The GAP children enjoyed creating their own lanterns this year, out of recycled materials and sticks from the park. We added a tea light candle and some ribbon, and took them out in the park to test them out.
Duncan and Jacita of Wirudji Echoes aboriginal education group always give us such an energetic and powerful presentation. We learn about artefacts, we laugh at Duncan’s funny jokes, we sing Wirudji songs with Jacita to Duncan’s traditional music, we get to practice saying Wirudji words, we hear the rainbow snake creation story while Duncan draws us our own Aboriginal artwork to colour in, and once we have our warrior or berry princess face paint on we dance like kangaroos and rainbow snakes. It is a fabulous event!
At the GAP, we absolutely love the arboretum and our favourite guide, Heather.
This year we decided to stay a whole day there, so we had six glorious hours amongst the trees, in the sunshine and fresh air. We had perfect weather for our excursion too.
We got to play on the acorn playground, have a tour with Heather, hear a garden fairy story, have morning tea on the deck with sweeping views of green hills below, imagine ourselves as tiny folk in the bonsai garden, smell apple pie plants in the sensory garden, have lunch in the dappled shade amongst beautiful flowers and aromatic plants, see birds’ nests, go for long walks, relax on picnic blankets under trees in the STEP gardens watching fluffy clouds drift slowly by, see a frog pond, climb a hill, learn about cuckoos and magpies and butterbum birds.
The scouts and venturers organised a fun colour run for the joeys and cubs down by Lake Burley Griffin. For a colour run, you don’t put on your best clothes, because along the running route you are going to get doused in brightly coloured powder. Each colour station you pass coats you in a different colour as the people there toss buckets of powder on you. By the time you have completed the running route, you are pretty much your own rainbow!
At first we thought the weather was dreadful for our colour run… it was really windy and it started to rain. But then… guess what? An actual rainbow came out just as we finished our colour run! How amazing is that?!
We are always up for exploring something new at Pfadfinder. Some of our venturers are keen on space and astronomy, others are keen on photography, others like anything STEM-related and learning something new. So when one of our leaders spotted an amazing photograph of the international space station captured crossing in front of a full moon, taken right here in Canberra by an astrophotographer the same age as the venturer scouts, she knew she had found our next great guest speaker to show us something new!
As soon as we had a clear sky evening, we met astro-photographer and night sky tour guide Lachlan at the designated spot in a clearing of the Pinnacles nature reserve. He had a fantastic telescope, cameras and tripods at the ready, and gave us lots of information and opportunities to view and participate.
We peppered Lachlan with questions and he fired back with all the answers. As the sun set, we got to see the international space station sailing across the sky with its enormous solar wings shining, exactly on Lachlan’s cue.
As the sky darkened, our night sky guide pointed out Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. It was cool seeing all sorts of constellations seeming to appear at the end of Lachlan’s magic laser wand as he pointed out various night sky wonders.
There has been a big focus on astronomy this year in SciScouts, and some of us have been inspired to learn more about astronomy, so learning about astro-photography was extra cool.
Want to see Scorpius? We did!
Next we will be looking for some Australian Indigenous constellations that we learned about in SciScouts, like the Dark Emu and the Canoe, and learning more about stacking and processing deep sky photographs.