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Celebrating 100 Years of World Scouting
Matopos Mumblings
Friday 10 August 2007 | Issue 1 fleu


Now that you have settled into your camp-sites and know the layout of the Park, have a look at the Notice Board and Map at the Duty Hut.

Welcome to

Welcome to the Heart of Scouting, Gordon Park, amidst the bush and boulder land in which our Founder, B-P, fought as a soldier and admired over 100 years ago. In these very same hills, B-P enjoyed the solace and quietude of the towering granite kopjes, swift summer streams and lush vegetation. Though B-P then served as a military man, his vision of a peaceful world now inspires us all to a better life.

The Matopos is a unique environment, alone in all the world. There is nowhere else in this country with such an abundance of life and living things. Animals, birds and insects abound, along with hundreds of different varieties of trees, bushes, shrubs and grasses.

Gordon Park was established in 1936 and is therefore celebrating it’s 71st Anniversary this year. A number of people have voluntarily put significant amounts of time and effort into its development and maintenance. Please treat the Park with respect.

Looking around, please remember that Gordon Park is within the Matobo National Park, a World Heritage Site, and therefore belongs to the animals, birds and plants. We are only visitors here.


Gordon Park!

See how many trees you know by name - and ask about those that you do not know: someone will be able to provide you with some useful information.

Today, we have gathered here at Gordon Park to commemorate the first Scout Camp held on Brownsea Island, England, 100 years ago. From this small but significant beginning of twenty boys, the Movement has grown to over 28 million Scouts worldwide. Binding us together in unity and common purpose we have all taken the Scout Promise, and follow the Scout Law in our daily lives.

Join together in the Brotherhood you belong to: meet people, have fun, learn new things, and good camping all.

What's in store for us?
What's in store for us?

Come in, Ground Control, come in please...

We’re zooming off at the speed of light to the Third Millennium here at Gordon Park, and a few of our a l ien f r iends have dropped in and set up some simply futuristically fabulous bases for us to enjoy.

Have the ride of your life on Jumping Jupiter, before testing your aiming skills at Meteorite. A quick shuttle ride to Flight Food will replenish your stores, as you zoom off the Space Gym, Galaxy Crawl and the fearful Umbilical Cord. Fuel Leak and


Milky Way will cool you off, whilst Moonwalk helps you work as a team.

Weightlessness will keep you occupied in your spare moments, while Escape Hatch and the Spider’s Trap will build up your strength.

Also, for the older Scouts, miniexpeditions to places of interest have been arranged, along with short hikes for the junior Scouts and Cubs.

Here in the Matopos we are lucky enough to be able to 'Walk in the Footsteps of the


Founder' by visiting two places with which Baden-Powell himself is distinctly connected: Nkantola Battle site and Fort Usher No. 3.

Hikes have also been arranged to Shumba Shaba, World’s View and White Rhino. A short trip through Piglets Cave is also fun!

So get your passports ready, strap in and enjoy the ride of your life at our interstellar Centenary Camp!

There’s lots for everyone to be entertained every single minute!!

Work, work, work!

For the whole of the past week, since Tuesday, the Park has been a hive of activity, with workers running here and rushing there, all in preparation for this huge camp, just for you.

A band of big strong Rovers has been in the front of it all, helping to prepare the Park for the masses of Scouts.

As you enjoy the Camp, think a bit on what those Rovers had to set up and prepare for you to enjoy.

Firewood had to be collected, loaded and brought into the Park, cut up and stored; along with grass for the water-slide Base.

Many of the bases, most


noticeably the pioneering ones, had to be constructed from scratch, and tested before use.

Grass had to be mowed and scuffled around the toilets and ablutions around the Camp in case of a bush fire. Toilets had to be set up, with Hessian sack surrounds.

Also, as Hike Leaders, the Rovers had to do the hikes themselves to get a feel for the routes and distances involved.

It has not all been work though, and time was found to enjoy the good things in life with much hilarity and laughter.

And, when you leave on Monday exhausted and happy after the Camp, don’t forget that these


Rovers have to stay behind to clean up!

A hearty thanks to them all. If you see them around camp, be sure to greet them and offer them some help - they deserve a hand.

The Rovers will be around on Camp, so if you have any problems, look for them.


Folks around the Camp

There is no doubt about it: this is going to be a big, big Camp. With such a big Camp, there is going to be literally hundreds of people here who you have never met before.

