Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Scouts earning a "Plumbers Badge"

A fun activity of "learning all about plumbing" was given to Scouts in our Group. It was held at the Scout hall on Saturday 5th October and run by Peter Griffiths, a parent of one of our Scouts.

Peter prepared a booklet for the activity and Scouts needed to complete various tasks in the booklet to earn the badge.

Peter also brought along a wide variety of tools, plumbing items / parts as used by plumbers so that the Scouts can also participate in some practical aspects of plumbing.

Prior to completing a task, a demonstration was given by Peter as to what tools were needed, how to use the tools and how to complete the task.

The task found to be very popular by all Scouts was the cutting and then the soldering of a copper t-piece, a coupling with two short straight pieces. This required using a gas-burner, solder and flux.

Below is a photo taken during one of the demonstrations.

Our thanks to Peter for his assistance in being the badge examiner for this activity.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

World Scouting launches new online platform

On 15 October 2013, World Scouting launched a new online platform for World Scouting. It aims to bring together all the Scouts around the world in a permanent jamboree. It marks a fundamental mind-shift in communications and will contribute to change the way business will be done in World Scouting. 
World Scouting are sure that this new platform will contribute to further engagement and exchange between Scouts worldwide. The changes to scout.org go beyond creating a new website. They reflect the way the Movement is seen and the role Scouting has in the lives of Scouts and Scouter leaders throughout the World.
"The platform that was created which will provide constant learning, communication, sharing and development." - Scott Teare, Secretary General WOSM
The new website is the centre of World Scouting’s renewed web presence. It is a hub for all of digital activities bringing a new level of transparency, responsiveness and interactivity. The vision for the new scout.org is to be an online space where the Movement is living in its full vibrancy – 24/7 and 365 days a year.
To view the new site click here    http://www.scout.org/
Some example "screen captures" below

Monday, 14 October 2013

Update JOTA/JOTI 2013

Our Group Scouter has over this past weekend installed and tested IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and "TeamSpeak" (suggested programs from JOTI site). During testing of the software he had contact with other Scout/Guide users of the software in Netherlands, India, UK and Alaska.

Our Flights (Patrols) may try using these programs during this JOTA/JOTI event.

Sunday, 6 October 2013


Our Flight Leaders at a meeting of their Court-of-Honour have confirmed that their Flights will participate in this years Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) / Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) Worldwide event.  This will be the third year that the Group (now call a Squadron) has participated.

Each Flight Leader has their own HamSphere call-sign and the HamSphere software emulates a virtual Ham Radio however is based on Internet connectivity.

The Flight Leaders and their Flights members will try to talk to other Scout Groups in South Africa as well as around the World who may also be using the HamSphere software.

Being Internet based, this activity is considered as been JOTI related.

Special  QSL  (Confirmation of Contact) cards have been prepared for this event.


The Flight Leaders and the members are looking forward to contacting you or you contacting them.

Our call signs are 44HS250 (Spitfire) ; 44HS277 (Mirage) ; 44HS278 (Tomcat) and 44HS279 (Sabre).

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Scouts visit Rand Airport Air Show

It was an enjoyable day for some of the Harmelia Gardens Air Scouts as they could see various aircraft in action at the Rand Airport Airshow.

Aerobatic displays were done by both the Silver Falcons Air Force Squadron and the Harvards.

During the airshow a Mustang took to the sky and the pilot put the aircraft through a very impressive warbird display of action.

There were also various aircraft on “static” display.

Thanks to those who attended.