Great results from the prize giving for Kotuku sailors, rowers and swimmers

Our skilful Scouts have taken out thirds in the aggregate points for Senior and Open cutter sailing, Open rowing and our Cubs got third in the swimming. Which made us the second most improved group on the lower North Island.
These certificates may not look like much unless you know what they represent. Our opposition are large groups which are sail on the sea most weeks in two terms. We are a tiny group with a lake that suits sailing about 4 weeks a year. We have further to go to regattas and we make a huge effort to get there. So a third place against these teams is a real victory for our group.
These are the prizes for the hard work put in by Paul and Chris and all the Scouts who have done us proud. Congratulations.



Pinewood comes to Levin

Not quite to the level of the Americans, but still fun. ‘Pinewood derby’ is an activity where cars are made of wood, decorated and raced by Cubs. We made our wheels out of an old tent pole and the cars were off cuts of 4×2. The Cubs seemed to love it and we struggled to drag them to flag down at 8:15. Thanks to Andy for his help, some really great cars were made and raced.

Cubs at Otaki Forks August 2014

Well it seemed like the first day of Spring as the sun shone down on us at the Otaki Forks today. After some terrible weather the last few weeks we had a glorious day of tramping. We started out heading for Parawai Hut for lunch before tackling the Arcus Loop Walk. We all felt the climb but were instantly rewarded with wonderful views. We had a few stops and a bit of ‘bat down’ along the way, but still had time to have a lookie-Lou at the Waitewaewae swing-bridge. A great day and successful thanks to the help of Scott, Lisa, Tahi and John.

Term Notices and Forms Now up

Hi there everyone! What a term we have ahead!

The Scouts are among other things shooting, swimming, tramping to the snowline and eeling.

The Cubs’ term includes three badges, we will be swimming, doing a day walk and going to the Gang Show in Lower Hutt.

The newsletters are up now for those who washed them, up on our Newsletters and Programmes page.

End of Term 2 Awards Night

What  a cold, cold, cold night it was, but thanks to all who came along to our awards night at the end of term 2. The theme was loosely based upon a ’4th of July picnic’ (it was the 3rd of July) because of something Mr Robbo said about Mr C’s American heritage at the start of term. It was about simple games and eating hotdogs. Less thrilling was the 3 degrees temperature that made it seem less than summery.


We invested three Scouts all up from Cubs in various ways – Sean directly, Alex after a brief sabbatical and Amberley from St Mary’s. Welcome.


Mr Robbo celebrated 18 years as a leader and received his Bronze tiki for the service. What a massive contribution he has made to our group and the lives of young people in Levin.


I(Mr C) received my Medal of Merit which was nice in front of a good home crowd. We may not be the biggest group but I still get a big kick out of organising a simple programme and having fun. 


ANZAC in Manakau a big success

After many years of participating in the Levin Parade we decided to attend the Manakau Dawn Service.

We were fortunate enough to have a sleep over at Manakau School, eating popcorn and watching DVD’s, before the Dawn Parade.

Our Scouts and Cubs marched behind the Uniformed services, before being welcomed by local Kamatua from Ngati Wehi Wehi marae.

After laying our handmade wreath, thanks to the cubs, we released a white dove (from one of our leaders) in between “Last Post” and “Reveille”.

Once released, on seemingly right on cue, the dove flew to the top of the cenotaph , where it stood for the minutes silence, then flew off over the crowd when reveille started.

Weather held off, great behaviour was displayed by the Troup both during the sleepover, and during the parade, earning them their ANZAC badges presented by the President of the Otaki RSA.

A good time had by all in this time of remembrance.

( Thanks Chris Henry for this great summary of the day)

Cubs River Camp a success

What a great time was had by the Cubs at the ‘River Camp’. We camped at St Mary’s hut at Florida Road campsite. We made rafts and ‘aquascopes’ , tried them out in the river, visited the cowshed at milking, cooked on hobo stoves and played spotlight. Most Cubs had not had a night in tents before away from the back yard so it was a big deal for them – BRAVO. What a wonderful campsite for just mucking around.

Mudslide 2014

Well once again the summer dry has hindered the mudslide… but we got it sorted with a delivery of bore water so that Mr C’s tank wouldn’t be run dry.
The slide was as popular as ever this year but the mud not so much. No matter – Mr C got plenty muddy… check out the photos on our photo page – they are down the bottom.Nicolai and Serina at Mudslide 2014

Medieval Market a hit

What a great time everyone had at the Medieval Market. It started out wet as and everyone was huddled under the tent with no customers. Then the sun came out along with the public and things went really well. A big thanks to Chris, Paul and all the parents who helped. Cheryl’s photo board was awesome. Logan sold about a million lollies and drinks on foot and Ezra did his best to catch up in the tent. I arrived late and gave out a bunch of flyers to people who I talked to and I even hooked up some kids from Palmy and Paraparaumu with local Scouts in their area. What a great effort all round and great to see everyone working together. Thanks to Mark and Ineke and their family who were down from Palmy and helped us out too.