On a coolish and rainy Monday (26 May 2003) evening the 2nd Turramurra Cubs Scouts made their way to the Sikh Gurdwara in South Turramurra under the leadership of Akela (Alan Bourne), Hathi (Chief Vogel) and Baloo (Gerry Stevens). This visit was part of the requirements for Community Awareness in their "Boomerang Tests' and for attaining their "Faith Awareness" badge. Each year the 2nd Turramurra Cub Scouts have made it their aim to try and get as many of the cubs as possible to obtain one of the 'Special Achievement" badges. Last year most of the troop achieved their "World Conservation" badge.
On reaching the Gurdwara the cubs, together with some parents and family members, were met by their host, Kulbir Singh Malhotra. The cubs then entered the Prayer Hall (after removing their shoes and covering their heads), sat respectfully and listened to the Holy Sikh Shabads (hymns) being sung in the presence of the Holy Scriptures of the Sikhs - Siri Guru Granth Sahib. This was followed by a Prayer of "best wishes for the Cubs" and peace for all mankind. The Cubs then witnessed the Sukhasan ceremony (closing-ceremony for the night).
This was followed by a question and answer session where the Cubs, their leaders and family members asked various questions on the history of Sikhism and the Sikh culture. A panel of experts comprising Gyani (Rev.) Gurjit Singh, Mrs. Manjeet Kaur, Raminder Singh and Amardeep Singh answered these. The Cubs also learnt that the Cub leader's names (for example, Baloo, Hathi) are from the Punjabi language, the language predominantly used by Sikhs. These are the names of the animals used by Rudiyard Kipling in the "Jungle Book", the book which Lord Baden Powell used for ideas when he set up the Cub Scout movement.
As the rain sprinkled down at 8:00pm, the Cubs, their parents and their Sikh hosts gathered for a refreshing hot cuppa of Indian tea, Samousas, Bread Pakoras (Indian snacks), biscuits, Juice and chocolates. It was an evening enjoyed by all and has lead to a greater level of understanding and awareness by these two 'neighbour groups' in South Turramurra. At the end of the evening the cubs thanked the Sikh community for sharing their faith and their hospitality, with a traditional Cub Scout "One, Two, Three, WOOF".