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Port Elizabeth

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Kontiki 2015 Winners!

  • March 24, 2015 2:53 pm
Kontiki 2015 Winners

Another wonderful Kontiki and this time we all but cleaned up!  1st Cotswold rocks! Winning Spirit, STA (Spare Time Activities) and the coveted “King of the River“! Well done to the other teams and the organizers – it was great.  Thank you. More pictures here

My First Class Camp

  • July 11, 2013 1:22 am

It may not have been the greatest of camps but it was well worth it.

The camp took place on the 18th & 19th of May 2013. The 17th (Friday night) before camp we all did final prep and packing at the scout hall

Day of camp

We left shortly after 05:30 (am)*, in the morning. as “half zombies” we arrived at Highbrae camp site and started the day with an opening and flag break.

We built and had fun throughout. The pudding of day one was the best and so too was the night cap.

Day two

Rise and shine, nice and early, night I add. We hiked up the mountain shortly after breakfast.

The boys and I came back after having a “Scouts Own” on the very top and decided to let the kid inside us FREE

All round it was a good camp with plenty learning curves.

Thank you to all who attended and a special thank you to my mom and David, John’s dad (Cubs) for the early transportation.

It was great fun!

Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol

My Cultural Evening

  • July 11, 2013 1:19 am

This is a night that is still remembered, to this day.

 I’m sure the taste still lingers in your mouth, when you think back to it? Well it does in mine (!)

 It was a simple, relaxed evening spent with great scouts.

 The theme was Indian Culture

 There was a slide show followed by a 3 course Indian inspired menu.

 I wore a traditional “Punjahbi” complete with a bindi.

 The table was set and the scouts enjoyed the meal “Indian style” – no cutlery, no dinner plates – only banana leaves and fingers.

 The meal was finished off with traditional sweet meats like burfi, gulabh jamboo and murghit.

 To round it off we had a “pop” quiz and the last cooling and refreshing mango juice.

 To wrap things up …… it was a HIT!

Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol

Mc Clelland camping competition 2012

  • October 22, 2012 9:38 am

Mc Clellands was held on the last weekend of school holidays on 6th & 7th of October 2012 at the Maranatha grounds, near the airport, in PE.

It was a beautiful, luscious grassy area where we finally arrived & pitched our tents that Saturday morning.

It was a wonderful open place to do the camp & the weather played along as well, up to a point.

It was a weekend filled with fun & laughter with some learning thrown in, along the way.

We were originally going to team up with West End Scout Group but they had some unforeseen problems & had to pull out at the last minute.

Bev & Dave got in touch with the “Powers that be” & arranged that we still enter a team as we had one scout from 1st Walmer join us, Daniel, bringing our numbers up to 5 which meant we could enter a team for this camp.

The following scout groups entered, namely:
1st Walmer scout group Placed 1st overall

Sunridge scout group Second place

St Columbus scout group Third place

1st Cotswold scout group Fourth place

As listed above this is the order that the prizes were given out for the camping competition, but we @ 1st Cotswold scout group took home the cooking trophy. Well done guys & Daniel.

Well done to ALL the teams that took part & look out – next year we are moving up the ranks, with the help of all @ 1st Cotswold.

Thanks to the judges for always being there to taste the food, judge the tents & for keeping us on our toes.

We were also told that there were certain areas where we must improve if we are going to take part in any more camping competitions, like how to build the latrines properly, but that is for another time.

A quick not e of thanks, to all our parents, who supported us & cheered us on when we got the cooking trophy. Thanks for believing in us & always being there for us, no matter what.

Well done to us all @ 1st Cotswold. You are all winners in my eyes.

Done by Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol

Target Shooting with Falcon Firearm Academy

  • October 17, 2012 1:17 pm

All interested scouts & a few adults met @ Greenbushes hotel on a cold & overcast morning, nice & early, in true Scout style to be met by Charlie from Falcon Firearm Academy.

Once we left the tarred road behind us we followed Charlie down a very dilapidated, muddy road & none of the parents had 4×4 vehicles – what fun.

