New Members Welcomed

posted Aug 15, 2020, 6:57 PM by Group Leader

Now is a great time to join Scouting!

Mount Stuart is welcoming prospective new members to all of our Sections: Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. 

Are you, or do you know someone, who is ready to get out and explore their world? Then why not give Scouting a go? 

Contact us for more information!

Return to in-person Scouting

posted Jun 9, 2020, 4:57 AM by Group Leader

Mount Stuart Scout Group will return to face-to-face Scouting as of the week of Monday 15 June!

All Sections will resume meeting at Mount Stuart Hall on their traditional nights and times and will operate under Tasmanian Stage 2 Recovery guidelines.

Members should watch their email for updates!

New families are encouraged to contact the Group to enquire about starting Scouts with Mount Stuart. Now is a great time to join!

'WellyVent' 2019

posted May 31, 2020, 12:56 AM by Group Leader

Wellington Venturers is a combined Unit of Mount Stuart and Lenah Valley Scout Groups.

It has been a great 12 months with Welly Vents and some strong numbers as we’ve had a number of Scouts from Mount Stuart come through.

As usual for the Venturer age section, there are many competing commitments with sports, study, and casual jobs so there were some quiet weeks throughout the year. Fantastic to see commitment from those who were able to come weekly and actively contribute to the program in a big or small way.

Program highlights for the year:
  • Ice Blocking
  • Cooking challenges and mystery can nights
  • Attending Cracker Night & Group Camp
  • Random games nights
  • Pizza night at The Lea
  • Night hikes
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing
  • State Venture
  • Many nights on the water in various crafts especially patrol boats in late 2019
  • Scout Guide Regatta
We mixed it up for the formal dinner break-up after many years at Pizza Hut. Both Venturers and Leaders donned the formal/ beach theme and met at North Hobart McDonald’s for a formal dinner and awards celebration. This was also our farewell to
Thomas as he is moving onto Welly Rovers and wish him all the best of his Rovering journey.

2020 looks good as we have a lot of young, keen Venturers wanting to work on an interesting and expansive program.

(Adult Leaders) Sophie, Owen & Dave

Scout Unit 2019

posted May 31, 2020, 12:54 AM by Group Leader

2019 was another great year for Mount Stuart Scout Unit.

Australian Scout Medallion
Lily earned her Australian Scout Medallion, the peak award in Australian Scouting.

Unit Numbers
Our Unit numbers peaked around 29 Scouts in five Patrols during the year to finish the year year with 20 Scouts. Seven of these Scouts moved up to Venturers with only two leaving due to conflicts with other activities.

One result of the Linking of so many experienced Scouts to Venturers was the average age of our Scouts dropping from around 13 to around 12, which has had an effect on our youth leadership abilities. We are actively working on mentoring and guiding the new, younger Unit Council to take ownership and leadership of the Unit.

Pioneer Group – National Scouting Program
Our transition of Programs as a Pioneer Group for Tasmania has gone well. Whilst we have been getting our heads around the current program for Scouting across Australia, we experienced a decrease in badges earned, but that has turned around with many of our Scouts getting sleeves full of badges. We even have a few within reach of completing the peak award of the section, Australian Scout Award (previously the Australian Scout Medallion).

Scout Adult Leadership
Ed served as Scout Leader (SL) this past year, with Ian serving as Asst Scout Leader (ASL), and Jodie joining the Unit as an ASL. Greg served as a uniformed Adult Helper. 

To start 2020, we have had a shift of adult leaders with Ed moving into the Group Leader (GL) role and so dropping back from SL to ASL, and Ian moving back into the role of SL. We continue to have additional support from Jodie as a capable and friendly ASL, Greg as Adult Helper, and Jonathan as an ASL when his many other Scouting roles allow him to.

The Unit had a very active year! Highlights include:
  • Scout Guide Regatta
  • ANZAC Vigil and City of Hobart Parade
  • Wellington District Activities
    • Founder’s Day Swimming Carnival (won Scout trophy!); Navigation Challenge Camp (Activity Patrol); District Camp; District Showtime; Scout Leadership Camp
  • OAS Area – training and awards
    • Camping; Bushwalking; Bushcraft; Paddling – Kayaking; Cycling, MTB; Vertical – Climbing, Abseiling; Aquatic – Swimming, snorkelling; Boating;
  • Unit Hike Camp – The Lea
  • Aboriginal Education on Native Flora and Fauna; Bush Tucker and Bush Cooking
  • First Aid and CPR training
  • Bushcare activity every Term
Scout Unit in 2020
2020 has seen a great regular turnout of Scouts for both hall nights as well as activities. We recently had 15 scouts attend the annual Scout Guide Regatta at Snug camping for 3 nights and experiencing an amazing array of activities. Every one of our Scouts tried something they had never done before and acquitted themselves admirably.