One of our Scout Laws urges us to be a "brother to every other Scout." So why don’t you go out and get to know the people around you in Camp.

This is a National Camp: visitors are expected from all the four corners of the country: Manicaland, Mashonaland, Midlands and Matabeleland.

They’ve all come for the same purpose: to enjoy the Centenary of Scouting together; you are all members of the Scouting Movement, either Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Rovers, so get on and do some socializing.

To start things off, how about a little challenge? Why don’t you set out to meet at least ten new


people every day of the Camp? If you can do that every day of the Camp, then on the final day you will know forty new people!

But meeting new people isn't quite enough: keep in contact with them, get their details too.

Besides the Scouts attending the Camp, there are some people around camp who you might be interested to know are here.

We have a few visitors in camp with us, friends from different places around the country who have agreed to come and help with the Camp. You’ll find out more about them as the Camp goes on.

On Sunday, you will notice a huge influx of visitors, so be on your best behavior, have the Park looking nice and clean, and put on a good show for all our guests.

The People behind the Scenes...

Often, once a Camp like this has already finished, the people involved, who put so much time and effort into so many things, are forgotten about, or only receive a small note of thanks as everyone leaves.

This time though, those people are going to be thanked from the very beginning.

We do not need to list their names though, for they know who they are, and we, who are about to enjoy the fruits of their labour and hard work, wish to thank them most sincerely, for their time, effort and dedication.


To our Parents and Scout Leaders particularly, who have provided us with this awesome opportunity, we express our thanks.

To the Camp Commissioner of Gordon Park, we would like to thank you for your time and effort, often at your own expense, to give us such a fantastic venue.

To the Host Province of Matabeleland, the Centenary Camp thanks you for your hospitality and help.


To the donors and sponsors, throughout the world, who have helped with funds and materials, specifically for this Camp and generally, we express our heartfelt thanks.

To the Base Leaders and Staff who have given of their time in helping set up and run the Bases for our enjoyment, we thank you for your time and effort.

We truly appreciate their work and commitment, for without them, we wouldn’t be enjoying ourselves here today.


All the bases are listed there, with coloured pointers showing their whereabouts. You will all be issued with Space Passports, to record your travels and adventures at all the different bases.

If a base is closed, please do not use it: some unsupervised bases can be dangerous. Wait until a Base Leader arrives.

Please obey the Base Leaders as some bases may be dangerous if not correctly controlled. Some bases will not run continuously, so keep checking when a base is open or not. Most bases will be open during the day, except when other activities are on.

Special points of interest:
  • Water is in very short supply and expensive to pump, so please be very careful with your water usage.
  • Fires need to be kept under control at all times. The grass is very flammable now, so be careful!
  • Listen out for animals, as they are around, and if you’re quiet you may just see something.
  • Litter is a serious problem, so please pick up all litter around Camp and place it in a dustbin.

Who wants to camp in a Park full
of dirty papers and rubbish?
Pick up all your litter and throw
away in the nearest dustbin.
Dustbins can be collected from
the incinerator, where they can
be emptied if they get too full.

Gogo’s Song Request

For those budding song-writers in Camp,
we have a challenge for you: See if you can
compose a song about the Centenary
Camp and sing it to Mrs. Moody at Base
No. 5, Flight Food. The best song will be printed in the final newsletter.

"Why do I like Africa?
Well, because you can get
away from cinemas and jazz,
motor-buses and crowds, noisy
streets, stuffy with petrol
exhaust fumes, and all the
artificial life which we call

Lord Baden-Powell

African Adventures


Celebrating 100 Years of World Scouting
Matopos Mumblings
Saturday 11 August 2007 | Issue 2 fleu


Saturday’s Programme:

Rise at six o’clock with the blast from the Kudu Horn, just as B-P

The History of Gordon Park - Part 1

The area now called 'Gordon Park' was ‘discovered’ by a party of 1st Bulawayo Rovers in 1929 during their hikes in the incomparable Matopos Hills some 35kms south of Bulawayo. Cyril Shaw recorded in his log how they all scrambled across the waterfall into a natural camping ground which became the Headquarters site.