We were one of the 1st groups to be at the shooting range that morning

(23rd June 012) & like I mentioned it was cold & the sun had not yet had a chance to warm up yet.

To get to the exciting bit…

Charlie gave us 2 different size targets which we had to put our names on before, giving them to him to attach to the targets. We were all told how to handle the weapons & asked if we wanted to start?

Charlie also gave us ear protectors as well as eye protectors to wear and explained the safety requirements to us all, before we could start shooting at the targets.

(I was most grateful for the ear protectors as when you had them on you could ALMOST not hear Mom calling.)

There was a slight delay in deciding who was going to go first but eventually the shooting got underway. Once we were in position Charlie gave us some last minute tips and showed us how to stand/position ourselves over the barrel (Ha ha)

Some of the children, like Micheal Higgs & Liam from Walmer Scout Group were not able to use all the weapons that Charlie had brought with, to practice, but they still fired a couple of rounds at the targets, hitting quite a few of them accurately with the pellet guns & .22 rifle.

Some of the weapons used for this event were:-

  • Uzi .22 (rifle)
  • Semi-automatic rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Glock 9mm
  • Pellet gun

Afterwards Micheal & Liam helped collect the spent cartridges, with Graydon assisting them.

Even Ruksha and Sakkie had fun & Bev “owned” the shotgun session hitting all her targets – well done Bev.

Thanks to Stuart Black, Dean Glennie & Liam from Walmer Scout Group for joining us on this outing.

I know we ALL had fun, as can be confirmed from photographs taken on the day. Some have been posted on Face Book, for your viewing/laughing pleasure.

It can be said that all who attended left with more than they came with, besides the mud on the cars.

Knowledge is definitely a powerful instrument and we look forward to completing the exercise but this time round it is just going to be the scouts.

Thanks also to Charlie for taking the time to impart some of his knowledge to us – we really appreciate it.

 Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol


50th Birthday Celebrations

  • October 17, 2012 1:13 pm


We were told that this year our Scout Group would be celebrating 50 years of being in existence. WOW – what a milestone to have achieved!

There was a lot that needed to be done so we ALL got stuck in & helped where we could. Scouts, cubs & parents alike.

First there were meetings held by the committee/parents & then the newsletters started coming out which was our first clue of the magnitude of the event being planned.

It was exciting waiting for the newsletters to be handed out on Friday nights to see what was going to happen & how we scouts could help.

I was more fortunate than the other scouts, I think, but with hind sight maybe not as my workload was more, not that I am complaining as I enjoyed helping my mom get certain things done.

Bev posted the official 50th invitation on Face book as well as on Scout book/page for the other guests to read about & respond to. I did not want Bev’s job of keeping track of who said they were attending & who had paid, etc but it was a success in the end.

My mom wanted a “Traditional birthday invitation” made, to be handed out to various dignitaries & when I saw her attempt, good as it was, I knew I could improve on it. Lucky for me, my mother believes in me & my computer abilities, & I designed the ultimate 50th birthday invitation. This was a challenge as all the necessary info about the celebrations had to be included on the invitation & copies made. Geraldine got silver envelopes donated & the “Completed” invitation was amazing.

Invitations were given to Scotty & Peter, from La Farge, our main sponsor for the event.

I felt so proud when I saw the end product & knew that I had had a small hand in the design of the invitations. I also distributed invitations around our neighborhood.

I also helped my mom with the hall decorations – the black & white crinkle paper curtain on the one entrance to the hall – something I had not done for ages. No, not helping my mom, but actually making crinkle paper decorations. Silly!!

I asked my mom if I could also bake a cake for the 50th & mom said yes, so off we went looking for suitable cake decorations.

The 50th birthday cake was a vanilla sponge decorated with a black icing with white “50th” piped on & edible glitter for the extra BLING as well as silver balls to celebrate our 50th. . The other parents also brought cake, whether bought or homemade – it was appreciated & enjoyed by all.


Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol.

