You have probably noticed that a lot of my posts have had something to do with Scouts, so lets back track and I will try to help you understand…
OK so.. when we say “Scouts” we mean the BOY SCOUTS (not girl guides!). Because New Zealand was the first country to let girls join boy scouts, so now its just “Scouts”.
More about the history of Scouts Here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouts_New_Zealand (Because this is not history class)
Back to our story….
When I was just finished with play centre (one type of NZ kindergarten), my dad saw a poster for the local scout troop. Then my dad took to me to a Kea session (5-7½ years) and we both loved it. So when I had to “bring a friend” for a session, I brought Summers big brother, Bob (and his dad ). As Summer, BB and Charlotte were still at play centre for 2 more years… And both our dads became Kea leaders.
When BB, Summer and Charlotte finished play centre they joined Keas too but by then we had moved up to cubs (7½-10½ years). Gem started Keas too, about a 8 months before she moved to cubs too.
Buy now we have Gem, me and Bob all doing cubs, and Summer,BB and Charlotte doing Keas. All of our dads became leaders in Keas and Cubs.
When the Cubs moved up to Scouts (10½-16 years) the Keas moved up to Cubs (but they soon joined us at Scouts too). At Scouts we do this thing ever 3 years, Its called Jamboree and they are like a huge camp with 4500 scouts attending, more about that here.
Bob and I went to the 20th NZ Jamboree with his dad as a leader (my dad stayed a Kea and Cub leader.), It was awesome but not as good as the Australian jamboree !! (Bob and I went with summers parents but summer stayed in a hotel with her mom and my cousins parents) more about that here
By then BB, Summer and Charlotte were in Scouts, but they and Gem had not qualified for the Australian jamboree.
Another thing our scout troop does every year is a security sleepover at the local A and P show grounds we just walk around it as they have tents up allready for the A and P show. This is always loads of fun. It’s realy just a very big sleepover, we get to stay up to midnight and get lots of sweets 🙂
It was at one of these A and P shows that we met Amelia we then saw her at Gems 11th birthday party we became fast friends, and she soon joined Scouts, though she quit earlier this year.
And now to the present…
I’m about to head out to a ballet class and then to another A and P show sleepover tonight, This will be the first year (If you don’t count the very first one) that Amelia won’t be there . But I do totally understand that because if my parents had let me quit then I would have quit back when I was a new Scout…. and would have never gotten to go to Australian jamboree… (so thanks Mum and Dad)
I have to go now, more later..