53rd St Barnabas Scout Group
Hike down the Caledonian Falls 25th March 2017.
On Saturday nearly 70 members, family and friends
of the 53rd joined in the Annual Caledonian falls
family walkdown. We left the scout hut at 8.30am and
was taken by bus to the top of the hike, Close to
Troodos Square. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful
weather and scenery as we completed the walk
along the Caledonian route following the stream to
the falls. We stopped at the falls for a photo session
and a bite to eat before continuing down the route to
the Trout farm. The buses were there to meet us and
then took us to the traditional village of Omodhos
where there was time for lunch and a stroll around
the pictureque village before returning back to the
scout hut. It was a fabulous day enjoyed by all.
Thanks to everyone involved.
53rd's Cooking Team in action
It is no secret that if our Cubs,
Scouts and Explorers enjoy the
food on Camp or hike you already
have a 50% successful activity.
For this to be possible you need a
dedicated cooking team who will
take on this difficult and tiring job.
Christmas Dinner Dance 3rd December 2016.
This years Annual Christmas Dinner Dance for Parents at the Poseidonia
Beach Hotel once again was enjoyed by everyone who took part. Good
food, non stop Music and Great company all contributed to a successful
evening. The Group would like the Thank all for the donations to the
Christmas Lottery. All this effort and support enables us to carry on
providing an active Scouting Program for our Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.
Sponsored Walkdown, Sunday 9th April 2017.
At 5 am on Sunday morning a group of fabulous people took on the challenge
of the 53rd Walkdown hike. All those involved were taken by car to Troodos
square, where they were to begin this infamous hike. The temperature was a
cool 3 degrees. Helped by some of the older Explorers,Vassiliki, Christianna
and Taylor then managed to get to the first check point down the rough terain.
They continued on down through Mesa Potamos, and Siatas on towards
Trimiklimi. The support team was with them all the way consisting a number of
cars. Throughout the day there were various check points. After Trimiklimi
there was a climb to Ayios Mamas, where they received the famous 53rd
Walkdown T-shirt. and then they were taken by car to Kalochoiro. From
Kalochoiro they hiked to Amyrou Monestry, through Akrounda and on to the
finish at the wall of Yermasogiea Dam. Some of the hikers decided to run
parts of the walkdown whilst others took their time at a gentle pace. All eleven
hikers finished in record time. I would like to thank all of them for taking up this
challenge, which is definately not for the faint hearted, I would also like to thank
the fabulous support team, Richard, Alan, Terry, Stephanos, Alexia and
Andreas for getting up so early and giving their support without which the hike
could not have been run. Great Job everyone. By GSL Tracey Vlamis.
Above: Members of the 53rd
Parents Committee running a
Fund raising Cake Stall at the
Gang Show on the 19th Dec 2015.
Family Camp Polis 17th - 20th June 2016.
This was my first year at family camp, previously I was always nervous about going as my
husband was always working and I didn’t want to go on my own. I’m so glad that I finally
braved it though! There were many families there that came without their partners so I didn’t
feel awkward at all. From the moment we got there we felt welcome and was asked straight
away if we wanted help putting up our tent by a fellow scout. However my sons and I decided
to tackle it ourselves. Upon completion it even looked like a tent! Immediately after our base
was complete my two boys ran off to play with their friends and I joined the other parents and
kids at the communal area, which was thankfully under cover away from the direct sunlight.
The first night some families prepared their evening meals at the scout camp, but the boys
and I opted for the easy option and chose to eat at the beach bar whilst watching the sun go
down. As soon as we ordered our first sundowner we really felt relaxed and in holiday mode.
Day two was predominantly spent sitting at the beach reading and watching the boys play in
the sea with their friends, bliss! What made it extra special was that my youngest, who is
due to start cubs in September, was truly welcomed and included in all the activities by the
other kids, making him feel even more excited and comfortable about starting in September.
Back at the camp site, it was all very relaxed, some people chose to stay at the site chatting,
playing games or reading their books, whilst others went on mini day trips to nearby villages.
In the evening we cooked on our bbq by our tent and then joined the others at the communal
area. It was nice to see a mixture of activities, some families cooked together by their tents
and others cooked at the communal area - which had many facilities, including electricity
and a kettle!
In the morning some of us took part in a bit of Geocaching, following the GPS on foot
towards Lachi along the beach path, where we managed to find 1 cache – it was a very
special rubber duck! On Sunday evening we had a cook out, the meat was donated by the
53rd and everyone bought whatever they had left in their cool boxes. It was a delicious meal
followed by more games, dancing and chit chat.
I can’t leave without mentioning a very important game of Chinese Checkers (that was duly
crafted by Andreas) and which rules seemed to change throughout the weekend! – But
pleased to say I managed to win my second ever game against 6..
The weekend was perfectly consummated with a water balloon fight, which basically meant
everyone against Skip! We look forward to joining you all next year …and beating you all
again at Chinese Checkers! By Gina ( Parent ).
Car boot sale 27th Nov 2016
Members of the 53rd Parents
Committee, Isaias and Maria sells
bric-a-brac a the Linopetra Car
boot sale raising 200Euros for our
53rd Bowling Team
The 53rd Bowling Team, Strikers.
The team plays every Monday in the
Famagusta Bowling friends League