The surrounding country is varied and splendid. To the south a few kilometres as the crow flies lies the famous 'View of the World'. In the Matopo hills, the air is so clear that colour stands out vividly in the near scenery. The greys, bronzes and blues of the rocks contrast with the green foliage and browns of the veldt. Toward the horizon is a world of chaotic grandeur, no wonder that a mysticism surrounds the country which has influenced the folklore regarding the burial of African chiefs. Beyond the eastern valley boundary of the Park lies Shumbashave or the Red Lion, which is a vast granite massive; substantial and impressive, but fierce, and hard, as the name suggests. Legend has it that to point a finger towards Shumbashave heralds bad luck. On the north border of the Park lies the steeply undulating country of the Mtshelele Valley. The most outstanding feature within the Park is of course the Gordon


Park Rock which stands impressively alone and sheer above the kopje. It faces the Training Ground and acts as a sounding board, so that a speaker, addressing listeners below, can be very distinctly heard. Only exalted speakers have addressed or would presume to address listeners from such a 'platform'.

The achievement in establishing this Park revealed in Leaders and Scouts alike outstanding qualities of vision and vigour of strenuous pioneering.

With acknowledgments to the booklet , Gordon Park.


Welcome to all our Visitors

So many people have arrived at Gordon Park, both Scouts and Scouters, that some extra special people are liable to be forgotten.

It is pleasing to note the attendance at the Camp of several Commissioners and Veteran Scouters.

The Provincial Commissioner of Matabeleland, Ntokozo Ncube, arrived last night, along with the HQ International Commissioner, Bekezela Ndebele.

Ken Nortje, a Leader Trainer and Scout Leader from Mutare,


arrived earlier in the week to lend a hand with the setting up of the different bases. Rosemary Moody, a Cub Leader Trainer, arrived yesterday morning to add her expertise to Flight Food.

Several other Commissioners have also arrived, notably the Provincial Commissioner for Manicaland, who has taken an active part in preparing several of the bases.

Most Commissioners are staying at the Justin Ralphs Cottage, or down at the Stables at Headquarters. Some have even


decided to camp! Well done!

That is not all however, as several other notables are expected to arrive as the Camp progresses.

At the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Alvod Mabhena, former General Manager of the National Railways of Zimbabwe will present a speech and visit the campsites.

Make sure you look your best and your campsites are tidy for our visitors when they arrive. Present a good image of Scouting Today.

We have liftoff!

If you go around Camp today, every now and then you will catch a little whisper here, a murmur there, about the cosmic bases which has been beamed down onto the Bowl Parade Ground.

Flight food proved perhaps the most popular, with the Leader, Gogo, moving base from the Bowl Parade Ground down to HQ, for what she called a "trial run." If reports gathered afterwards are correct, her trial run proved a wonderful success, and this base is going to be very popular!

A short mini-expedition was held by a number of the junior Scouts through Piglets Cave. Scrambling and crawling


amongst the tumbled rocks proved quite a challenge, especially for the Leaders!

This expedition turned out all the nicer when it was discovered that Flight Food had temporarily settled at the base of Piglets! A quick stop here was just what was needed after the strenuous, exhausting climb.

After a delicious base, the Cubs, Scouts and Leader who had been on the adventure slowly made their way back to camp, full of stories about the wonderful Flight Food!

Weightlessness proved quite popular too, a base designed to amuse the Scouts when not somewhere else. Judging by the


cries of fun and laughter, this base too will see it’s fair share of participants.

As the bases begin in earnest, let’s see which base will overtake Flight Food as the favourite!

Don’t forget to get your passport signed after each base!


Around a Cheery Campfire

There seemed to be an irregular amount of confused and tired-looking dassies wandering around this morning... most probably because they had been kept up the night before watching and wondering at the cozy circle of Scouts gathered around a small fire on the edge of the Bowl Parade Ground.

As eight o’clock neared, Scouts headed for the camp-fire circle, laughing and joking. It had been a good day: filled with new and interesting experiences. New friends had been made, and new things learned. Now was the time for some relaxing entertainment!

Slowly, silence began to descend on the campfire, as everyone settled down for the lighting. The flames slowly licked at the mound of prepared wood, as the campfire kindled and grew, a symbol of renewal and peace.


The campfire was led by Carlos Ngozo, tall and lanky, and full of fun and laughs. He kept everything moving, with never a dull moment or empty silences.

Cubs are brave, especially small Kieran Watson, who stood up in front of the whole Campfire and sang a solo. Well done, Kieran.

