What We’ve Been Up To

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Parade 2023

The Darling Downs Region continued its involvement in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Parade last Saturday morning. Attached are a couple of pictures (1) Parade Marshals Peter “Skip” Williams OAM and Barry “Kauri” Keleher OAM with Toowoomba Town Crier Kevin Howarth just prior to the parade starting off and (2) Darling Downs Region Scouts float entry in the parade. Thanks to the Darling Downs Rovers once again for the fantastic effort in preparing the Scout float. The Rovers also entered a Bash Car float but unfortunately, I was too busy with parade duties to grab a picture of the Bash Car Entry.

Scouts couldn’t expect to win the Community Float Award again in 2023 after the effort in 2022 but the TCOF creative team were very happy with the Scouts effort. Thanks to all the groups and leaders and young people who participated in this great event which is a good opportunity to promote Scouts.

Karingal – Archer Campsite Toilets Block Facelift

Services weekends have been part of Archer Districts commitment to the improvement of the Archer campsite at Karingal over the past two years.

At the recent service weekend leaders and youth members painted the outside of the Toilet/Shower Block. Leaders and Rovers painted the outside and Scouts – Aimee, Kate, Clohe and Rover Scout – Elizabeth independently painted the Archer District Badge logo on the front of the Toilet Block.  A great effort over two days, we will be back to finish off the Scout symbol in the top right. Archer District challenge other districts to give back!

Moreton Region Joey Scout Camp

What an awesome weekend at Atkinson Dam Camp Site with 58 fantastic, energetic Moreton Region Joey Scouts and 18 Leaders/Parent helpers. From fun Around the World crafts and games to a tug-of-war, these Youth Members and Leaders had the best time learning new skills and making new friends.

Thanks to all those who participated for the friendship and fun – can’t wait til next year.

Bunya Park Scout Group Celebrates Peace Day

The Bunya Park Scouts Group was proud to be involved in the Toowoomba Peace Day on 30 September. The Scout Group was part of the organising committee and helped out with logistics throughout the day. Scouts also enjoyed the art and craft activities and interacted with the public, promoting Scouting to the community.

A highlight of the day was the knot tying competition. Scouts from Bunya Park taught Mayor Geoff McDonald how to tie a square lashing. Mayor McDonald was impressed with the Scouts’ skills and knowledge, and he praised their commitment to Scouting and to peace.

Scouts from Bunya Park also enjoyed the opportunity to meet other members of the Toowoomba community and to learn about different cultures. They were able to share their Scouting skills and values with others, and they also learned a lot about the importance of peace and harmony.

The day saw our Assistant Group Leader Taz on stage with First Nations Elder Auntie Liz playing the drum and clap sticks and ending with a rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine on guitar.

The Bunya Park Scouts Group is grateful for the opportunity to have been involved in the Toowoomba Peace Day. It was a great day to celebrate peace and to promote the values of Scouting.