How time flies

  • May 29, 2012 9:26 pm

Here we are half way through the year and we have had no posts this year!

Sorry.  My Bad.

That is not to say we have not done anything!  Not at all!  Some of the activities include PLTU (well done Brandon!) the Fern Kloof hike, The Plantation hike, the Scoutcraft Survival weekend, Sam did a first Aid course, we have helped out at several Walmer and Algoa events, attended Kontiki and have MclLeland up shortly.  Our planned bottle island camp has been moved into “summer” and will probably take place during December.

Also on the radar is the Cotswold 50th celebrations – August!  Can you believe it!

On the cub side we have a bunch of new members and the pack seems to be growing.  Mike and Jeno attended Lion camp, but unfortunately the Cub Kontiki was cancelled.


JOTI 2011

  • November 17, 2011 2:15 pm


15 – 16 October 2011

These two events are now in the Scouting book of Memories (if there is one).

We spoke to scouts all over the world via the internet and walkie- talkies.

We camped out at Highbrae, Lady Slipper.

Cotswold scouts arrived shortly after 9 o’clock and started to unpack tents and equipment from the cars.

Shortly after three o’clock two Walmer scouts arrived, Dean and Corrie, and they were followed by a St Columbus scout – Amber.

We all helped pitch their tents, unpacked & caught up on our scouting gossip. The potjie (supper) was in the pot, bubbling away and we were all sitting on benches and camper chairs around the fire. I was busy on the laptop “cyber chatting” to more than one thousand scouts worldwide.

Aqua had left and Stewart had brought a new friend, Byron. It was really nice to meet him. We played some cricket and someone wacked the ball so hard that the cricket bat broke. Sorry Mike!

Did I mention earlier that we went hiking up the mountain… What a climb that was. When we reached the top, we sat and observed our surroundings, spoke about random stuff and waited for Sakhi and Rhana to arrive. We were quizzed on our promise, law and surroundings. FAIL!!!

Later that day… more like the evening

Stalking … we were divided into two groups and the objective of this game was not to get caught.

Sarki was observing the stars on his phone and Jupiter! Amber and I (Sam) were so surprised when we saw it was that. WOW!

Everyone is in the kitchen now, either doing JOTI or on their phones “mxiting”. We connected Sakhi’s cellphone (wirelessly) to his laptop to enable JOTI, for Nathan.

Hot chocolate and biscuits were awesome, thanks to Raksha for providing them and myself for making it – hot chocolate, that is. Her rule was if you had not eaten potjie, you didn’t get any biscuits (LAUGHS!!!)

Eleven o’clock = lights out for Amber and myself, but we stayed up till one o’clock, chatting.

By now, 07:45, everyone was awake, except for Dean.

Breakfast was at nine o’clock and it was bacon, eggs and toast. Yummy!

We washed dishes, dismantled the visitors’ tents and said goodbye to Dean, Corrie and Amber.

Chicken parade, tents were taken down, bathrooms were cleaned and the kitchen was left spotless.

I enjoyed the camp, JOTI AND JOTA and I would just like to say thanks to the organizers, Sarki and Raksha and also thanks to Rhana & Akela.

This report was done by Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol.

Amatola Hike October 2011

  • November 17, 2011 2:09 pm

Amatola Hike

22 – 23 October 2011

Rucksacks are packed the night before, up early just so we are at Raksha’s house on time.

05:30 – everyone is at Raksha’s (Bev’s) house sitting on the couches, sipping warm coffee waiting for Rhana (Trevor) to arrive.

06:00 – rucksacks are jammed into the boot. Engines started & we off we go …!!

What was happening in the back seat?

I am being shoved around, poked and not sleeping. (Not yet anyway)

07:30 – I decided to sprawl across the back seat and sleep.

Whoa, wait, rewind.

Before this we stopped at an Engen service station for a pit stop and snacks and then we hit the road again.

The music is pumping and I am fast asleep. Had the strangest dream ever.  I was woken up by Brandon, pat, pat.

Guess where I woke up? Rhino (Lunga’s) house. Just after I woke up I got a strange phone call.