Looking to the year ahead, the Unit appears to be growing again with 12 Cubs likely to Link up to Scouts during the year and only a couple of Scouts scheduled to Link up to Venturers. Our District activities are consolidating and growing with the District Navigation exercise planned to occur, and the introduction of a ‘Snow Camp’ in the Rover’s Ben Lomond hut ‘Carr Villa’ in August. Our Unit Council is also getting more involved in planning and ideas with more involvement as they gain confidence in their abilities.

Thank you, also, to all the parents who have supported their youth by transporting, encouraging, participating and reinforcing the Scouting values.

2019 Cubs Update

posted May 31, 2020, 12:46 AM by Group Leader

Cub Scout Unit 2019

The Cubs had a great year in 2019 as we integrated the new youth programme into the previous boomerang format. We had to get our head around the new terminology of Patrols rather than Sixes, being a Unit rather than a Pack, earning Milestones rather than Boomerangs, and the expanding our program for the new Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) and Special Interest Areas (SIA).

Unit Numbers
    18 Cubs in 4 Patrols to start 2019
    21 Cubs in 4 Patrols at end of the year
        •     2 Joeys linked to Cubs
        •     1 Cub joined following transfer within the District
        •     7 new-to-Scouting youth joined the Cubs Unit
        •     6 Cubs linked to Scouts
        •     1 Cub transferred to another Branch (ACT)

Grey Wolf Award
Ariella earned the Grey Wolf Award, the peak award in Cub Scouts, which was presented by the Branch Commissioner for Cubs.

Cub Scout Adult Leadership
The year started with a new Akela (Cub Scout Leader, CSL)  as Isaac stepped in for Martha whose work was becoming increasingly busy. Martha stayed on as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader (ACSL), joining Andrew, Stuart and Connell. Marcus also continued as an Adult Helper.

The Cubs had an active year:
•     New Badges Handout                                        •     STEM Night – Codes & Signalling
•     District Swimming Carnival (OAS Aquatic)        •     MasterChef Night
•     Cycling (OAS Cycling)                                       •     Dark Games Night
•     Clean Up Australia Day                                     •     Rubbish & Recycling Night
•     OAS Camping Night                                          •     Visit to Westpac Rescue Helicopters
•     Regatta Taster                                                   •     Swimming with the Joeys (OAS Aquatics)
•     Kayaking (OAS Paddling)                                  •     Circus Night
•     Group Beach Night & AGM                                •     Pinewood Derby – construction & racing
•     Port Arthur Camp                                               •     District Showtime
•     Games Nights                                                    •     Group Camp
•     Knots Night (OAS Bushcraft)                             •     Cuboree (Cubs Rock)
•     Handycraft                                                         •     Construction Night
•     Space Night                                                       •     Athletics Carnival
•     Rock Climbing at Rock It (OAS Vertical)           •     Historical Walk/Scavenger Hunt
•     Alternative Art Night                                           •     Nature Walk (OAS Bushwalk)
•     Mona Visit                                                          •     OAS Bushcraft & Bushwalking Badgework
•     International Culture Night                                 •     End of Year Group BBQ & Games

2019 Joeys Update

posted May 31, 2020, 12:00 AM by Group Leader   [ updated May 31, 2020, 12:38 AM ]

Joey Unit 2019
Michelle and Ros provided adult leadership in the Joey section in 2019, ably assisted by Youth Helpers, Lily and Adelaide. We have had an average of 8 or 9 Joeys in the Unit over the course of the year. In 2020 our leadership team was joined by Anna who is taking on the role of Adult Helper.

In 2019 the Mount Stuart Scout Group took on the role of a Pioneer Group for the New Youth Program in Scouts. This meant that we had to discover a whole new way of doing things. In Joeys we decided not to try and do everything at once but to introduce new things gradually. We started by doing our programming as usual, informed by suggestions from the Joeys. We then had a look at how this matched up with the 4 challenge areas that are the basis of the New Program. We also made a start on some of the Outdoor Adventure Skills. This area of the new program was a steep learning curve for both Joeys and leaders! We had fun learning some new knots, going for bushwalks and camping. One or two of the Joeys even slept in a tent at the Group Camp last year. By the end of the year, a number of Joeys had earned level 1 in all the of the core areas of Outdoor Adventure Skills – bushcraft, bushwalking and camping. Several others are well on their way to earning these badges. It is great that there are so many more badges that Joeys can now earn as part of the program. The main problem will be lack of room on their sleeves to put them!

