Since 2018 Tambo has increasingly used private groups on Facebook to share pictures and stories of our activities. Although this website is not updated as frequently as it used to be, Tambo is still extremely active. We have grown from two to four Sections – adding Joeys (5-8 yrs) and Venturers (14-17 yrs) in recent years. Unfortunately, all Sections currently have waiting lists. However, we welcome the opportunity to speak to potential new members at any time to discuss openings and opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about Tambo then please contact our Group Leader.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Scouting in NSW has been conducted virtually which presented everyone with a considerable challenge in what is otherwise an in-person movement. As Tambo looks ahead, we see an exciting future where we can once again offer a program rich in activities that contribute to the healthy development of young people. This video was prepared to capture some of the highlights of the last two years for the Tambo Scout Section and to provide motivation and excitement for a return to scouting as it is normally conducted.
As a group of 7 Venturers, 3 Scouts and 5 adults, we arrived at Dunphy’s car park at in the morning and began the hike to Splendour Rock not long after. The weather was clear and warm and continued to be throughout the hike. As we walked along Carlon’s creek towards its intersection with Breakfast creek, we encountered the stinging nettles and leaches that we had been warned about. After escaping this area, we came to Black Horse Ridge. Here we faced a tiring climb of 350 vertical meters up the ridge. Upon reaching the top, we continued along the ridge towards Mobb’s Swamp, where we had a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we navigated through to Warrigal gap and continued along the ridge past Mt Merrimerrigal until reaching Dingo’s Gap. It was just to the left of Dingo Mountain and once more along the ridgeline that we found ourselves at Splendour rock at sundown, tired but satisfied.
We arrived at the Splendour Rock site at dusk and there were only a few small spots for camping left unclaimed, but we settled for what we could find and pitched our tents just as all light was disappearing. We started a small, modest fire and cooked dinner straight away. Once we had all eaten, we had a look at the site of the service and even in the dark, the view was incredible. We gazed at the stars above and the distant lights of faraway cities on the horizon. However, the real show was in the morning and we knew we had to be up early, so we made sure to be in our tents by around 9pm. At around 5:15am the next morning, we were woken up by the shaking of our tent by the leaders. We got dressed in our uniforms, hoisted our flag onto a suitable stick and headed off to the service. There were approximately 120 people at the service honouring bushwalkers who had fought in the war and especially the ones who had lost their lives. The last post was played by a rover and we sang the national anthem. We also had a minute of silence to honour those who gave their life protecting Australia and the story of how the Splendour Rock ANZAC Day service came to be was read. The story had been written by someone who was at the first service back in 1948. It was a short but effective service and finished just as the sun was coming into sight from behind the distant mountains. Lots of people got group photos and we handed out Anzac biscuits to those that were there (a tradition upheld by the 1st Tambourine Bay group). We soon headed back to camp, ate breakfast and packed up our camp making sure we didn’t leave any litter behind and at around 8:15am, we headed off from the site and were on our way back to Dunphy’s campsite.
After the ceremony, we packed up our camp and readied our packs for the walk back to Dunphy’s car park. We began this by backtracking from Splendour Rock to Dingo gap, and, after spending an hour or two exploring the ridgeline in search of a less trodden path, we eventually continued on with our original plan and walked along the fairly flat Wombat Parade path. We continued along this path for several kilometres, until, in the early afternoon, we reached the intersection of the trails with the Medlow Gap fire management trail. It was around this intersection that we had lunch, before walking again, this time following the fire management trail. On this trail, we crossed Breakfast Creek and Slip Rail Creek before turning left at the trail’s intersection with Bellbird Ridge fire trail. We continued along this trail until reaching Dunphy’s Car Park in the mid-afternoon, having walked a total of 25-30 km over the 2 days. The hike was exhausting, but simultaneously very rewarding.
This year 17 Scouts from Tambo, grouped into three Patrols, are attending the very popular annual Scout Hike with over a thousand other Scouts from NSW. Tambo’s Timewarp, Kool Kids, and Dr. Emmett Brown’s Patrols will be spending the weekend fully self-sufficient and self-directed, hiking the trails of Wingello State Forest completing as many Activity Bases within a prescribed time as possible. The weather is forecast to be clear and sunny with cool nights. It’s a lot of fun and builds leadership, navigation, hiking, cooking, and self-reliance skills in one well-run weekend. Here they are preparing to board the buses in Sydney and head to the forest. Good luck Tambo.
Postscript: A big congratulations to Tambo Kool Kids: Robbie (PL), Adelaide (APL), Estelle, Xavier and Isaac for coming 12th overall and being awarded a Gold Medal. The Timewarp and Dr. Emmett Brown patrols also had a successful weekend being awarded a Bronze Medal and with the experience gained, hopefully setting up Tambo for continued success next year.
Tambo held a Family Camp with Joeys, Cubs, and Scouts, together with siblings and parents at Cataract Scout Park over Easter this year. Activities included: Abseiling, Flying Fox, Waterslide, Orienteering, Obstacle Course (Challenge Balley), Bicycle Riding, Easter Egg Hunt and Flour Bombs. Together with fine weather, great food, and a large campfire each night, the fifty people who attended had a very enjoyable and memorable Easter. Photos from the weekend can be found here.
Tambo Sea Horses
Tambo entered two Patrols this year in the popular annual Scout Hike. Ely, Eleanor, Mia, Maya, Adelaide, Rhys, Harry, Gabe and Luke were well prepared as they set off from Meadowbank Park on Friday Night.
The weather was unusually fine and mild this year and both Patrols reportedly had a great time. Congratulations to the Olympians who won a Silver Medal.
Some pictures from the weekend can be found here.
Big turnout from the Cubs and Scouts for the annual Lane Cove Anzac Day Commemoration Service in the Plaza. Some more photos can be found here.
The Perfect Cooking Fire
A short overnight camp at the Tambo Hall to help Patrols prepare for Scout Hike. Lots of great learning:
- Tent Pitching;
- Cooking Dinner on a Fire;
- Menu Planning;
- Understanding Warm, Waterproof Light-weight Hiking Gear;
- Navigation; and
So easy camping by the hall – camping gear all easily at hand, running water, and a toilet. Combine this with a movie and a night-hike. Perfect glamping right on the harbour!
More pics here.