No long, drawn out affair this, waiting for people to think up something to sing. The Campfire was short and sweet, as most people were tired out from a hard day.

Ultimately, things drew to a close, and with a final chorus, everyone began to trickle back to their campsites with much laughter and happiness.

Soon silence settled on the Camp, as everyone snuggled up in their blankets round the embers of the day’s fire, happy to be Scouts.

A Word on the Newsletter

This is the second issue of the Camp Newsletter, Matopos Mumblings, and some background information on the Newsletter may prove interesting.

The Newsletter has been sponsored by several different people and companies, and to them we express our heartfelt thanks for their support.

Unfortunately, due to ink and paper constraints, individual copies cannot be printed for each Scout present, and so you will have to share the paper amongst yourselves.


One hundred copies will be printed each day, one issue for each day of the Camp, and your Scout Leaders will be given copies to share with and show to you all.

If, at the end of the Camp, we find we have extra paper and ink, extra copies will be printed for those who would like to take copies home as souvenirs.

This is your Newsletter, and if you have any ar t icles or thoughts you would like to submit, ask your Leader to forward your articles to the Editor, or look for him yourself.


He will be moving about Camp taking photographs and seeing how things are going.

Please do not waste the paper the Newsletter is printed on: it did cost a lot of money, and though you may have read it, someone else may not. Pass it on, and let everyone have a read!

Once the Camp is over, the Newsletter will be released as a Special Issue on the internet, so once you’re home, try visiting and look for the Newsletter there.


himself used to do, getting the Camp underway with the Morning Parade at 9 o’clock.

Here, everyone is welcomed by the Camp Chief, and notices are read out. Bases start soon after, and everyone is excited to get going on the bases!

The Bases close at 12 o’clock, as all the hungry Scouts get their lunch ready.

All nice and clean, the Opening Ceremony is held on the Skipper Knapman Training Ground.

A couple of quick bases before showers at 5:00, supper, and the Campfire at the Bowl Campfire Circle at 8:00.

Lights out and a restful sleep for a Camp of tired, happy Scouts.

Special points of interest:
  • Water is in very short supply and expensive to pump, so please be very careful with your water usage.
  • Fires need to be kept under control at all times. The grass is very flammable now, so be careful!
  • Listen out for animals, as they are around, and if you’re quiet you may just see something.
  • Litter is a serious problem, so please pick up all litter around Camp and place it in a dustbin.

Water Watch

As the water situation out here (and in Bulawayo) is so serious, each day we will update the Water Watch figures, so that we know just how much water we have used so far!

Please try and conserve water!!

On Friday, with the Matabeleland Scouts in camp, totaling about 120, we used 5711 litres.

Now that over 200 more Scouts have arrived, we will really need to make an effort to keep the water usage down.

Use a bucket to collect water, and make a wash-stand in your campsite, it could be a fun Patrol activity.

"Some people talk of
'roughing it' in camp. Those
people are generally
'tenderfoots'; an old
backwoodsman doesn't rough
it, he knows how to look after
himself and to make himself
comfortable by a hundred
little dodges."

Lord Baden-Powell
Scouting for Boys




Celebrating 100 Years of World Scouting
Matopos Mumblings
Sunday 12 August 2007 | Issue 3 fleu


Sunday’s Programme:

Rise at six o’clock with the blast from the Kudu Horn, just as B-P

The History of Gordon Park - Part 2

As diverse and unique challenges are offered in these Matopo Hills opportunities are present for adventurous and challenging activities enabling Scouts to develop physical, moral and spiritual qualities. Here are favourable chances for courageous Scouting activities where many boys develop their skills, courage, tenacity and ingenuity. Not surprisingly these kopjes of wild, natural beauty are a source of inspiration, for in such surroundings the finest attributes in Leaders and Scouts alike can be developed and promoted. This is what this magnificent country in the heart of the Matopos offers.

For years after its ‘discovery’ Scouts and Rovers of the Pioneer Group, led by J. Knapman (Skipper) enjoyed many happy camps at Gordon Park. In those early days there was no entrance road and kit had to be carried from the main road, over the head of the waterfall. Water had to be carried in used paraffin tins from the little stream.

"In 1935" so wrote Skipper Knapman, "the character and conception of the camping ground changed" because the South African Jamboree was to take place early in 1936 at East London and the Founder, Lord Baden- Powell himself, who was to be present, would also visit the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).


