1st Hornsby Heights Scouts  - Term 3 & 50th Anniversary - 2015
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The highlight of this term has been our 50th anniversary celebrations.  Thank you to Kathryn Todd who headed up the committee looking after these celebrations.  She did a magnificent job along with the other Committee members. A special 50th Anniversary shirt was designed and delivered as well as a lapel pin and cloth badges. We still have 50th Anniversary shirts, lapel pins and badges available if you would like to purchase them.
The celebrations commenced with a dinner on the Friday night where the attendance was made up of previous members who were involved in the setting up of the group 50 years ago, building the hall, leadership and members from not so long ago. The stories exchanged not only involved the history of Hornsby Heights Scouts but also the changes that have happened in the suburb of Hornsby Heights over the last 50 years. 
The official ceremony on the Saturday afternoon saw Hornsby MP Matt Kean and Mayor Steve Russell, speak to us about the importance of Scouts in producing leaders in our local community and that scout groups like ours survive because we have dedicated leaders and committee members.  The ceremony was held in the newly landscaped grounds at the Scout Hall, masterminded by “Akela” Michael O’Neill.  Thank you Michael for your hard work in organising the numerous working bees and spending lots of weekends at the hall to ensure the work would be completed before the weekend of celebrations.
The family fun day on the Sunday at Crosslands was a day when families came and enjoyed scouting activities and a picnic. 
Thank you to all the families who attended and supported the celebrations. 
Lastly, the Committee still needs more assistance from parents to take on activities such as  Committee Members or Activity Coordinators – many hands make light work! ….if you can assist please let me know. 
Merilyn Hughes-Narborough
" Congratulations on 50 years of outstanding service to our community. Hornsby Heights Scouts represents what is best in our community and country."
Matt Kean, MP


Event Calendar
Friday Dinner
50th Ceremony
Family Fun Day
Cubs Wombats
Hall Cleaning Roster


Xmas Tree Selling
12 December
Rofe Park

3-13 January 2016
Cataract Scout Park
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On 28 October 1965 the 1st Hornsby Heights Scout Troop was registered. 
Tonight, past and present members of Hornsby Heights scouts come together to celebrate a memorable achievement of 50 years of Scouting in Hornsby Heights.

Program – Friday 23 October 2015
  • Welcome by Alan Todd, Group Leader, 1st Hornsby Heights Scout Group
  •  Grace, The Scout Prayer 
  • Buffett dinner
  • Speeches 
  • Cutting of the cake 
  • Tea and coffee


Program – Saturday 24 October 2015
  • Opening parade 
  • Speeches by Mr Matt Kean MP, Member for Hornsby and  Steve Russell, The Mayor, Hornsby Shire Council 
  • Presentation of the Time Capsule 
  • Cutting of the Cake 
  • Lighting of the Campfire 
  • Afternoon Tea
Matt Kean handing over a NSW flag to Chip
All Hornsby Heights Scout groups adding something into the time capsule.
Scouts giving a scarf with badges.


On Sunday 18th October scouts had a fun day because of us turning 50. The venturers brought their caving ladder for us to climb. The scouts made a rope bridge to walk across. Cubs did damper and a treasure hunt. The joeys did pet rocks.

Koala pack did a treasure hunt, they hid raffle tickets which when you found you could trade in for lollies. Joeys were allowed to get red ones and other colours. Cubs, scouts and venturers were allowed orange, green and blue only. They had hidden 400 raffle tickets. They were under water, up trees, in caves, in tree stumps and some had goannas guarding them.
We had sausages, chocolate cake and scones to eat. We had lots of fun.
by Owen (Cubs, Koala Pack)


50th Anniversary Badges for Sale
Metal Badges            $5.00
Cloth Badges             $2.00
If you would like to purchase these specially designed badges for our 50th Anniversary, please contact Merilyn Hughes-Narborough ( or 0411 117334).
50th Anniversary Polo Shirt
If you would like to purchase an "awesome" group shirt designed for our 50th Anniversary celebrations, please contact Merilyn Hughes-Narborough (0411 11 7334 or to see if we still have your size in stock.  The cost is $30 for an Adult size and $25 for a Child size.



