proved to be a plus as it ment we had less
to transport across and everything was able to fit onto the 2 buses.
The Elizabeth Cubs were with me as their line leader and were in the High Tech
Zone, Laser Sector. The Sectors in each zone were the ones we were to do
activities with while at the Cuboree. They also included Cubs not only from
Canberra, but from other states of Australia as well.
Finnally the departure day arrived and and with igh expectations form all. This
is dispite a few late pullouts and replacements, everything was go, go, go. As
a Bus Captin, I had the the pleasure (or should it be mis fortune?) of boarding
the Norther Suburbs bus at it's first stop at at Broadveiw, were we picked up
the first of the leaders and cubs for bus B.
>From there, we headed north with our final pickup at Gawler and then we headerd
for Merbien (In Victoria) where we spent the night in the joint Scout-Guide
Hall. This hall has to be seen to be belived. It was offices, but when they
were vacated, were donated to the local Scout and Guide Groups. It is fully
carpeted and air conditioned as well. It was a pleasent night's sleep (given we
are in the middle of summer and it was warmish).
The trip across the Hay Plain was uneventful as we headed eastward towards
Canberra. Lunch and a swim was enjoyed by all in Hay and we increased the
population at the local swimming pool several times over. Wagga Wagga Rovers
had us for tea and this is were we casued problems when bus A went to turn
around and went into a spoon drain and dented the bar at the front of the bus.
This was quickly fixed and we were soon on our way again. We arrived in
Canberra around midnight, sleeping in tentage provided.
Saturday saw us all up bright and early and heading to meet the rest of our
zones in time for breckfast. After having breckfast, we qwuickly set up tents
so that we could make the opening ceromony of the cuboree. From here on in,
time was busyWith the opening at 10am, we moved onto our first activity at
Each daysaw us doing three activity bases of 2 hours duration each. One in the
morning and two in the afternoon. Before the morning activity, we had a 30
minute activity prior to moving off to our first activity for the day.
The activies were all well done and certainly they kept the cubs moving the
whole time they were there. All had a message that the cubs could take away and
use in the future. Some were plain fun while others encouraged them to really
think. All were linked around the theme of the Cuboree which was "Shaping our
Future". In total there were nine activity bases that were done and they
* Inner Space: What is happening inside our bodies?
----------- Made popular by the exiting by the water slide.
* Outer Space: What do we know of other plantets other than earth?
----------- (very popular as this had a mud pool and the kids
got very muddy)
* Investment: What can be done to make sure we get what we want?
* Cmmunication and Technology: all about comunication and computers etc
* Decisions: How do group and individual decisions affect our life
* Lesuire: If we have more time on our hnds, how will we use it?
* Scout family: What is it like to be a Joey, Cub, Scout, Venturer and
* Water: A resourse or play thing?
* Moving On: How do things move? How will we make them in the future?
We had programed into the program ten actvity bases. This ment that on Monday
afternoon, everyone had a session off. It was eaither the 1:30 to 3:30 or 3:30
to 5:30 time slot. This allowed the Cubs a chance to eaither rest, shower, or
simply to wonder around and swap badges with others on site.
We were contantly on the go and there was always something to do. We had three
activity bases to do during the day as well as the night activities and one
before we headed of to our first session each morning. This was were they
really pushed the camp dance and the song which was "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited.
It was done so often that we even saw a cub doing it in his sleep while at
Merbien on the trip home.
The culmination of the Cuboree was the making of the time capsale on Monday
Night. All Activity Bases had gathed a selection of Cubs from the zone they
were linked with and the Cubs were asked to put something from that activity
base into the time capsule. This is to be reopened in 9 years time at the
Cuboree in 2005.
Another highlight of that night was the lighting of the optic tourches. Wghat a
sight from down the front looking back up the hill leading from the stage and
seeing 1300 of them being danced and waved about to "No Limit"
Tuesday saw us complete the last activity base and many farewells were said.
The South Australians were packed by 10 am before our last activity. We had the
closing after lunch and then our presentations of our woggles were made. The
South Australians left for a quick tour of Canberra beofre heading to the
Sizzlers for tea. We had also gained by this stage 2 Canadain Rovers as apart
of our contingent...They proved to be popular with our Cubs. From tea we headed
to to the Telecom Tower to see the lights of Canberra. It seemed that as we
arrived and got out of the lifts, some of the public was heard to say "not more
of them!" It seems that we had just missed the Victorians who had left shortly
before our arrive. We left here and headed back to camp for a few hours sleep.
We had another early day with everyone being awoken by 5:30am. We left at
6:30am and headed to Mc Dondalds for Breckfast. We certainly had the dinning
room full(not that Like Mc Donalds....I perfer Hungry Jacks!)
>From here we hit the road and headed westward. The only differenace on the trip
back was that we had luch and a walk in Wagga Wagga and tea and swimming at the
pool in Hay. By this stage, Alan Jones and Jenny White had bought a copy of the
song "No Limit" and played it over the PA at swimming pool. Being a country
town...we certainly got the locals attention as 61 Cubs and a few Leaders
jumped up and started doing the camp dance in the middle of the grassed area.
>From here we headed to Merbeain and a much needed sleep. Many Cubs fell asleep
on the bus, with only a few staying awake. It was a much appreicated stop as we
knew a carpetted floor and air conditioning was going to greet us on arrival at
We had another early start and one that was greatly appreicated, as it
signalled the last leg home. We had been away a week and we were all looking
forward to our own beds. The drop offs in Adelaide were the reverse of our pick
ups onour trip out.
It was a good trip/week over all and one that was enjoyed by all who attended.
Dispite the long hours for all involved (Cubs as well as leaders) many are
looking forward to our own Cuboree in November and some of us are already
planning on attending the next ACT Cuboree in 1999.
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