50th celebrations for 1st Sunshine Scout Group

Cub Scout Clara preparing her pizza at the 50th anniversary celebrations. (Supplied)

The 1st Sunshine Scout Group, which turns 102 next month, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the official opening of its Nixon Street Scout Hall.

1st Sunshine was formed in June 1921 and has had just three homes in its 102-year existence.

Fraser MP Dr Daniel Mulino joined in the celebrations on Saturday, May 27, which featured pizza making, outdoor games, dancing and karaoke.

“It brought back some really happy memories of my childhood,” he said.

“I was a cub and a scout and really enjoyed the camaraderie and the challenges, particularly learning how to tie complicated knots.

“My grandfather was a Queen’s scout but my skills never quite reached his level.”

Cubs, Scouts and Venturers meet on a Thursday night, while the Rover Scouts meet on Tuesday nights.

Group Leader Carol Maddern, who supports the Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover leaders in their roles said she loves her work volunteering for the group.

Youth members at the Sunshine Scout Group range in age from six to 23.

Ms Maddern said scouting remains a great way for children to learn confidence and develop into leaders. They learn core outdoor adventure skills when camping, and also have the opportunity to learn land skills such as caving, abseiling and rock climbing as well as aquatic skills such as scuba, sailing and paddling.

The 1st Sunshine Scout Group is planning some exciting events for their youth members to attend:

Cubs (7-11), will be attending a Cuboree in the September school holidays involving a five day camp.

Scouts (11-14), are planning a seven day camp in January 2024.

Venturers (14-17), are also planning a seven day camp.

Hannah Hammoud