Skipper Knapman suggested to Colonel Gordon D.S.O. O.B.E. (Headquarters Commissioner for Matabeleland) that a Camping Ground and Training Centre should be established here as a Memorial to Baden-Powell, a suggestion that was enthusiastically received. Several sites were considered by Colonel Gordon, Skipper and G.E. Stephens (later Provincial Commissioner for Matabeleland).

With acknowledgments to the booklet , Gordon Park.


The Official Opening

Yesterday saw the official Opening of the Join-in-Centenary Camp, officiated over by the Camp Chief, Mr. Ntokozo Ncube, and performed by Mr. Alvod Mabhena, former General Manager of the National Railways of Zimbabwe.

In the early afternoon the entire camp assembled in a large horseshoe formation on the Skipper Knapman Parade Ground, facing Gordon Park Rock and the line of flagpoles.

As the assembled guests arrived at the top of Gordon Park Rock, a piercing note was heard


from a kudu horn, and the flags were broken, including the flags of several major countries throughout the world currently attending the Jamboree.

Speaking from the platform at the base of Gordon Park Rock, Mr. Mabhena then went on to give a very profound speech on the activities of the Boy Scout Movement in Zimbabwe, tracing the history of Scouting from Brownsea Island through to the present era.

Tea was then held at the Lodge for the invited guests, whilst the rest of the Camp returned to


the Bowl to continue the day’s activities. The Camp was now officially open, and everyone could settle down to enjoy themselves.


The quirks of Camp

It’s strange, isn’t it, how Camps of this magnitude can draw people of completely different personalities together under one vision.

Here you can find people from completely different walks of life, and age groups. The youngest Scout on Camp is a Beaver from the 8th Bulawayo (Hillside) Beaver Colony: Josh Maidwell. This tiny tyke has really been enjoying himself, racing from one base to the next!

We also have two veteran Scout Leaders and Leader Trainers with us, Mrs. Rosemary Moody and Mr. Ken Nortje.

Mrs. Moody’s history is very interesting; a very worthwhile


hour can be spent listening to her stories about the ‘good ole’ days.’ Mrs. Moody began her Scouting Trail as a Brownie in England, before moving on to Guiding and eventually Cubbing here in Zimbabwe with the 3rd Air Scouts.

Mr. Nortje also began his Scouting career as a Cub at a tender age. Working his way through the Scouting ranks, he eventually came to lead a Senior Scout Troop.

Mr. Nortje then progressed through the Leader Trainer ranks, and is perhaps the only Scout Leader Trainer in Zimbabwe now trained at Gilwell by the famous John Thurman.


We are privileged to have the youngest and the longest-serving Scouts with us. But besides them, everyone here is different in some way - so go out there and make new friends!


Many long years of Service

You have all had the chance to experience the wondrous experience of camping out at Gordon Park, but have you ever thought of all the hard work that has gone into the daily maintenance of a campsite this size?

We often dwell on the Bases and so on, that have been done in preparation for this particular Camp, but just think that everyday, someone has to do a lot of work to keep the Camp running smoothly. A man you may see moving round the camp now is Adam Moyo, the general groundskeeper of Gordon Park.

Adam has been working at Gordon Park for close on 45 years - nearly his entire life! Adam has been honoured by the Boy Scouts Association for his tireless Service by the presentation of the Medal of Merit and the Silver Eagle, the second highest award in Zimbabwe Scouting.


He works tirelessly to ensure that there is firewood available, that the grounds are kept neat and tidy, that the roads are kept in a good condition, and that the Park is secure.

Adam began work here as the personal servant for the late Skipper Knapman, past Warden of Gordon Park. Adam can tell you many stories on the early days of the Park and the history of Scouting in Matabeleland.

Adam has a remarkable memory, and can remember people from ages past, and remember their background and history too! He is a friend to all who visit the Park, and is welcoming towards all guests.

So when you next see Adam, greet him with a happy smile and a cheerful wave, and thank him for all the work he has done to provide you with a fantastic campsite.

"Given without counting the cost..."

In the Chapel, behind the altar attached to the rock face, one can find a series of plaques, all dedicated to the memory of Scouts, and those intimately connected with the ideals and aims of Scouting, who have given a great deal to the world and Scouting.

