On 3 January 2019, Scouts from all over Australia (and the world) embarked on their journey to South Australia for the biggest adventure of their life – Australian Jamboree 2019 – AJ2019. Bibra Lake Scouts joined with Scouts from Goollelal Greenwood, Carlisle, Victoria Park, Secret Harbour, Denmark and Karratha to make B324 – Westwind Troop. Bibra Lake Scouts were accompanied by our Joey Leader – Quenda (Amanda Manson) who was their Assistant Troop Leader – Welfare.
After a flight to Adelaide and a bus ride (that was air conditioned), we arrived at Tailem’s Bend to a fantastic 40 degree day and hot dust storms. The troop were amazing to setup our campsite in these conditions.
Opening parade was held on the 4th January 2019 and this launched 10 days of amazing fun, adventure and friendships for life.
There is no way we can put here all the amazing fun that was had on Jamboree. There are some amazing videos on YouTube by NSW Contingent Media that can give you a snippet of the amazing fun that the Scouts have a Jamboree.
Our campsite was marked with the red arrow below and this gives you an idea of the scale of this event.
The final activity was Market Day and our troop came together with a vast array of skills to run this activity.
Closing parade was the end of the amazing 10 days of fun and we said farewell to friends that we had shared this adventure with however we did make #friendsforlife
On 23rd June 2018, the Joeys and Cubs from Bibra Lake joined with many other Joeys and Scouts from other groups in Western Australia and went on an adventure to Whiteman Park – JOEY CUB DAY 2018 – OUR ADVENTURE OUR JOURNEY was the theme.
With some amazing activities around the theme of travel, the Joeys and Cubs split off into patrols and made their way around the park on trains, trams, vintage buses (MTT) and explored museums and Scout Heritage Centre stall. They also did other activities such as Rover 100 year obstacle course, apple slinkies, STEM, UFO biscuit making and construction/rope making.
It was a fun adventure and many were exhausted by the end of the day. Thanks goes to the amazing organises of this large event.
On Saturday 5th May the Bibra Lake Joey Scouts travelled to Australind to attend the Joey Leap annual branch event with approximately 250 other Joey Scouts from WA.
The Joeys were excited and there were many activities to choose from including a small and larger rock climbing wall, rope bridge, bouncy castle, fire brigade, police, giant games, craft stalls, Rover 100 year/colour pancakes, push carts, face painting and probably more that we didn’t even get to.
It was great seeing the Joeys being unsure and scared of rock climbing and conquering their fears, setting personal goals and getting further than they expected, and some reaching the top.
Another favourite of our Joeys was the rope bridge
It was a fun and exhausting day and I am sure many Joey’s slept on the way back home from Australind.
It was a great day and looking forward to next year’s Joey Leap.
After many hours of planning and the original site of the green cord hike (Cape to Cape) being flooded and a change of hike location was required. The plan was made and 5 Scouts embarked upon their hike on a section of the Bibbulmun Track. They left on Good Friday off on their adventure stalked by 2 Scout Leaders who were in contact via CB if any issues.
The green cord hike is not for the faint hearted and consists of:
“Plan and undertake a hike of at least 30km with at least four other Scouts into unfamiliar terrain requiring two nights out-of–doors. Use lightweight equipment and foods as far as practicable.”
They completed the two nights and 34.5km of walking over the three days (two nights). They came back with some amazing photos of the sights that they saw and even played some practical jokes on the scout leaders about sleeping in and forgetting things back at last camp spot (this was a must considering it was also April Fools Day).
They all returned safe and sound and actually earlier than anticipated. Apart from a few blisters and splinters all were well and apart from exhausted enjoyed the challenge and the scenery.
Now they just need to finish all the other requirements to get their green cords and then onto the Australian Scout Medallion.
Well done guys at this amazing achievement of completing this hike despite the challenges which is what scouting is all about.
The Joey Scouts continued their tradition of their annual Halloween Nerf Wars against some of our Venturers. The Joeys dressed in Halloween costumes and were armed with their Nerf arsenal (and of course safety glasses), split into two teams and the aims of the wide game to capture the Venturer or Joey Flag.
Our Venturer, Matt was attacked by Joey Scouts and Princess Platypus had difficulty shooting anyone as her crossbow malfunctioned.