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Lantern Walk 2021 – Plan Your Visit

The Turner Scout Hall and surrounding Haig Park will come alive with bobbing lanterns, excited children, traditional lantern walk songs, families socialising and delicious food on Saturday 19 June 2021, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Bring cash for food and drinks: $4.00 per German Sausage; gold coin donations for each mug of Gluehwein, Kinderpunsch or soup, and each serving of other delicious foods. Water is free. (Participants are encouraged to bring a plate of finger-foods to contribute to the tables. Members: see the volunteer sign up list.)

Dress warmly and wear footwear suitable for walking on wet grass.

Covid safety rules apply: Stay home if you are unwell. Distancing of 1.5m between different families at the event. CBR check-in app is mandatory.

The order of events are:

4:30pm Arrive, CBR check-in, purchase food/drink tokens, socialise, browse the children’s clothing swap table. Food tables and BBQs begin to serve.

5:00pm MC gives official welcome while folk enjoy food, drink and each other’s company.

5:25pm All gather to sing lantern walk songs (covid-singing for 2021), as food tables and BBQs start packing up.

5:45pm The parade commences.

5:55pm Parade forms a circle amongst the trees; young children’s parade inside the protective circle of adults.

6:10pm When the children’s parade finishes, adults should STAY IN THEIR CIRCLE FORMATION until we have reunited all children with their parents.

6:15pm Parade arrives back at the scout hall and assembles at the stage (behind the scout hall) to watch the Scouts’ play about Sankt Martin.

6:30pm Pack up and head home. If everyone tidies up at least three items, the job will soon be done.

6:30-8:30pm Fire-side chat for those people with older children who want to stay on for the “after party” (and help with the clean up).

8:30pm Scouts aged 11-14 are staying at the hall overnight for a sleepover (2021 only)

Read more about the lantern walk event here!

What Makes Spielwelt Special

The committee has been discussing “who is Spielwelt and what makes it so special?”

These are some of our answers:

  • German language
  • We are welcoming
  • Teachers spending time with children rather than admin during the day
  • Teachers having the time to show care and love to each child and family
  • We look at the family as a whole
  • We consider each family part of our wider Spielwelt family
  • Families can progress from playgroup to GAP to Schlaumaeuse and Pfadfinder
  • We host great German cultural events each year
  • We enjoy small numbers, so families have a personal experience
  • A great sense of community (including at our events and working bees)
  • Great teacher:student ratio at GAP and Pfadfinder
  • Teacher retention is high: most of our teachers have been with us for quite a few years
  • Experienced staff
  • Committee involvement is high quality
  • We go on really cool excursions (at GAP and Pfadfinder)
  • Parents make friends too (as well as children making friends)
  • Our mental health program is strong
  • We are keen to be green in our operations and events

Helping Hands in Bushlands

The Pfadfinder Joeys and Cubs enjoyed a little hike up Red Hill with their families.

The kids did a great job climbing up the steep hills, to enjoy some beautiful views. They also used a compass to figure out which paths to take, located landmarks in the distance (like the arboretum and the airport), learned how to identify bush tomatoes, and hunted for Easter eggs.

While they were there, they did the scouting thing and offered their helping hands (and feet) to care for the environment. Everyone joined in a weed pulling competition (authorised by the Red Hill Regenerators nature park care group – otherwise no picking plants in the nature reserve!), which was both fun and helpful.

Batik or Tie-Dying

Pfadfinder scouts of all ages, from 6 to 18, enjoyed creating their own tie-dye clothing and accessories this week.

It was absolutely beautiful being out in Haig Park in the evening summer sun, enjoying making our crafty creations.

Check out some of our colourful creations above!

Many thanks to Nala and Amelia for organising it all for us.

Giant Bubbles

Our Pfadfinder Joey scouts enjoyed making some giant bubbles, using special bubble mixture and bubble wands they made themselves.

Our cubs wanted to join in at the end too, and so they cleverly fashioned makeshift bubble wands out of loops of long grass.

There are two giant bubble mixture recipes below. For both recipes it is important to mix slowly so you don’t make it froth, and we were advised by experts that it is best to make the mixture a day or more ahead of time.

Recipe 1
1 teaspoon guar gum (you can get this from health food stores)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (you can get this from the chemist)
9.5 tablespoons dishwashing detergent (Fairy is the best brand)
3.5 litres of water

Recipe 2
1 teaspoon guar gum (you can get this from health food stores)
2 teaspoons glycerine (you can get this from the chemist)
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons dishwashing detergent (Fairy is the best brand)
2 litres of water

Happy bubble making!

Thanks to our wonderful Joey scout leader Rakali for leading this amazing session!

Being Kind to Birds and Possums

Our Pfadfinder Cubs enjoyed another great evening organised by Venturer Scout Amelia. One week, Amelia helped the cubs to make delicious and rainbow coloured unicorn fudge. She is passionate about the environment and caring for animals, so this week she organised a cub session to make Alfresco Apple Bird Cafes.

The recipe is simple and the results are greatly appreciated by the local wildlife – both winged and furry. The cubs studded cut apples with delicious seeds, and suspended the decorated apples in trees. This of course required some tree climbing, and we are pretty good at that at Pfadfinder.

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?!