Helping the Scouts of Nepal
On Saturday May 2 a massive earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 7500 people.
Nepal Scouts were among those on scene to search for survivors, and assist with the provision of food, water, and medical supplies were the Nepal Scouts.
The International Scout Centre at Kakani suffered minor damage, but is now accommodating and supporting hundreds of people from devastated local villages.
More than 2600 Scouts helped rescue 500 people, administered first aid helped distribute supplies.
Scouts Victoria wants to help the people of Nepal, including its Scouting community, rebuild.
Scouts Victoria will be collecting funds, to be passed onto the Nepal Scouts via the World Scout Foundation and World Scout Bureau to ensure they are distributed to assist those most in need.
There are many ways to show you care about our fellow Scouts in a country still emerging from the shadow of a 10 year civil war. More than half of the population live in poverty, there is poor access to health and education, and 3.5 million people before the earthquake didn't have access to adequate food. This devastating earthquake has made this situation worse.
We are one of the biggest scout groups in Australia and have achieved that status because of the quality of our more than 30 leaders and the programs they run for our youth members.
We are one of the few groups in the world to carry the name of the founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden Powell. He stayed in the South Frankston area in 1934-35, when Frankston hosted Australia’s first scouting Jamboree and the first jamboree held outside Europe. It was a massive event of 12,000 people spread over 280 acres.
Baden Powell Drive and Baden Powell Reserve commemorate his involvement and his founding of the most amazing youth organisation in the world
Scouting is now over 100 years old and boasts more than 28 million members in 130 countries. Incredibly, it is almost completely run on a voluntary basis.
Baden Powell Park is the group name for the five levels of scouting we offer, which are open to boys and girls:
• Joey Scouts (6 and 7 year olds) Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm
• Cub Scouts (7 to 11 year olds)
Thorpe Pack (Tuesdays 7.00-8.30pm)
Warington Pack (Mondays 7.0--8.30pm)
• Scouts (10 to 15 year olds)
Hunters Troop (Thursday 7-9pm)
Explorers Troop (Fridays 7-9pm)
• Venturers (14 to 18 year olds) Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm
• Rovers (18 to 25 year olds) Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm
WHERE ARE WE ?
We operate from two locations.
Our main hall is on the corner of Humphries Road and Baden Powell Drive in Frankston South, while we also have another hall right on the beach at Canadian Bay in Mt Eliza. Both are well equipped to provide a wide range of land and water-based activities.
During summer months we offer a variety of water activities to all our members. We have four Pacer sail training yachts, kayaks, canoes and motor boats.
Our year-round program truly reflects the best that the Mt Eliza & South Frankston lifestyle has to offer.
The aim of Scouting is:
“ to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they can take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities”.
If that sounds a bit heavy, don’t worry because, in achieving these aims, we do many exciting, challenging activities and have a lot of fun.
Each section of Baden Powell Park offers an extensive scouting, recreational and social program especially developed by Scouts Australia and our leaders to suit the various age levels, but always with a major emphasis on fun, learning and physical activity. Each level is designed to prepare the youth member to progress onto the next section.
Joeys and Cubs offers a more indoor based program, while Scouts and Venturers emphasises outdoor recreation. One week you might be at a surf camp or on an abseiling expedition and the next week you could be doing a night hike through local bushland. Regular district and region activities are also held for all levels.
Every three years Scouts can choose to attend the Australian Jamboree as part of our Group. Cuborees for Cubs and special gatherings for Venturers are also held every few years. There are even international opportunities to enable our youth to expand their horizons even further.
Activities you could enjoy during the year include:
• Camping - including adventurous obstacle courses, flying foxes, ropes courses, water slides and more.
• Motor boating
• Snow skiing
• Water skiing
• Rock climbing and abseiling
• Rogaining and geo-caching
• Urban Camps
• Pioneering construction