There and back again!
Congratulations to the 6th Rondebosch team who traveled to Hawequas this past weekend to take part in the Gordon Shield Competition. Despite fierce competition, as evidenced by the incredibly close scores, the team was victorious. A huge thank you to all those involved, as well as the judges who attended. Looking forward to next year!
Provincial Orienteering - We Came 2nd
We were super pleased to come 2nd in the Provincial Orienteering competition on Sunday.
It was a great day and many thanks to Bruce Meier the Chief Judge and everyone else who assisted.
Congratulations to 2nd Fish Hoek - who won the competition.
The weekend of the 8 - 10 July, the 6th Bosch Rover crew trekked out to Hawequas for our annual service camp. Starting off on Friday we helped build a railing for the stoep at the main house. Saturday had us hiking to the top of the mountain behind Hawequas to clear some hakea as well as a very large, particularly stubborn pine tree. On Sunday, Jamie, Caelan, Dylan and Brad made the big sacrifice to go out in the rain to clean some water tanks while the rest of us cleaned up the house. Thanks for a lovely weekend of good banter and hard work. Hawequas is a real asset to the scouting movement so its an honour to give back when we can.
What an awesome morning biking in the coetzenburg mountains of Stellenbosch. The 6th Rondebosch Rovers had an amazing guide who showed them a few cool trails. Definitely a fun activity that will be repeated in the future.
On Saturday 7 May our Rovers gathered at Appleton for our formal meeting. It was a particular special event as Jóhann recieved his BP award and Woodbadge! A massive congratulations to him and thank you to Peter Otzen and Ubayd Bapoo for taking the time to present Jóhann his awards.
Thanks to Robyn for the sunset photo!
Woodstock Cave Hike
This past Sunday, a few of our rovers hiked to Woodstock Cave via the Kings Blockhouse. It was a perfect morning for hiking as we set out from UCT campus via Rhodes Memorial. After the fires from last year the area is almost unrecognisable. With only one slightly wrong turn we reached the Cave (it's massive) where we spent an hour enjoying the view, sharing snacks, and talking. The only downside was we got caught in a bit of rain for the last 15 minutes on the way back down (classic Cape Town weather). Nonetheless, it was a a morning enjoyed by all!
We raised over R55k for the Group
On Friday 8th April we had a Trivia evening to raise funds for the Group. We raised over R55k from quiz entries and through auctioning prizes and experiences.
We had to restrict our number due to covid protocols but it was still a super fun evening.
The funds will be used to buy equipment for the Group and provide some great cubbing and scouting experiences.
Well done to Mano who ran the event and his fund raising team - Karen W, Karen H, Brian, Tasmin, Sue and Caelan.
We would also like to thank our key sponsors:
Link Property People
Cape Union Mart
Coty Prestige - who own some great beauty brands like Hugo Boss and Lacoste
MLT Car hire and tours
We also had great support from local businesses like RocoMammas, Furleys, Mama Roma, Magica Roma, Cape Magnifico, Shenigans Beauty, Ash Electronics, Clay Cafe, Rush, Gelato Mania, Tuk-Tuk Brewery, Huegnot Chocolate, Franschoek Cellar Door, Cape Turismo, Asco Beuaty, Bike Park Constantia, Freedom Adventure Park, Uwe Pfaff, Cape Adventure Tours, Two Oceans Acquarium, La Cuccina, Astonish Cleaning, Mason Complet Office Solutions, The Bridge of Hope Wines, Hartenberg Wines and many many more.
Our biggest thank you goes to our parents and friends who came to support the event.
Note: all phots were taken without our masks on.
On Friday 1 April, several of our rovers were treated to an excellent three course meal by our resident chef prodigy Milto. Milto is currently attending Silwood School of Cookery and prepared some excellent food for us. An evening enjoyed by all! Thanks Milto!
Kon-Tiki 2022 saw 6th Rondebosch Scouters give their all at this major event. The 3-day raft-building competition saw our raft afloat for 2 days with great success and meeting some very strict judging criterias. Our raft team ranked 3rd place with the support team coming in 2nd out of the 10 teams. Their skills were put to the test as they kept their focus on safety and having loads of fun. We are very proud of them!
You’ve heard of the Navy SEALs. Well here are the Rondebosch SEALs, just as graceful but in cold water.
This past weekend the Rovers crew held our formal meeting at 2nd Rondebosch Scout Hall. We welcome Sulaimaan, Karmi and Muthafar as invested rovers in our crew! We also said goodbye to Darren who has aged out. Darren is a BP award holder and he will be missed in our crew however we are sure our paths will cross again soon!
After our meeting we had a bring and braai which rounded off the week well!
On Saturday the 29th of Jan a few of our rover crew members had a fun day of rock climbing at bloc11. It was an amazing experience helping each other conquer more challenging routes by strategizing as well as offering guidance from the ground which offers a better perspective.
6th Rondebosch Scout Group updated their website address.
6th Rondebosch Scout Group updated their website address.