Here at the Park, we remember with great fondness the sterling work done by the past Wardens: Skipper Knapman, who pioneered the Park through very rough years. The main Training Ground is named the Skipper Knapman Training


Ground in memory of him and his dedicated spirit of generosity and hard-work.

Recently, past Warden Mike George passed away, in his 71st year. Mike dedicated a large portion of his l i fe to the "enrichment of boyhood dreams." He is remembered by Scouting here at Gordon Park through the Mike George Campground, the large ring of camping sites above the Bowl.

Mike will be remembered with fondness by those who knew him for his great dedication and commitment to the Scouting


Movement, and the high value of Scouting in his own life.

Many Rovers have also given of their time and effort to help further the development of the Park, assisting with the manpower and resources. Though no memorial exists to commemorate their actions, their dedication is worthy of praise.

All have "given without counting the cost" and shown the great deal of determination, zest and love of life that is characteristic of Scouting. Let us all rededicate ourselves to those same ideals, and serve Scouting wholly.


himself used to do, getting the Camp underway with the Morning Parade at 9 o’clock.

The notices for the day are read out, before the bases open, until 11 o’clock, when the bases close in preparation for the Service.

At 12:00 noon, all nice, clean and neatly presented, the Scouts are assembled in St. George’s Chapel for the Centenary Service.

Once the Service is complete, Bases will reopen at 2:30.

Bases close at 5:00 as Scouts prepare supper and have their showers, before Campfire at the Campfire Circle at 8:00.

Sleep for the heavy-eyed Scouts after an eventful day.

Special points of interest:
  • Water is in very short supply and expensive to pump, so please be very careful with your water usage.
  • Fires need to be kept under control at all times. The grass is very flammable now, so be careful!
  • Listen out for animals, as they are around, and if you’re quiet you may just see something.
  • Litter is a serious problem, so please pick up all litter around Camp and place it in a dustbin.

Water Watch

Have you been watching the amount of water you use? Have you been washing under the tap and wasting water? You know if you have or haven't...

Please try and conserve water!! We need all the water we can store.

On Friday, with the Matabeleland Scouts in camp, totalling about 120, we used 5711 litres.

On Saturday, with all Scouts in camp, totalling about 350, we have used 27267 litres.

Use a bucket to collect water, and make a wash-stand in your campsite, it could be a fun Patrol activity.

"In doing your duty to God
always be grateful to Him.
Whenever you enjoy a pleasure
or a good game, or succeed in
doing a good thing, thank Him
for it, if only with a word
or two, just as you say grace
after a meal."

Lord Baden-Powell
Scouting for Boys



Celebrating 100 Years of World Scouting
Matopos Mumblings
Monday 13 August 2007 | Issue 4 fleu


Monday's Programme:

Rise at six o’clock with the blast from the Kudu Horn, just as B-P

The History of Gordon Park - Part 3

The camping site chosen was in the Rhodes Matopos Estate, none other than the site which the 1st Bulawayo Troop had been using for the previous six years. On 16th February 1936 the camp was formally declared open by Colonel Granville Walton, Imperial Headquarters Commissioner for Overseas Scouts who accompanied the Chief Scout to South Africa.

The Camp was named after Colonel Gordon. The handsome wrought iron gates made by F. Issels and Sons, were erected in his memory and opened by the then His Excellency, the Governor, Sir John Kennedy. The first Warden (later a Warden became known as Camp Commissioner) was Mr. C.M.K. Robertson B.Sc., professionally a Civil Engineer and Skipper Knapman acted as his Assistant.

Parties of Rovers continued visiting the Park until the outbreak of the Second World War. Skipper Knapman became Warden (Camp Commissioner) when Mr. C.M.K. Robertson left for active service. Soon after the Park, which by then boasted two small wooden buildings, was closed down for the duration of the Second World War.

The original Park was 75 acres but need soon arose for Scout Camping and Leader Training areas to be established. In 1947 the adjoining


area, now known as "The Bowl" was acquired increasing the total acreage to 285.

There are many who have contributed but who have not been mentioned by name in this record. They "have given and have not counted the cost...." To all of them, those known whose work is recorded and those unknown to us we owe our consummate gratitude.

With acknowledgments to the booklet , Gordon Park.


Fond Farewells

As the Camp draws to a close, we hope that everyone has had a good time, and that everyone has learnt something new, experienced something new and made new friends.

