The 1st East Ryde Scout Group was originally formed over 50 years ago. It is one of the largest youth groups in the City of Ryde, with around 100 members from ages 6 to 18. The Group is part of the Moocooboolah Scouts District which extends from Meadowbank to North Ryde and as far East as Putney. Moocooboolah is the Aboriginal name for the local district meaning 'meeting of waters' being based around the point where the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers join. The Moocooboolah Scout District is part of the Sydney North Region which currently has over 3000 youth members across the region and is in turn part of Scouts NSW.
Broadly speaking, the aim of the group, in accordance with the general aims of Scouting is:
||to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities.|
However, we also aim to provide a safe and supportive environment where both youth and adult members can have fun and enjoy many rewarding and worth-while experiences. Scouting gives people young and old opportunities to do things they may not be able to do elsewhere or may not have even considered doing.
The youth sections are for boys and girls in the following age ranges:
- Joeys - 6 to 8 years;
- Cubs - 7 to 11 years;
- Scouts - 10½ to 15 years;
- Venturers - 14½ to 18 years.
Each section meets one night each week during the school term at the following times:
- Joeys - Thursday 6-7pm;
- Cubs (Explorer Pack) - Tuesday 6:30-8pm;
- Cubs (Pioneer Pack) - Wednesday 6:30-8pm;
- Scouts - Friday 7-9pm;
- Venturers - Thursday 7-9pm.
Most meetings take place at our Scout hall which is located in John Miller Street, East Ryde (click here for a location map).
Group Management and Support
The 1st East Ryde Scout Group is staffed entirely by volunteers. Many are parents of current youth members but several are parents of members who have since grown up and left the group and others never had any children in the group. We rely entirely on the support and time given by our adult members who act either as leaders for the youth sections or hold positions on the group committee. Please click here for details of our wonderful team.
Our committee currently consists of the group president, treasurer, secretary and hall bookings officer plus trustees who help to look after the hall and our equipment. Each year we hold working bees to do various maintenance jobs around the hall - please look out for notices of upcoming working bees and put your name down to come along and help. Everyone has useful skills which they can put to good use in helping us keep our hall and equipment in good shape.
Fundraising and Group Commitment
Most of the fees you pay as a member of Scouts go to Scouts Australia which means we rely heavily on fundraising to support our group. New equipment, hall maintenance, activity and event subsidies and most other running costs of the group are funded through the various fundraisers we run throughout the year. These include car boot sales, raffle tickets, christmas tree sales and special events. Fundraising is not only a vital part of keeping our group going but it also provides a great opportunity to socialise and spend time with your children and other members of the group. We expect all 1st East Ryde Families to take on their fair share of fundraising commitment and ask you to add your name to rosters or become involved in the organisation and running of at least two events each year.
Camps, Events and Parties
During the year our youth members have opportunities to take part in a range of camps, hikes and other outdoor events. We participate in and are involved with a number of Scouting and related activities both within the Moocooboolah district as well as State and National events such as:
- District and Reigonal Camps (Cubs and Scouts)
- District Camp Fire (Joeys)
- Scouthike (Scouts)
- District Rally (All sections)
- Regional Fun Days (Joeys and Cubs)
- District Bike Hikes
- Cuboree (Cubs - every 3 years)
- Jamboree (every 3 years - for Scouts and Venturers)
We also have several group events each year which the whole family are invited to join:
- Family Camp
- Group Campfire
- Christmas Party
- Car Boot Sales
- Christmas Tree Sales