CAIRNS DISTRICT PACKS AND
Welcome all. At the recent Scout Woodbadge Course, held at the Sir Leslie Wilson Scout Camp, Florence Bay, Mag- netic Isand, three of the 13 Scouters present were from Cairns Troops.(4th, 8th, 11th), the remain d- being from various centres at Mareeba, Innisfail. Townsville, alt Isa, Mackay and Mt Margan. The course was conducted by Field Commissioners Masters (Towns- ville) and Richardson (Brisbane), and District Cr-missioner Bau (Mt. Isa). The sole' Cairns representative at the Easter Cub course was the 9th Cairns Cub Scouter.
Scouters and Cub Scouters, do not for- get the Scouters* Council at St John's Club rooms to-night (July 3). The main subject to discuss is the forthcoming scouters' camp on July 13, near Tunnel Hill Filed Commissioner Masters ("Beaver'') will be present at the camp.
The Chief Commissioner (Mr. E. J. Shaw), during his brief visit to Cairns last month, was . unpressed by the ever- growing number of Cubs and Scouts, es- pecially on the VP. Day parade.
The correct solution for the Scout Railway 8tation naines run as thus: Deeral, Tumoulin, Parada, Freshwater, Aloomba, Chillagoe, Chewko, Hillcrest, Mantaka, Atherton, Babinda, Petford, Carbeen, Ravenshoe, Boonmoo, Chum- brumba, Tolga, Stratford, Edmonton, Fairyland, Bungalow, Warimba, Red- lynch, Almaden. Queerah, Kaban, Banna, Mt. Garnet, Tumbare, Koah. Now for
some group mag.
The Pack's Saturday meetings this month have been games, and meetings, during which the pack have spent tune in football practice.
On June 29, the pack had a football match with the 11th Cairns Pack.' Con- gratulations to the 11th Cairns on their sporty play. Mid-week meetings have been busy with test work and games. First stars have been awarded to Second C. Newman and Cub G. Bell. Tender pads invested were F. Watkins, S. Law- son and B. Scholz. Welcome also to recruit, A. Olsen.
Since our last notes things have been busing. "Fox" has returned from his pleasant sojourn at the Florence Bay Training Camp, Magnetic Island, and has been busy putting the new ideas into practice. On Sunday, June 16, 'Vox." took half a dozen lads for an overnight' camp at the Rock Pool, giving them instruction on mapping and compass. Now some cf them are wondering if they camped near Tunnel Hui or on the Gor- donvale pyramid.
"Badger" bas just returned from his holiday at Mackay and Townsville, and is anxious to get down to work with his Scouts again. The troop also welcomes a new assistant Scoutmaster, Mr. Dick Hayes ("Roo" to all), who has taken out a warrant and is brimful of ideas, par- ticularly pioneering. Djck has been helping out at the meetings for quite a while, but now sees fit to take on a more active capacity and his interest is ap- preciated.
"Curley" is still busy making fans for the fete, but it's about time someone told him this eventuated some weeks ago. Poor fellow, he must be overworked.
Corpus Christi procession saw the troop and pack on parade as a guard of honour on this solemn occasion and all acquitted themselves well. Many com- plimentary remarks have been received on our 'showing and it is pleasing to know tKs the group was noticed.
The Cub Pack is still geing strong and Akela reports good progress in all ac- tivities. Akela is also about to accept recruits and will give notice when ready. It is with regret that the group learns of the forthcoming departure of A/C/M 'Miss M. Bird to whom they extend the 'best wishes in her new environment. Our aasociattarwith her has been a very happy one and the one regret is that it cannot continue. Rumour bas it that she bas improved on the "salome act" and is anxious to give her ideas to some Brisbane Pack. Pity Akela is going to
j cut Fox's toenails, it will spoil his act.
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Hello an. Freshwater Group reports rather an active month of scouting. The Cub Pack has been working well and bas gained another five proficiency badges. On Saturday, June 22, two Wolf Cubs celebrated their birthday with a "slap- up feed" at the scout hut, kindly pro- vided by one of the two cub's parents. Akela was not backward with the eats, cither ! Except for a few casualties the pack enjoyed their football match with the 4th Cairns and congratulated them on their win.
Over the King's Birthday week-end, the Senior Scouts held a tightening-up camp at the Scout camping ground, near Tunnel Hill. Although not under per- fect weather conditions the seniors en- joyed themselves immensely. ''Pecker" instructed on the art of reflector fire cooking and hence, ho burnt offerings appeared. On Monday, "Roo" brought out the P/L's to the vicinity bf thc camp to find 'Wombat" on his axe stunt all presumably thought forgotten before the Magnetic Island camp in 194 fr. Dur- ing the morning all did first-class map- ping and "Pecker" spent the time dozing, thinking he was with his juniors. Alas, the case-hardened, (cranium) seniors soon reminded him otherwise.
Our last court of honour discussed the coning troop camp next month, as well as patrol bikes and a few weeks' camp at Magnetic Island. The troop also wel- comes the Cubs coming up this month. In a few weeks' time, another of the series of wide games is about to begin, and the troop ls assured that this one will not be forgotten in a hurry.
. Since the group committee purchased the land on the hill at Freshwater, it has been working tirelessly on the pur- chase of a headquarters and luck bas
The troop extends its sympathy to A/S/M Mason (Hawk, etc.), who had ah accident. Rumours say that he at- tempted to eat ted quickly and the knife got caught in his mouth. '
The group also regrets to announce the resignation ot A/C/M-Miss B. Moule, of Redlynch, on her forthcoming: marriage, and wishes her the best of luck and happiness in the future.
In the small republic of Costa Rica, scouting bas been very active and the general public bas come to get a better understanding of it through tnejnany Occasions for service that have come their way. The Scouts have co-operated with the Red Cross during its Christmas Aid to Poor Children and nave seen service as messengers with the Red Cross during emergencies. As a result of help- ing the Food Control Board during : the rationing period, and having an active Scout Week as well as public stunts and parades, many more 8cout troops have
Likewise in the Republic of Ouaté-, mala, the Scout movement is progress lng very weil and bas the support of the new Government, as well as the general public, due mainly to the wonderful ser- vices rendered by the Boy Scouts during the revolution of October, 1944. Much can be expected of the movement here
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In Salvador, the most interesting piece of news ls of the new camping ground known as the "Gilwell of Salvador." This spot is ideal for camping, being situated 8000 feet above sea level, well wooded and with grand mountaineering and hik- ing country. A chapel bas been made and the spot is a real mecca of scouting.
The movement is flourishing so rapidly In Cuba in the West Indies that for con- venience the island baa been divided Into three districts. The latest census re- vealed well over 3000 Scouts, Cubs and Rovers in the Association.-District Scout Reporter, "Roo" A/S/M 11th Cairns.