Though the programme was unfortunately delayed, the Bases proved very enjoyable, with the Jumping Jupiter (Trampoline), Meteor i te (Shoot ing) and Gogo’s Flight Food (Pancakes) being the most favourite.

Hopefully, you have been on all the Bases, and your passport is full of signatures showing your adventures!


Monday will see the departure of all the Scouts from Camp, after the final Closing Parade held at the Skipper Knapman Training Ground in the early afternoon.

As you return to your homes, keep in mind your Scout Promise and Law. Have you followed them out on this Camp?

Have you kept your honour bright, and followed the path set out by B-P 100 years ago.

The Centenary Camp has brought together hundreds of Scouts from all over the country,


binding them under one promise to celebrate 100 years of World Scouting. Remember the ideals that B-P founded 100 years ago, and help keep them.

Now that you are leaving, remember well the fun you had here, the friends you made, the new things you saw and learnt about.

Keep your Promise and Law uppermost in your minds, and God Bless and Safe Traveling. We hope to see you all in two years time, in 2009, as we celebrate 100 years of Zimbabwe Scouting!

Cake!! Where?

Sunday saw the Centenary Ser vice being held in St. George’s open-air Chapel, behind Gordon Park Rock, with a large proportion of Scouts in attendance.

The Service was conducted by Father Benno Holtz, who talked on the vision and inspiration of a man like Baden-Powell, giving us a clear example on how to lead our day-to-day lives with a sense of honour and love towards our Creator.

The Colours were presented, with several Cub Pack and Troop Colours, along with a Beaver Pennant! The presentation of a Troop’s colours reaffirms that Troop’s commitment to God in it’s daily existence.


After the Service however, all those in Camp assembled on the Skipper Knapman Training Ground, as magically, cakes began to appear on a trestle table set-up close by.

The large Presentation Cake, with an icing replica of the Joinin- Centenary Logo, was placed in the centre of the Training Ground, with all eyes drooling over the beautiful icing.

The youngest Beaver on Camp, Josh Maidwell, and the two oldest Leaders, Mrs. Moody and Mr. Nortje, cut the cake, symbolizing the link between the old and new methods. Links with our past are important though, and we must always keep in mind the work done before us.


After the Slicing of the Presentation Cake, everyone on Camp was given a slice of cake, which were wolfed down in no time!

Great thanks must go to the wonderful cooks for their time and effort, and the soucing of the ingredients. Your love and devotion are sincerely appreciated, and your cooking skills most highly rated!


A Hope for Tomorrow

We often dwell on the problems our country has been facing recently, moaning and gripping about the politics and other issues we face today. We tend to dwell on the negative side of life, forgetting often how beautiful and positive life can be.

Some Scouts on this Camp have refused to be negative, and have sent in the following poem, expressing how beautiful life can be.

A Proud Scout

They ask me and I am not ashamed,
To answer. How proud am I to be
A Scout.

From Zambezi to Limpopo
Free an I to travel,
Free am I to express myself,
How proud am I to be a Scout.


They ask me and I am not ashamed,
To tell them
100 years of peace and harmony,
100 years of love and unity,
100 years of prosperity.
Investing in Scouting is investing
In the Future of Africa and the World,
How Proud am I to be a Scout.

Debra Bhebhe & R.J. Davies

Thanks to the both of you for taking the challenge of submitting something to the Newsletter.

Also thanks to 66th Bulawayo (St. Columbus), who sent in a letter on what they have done in Camp and on the Hike. It seems they have really enjoyed themselves.

"Let’s have fun, let’s march on to the next Century."

"In the Footsteps of the Founder"

"It was a great experience" says Edmore Mhazo, Hike Leader, who hiked from G-P to Nkantola, Fort Usher and back again with Hike Leader Mthabisi Mphofu, "we managed to make it alright."

The hike set out late Saturday afternoon, heading for Nkantola Battle site, stopping overnight at Nkantola. Following "In the Footsteps of the Founder" B-P they travelled to the same places B-P had been in close to 100 years ago.

"I would like to encourage Leaders to have more hikes


with their chaps - we had some minor problems here and there, but we tried to go as quickly as possible." Hiking can easily be made an integral part of Troop activi ties: try going for a monthly hike, and see the difference it will make to your Troop and your Patrol.

You don’t need fancy equipment to hike, all you need is a pair of strong boots, a lightweight bag and a spirit of Adventure!

