We have had an exciting time at 3rd Morley, with many different activities taking place throughout 2019.
The year began with our now traditional family camp at the Ern Halliday campsite.
This camp is designed to bring families together at the start of the year to develop a sense of community within the Company.
We run many different activities with the beach taking a large role over the duration of the weekend. It also provides an opportunity for the Senior NCOs to run activities for the younger attendees, thereby helping them to further develop their leadership skills.
Our programmes address many different aspects of personal development, with the BB Object always at the centre of what we do. The activities in the programmes are designed to challenge the Boys while having fun at the same time. Our Junior Section this year has been learning Figure Marching and making great progress. For this we are blessed to have two members of the van Keule family who are both highly skilled in drill instruction.
We participated in several public events this year, with the main one being the Town of Bassendean ANZAC Parade. Again, we had a good turnout for the Parade, and we received much positive feedback for our efforts. The second event in which we participate is the annual Boer War Memorial Service, held on the weekend closest to the beginning of June. Our Company has been involved in this event for the past four year, and Boys who participate receive a special commemorative badge in recognition of their support.
The winter terms tend to take a toll on attendance, with numbers varying due to illness and other after-school commitments, but those who still attend all benefit from the pro-grammes we offer. School commit-ments can also reduce our Senior numbers, but we have always supported those Boys who are dedicated to their studies.
The highlight of the winter break was our mid-year camp at Stronghills Outdoor Education Centre in the Avon Valley. Currently owned by Guildford Grammar School, this campsite offers many different activities, from orienteering, to mountain biking and kayaking. These are supplemented with other activities such as damper-making, lantern stalks and fire lighting lessons. The camps are well attended and all who come along have a great time.
The end of the year will not mean the end of BB for some of our Seniors and Leaders, as we prepare to attend the 20th Pan Australia Camp at Stanwell Tops in New South Wales. 3rd Morley has always been a strong supporter of the National Camp, which is held every three years. Some of our Seniors will be attending their third camp this time around, which is a rare privilege. The camps are a great opportunity to make some lifelong friends with Boys from other states, and as a Leader, I have made many friends myself with Leaders from other states as well.
2019 has been a challenging but satisfying year, and I look forward to 2020 with great optimism for the 3rd Morley Company
Andrew Twine Captain
3rd WA. (Morley) Company