In term 3 the Wombats focused on the World Scout Environment Badge. The Cubs spent time thinking about:
  • air and water in our environment
  • used their senses to explore their world, with experiences such as barefoot walking, listening to what they could hear around them, taste testing and doing some star gazing
  • pollution, for which the cubs took a walk around the hall, finding rubbish, and listened to a story that helped them get a deeper understanding of what happens to water as it moves towards the ocean
  • disaster and bush fire plan discussions
  • recycling
To complete the project for this badge Father’s Day was celebrated with Dads attending the night with their Cubs and building rubbish and recycling bins to be used in the hall. Everyone had fun creating and decorating them together!
On 21st August, Caitlin Abbott, Dennis Holland and Madison Roberts were presented with their Grey Wolf awards. Well done on your great achievement Caitlin, Dennis and Madison. A great big One, Two, Three Wolf to each of them!
This year the Wombats once again entered a six into the District Cub Scout Challenge. During the challenge they completed and were scored on a range of Boomerang-focused challenges such as first aid, campfire cooking and knotting. The Cubs who participated did so with enthusiasm and commitment. At the end of the day the scores were in and they lost by 1 point to Normanhurst. Despite this it was a great effort by the six and we are proud of them and how they represented the Wombat pack.
During the term the Wombats joined that Koala pack for a night of swimming at Loreto pool. Those who wished to achieved their Level 1 or Level 2 swimmers badges, and those who didn’t spent the night having fun in the water with free play time. It was an enjoyable night for all!  
The term ended with the Cubs attending the District Camp at Crosslands. Although the weekend brought rain, the Cubs were not to be deterred from having fun. There were a wide range of bases and the cubs moved around them, gathering puzzle pieces to give clues about where to find the ‘low density gold’ (aka gold coloured wood). On Sunday the Cubs worked together in their sixes, building rafts that could take them to find the ‘low density gold’. There were various levels of success with the rafts, but regardless the Cubs all found gold, received the well-earned prize (lollies to be shared in the six) and had a great weekend.

The year is certainly going quickly and we are really enjoying the time with the Cubs of the Wombat pack. We look forward to a few more fun weeks before the term and the year finishes.


In term 3 the Venturers have certainly been busy, from our normal in hall nights, fundraising, and a variety of weekend activities.
Select Highlights of this term include:
A soap swap, with the several Venturer teams competing to try and swap their way from a bar of soap to progressively zanier items. Previous swaps had set the bar high, but overall it was decided that the half lampshade that was found this term was more random than the large piece of play that was swapped last year.
A scavenger hunt at the spooky graveyard at St Leonards was a first for everyone. We finished the night with an investiture of most of the new venturers who had arrived this term, which was by far the eeriest investiture ever.
Venturers, leaders and even a few parents enjoyed a 40 metre abseil at Manly, which proved a scary but rewarding experience those involved. Special thanks to Ben Power and Matt Miller who helped to ensure that the abseil not only ran smoothly but was a safe experience


1st Hornsby Heights Scouts is selling Christmas trees at Rofe Park on Saturday 12 December.



If you have any prizes to donate for the  raffle on the 12 December or items for a food hamper please contact Petra ( or drop them off at 375 Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights.


Date Family 1 Family 2
14-15 Nov Blake Milner
21-22 Nov Firth Bock
28-29 Nov Beckett Drinkwater
5-6 Nov Thomasson Train
12-13 Nov Zhang Committee
19-20 Nov English Italiano

Family 1: Hall - Sweep the main hall. Brooms are located in the kitchen or main hall. Wipe the  tables that are in the main hall.

Family 2: Bathrooms - Clean the toilets, basins and floors (Cleaning wipes, detergents and gloves are located in the kitchen above the stove)
Kitchen - Wash up any dirty crockery, clean the bench tops and kitchen floor.  Mops and buckets located in the kitchen.


November: Neve
December: Moralas

Lawnmowing - The grassed area next to the Scout Hall needs to be mowed once a month (preferably at the beginning of the month).  If you don't have a lawnmower, please let Merilyn know who can make alternate arrangements for you.


Group Leader:
Alan Todd
- 0439471129

Assistant Group Leader
Richard Hughes-Narborough
- 0412 230236

Joey Leader:
Lindy Herbertson
- 0421 482 929

Koala Cub Leader:
Michael O’Neill
- 9482 5984

Wombat Cub Leader:
Larissa Thompsett 
- 0401282853

Scout Leader:
Greg Hose
- 0411 241 615

Venturers Leaders:
Liz Petts
- 9940 3229

President :
Merilyn Hughes-Narborough
 - 0411 117 334
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