Welcome 2018

Birralee is a large and active Scout Group in the suburb of Gungahlin in Canberra’s North.

Currently the Cub and Scout sections are full and there is at least a 12 month wait to join these sections.

We have a small waiting list for Joeys.  If you would like your child’s name to be included on this please contact Jemalong – the Group Leader.

Venturers are always open to new members.

Please try neighboring Scout Groups Wells Station(Harrison) or Amaroo


Birralee is a large and active Scout Group in the suburb of Gungahlin in Canberra’s North.

While we welcome new members we currently are full in the Cub & Scout Sections.  The waiting list for these sections has also closed due to the large number still waiting for a place.

We have a small waiting list for Joeys.  If you would like your child’s name to be included on this please contact Jemalong – the Group Leader.

Venturers are always open to new members.

Please try neighboring Scout Groups Wells Station(Harrison) or Amaroo

Group Camp at the Beach from a Cub’s Perspective

Group Camp at Durras Beach
At South Durras Birralee Scout Group had a Group Camp.
At camp we did all different activities and the one I did was beach sports and it was really fun because we had finished all the games and there was still 10 minutes left until we had to head back to camp so we got to play in the water for 10 minutes. We also saw a pod of dolphins and I think I saw a small fin in the water.
We also went on a hike through the bush and some people got leaches. When we were near the end we got to take our shoes off and dip our feet in the water.

By Amy
Yowie Pack

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more photos are on the Birralee Facebook Page

Group Camp at the Beach from a Cub’s Perspective

Birralee Group Camp South Durras

My name is Brooke and I am a Cub in Yowie Pack at Birralee Scout Group.
On September 11th/12th/13th I went on my first group camp since becoming a Cub in May this year. It was awesome.
On day 1 of the camp we arrived in the afternoon and had to help set up all the tents and the dining area for everyone. I’m pretty good at putting up tents now. Then it was free time to meet up with all my friends. Once it got dark all the Cubs went for a walk to the beach and we sang songs. Then we came back and had some supper and went to bed for the night (after a bit of chatting with my tent buddies)
On day 2 all the Birralee leaders had fun activities that we chose to do. My activity was camp cooking. It was really cool. We made scones, apple cake and cinnamon muffins (in orange peel cups) and we even cooked them over a fire. After our morning activities we went on a huge hike. A few of the kids in our group got leach bites, thankfully not too bad and it wasn’t me. We stopped for lunch near a lake and had a rest until it was time to head back to camp. On the way back we went to the beach to collect shells/seaweed for our next activity. When we got back from the beach we had afternoon tea and got ready for our afternoon activities. Using the things we collected from the beach we made natural artworks by gluing all our treasures onto pieces of wood. They looked fabulous. After some free time it was time for delicious dinner of burgers. We were then treated to an amazing surprise down at the beach. The Venturers and Rovers put on a show of fire throwing for us all. The funniest part was when Will (one of the Venturers) accidently caught on fire and he didn’t even know. He was fine and everyone thought it was hilarious.
After the show we headed back to camp and played a few games which was really fun. Then supper and bed time. Not too much chatting in bed this time as we were all exhausted and very tired.
On the 3rd and final day we spent the morning (after eating delicious French toast for breakfast) doing activities with just the Cubs. We made our own woggles out of Blue and Green beads, so they match our Birralee scarfs. After our craft activity we helped pack down out tent and then headed to the beach again for some more fun. We had the choice of playing in the sand or playing in the waves. I had great fun in the sand digging holes and playing with my friends. After a great time at the beach it was time to head back to camp for lunch.
After a little bit more free time it was sadly time for our group camp to end. I had the best time and can’t wait for next year.
By Brooke (aged 9) Yowie Pack

Cubs & Group Camp

Group Camp at the Beach From a Joey’s Perspective

Birralee Camp at South Durras

My name is Ashley. I am a Joey at Birralee and I went on my first group camp to the beach at South Durras. I loved it so much. We got to go to the beach and we collected stuff on the beach to make sand glitter globes. Mine had shells, seaweed, cuttlefish and some toy fish. We also made dream catchers out of paper plates, wool, feathers and beads. It is really cool.
We went on a really big walk in the bush. I got a leech on my ankle. My leader Kanga said I was very brave. The Joeys also got to get a lift back from our bush walk with the Venturers in a canoe, that was much better than walking.
I played frisbee on the beach and I was really good at catching it and throwing it.
The Rovers and Venturers did some fire throwing at night which we all thought was really cool.
I can’t wait until I’m a Cub and I get to sleep in a tent with my friends.
Group camp was awesome!!!

By Ashley (aged 7)
Echo Mob, Birralee

Group Camp


Orroral Cub Camp

Birralee Cub Scout Camp
Bunyip Pack
By Brooke

The scout camp was so much fun. We got to make our own dinner. We had roast potato, sausage and vegetables with tomato sauce or gravy. The coolest part about that was we got to cook all of that on the fire. YUM.
After dinner we played spotlight, then had supper, told some stories, and roasted normal and sour marshmallows on the fire. Then we went to bed, but the only bad thing was that it got to around -7 so everyone had to stay as warm as possible.
In the morning we had pancakes and bacon, if we wanted, we could have berries, banana, maple syrup or whipped cream on our breakfast. At 9:30am we started to go on a hike, we were gone for about 4 hours.
When we got back from the hike we packed our bags then packed up the tents. Then it was time to get in our cars and leave camp.

Golden Sun Moth Night Hike

Bush Walk with Cubs/Joeys

By Elizabeth Gillon (7 years)
Echo Mob – Birralee

As I walked out of my dad’s truck I saw the Joey Leaders, Cub Leaders and the Joeys and cubs. My equipment was head lamp, first aid, gloves they were all in my day pack.