Helping the Santa Shoebox Team - That's the Christmas Spirit
Our Rover Crew has completed another great community service project - this time helping out the Santa Shoe Box team.
The crew worked with parents of the 2nd and 6th Rondebosch Scout Groups - who kindly donated a number of shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need this Christmas.
The Crew then spent 3 days volunteering at the Santa Shoebox warehouse - helping to receive donations, checking and packing the boxes and ensuring they were ready for distribution.
Our scouts had an amazing time at Cape Town Paintball this morning.
It was great to be out as a Troop on another adventure.
Overnight Hike to Table Mountain Hut
A few of our senior scouts had a great hike to Table Mountain Hut last night.
They started at Theresa Avenue Jeep Trail in Camps Bay and hiked along the Pipe Track and up Woody Ravine. They descended via Nusery Ravine to Rycroft Gate.
A good opportunity for some of the scouts to complete their hike Scoutcraft badge.
What a great asset the Hut is - well done to everyone who looks after it.
Masks taken off for a few photos.
Xavier's Community Service Blog
On the 23rd and 24th of October some members of the Cheetahs and Eagles Patrols set out to clean up two of Cape Towns’ beaches.
On Saturday we cleaned up St James beach and the areas around it - we managed to fill three rubbish bags and cleaned as much as we could.
However, the real clean-up happened on Sunday at Milnerton beach where we filled ten large plastic bags with litter and rubbish.
I chose this project because I wanted to do my part in keeping plastic and harmful material out of the ocean to protect marine life
Erica's Discoverer Community Service Blog
On Sunday the 26th September Jeneveve, Jodi and myself from the Cobra Patrol went to the canal on Water Street, where there is a garden, to do my Discoverer community service project.
We cleaned up the garden and planted some Spekboom. I chose to plant Spekboom because they are indignous and they are also in other parts of the garden. I selected this project because I always see people enjoying the garden, and I wanted to help the man who runs the garden so that people could continue to enjoy it.
I really hope that the work we did will help those who use the garden.
Gordon Shield 2021 - We Came First
The Gordon Shield is a Provincial Camping Competition.
It's a great adventure for scouts as they get to spend a weekend building campsite gadgets, cooking meals and testing their knowledge and skills at patrol and individual bases.
I'm super pleased to say this year we won - it's the first time we have won since 1957 - so now its come home.......
Well done to Vivi (PL), Seth, Spero, Sofie and Xavier - you did a great job and we are all very proud.
We would also like to congratulate 2nd Bergvleit on coming a close second.
And of course thanks to the Chief Judge Micheal Ketterer for organising and to his lead judge at Glencairn Jason Raad.
A great weekend and great for our scouts to be in the great outdoors again.
Our newest branch of Scouting - the meerkats (aged 5-6) went for their first official outing to Keurboom Park today - looking for tadpoles, adventure and fun.
They found all three 😀
Our Latest Springbok Scout - Vivienne
We are super proud to announce that Vivi Banks has earned her Springbok - the top advancement award for Scouts in SA.
Many congratulations to her on this achievement and thank you to all the scouts in our Troop who supported her on this journey.
She selected some photos to share her scouting journey - looks like she had some great adventures and made some great memories along the way.
She will now become our Troop Leader and will help mentor the next generation of Patrol Leaders.
Rotary Scout - PL and APL Trip
Our PLs / APLs put in a lot of hard work looking after their patrols - so they deserve to have their own adventures.
Today our PLs and APLs went sailing on the Rotary Scout. There was not much wind so they had to use the motor to go down to Clinton - where they chilled out and enjoyed some great views.
Thanks to Rory Rochat (skipper for the day) and all the people who work so hard to keep this asset available for our scouts.
Vivienne's Springbok Camp Blog
On Friday 31 July, 15 scouts and myself set off to Hawequas Scout Ranch for my Springbok Camp. The
weekend was filled with fun activities and advancement work. There’s no doubt it was a jam-packed camp.
Starting at 6:15am with PT the scouts were busy with first aid, pioneering, alien vegetation removal, swimming, cooking and hiking.
Highlights of the camp definitely included the alien vegetation removal. A combination of tree poppers, saws and loppers assisted the scouts in chopping down an impressive amount of gum trees over the course of two hours. A chilly swim in the dam refreshed us after all our hard work. Another highlight was the night hike on Saturday evening. A steep but short route led us to a lovely viewpoint above Hawequas where everyone enjoyed some stargazing.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported my Springbok Camp. Amongst covid and exams I think we all
enjoyed a bit of a getaway and a return to the outdoors.
