Our Scouting sections are supported by qualified adult leaders and Scouting parents.
My name is Kooka, which comes from being the cook at Cub Scout camps in 1986. I lay claim to loving birds, especially kookaburras, so a double reason for the Scouting name. After 3 years as equivalent to an Adult Helper I took up my first trained scouting role as a Leader in Kedron’s first Joey Scout mob. From then I became a District Leader in this section, then ran the district as District Commissioner before moving Branch Commissioner in Promotions. I have been the Group Leader of Kedron for around 12 years.
My four children have made their way through every section of Scouting. I have witnessed the benefits they have received in life skills from many fantastic leaders. I wish to be able to pass on my skills to others, including Scout leaders to carry on building resilient self-sufficient young people. Apart from this, l still take responsibility for Front of House for the ‘on stage’ cultural activities for the Wonargo Revue.
I’ve been involved in Kedron Scouts for the past 31 years and have had all my children, my partner and myself there since this time. Scouting provides such a strong community foundation, I am proud to be involved in an organisation that has taught and involved so many young people in developing skills to sustain them throughout their lives.
Joey Scout Leaders
I was given the name ‘Possum’ when I helped on my son’s first cub camp at Murrenbong in 1994. The next year I became a Joey Scout Leader and became ‘Kuppi’ (aboriginal for possum). Three of my children have gone from Joeys though to Rovers with my oldest joining as a Scout, she is still involved today. I now have the next generation of my family starting their journey in the scouting way.
After 15 years working in a bank, I left for more rewarding work within the community.
Cub Scout Leaders
I joined the movement as a Cub Scout at Nundah-Northgate as a 7yo and achieved my Grey Wolf award (peak award) while thoroughly enjoying all the exciting opportunities on offer including learning Scoutcraft through the story of the Jungle Book, belonging to the pack, being a Sixer and meeting new friends. At the age of 11, I advanced to Scouts where I achieved my Australian Scout Medallion (peak award) while being able to collaborate with others, hold leadership positions and participate in a wide variety of district, region, state and national events including a Jamboree.
At 15, I advanced to Venturer Scouts where I enjoyed the wide variety of opportunities that allowed me to choose my own adventure including being selected to participate in both state and national leadership conferences, complete VET courses in canoeing and be an active youth helper in the younger sections.
By 18, I was a Rover and am still an active member of the Boyd Park Rover Crew. Also at the age of 18, I began my leader training and transition to the role of Cub Scout Leader at Kedron. I have since completed my basic and advanced training. Being a leader has allowed me to continue to grow and further develop my leadership qualities, meet a wide variety of leaders, learn from other people and interact with the wider community. I want the opportunity to give back and support youth, just like I experienced growing up.
As well as regular attendance at Rovers and Cubs each week, I enjoy being part of the extra-curricular activities that Scouting has to offer. This includes being part of the Wonargo Revue family (a variety show put on by Scouts Queensland) for 10 years, attending Agooneree (a camp run by Scouts and Guides to support children with Special Needs) for 8 years and being a member of the Statewide Branch Youth Council.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education majoring in Special Education. As well as full time study, I have two part-time jobs as a teacher-aide at a Special School and for a Respite Agency. I also love to travel the world, spend time with my family and friends, and participate in outdoor activities.
I get a real buzz out of seeing your children grow and achieve what they thought was too difficult. Within three years, our cubs develop as confident community minded kids. Handing out boomerang badges gives me a sense of achievement and grey wolf badges are a very special time for me. Most important though, is having fun with the cubs, having a laugh and its most gratifying when the attend week after week year after year.
To cubs I bring learning through active games, a sense of discipline having raised two boys to adulthood, deep understanding of scouting methods and philosophy having experienced as a cub with my mother as a cub leader and my father involved as scout and scout adult helper.
When I’m not scouting, I’m a checkout chick/ laser babe and retail customer service assistant at Coles Lutwyche and recovering from my near-death experience lol.
I joined Scouts at Burpengary when I was 12yo and went on to be a Patrol Leader and get my Australian Scout Medallion. On my 15th birthday, I moved up to Venturer Scouts and had a variety of experiences including being the District and Region Chairs. I also went on to get my Queen Scout Award. Currently I’m a Knighted Rover Scout at The Gap Rover Crew and help-out at and run activities at both a Region Level and State Level including Urban Challenge (a race around Brisbane City for Venturers). I also participate and assist at Agoonoree (a camp specifically designed to cater for special needs) and our Gang Shows and Revues.
I have been a Youth Helper since I was 16yo then went on to be a State Level Activities Leader in Performing Arts before joining Kedron in 2016. While I have mostly had experience with the Cub Scout Section, since my recent move in sections I enjoy the scouts just as much, if not more.
Venturer Scout Leaders
I have been involved in scouting since I was 6yo and progressed through each section – from Joeys to Rovers. I have been a trained Venturer leader for over 2 years now and in that time have put through two Queen’s Scouts. The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement in Australia. My aim for Kedron Venturers is to attain four more Queen’s Scouts in the next two years.
My scouting interests are abseiling and rock climbing, as well as enjoying soccer. Some people may know me from the Wonargo Revue, which is a theatrical activity run by Scouts, where I’m an Assistant Choreographer.
For the past 16 years, I’ve also been heavily involved with the Brisbane Gang Show. Currently I am on the Programs Team and am responsible for the Scout aged youth. Scouting through the arts is an amazing experience and every scout should experience this at least once.
Scouting is family to me; many of my immediate family are also active members of Scouting.
I am a devoted scout and I love every minute in scouting and enjoy what scouting has to offer.
While the Kedron Scout Group cannot function without the scouting experience of its Leaders, the Leaders and Group need the support of a well organized Committee. Parents and the local community can be involved in Kedron Scouts by taking on an official position or helping in a variety of different ways.
The Committee members are 100% volunteers and enjoy making a vibrant successful community group. Positions include the traditional roles of Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as the Badge Secretary, Working Bee Coordinator and Quartermaster. No offer of help is ever turned away. Parents can also help with fundraising, working bees, camps and hiring of the Den.
If you are interested in joining the Committee or helping with Kedron Scouts, please contact us.