Category Archives: Pfadfinder scouts

Our Own Floriade

Organisations across Canberra were invited to host a little bit of Floriade in their own communities in 2020.

Our venturer scouts had recently designed, created and installed window boxes for us, so we had the perfect spot for some Spring flowers.

The GAP children got in on the action too, and planted a few water coloured paper flowers in our triangular garden in the playground.

We even had our own Floriade sign outside the Turner Scout Hall! Imagine that!

Milk Carton Pizza Ovens

The Pfadfinder Joeys had a rather spectacular evening recently, making milk cartons in pizza ovens.

First they made their dinner by rolling their pizza ingredients into a wholewheat wrap. This in turn was sealed up in silver tin foil.

The tin foil dinner was then popped into an empty one-litre cardboard milk carton.

We had a safety lesson in lighting matches and caring for a fire safely, of course, and then with great excitement we lit our cartons and let them cook our dinner!

Struppi and Rakali help the Joeys and parent helpers to light their DIY pizza ovens

Pfadfinder Joeys get into Astronomy

The Pfadfinder Joeys (and a few eager parent helpers) were treated to an informative lesson in German about astronomy, by one of our resident astrophysicists, Ashley.

There were lots of questions, we learned a lot, and we even got to handle a piece of a meteor that was formed before the earth was. That’s even older than our group leader! Wow!

Colour Run with a Twist

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?!

Pfadfinder Venturers Get Into Astro-photography

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!

Credit: Lachlan Wilson. That black spot near the top of the moon is the international space station

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.

Credit: Lachlan Wilson

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.

Credit: Lachlan Wilson. A galalxy far, far away….!

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.

Pfadfinder Guided Nature Tours

Pfadfinder Joeys and Cubs and their families thoroughly enjoyed Tatjana’s amazing tours of Mulligan’s Flat and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

One evening we visited the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, where our German speaking guide showed us all kinds of things, and had some activities and a treasure hunt ready for us.

Another night, we rugged up, took our torches out and explored Mulligan’s Flat in search of nocturnal wildlife like the amazing bettongs.

Feuchtgebiet at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Pfadfinder Joeys learn about Papua New Guinea

The Pfadfinder Joeys really enjoyed* learning about life in Papa New Guinea, when one of our parents came in to give us a fantastic presentation about her family’s time there.

*That pout in the photo above is surely a PNG tribal warrior face!

The Joeys saw cool photos of some PNG citizens. They got to see and try on some PNG jewelry and clothing. They got some special face paints applied and then learned a dance to traditional music. It was great fun!

We are Back

Thanks everyone, for your patience during the COVID-19 pause.

We are returning to operations, with increased hygiene protocols, as follows:

GAP: Monday 18 May 2020
Schlaumaeuse: Wed 3 June 2020
Spiel und Spass: Wed 24 June 2020
Pfadfinder: Monday 20 July 2020

The maximum occupancy in our hall, at 4 sqm per person, is as follows:

main hall: 21 people
large (east) foyer: 10 people
kitchen: 3 people
quiet room: 4 people
and if we spread into the smaller rooms and washrooms, the max is 51 people in the building (not including the storage sheds, of course)!

sniffles and coughs: When Is It Okay To Come Back?

This winter (2020) the advice is clear: stay home if you are sick. This applies equally to adults and children. It applies whether it is a simple cold, flu or the dreaded corona virus.

So, the rules at Spielwelt are:

Stay home if you are sick. Even if it is just a cold.

You can return when you are symptom-free.

The only exception is for a lingering dry unproductive cough IF it has been 14 days since your cold started AND all the other cold/flu symptoms have cleared up.

How long do you need to stay away from playgroup, playschool or scouts though?

We have sought advice from our resident doctor and infectious diseases expert to help us all clarify when children with sniffles or coughs can return to their groups.  His advice is paraphrased here:

The short answer is that people can be infectious while they have symptoms. … In most cases, children will be infectious for around 5-7 days (but perhaps up to 2 weeks). Even after people have recovered, some may have a persistent cough for quite a while. This is usually not because they are still in any way infectious, more a reflex to the damage done to the airways that causes them to be extremely susceptible to any kind of irritation. More information about catching and caring for colds can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/

Why do I need to keep my child home when it is just a cold?

Whenever a simple cold spreads to other children and families or staff members, it means those people then have also to take time off unnecessarily to isolate and get tested for coronavirus.

Do I need a note from the doctor?

There is no requirement from Spielwelt to present evidence that you have been tested for corona virus and returned a negative results in order to start attending sessions again. (Obviously, you should stay home and get tested if you suspect you might have the virus, though!)

It’s just asthma!

Children who have an asthmatic cough can attend, and are likely to have their puffer with them. Asthma is not contagious.

Our apologies and thanks

Sorry to make you stay home when you are busting to join us, folks. We know it is hard, especially for our GAP families needing to get back to work – but you are doing your bit to help protect everyone else and we all appreciate that.  

Choc Chip Cookies / Schoko Kekse

Looking for a nice treat? A baking session with your child is always fun.

Here is Gerda’s super easy recipe for chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies.

They are vegan and gluten-free. The photo above is one Gerda took when she baked these delicious chewy bikkies.

Download the recipe in German (with pictures for children).

If you need to cheat and look at the English version, you can.

While you wait for them to come out of the oven, you could sing along to this traditional German children’s song about baking cakes, which we sing at GAP, called Backe backe Kuchen.

Here’s some handy German vocabulary for any baking session.

Vorbereiten – to prepare

die Schale – bowl
messen – to measure
die Tasse – cup
der Löffel – spoon
der Essöffel (EL) – tablespoon
der Teelöffel (TL) – teaspoon
der Spatel – spatula
der Ofen – oven
backen – bake

Combining ingredients

entrahmen – to cream
mischen – to mix
rühren – to stir
kneten – to knead

Common baking ingredients

die Butter – no prizes for guessing what this is
das Mehl – flour
der Zucker – sugar
das Ei – egg (Eier – eggs)
die Milch – yes that’s right, milk
das Backpulver – baking powder

After baking

putzen – to clean
schmecken – to taste
lecker – yummy, tasty
süβ – sweet

and hopefully you don’t need this word:

gebrannt – burnt!