Josie's Blog on the Upton Shield 2021
Upton Shield is one of my favourite scout competitions. You hike between 5 and 10 kilometres and do bases in between. A base is where you have to do different tasks to gain points. We hiked at Hawequas and went through the neighbouring farms. I went with Erica, our patrol leader, Jen, our assistant patrol leader, and Sarah. It was very cold that morning, but it turned out to be pleasant weather. The first part was a race, so we had to run it, and the rest we did a mix of running and speed walking. I had lots of fun and made lots of memories. We had to do training the day before and we had to learn a lot of stuff, but it all paid off because we knew most of the things we needed to know at the bases. One of my favourite bases was building a pyramid out of jelly tots and toothpicks. We did limbo, built a water filter, first aid, pioneering and many other things. Sadly we didn’t win but we came 5th out of 55 teams
Luc Daffern - He's made the SA Olympic Team
We are super pleased to say that one of our ex scouts and former Cheetahs Patrol leader, Luc Daffern, has made it into the SA Olympic team for 2021.
He will be in the coxless pairs rowing team - lets wish him all the best.
Christina Discoverer Hike Blog
My Discoverer hike took place on the 1st of May 2021 on Table Mountain and the total distance was 16km. I’m very thankful to Vivienne, Erica, Jeneveve, Tai and Leah who came to my hike and made it possible. We hiked from the Pipe Track, up Kasteelspoort, to the Old Railway Track and then down Platteklip Gorge to end on Tafelberg Road.
It was quite a challenging hike, but the beautiful fynbos and stunning views made it well worth the walk. We also found many different plant and animal species along the way, so we all managed to get our Cape Nature Challenge badge. I think everyone enjoyed the hike and had fun, and that is the most important thing for me. Overall, this was an amazing experience. I loved it and I can’t wait to lead a hike again
Upton Shield 2021 - we came 5th
We were super pleased that the Upton Shield could proceed in 2021 - it was a great event and one of our Scouters - Lawrence Stanton was Chief Judge.
Many congrats to our teams who came 5th and 18th - they had a great day.
Hawequas: Operation Save the Fynbos
Our Rover Crew as back at Hawequas in May and spent 4 days removing alien vegetation i.e. small pines trees and hakea from the slopes behind the warden's cottage.
It was pretty tough going - the vegetation fights back and delivered many scratches.
Well done to Rhys for organising for his squire project and to the other crew members who came to assist.
A special thanks to Mumbo for supervising - we miss you.
Our Latest Springbok Scout - Robyn
We're pleased to announce that Robyn Rainier-Pope has been awarded her Springbok, which is the highest advancement award for a scout in South Africa.
Well done to her and a big thanks to all the scouts who supported her through this journey and attended her Springbok activities.
Robyn has now turned 18 and has become a member of our Rover Crew.
Looking at the photos - it seems she has had some amazing adventures in our Scout Troop.
Jeneveve's Blog on her Batavia School Environmental Project
For my environmental project I decided to plant a garden and paint the wall on the pavement opposite my house. I chose this project because we often sit on our front stoep and look out onto the wall and we always get annoyed at how ugly and untidy it is.
So I decided that this scouts project was the perfect opportunity to fix up the garden and the wall there and make it look prettier for everybody walking past. The wall belonged to the Batavia school so the learners that go to the school often walk along that pavement and throw all their rubbish there so it just kept on collecting rubbish and it was very untidy.
We got permission from the school and the City of Cape Town to do the project. So we used the high pressure washer and then we gave the wall fresh coats of paint. underneath the wall we prepared an area by raking and weeding it, and then planted the garden with water wise plants such as spekbooms, succulents and vygies. It was long and hard but we played music while we worked and were treated to pizza after that. I am very grateful that Jodi, Sarah, Erica, and Danielle came to support my project.
Tonkin Award Ceremony
Paddy Milner, Nigel Forshaw and Peter Niddrie came to
6th Rondebosch last night to formally hand over the Tonkin Trophy - we were the 2020 winners and are now officially the best Group in the Western Cape for 2020 - against some very tough competition.
The "Rondebosch Rumble" our quarterly Group newsletter, edited by Harry Joannou, also won the HV Marsh Award for 2020 - so it was officially the best Scout Group Magazine in South Africa.
Peter Niddrie also handed out 3 leaping wolf badges to Sarah, Micheal and Christopher, a Traveller to Erica and a Movement Bar to our Crew Chairperson Lexiy.
We are all super proud - well done to the cubs, scouts, patrol leaders rovers and scouters for all our achievements.
Rayner Trophy 2021 - We came 3rd
The Rayner Trophy is a hiking competition for senior scouts - and really assesses their leadership skills, teamwork and scouting knowledge.
We’re so glad the competition could go ahead and are super pleased to have come 3rd.
Well done Vivi, Spero, Xavier and Sofie.
Rover - Kite Flying Day
Great to see some of our Rovers out for the day making and flying kites - it was Richard’s Squire project.
Some of the kites were pretty sophisticated.
Looks like it was awesome fun.
Snorkelling Interest Badge
Our Senior Scouts completed their snorkelling interest badge yesterday with Intotheblue Dive School.
The pool skills were at the Ritz Hotel and from there they went to snorkel in the Ocean near the Twelve Apostles Hotel.
An awesome day and this is what scouting is all about - adventure and learning new skills.
Its great to be out and about again.