Welcome to Kelburn Scout Group!

Located in Wellington’s Botanic gardens the Kelburn Scout Group was founded in 1909 and is one of the oldest scout groups in New Zealand.

We currently run three youth sections: Keas, Cubs and Scouts.

Scouts meets on Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Cubs meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Keas meets on Thursday nights from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Rope Throwing 

Part of the gold award scheme is throwing a rescue rope 10 metres to within 1 meter of a struggling person. While not the best indoor activity, it was a good opportunity for scouts to try their hand at throwing a rope. We gave it a go last Monday night.

We set up two types of throwing ropes: a open coil rope, and an improvised rope bag. Rope bags tend to be a more precise throw but are very slow to re-throw do to the time it takes to repackage them. Open coil throws tend to be more imprecise, but the are very fast to re-throw .

Much of the fun was in dragging the rescued scout across the floor to “safety.” Apologies if your scouts shirts need washing an ironing.

Even Lulu the Kelburn Scout Group mascot got into the action.

Kelburn Mid-Winter Tramp

Saturday afternoon. The entire group at Mac’s hut.

The mid winter tramp has become a bit of Kelburn tradition. A well timed weather window allowed fifteen scouts, one vetnurer (from Endeavour Venturers) and two scout leaders to tramp into the Orongaorongas for an overnight at Raukawa Lodge.

Sunday morning. Scouts trying their best to be silly.

Saturday evening. Scouts waiting patiently for dinner.

Wonder Woman.

River crossing practice. Group one.
River crossing practice, group two.
Group three practices crossing the river.
A stop at the aptly named midway bridge.

Scouts NZ appoints Kelburn leader Josh Tabor as its new Chief Executive

From Scouts New Zealand:

SCOUTS NEW Zealand announces new Chief Executive

SCOUTS New Zealand is delighted to announce the appointment of Joshua (Josh) Tabor as the association’s new Chief Executive. Josh joins SCOUTS New Zealand as Chief Executive on Monday 19 June.

Stuart Francis, SCOUTS New Zealand National Chair said Josh’s understanding of complex organisations, leadership performance and development, and his involvement in Scouting all played a part in his selection.

“From a significant pool of applicants, Josh was the stand out candidate and brings a wealth of leadership talent, as well as Scouting knowledge to the role.
“Josh has the experience, skills and association knowledge to lead SCOUTS New Zealand through our next phase of development and expansion, which is focussed on growing our youth membership to 25,000 by 2025,” says Stuart.

Josh has a PhD in leadership studies, and significant senior management experience, including most recently with New Zealand Police as Director, Organisational Development. In that role he was responsible for delivering New Zealand Police’s cultural and workforce initiatives. Prior to joining New Zealand Police Josh worked for the State Services Commission where he and his team designed the talent management system, leadership development pathway, and refreshed the leadership competencies for the New Zealand Public Service.

Josh has also served as an Adult Leader with Wellington and Kapiti Coast Scout Groups, and served as a member of the SCOUTS New Zealand National Executive Committee.

Shaun Greaves, SCOUTS New Zealand Head of Learning and Delivery, will act as Chief Executive from 26 May until Josh takes up the role in June.