On the Hike, the hikers were told about the battle of Nkantola, between Bhabhiyana Masuku and the Bulawayo Relief


Forces during the Matabele Rebellion in 1896, and were also briefed about the history of the Fort, with which B-P was directly involved, lending some history to the area they were hiking through.

The hikers really enjoyed the Nkantola area, notably the overnight camp site as the river races through a steep gorge.

"I would just like to thank the people in the area for their cooperation," lending a cultural aspect to the hikes, and a helping hand in directions, and chatting with the hikers.


himself used to do, getting the Camp underway with the Morning Parade at 8 o’clock.

Bases open during the morning, so those Bases not yet tried: do them now!

Bases close at 12:00 noon, as Scouts prepare lunch and begin dismantling their campsites and packing away kit.

Closing Parade is held at 3:00 at the Skipper Knapman Training Ground, wishing farewell to all the Scouts attending the Join-in-Centenary Camp.

Scouts depart after the Closing Parade, ensuring that their campsites are left clean and tidy, and that their dustbins have been emptied into the incinerator. Safe traveling all.

Special points of interest:
  • Water is in very short supply and expensive to pump, so please be very careful with your water usage.
  • Fires need to be kept under control at all times. The grass is very flammable now, so be careful!
  • Listen out for animals, as they are around, and if you’re quiet you may just see something.
  • Litter is a serious problem, so please pick up all litter around Camp and place it in a dustbin.

Water Watch

The Last Day of Camp has come! Well done on your water usage, though a lot has been used, we haven’t been over-excessive.

However, please try to conserve as much water as you can today, as the water bases will run if there is enough water left.

On Sunday we used 53566 litres. We have used a total of 86544 litres throughout the camp.

Keep taps tightly closed when not in use: more water can be wasted through a dripping tap than anywhere else.

Please save water as much as you can! Remember the water bases need as much water as we can spare.

"You have not finished your camp, even if you have packed up your kit and cleaned up the ground, until you have thanked the owner for the use of it and have thanked God for giving you a good time."

Lord Baden-Powell
Scouting for Boys



Hi everyone,

From the 11th to the 14th of August, hundreds of Scouts descended on G.P. for the National Join-in-Centenary Camp held there, at the same time as the Jamboree was being held in England, to celebrate 100 Years of World Scouting.

The Camp was a great success, with about 350 Scouts in Camp for the four-day weekend. A number of people came from around the country, with large contingents from other Provinces. The Service on the Sunday was celebrated by Father Benno Holtz, and was followed by the customary braai. A large Presentation Cake, beautifully iced by Merle Cavill, was sliced on the Training Ground, and smaller cakes, made by the De Swaart’s was handed out to each Scout present.

During the Camp, the plan was to produce a daily newsletter, under the name of Matopos Mumblings, and the paper, ink and printer was kindly donated by several people. Unfortunately, we ran out of ink on the third day, and the replacement cartridge also failed. However, copies were printed on each day, but only a few Scouts could receive a copy.

Now that the Camp is over, the Newsletter has been redone slightly – mistakes have been corrected, and now that colour has been used, it looks a look better. The articles have been kept the same as much as possible, but some articles have been added to.

The intention was to produce a “Special Issue” and send it via e-mail to those who would be interested, who knew the Park, and who would appreciate reading about our continuing exploits here. We hope also that it will soon be on the internet at our angelfire website.

It just goes to show that no matter what is thrown in our way, a Camp of this magnitude and standard can still be held, and enjoyed. Not all is gloom and doom here in Zim, and like always, we’ll keep persevering and carry on doing what we have always done.
“Don’t let the world get you down…” and enjoy.


PS: Hi, Harry, please forward this on to National Headquarters, perhaps the Chief Scout would like to see it too, and if possible the other PC’s so that they can distribute it to their Scouts as a hardcopy. I may be able to print a colour hardcopy for our own Headquarters, but I cannot guarantee anything yet. Thanks a lot, and well done for a very good Camp.
This is a new webpage - that should be ready tomorrow. But incase you cant wait till then...

Here are the 4 grand .pdf files that you can download to your pc, to read up on what all happened during Zimbabwe's Join-In-Jamboree at Gordon Park:-


(You'll need Adobe pdf Reader installed on your pc to read the above 4 .pdf files).

With thanks to Ntokozo Ncube & Leon Wuyts.