14 February 2020


Invoicing for 2020

Invoices for the 2020 Scouting Year have been sent out, so please keep an eye on your inbox for these. Fees are now due, so if you haven’t receive your invoice, please contact our treasurer, Derek Bouwer, on finance@rivertrail.co.za.

BP Sunday

On Saturday 22nd February we will, along with our Scouts and Scouts from around the world,

celebrating Founders Day, in remembrance of the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell (the man

who founded Scouting way back in 1910).

On Sunday 23rd February, to commemorate BP Sunday, the 1st Midrand Scout Group will

host a BP Sunday Service and the District Swimming Gala at Bryanston Primary School.

The Gala has many exciting races that encourage participation by young and old alike and is

attended by Meerkats, Cubs and Scouts from across the Sandton district.


8:30 – 9:30 BP Sunday Service and parade.

10:00 – 13:00 – Gala event

Please note

• All Cubs and Scouts are to arrive in uniform (bring their swimming costumes to change

into after the service).

• There is an Entrance fee of R10 per Meerkat/Cub/ Scout

• Please print and sign your child’s indemnity form and hand in at the entrance.

• Refreshments will be on sale, please support us as this forms part of the Group’s fundraising

for the year.

Invite your family and friends to join our fun gala and cheer on our Cubs & Scouts.


Cub meeting

There will be a normal Cub meeting this Friday night.



Friday Meeting

There is a normal Scouts meeting this Friday night.

Skillskana Camp – 22-23 February

A Skillkana is a sports day with a Scouting flair. It will be run in patrols of between 4 and 6 Scouts. All of the competitions will come out of the Traveller / Discoverer level e.g. knotting, cooking, map work, observation, first aid. There will also be some fun or novelty events.

The Skillskana weekend is a relaxed camp with the addition of some fun and challenging Scouting Skills Competitions. Each participating patrol will get a certificate to display in their dens and the winning patrol will receive a floating trophy.

Dates and Time: From 10:00 on the 22nd February until 07:30 on the 23rd February 2020.

Where: 1st Bryanston Scout Hall (40 West Hertford Rd, Bryanston)

Camping Fees + Badge: R40 per Scout (Patrols will provide their own food, costs still to be communicated)

Consent Form: To be completed and handed in on arrival at camp (form available here)

Scouts will walk to Bryanston Primary School after packing up camp on Sunday 23rd February to participate in the BP Scouts Own and Gala.

For more information, please see the invitation here.

Please advise your PL by this evening if you wish to attend.

Attention all Scouts, parents and families – a talk not to be missed (Friday 21 Feb)

In line with our current theme of Survival, Robert Dalgleish (an experienced mountaineer and Badger’s old TS from his days as a Scout at 1st Waverley)  will be delivering a talk next Friday evening on his climbing experiences on Everest and in the Drakensberg. He will also discuss his personal experience in a serious climbing accident and the ensuing rescue.

Robert will talk about how important his own learnings from his time at Scouts became during these experiences. He will speak from approx 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Parents, siblings and friends are welcome to attend, so please RSVP here so we can manage numbers.

Upcoming Events Reminder

  • February 22 & 23 – BP Weekend including Camping Skilkana at 1st Bryanston on Saturday followed by BP Service and BP Gala at Bryanston Primary School
  • March 13, 14,15th – Camp & Cook (Olympics 2020) at Delta Park


Equipment labelling

Please label your Cubs and Scouts’ items, especially sleeping bags (not just the carry bags) and sleeping mats. We have noticed that a few of our members have same or similar products (as parents shop at the same stores), and the lack of names leads to unnecessary confusion. And don’t forget to label the small items too, like caps and scarves … these easily get separated from the Cub or Scout and need to be “homed”. Let’s label them now – so that we don’t forget for next camp or event!


Scouts Digital

Parents are encouraged to regularly login into Scouts Digital and view the Parents Dashboard. Login via http://www.scouts.digital/ > Actions > Login. If you are unable to login please contact either Akela for cubs or Badger for Scouts and they will get help for you. Some attendance records or personal information may not be correct – please let us know. Together we can make Scouts Digital the enabling system it is designed to be!


Dress code at Friday meetings

All Cubs and Scouts must ensure that they are properly and smartly dressed in uniform with all accompanying components, including belt, woggle, scarf, cap etc. These items (excluding scarf) are available from the Scout shop. You can find the details of where to find it HERE.

For Scouts, camp uniform must be worn for activities during the evening. Camp uniform includes jeans and a black 1st Rivertrail shirt. If you don’t have a black Rivertrail shirt, please purchase one from Fiona who usually sells them on the hall patio between Cub and Scout meetings. You can contact her directly on fionaB@morso.co.za.


Key: (C ) Cubs, (S) Scouts




Account Name: 1st Rivertrail Scout Group
Branch: Bryanston
Branch No: 197105
Account Number:
Account Type: Savings