The last part of the New Program that we tackled was the Special Interest Areas. We decided to do the STEM Special Interest Challenge as a Unit and spent 2 weeks doing some investigations around the theme of ‘Water’ which fitted with the ‘Scouts in Action Month’
theme. So far very few Joeys have completed any SIAs independently. We may have to work on encouraging them to do this in 2020.

Joey leaders from the South of the State have regular meetings to plan combined events. Our Joeys have participated in several of these over the past year including a walk across the Remembrance Bridge up to the pizza ovens where we are meeting tonight, and a walk from the Botanical Gardens to Cornelian Bay. We also had 5 Joeys attend the Joey State Event at Ross in August. We enjoyed a day of circus-themed fun with Joeys from around the State. There will be a special State Event later this year to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Joeys.

Thanks to all the parents who have supported Michelle and Ros over the past year, responding to calls for parent help or providing requested materials for Joey activities. We look forward to another fun and fulfilling year with your Joeys in 2020.

Troop Camp September 2017

posted Sep 17, 2017, 7:02 PM by Scout Leader   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 7:04 PM ]

At Troop Camp, we had 17 Scouts and 3 Leaders who spent the night on the ground inside the bottom hall area in just blankets, day clothes and a sleeping bag to raise awareness for homelessness. Earlier in the day, we had Robert and Frugal from Vinnies talk to us about homelessness, how it can happen, what it looks like, and how we can help. Robert drives one of the three Louis’ Food Vans in the Hobart, Glenorchy and Brighton area, and brought it along so we could have a look. He explained the different components of the van, which included a drawer of warm clothes, a massive hot water urn, and another drawer full of blankets. We learned some people in our area rely on the van turning up six nights a week, and wouldn’t be surviving without it. Frugal and Robert shared personal stories, and their main message was to "check on our mates."

Eli read out "The Story of Stone Soup" before we all pitched in to make "Stone Soup," or minestrone soup to eat for dinner. We had different jobs that included cutting, cooking, and supervising (which was the Leaders job). We all agreed it tasted really good because we all helped to make it.

At the end of the weekend, everyone gave up the blankets they used to Eli, who dropped them off at Vinnies later that Sunday. We also collected non-perishable food, which was delivered with the blankets. We gave Vinnies a car boot full of blankets, $150 (from camp fees) and a box of food.

Overall, the camp was highly enjoyable and successful. The Troop learned lots and had fun too- a very good mix! Congratulations to Eli for organising this camp!

(See the attached photo of Eli donating the goods)

Where are all the photos!?

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:59 PM by Paul Bartlett   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 11:01 PM ]

Here are the archives of old articles with photos. To see them, open this post and see the attached pdf documents below.

Clean Up Australia 2017

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:45 PM by Scout Leader

Thanks for a great turnout, 48 volunteers from MSSG !!!

We ended up with 9 bags of rubbish, 4 bags of recyclables and 2 bags of pine cones (to stop the spread of pine trees).

We noticed that the amount of rubbish in the area is definitely reducing with our regular clean ups and mulching. We are in discussions with Glenorchy council about what can be done about the long grass and planting some natives, so please be patient.

We are doing a great job repatriating the New Town Rivulet. Jonathan even saw a fish in the rivulet on the weekend, which is a good sign of health.

Australian Scout Medallion

posted Jan 18, 2017, 5:07 PM by Paul Bartlett   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 10:10 PM by Paul Bartlett ]

Submitted by ianbrunker on 15 March 2016 - 3:21pm

On the weekend we had one of our scouts receive the highest award available to an Australian scout - The Australian Scout Medallion.

The photo's show Charlie receiving her award from the Tasmanian Branch Commissioner and the District Scout Commissioner (Wellington District); Charlie with her certificate and the Mt Stuart Scout Troop record of ASM recipients; and a wonderful picture of 2 generations of Mt Stuart Scouts - Father Michael (Queen's Scout Recipient) and daughter Charlie (ASM Recipient).

Congratulations to a deserving Scout.

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