We had to back track to some service station, Sasol or Engen, whichever one, to meet up with the Bhisho Scouts. (SCREAMS)

“Phumla” I shouted!!! It was so nice to see her!!!. Big hugs.  It took us about 45 minutes, give or take, to reach the hiking range.

Rhino, in a Toyota Camry, Phumla in a Tazz, and some other scouts in an Atos.

Cotswold Scouts are in an Aveo – all riding up the dusty hills.

Bhisho’s temperature is hot!!

Oh no!! Lunga’s  car won’t start and we’re going up a hill.

We pushed his car several times and eventually got it up the hill.

Several minutes later, everyone met at the foresters/rangers station. Snacked on some food and got ready to hike.

Graydon got us lost. So we sat and waited.

“Samantha!!!” Graydon called.

Now I am heading up another path, trying to find the correct foot prints.

I was on the right track!

I hiked down and waited for Sahki, Rhana, Brandon, Phumla and the others.

The wind blowing on us was refreshingly cool.

Alright, stop one.

We decided every half hour we would stop and take a minute break. We did so until I decided to carry on with Sethu, a Bhisho scout. (Amazing guy to hike with.)

After an hour of non-stop hiking we decided to take a break.

Graydon and his group have caught up with us.

We are sitting by one of the water falls, dipping our faces in the water, admiring the beauty around us and breathing in the fresh air.

We saw rock goats and ticks, bees and frogs. Lots of figs and blueberries, too.

Baboons were up in the trees and a butterfly resting on a rock.

16:00 – Lunch time.

We sat down and had lunch for 12 minutes.

Graydon and Sethu hiked up to see where the hut was … and it was a mere 300 metres away.

“YES” destination dance for Graydon!

We’ve made it.

Packs off, comfy shoes on and off we go to help the others.

Everyone is at the hut, which is more like a bungalo or a 5 star bush hut.

Beds, a donkey to heat water, running water no less, a washing line.

So much more, even bathrooms and SHOWERS!!!!!!

It was overcast and unfortunately no stars visible that night.

20:02 – the food is hot and ready to eat.

23:00 Graydon and myself are still wide awake, chatting the night away.

Brandon has passed out (Sweet dreams to him).

Uncle Dave and Brandon were up at 02:00 on Sunday morning to look at Orion’s belt and six shooting stars, which shot off the horizon.

“Wake up sleeping beauty” is the awakening I got from Graydon.

Besides the rustling noise of him packing, I woke up with a dry mouth which meant I couldn’t speak until I had a sip of water. Most refreshing!!

Everyone is awake now.

Bhisho scouts are swimming down by the river and we are having coffee.

08:45 or there abouts. We start to clean, chicken parade and sweeping through.

09:00 – photographs were taken and we packed our bags and left.

We reached “home” round about 12:00ish (Rangers station) and changed into clean clothes, more photos were taken and we said our goodbyes and headed back to Port Elizabeth

Thank you Sarki, Rhana, Rhino and Raksha.

This report was done by Samantha Kelly, Kudu Patrol.

Animal Welfare trip

  • November 6, 2011 10:07 am

A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.

A Scout is a friend to animals.

Outing to Animal Welfare, November 2011

Outing to Animal Welfare, November 2011. Ross, Graydon, Nathan,and Sam posing for the camera.

Given the Scout laws above, one can easily see that a trip to walk the dogs and give a helping hand at the Animal Welfare fits right into Scouting!

This trip, organised by Sam, was the first of many such projects.

Everyone met at Sam’s house at 9.30 and were taken out to the Animal Welfare by Ross’s mom.

“Aunty Sue”, one of the volunteers at Animal Welfare, spoke to the group about the types of dogs and how (and which) dogs they could walk.


Unfortunatly the kittens were off bounds – much to Graydon’s dismay.

The morning was spent playing with the dogs and walking some of the dogs – no running!  cats have right of way!

12.30 saw Raksha driving in to collect the motly bunch.  As you can see from the photo – they had fun and all survived!