Sunday July 31 was a very exciting day for Cubs Scouts all across NSW, as they celebrated Cubs 100th Birthday at Government House in Sydney.
Up to 2,000 Cubs and Leaders attended the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic event, including Cub Packs from the Greater Western Sydney, Hume, Hunter and Coastal, Riverina, South Coast and Tablelands, South Metropolitan, Sydney North and The Golden West Regions.
At 10am all attendees met up at Scout Place at Circular Quay to begin their observation trail wide game around the city. They wandered around to different landmarks on their maps and saw some amazing sights along the way.
(Cub Scouts waiting eagerly to enter the grounds)
Around noon the gates were opened and Cub Packs made their way into the grounds of Government House, where they sat down on the lawn to enjoy a packed picnic lunch. The Cubs were also treated to a tour of the inside of the building.
We learned very quickly Cub Scouts sure aren’t camera shy (and neither are the Rovers!). Cubs and Leaders were very keen to get their faces behind some of our social media frames and had lots of fun posing and pulling faces.
The day was also very special for Doug Menzies OAM, as he made his final formal speech as Chief Commissioner of NSW.
Soon after, Chief Scout and Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley addressed the crowd. Mrs Hurley led the Cubs in renewing their Cub Scout Promise before everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and shouted out 1 2 3 WOLF! Once the cake was cut, everyone got their own delicious cupcake to enjoy.
As things wrapped up, Cubs went back out into the city to explore before heading back home.
While North Coast and North West Regions were unable to join us, they still created their own fun. North West Region held their Cub Scout Celebration in Tamworth on the same day, while North Coast held their own region CubBOOM event earlier this year.
(North West Region at their celebration)
It was such a great day overall and we thank everyone for coming along to celebrate. We hope to see you all at our next big event – Cuboree 2017!
To see all the photos we took at the Cub Picnic, visit our Flickr page.