We were going on a night hike at Mulligan’s flat. I got teamed up with Chiara. She was my cub buddy.

As the hike started I could all ready see some kangaroos, because it was a bit dark the kangaroos eyes looked creepy, so Chiara and I ran ahead up to the front of the group. At that time I had wondered about how far we had walked.

Then Jemalong stopped because she saw a frog. Then there were Joey’s with their buddies looking at the frog. On the way to the top of the hill we saw spiders and beetles.

When we got to the top of the hill there we read facts about the Golden Sun Moth. It is an endangered animal.

I had a lot of fun on the bush walk with the Cub Scouts and the Joeys.

Yowie Cubs Visit the War Memorial

War Memorial Excursion

By Bailey from Yowie Pack Cubs

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Yowie Pack went to the War Memorial because our topic this term is World War 1. First up we went down Anzac parade looking at all the memorials. All of them had a different meaning which made it very interesting to learn about different parts of the wars. Then we came back to the War Memorial. We went to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It felt sad to know that most of the soldiers weren’t known. Then we went to the discovery centre and had a play around with cool stuff in there like a helicopter which you can drive. Yowie Cubs War Memorial 2Then there was a trench which had a trench foot machine which when you put your foot in there it looks like you have trench foot. Then we went to the hall of airplanes. There were so many different styles of planes in there including Japanese planes, German planes and Australian planes. Then we went outside to have afternoon tea and Sienna and I were picked to do wreath laying at the War Memorials closing parade. It felt very special to do this. The closing parade was peaceful and calm.

Yowie Cubs War Memorial

Bunyip Pack Visit to Hall Museum

Hall School Museum Visit
On Thursday 12 February, the Bunyip Cub Pack went to the Hall School Museum for a special project as part of our Badge-work – Local History Badge.
When we got there, we were split up into groups and went to different buildings.
My group went to the Memory Lane building first. We saw a movie called ‘The Kid’ starring Charlie Chaplin. This was the type of movie that children would watch 100 years ago.
Next we went to the Old School House, where we got to write on slate boards. The ‘teacher’ said that this was an old fashioned iPad that they used in schools in the early stages of Canberra.
We learned that if you misbehaved in class you would be whacked with a cane, that all girls needed to learn how to sew, and that boys were allowed to bring handguns and shoot them in the school yard before class and NOT get into trouble.
Things are a bit different today in schools, than they were 100 years ago.

By Charlotte Quigly
Bunyip Pack

Birralee Snow Camp – From a Venturers Perspective

The Birralee Snow Trip

By Cai (Karla Birna Venturer)

On 15-17th August, the Birralee Group which included 31 cubs, 26 Scouts, 15 Venturers and 20 Leaders and Parent Helpers and 3 Wells Station Scouts and 1 Leader went to Jindabyne for a trip to the snow. The Venturer bus was lots of fun, with cable ties and music. The Cubs bus was presumably not as fun.

Once we arrived at Jindabyne, we moved into our rooms and set up our beds. After a brief speech, and a tasty supper, it was time for bed, on our first night at Jindabyne. The only problem was, some of the cubs were a bit too excited for the snow, and stayed up until 1 o’clock at night excitedly talking (and making farting noises).

In the morning we ate a delicious warm breakfast of hash browns and French toast. Soon afterwards, we climbed onto the buses and headed out to Perisher for an exciting day of snowy fun.

For the first half of the day, the Venturers went tobogganing, while the cubs went on a snowshoe hike, and the scouts built snow shelters. Tobogganing was filled with funky poses (both on the toboggan and off), and much snow was eaten. The snowshoe hike was exciting for all involved, and the cubs saw many interesting sights. The snow shelters were very warm, and the scouts had a blast cutting away at the ice and layering the ice bricks.

Later, after a delicious lunch of soup and bread rolls, the Venturers set out on their snowshoe hike, while the cubs and scouts went tobogganing. The Vennies snowshoe hike was filled with falling over, and frantically struggling to get up a small hill (some unsavoury words may have been heard).
The cubs had gone back to Jindabyne after lunch and walked down to the lake. Meanwhile the scouts had been toboganning but now were waiting for the Venturers to return in an attempt to surprise snow ball attack them. There was no surprise…Venturers rule!

After a long and fun day, we all clambered back on the buses, and began the trip back to Jindabyne. We couldn’t wait to get back into our warm beds. Once we had returned, many of us delighted to hear some wonderful singing from the showers. We played many card games, before a scrumptious dinner, and we had a particularly extraordinary parade in honour of Matthew Court earning his Queen’s Scout Award.

The next morning, we all awoke fresh as daisies (except some of the leaders, who were more swamp reeds). We were all excited for our second and final day at the snow, which for the Venturers would bring a highly eventful cross-country skiing trip.

Unfortunately, the roads were too snowy to go all the way to Perisher, and so we stopped at Smiggin’s Hole for another fun-filled flurry of adventure.
Once we had stopped at Smiggin’s Hole, the Venturers donned their skis, and set off on one of the most memorable parts of the trip.

Our instructor, Marcel first taught us the basics of skiing, with many stumbles and falls (not to mention snowballs). After we had grasped the basics, we set off to practice going down hills. After we had practiced this for a while, a small group of us set off on a quick tour, while many stayed behind to continue rocketing down the hill.
Our tour was approximately 2.5km in length, with roughly 25km worth of fun crammed in. Many stumbles were had, but we all had a lot of fun, particularly on the downhill parts.

Meanwhile the cubs found a slope to toboggan on while the scouts went snow shoeing and enviously watched the Venturers practice going downhill on cross-country skis.

After this exciting day, we all crammed onto the buses for the trip home. Everyone was exhausted from an energetic weekend, but we all had a lot of fun, and none of us would have missed it for all the snow in Canada.