Scouts leave Navy's Rotoiti in ship shape

POSCS Brendon Whitmore shows Catherine Ranford, 11, how to polish to a Navy Standard
Petty Officer Brendon Whitmore shows Catherine Ranford how to polish to Navy Standard as part of the launch of SCOUTS Job Week. (MC10-0289-016).

7 September 2010

When Catherine Radford arrived with 20 other scouts at Devonport Naval Base on Sunday morning little did she know that she would be helping to clean one of Navy’s Inshore Patrol Vessels, the HMNZS ROTOITI.

Catherine, 11, of Devonport, is a member of the Calliope Scouts Group who were at Devonport Naval Base to help launch SCOUTS Job Week.

SCOUTS Job Week is a reinvention of the old ‘Bob a Job’ concept from the 70s where Scouts were paid to do odd jobs in the local community.

Over 10,000 Scouts are expected to take part in SCOUTS Job Week which will take place around the country between 20 September and 10 October.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Andrew Hogg said, “It was fantastic to be able to support the Scouts in a community initiative like this, and it was a great opportunity for the Scouts to experience something a little different as well.  While onboard they performed traditional naval routines like scrubbing the decks and polishing the brass work. However, it wasn’t all hard work though as they also got the chance to have a tour through the Base and around some of the Navy’s newest ships.”

Scouts in the rest of the country were also involved in the launch. At Ohakea the Royal New Zealand Air Force provided an Iroquois and a fire crash appliance for the Scouts to clean. In Dunedin 4 Otago Southland Battalion Group provided a very dirty Unimog truck and ambulance for keas, cubs and scouts from the St Patrick’s Scout Group to clean.


For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group, 021 569 130

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