Five go to Aviation School

The first week of the April school holidays sees Hokowhitu Scout Den converted into the Scouts NZ National Aviation School. This year 42 youth from across New Zealand spent a week (yes – seven full days) learning about all things ar

ound aviation. Two of our leaders (Mike & Richard) attended to gain their Aeronautical Charge Certificates, and Kitty returned for kicks and to help with the youth.

(Emma turned up for a paltry two nights after all the hard work was done and just in time for the fancy dinner.)picture of nine air scouts.

All eight (nine) worked their socks off and will attest that the school (NOT a camp!) is hard, hard work, but worth every second. It culminates in a day of flying and youth have the chance to experience taking the controls of various aircraft. Throw in a visit to RNZAF Base Ohakea and Massey School of Aviation and you can gain a taste of why it’s such an amazing opportunity.

All five of our Air Scouts achieved all eight aviation personal challenge badges and received the restricted ‘Air Achievement’ award strip. Look out for it on the top of their right sleeve.

If your Scout will be 12 + next April, perhaps they would like to give it a go! Don’t forget that Scouts NZ runs a variety of National Schools. Details are here. 

 

Founder’s Day Awards

Awesome news this week as we discovered our very own group leader, Karen Maddocks, was awarded the prestigious Medal of Merit by Scouts NZ.  Special Service Awards recognise an outstanding contribution made by an adult to Scouting. Great news, Karen, well deserved and we’re all delighted for you! 

We must also give a great big BRAVO to Glyn Wilman on achieving the Chief Scout Award, and Holly Darton for the attainment of Queen’s Scout. Great to see!

Come Fly With Us!

It’s official! You heard it here first! Our Air Scouts will take to the skies in March with Gliding Manawatu.  Naturally it’s not all about the flying, to take part they MUST attend the lesson on theory of flight on 15th March at the ATC Unit in Paraparaumu.

An email will be sent out shortly with further information.

 

Fee Increase

New Zealand currency

We have received final confirmation today regarding the fee increases from National Office. Our committee met on Wednesday night and have agreed the following:-

Fees for Keas, Cubs, Land and Air Scouts – $80 per term

Venturers – $55.00 per term

Leaders members – $15 per term

Committee members – $50 per term

There are further increases planned for the next two years.

There is an option to pay a weekly amount throughout the whole year to reduce the impact of the increase, however this is by arrangement only and obviously the later this is set up the greater the amount required to meet the full amount. Anyone wishing to take this option must contact us in person to arrange this. 

If you are unable to pay fees, please let us know as soon as you can.

We understand that this is a significant increase and would like to assure you that we are doing what we can to cover our costs with fundraising and applications for grants. If you can help us in any way we would appreciate you getting in touch!

Don’t forget to let us know if your Scout is attending our Group Camp and National Mudslide on 17th – 18th February at Tatum Park. This will cost $30.00 per Cub / Scout and we need numbers as soon as we can to help with planning. If you’ve not had your invitation please let your leaders know. 

Mark Those Dates!

Your leaders have all been working hard and planning term one. Here at Air Scouts we have a Group Camp planned on the weekend of the 17th Feb, a day of gliding in Manawatu on Saturday 17th March and heaps of fun stuff every Thursday night. Cubs, Land Scouts, Venturers and Keas will also be in touch (if they haven’t already) with their plans too.

Air Scouts are back on 8th February at 1830 in the Scout Hall. We look forward to seeing you then!

Kitty.

Camp lanterns

The Results Are In!

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Thank you to everyone that came to the Waikanae Scout Group fundraiser on Friday night at the Olive Grove Cafe. We had a marvellous time, and were slightly embarrassed (but quite chuffed after always being second) that our very own Kitty (that’s me) and the #TeamPineapple crew came first! It was great to see so many people at the quiz and awesome to hand out so many great raffle prizes. Huge thanks to the Keas (great raffle donations and sales everyone!), Cubs, Land Scouts (what a hamper!), Venturers (beautiful basket of goodies) Air Scouts (that’d be me again) and all our parents and friends that supported us on the night.

The Lowdown:

$294.00 – Raffle
$470.00 – Quiz
$764.00 – Total monies raised….less…
$215.00 – Costs from Olive Grove
$549.00 – Total profit

Kitty is in the process of contacting those that won prizes but were not there in person. They are Greg Overton, Rian Headley, Sandra Glennie, Penny Lancaster and David MacKay.

It would be great to do something every term to raise group monies. If anyone would like to form a group to help with fundraising, please contact Kitty at kitty@misfitt.co.nz / 0223074553.

 

It’s nearly Friday! (Honest.)

Don’t forget it’s our quiz on Friday!  From 6.30pm at the Olive Grove Cafe, Mahara Place Waikanae.

We still have spaces for teams, please confirm your team and numbers to Kitty Fitton (02230 74553 / kitty@helenfitton.com). $10.00 per person, teams should be a minimum of four and a maximum of six, we can slot you into a team if you are struggling with numbers.

You should all have sold and returned your raffle tickets to your leaders, please return ALL tickets, even those unsold, thank you. If they’ve been sold but not returned we can’t include them in the draw.

We have some great prizes, including a $100.00 Adrenaline Kapiti Voucher and family passes for other great attractions.

This is a GROUP FUNDRAISER to help pay for all those really exciting things like maintenance, electricity bills and of course, badges, training and resources for your Kea / Cub / Scout / Venturer.

Don’t forget it’s our AGM tomorrow night too, 6.30pm at the hall. We look forward to seeing you!

Thanks, Kitty.

 

 

Roll up, roll up!

Well things are shaping up nicely for our fabulous quiz night on 1st December at the Olive Grove in Waikanae. Your sections will be handing out raffle tickets to sell to your friends and family. They are $2.00 per ticket and MUST be returned to your section leaders before the quiz. If tickets are sold but not returned to us, we will not be able to include those numbers in the draw.

There will be some AMAZING prizes to win, from these fabulous businesses across Wellington and Kapiti: