The Sea Scouts have not been meeting for some time now. Scoutmaster Cole is at present on duty with the Defence Department, and therefore cannot spare tho necessary time. Bos'un Gordon is looking after tho boat and the gear until the crew start their weekly parades again. Mr Cole says he is looking forward with pleasure to the day when ho will once again be found with his Scouts on board the Foam Queen. The Green Island troop are continuing to do good work. Last Friday's work consisted chiefly of ambulance, signalling, and stretcher drill. Last Saturday the troop journeyed to town and wero shown through the Y.M.C.A. building, where they nad the free use of the bath and all games, etc., when a very enjoyable time was spent. Mornington Battalion.—Tho Ist and 2nd troops did not parade, last week, the hall being otherwise engaged. On Tuesday tho 3rd and 4th troops were tested in the signalling and physical exercises (part of the tests for the patrol challenge shield), the reading and exercises being done iu tho open, and questions on station work in the hall. After tho parade the major complimented the lads. The answers showed an improvement on the last tests, while the physical exercises wero done better than he' had seen some Territorials do them. This week the ambulanco tests are being hpld. During these eompetitions the C.S.M. holds a very minute inspection in regard to' uniforms, points being deducted for missing stave, garters, shoulder knots, scarf, and buttons undone or off, also for the discipline of each member. The members are keenly looking forward to an outing with the Green Island troop about December 13.
Sergeant-major Parker, of the Lyttelton troop, also a member of the troop which went to Melbourne last year, states that the Lyttelton troop are making fine progress under Scoutmaster Guv. There are now over 90 on the roll. Tho chief work being done at the present time is ambulance, signalling, and swimming. For each branch they have a special instructor. They have now obtained two fine heliographs. Mr Parker finishes his letter by saying thev received a great blow by the death of Mr Benjamin. It was not until he was gone that they realised what a fine fellow lie was.
No regular parades of the Dunedin West-Central troops were held last week. The No. 1 and No. 2 troons spent the evening at games, and the No. 3 and No. 4 visited the Y.M.C.A. The lads were shown over tho building, and wero given the use of the games." They were unable to use. the baths, though, and so they are again visiting the Y.M.C.A. this week for an hour," when they will be_ allowed to have the long-expected swim. The usual club-room parades were held this week; and on Saturday the first band practice under the new 'bandmaster will bo held, and will last for one hour.
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SCOUTCRAFT, Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914