Goondiwindi Mayor, Graeme Scheu, honoured with Scout award

Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu was honoured by the Scouts at a  ceremony last week.
Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu was honoured by the Scouts at a ceremony last week.

Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor Cr Graeme Scheu has had the honour of being ‘Scarfed Up’ by Scouts Queensland.

Goondiwindi Scout Leader Mark Cairns presented Cr Scheu with a Scouts scarf in recognition of his support of the Scouting Movement.

The presentation was part of ‘Scarfing Up Queensland’, a project by the Queensland branch of Scouts Australia to commemorate 110 years of Scouting in Queensland.

The project intended to ‘scarf up’ 200 supporters from State Members of Parliament and most Mayors across Queensland, nominally on World Scout Day, 1 August.

Cr Scheu was among the community representatives presented with a Queensland maroon scarf. The scarf carries a ‘Supporter of Scouting’ badge at its point.

As the largest youth development organisation in Queensland, the Scouts provide young people with an outdoor-orientated organisation that encourages the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young Queenslanders.

Cr Scheu’s own experience with the Scouts began with the Cub Scouts in Nundah.

‘I went through both Cub Scouts and Scouts at Nundah,’ Cr Scheu said. ‘It just happens that I was there at the same time as [Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland] Daryl Scott, who was in the year below me.

‘It’s been Daryl’s idea to approach all local members and local government to show their support of the Scouts by accepting the commemorative scarf to wear at future Scouting functions or other events,’ Cr Scheu said.

‘From my own experience I’ve known the Scouts to be a great positive contribution to our local communities, so I’m happy to have been asked and am honoured to accept my own scarf.’

Goondiwindi Cub Scout Leader Luke Tanner said the Goondiwindi branch of Scouts had seen a boom in membership over the past few years and that it now boasts a regular group of more than 30 youth members ranging in age from six to 14 years.

‘We’ve gone from having one adult leader in 2014 to five leaders this year after experiencing rapid growth in 2015,’ Mr Tanner said.

Activities such as abseiling, bush walking, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, orienteering and pioneering are all in a day’s Scouting for the Goondiwindi group.

Mr Tanner said a particular moment of pride for the group came last year when two of our local Cub Scouts were presented with the Grey Wolf Award – the highest award available to a Cub Scout.

On the horizon for the group, eight local Scouts will have the experience of a lifetime attending the 25th Australian Jamboree in Tailem Bend, South Australia in January 2019. The Jamboree promises ten days packed solid with adventure and excitement.

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Goondiwindi Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu with the Scout scarf.

Goondiwindi Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu with the Scout scarf.

“Dib, dib, dib...Dob. dob, dob”. “The Grand Howl is a ceremony used by Cub Scouts. It was devised by Robert Baden-Powell and is based on the Mowgli stories in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. In the ceremony, Cubs act out the wolves greeting Akela, the "Old Wolf" at the Council Rock and are reminded of the Cub Scout Promise. Baden-Powell also created a Grand Howl for Brownie Guides, which was in imitation of an owl instead of a wolf.

A scout master would call: Dib, dib, dib.

Scouts would respond with “Dob, dob, dob”.

It all meant “we will do our best”.