The Venturer Record Book is used by Venturers to keep a record of their ongoing Award Achievements. The Book is also an instruction tool for how to achieve the Awards. As with many such documents the Venturer Record Book has an extensive edition history with First Edition being printed in April 1973, and the current Eighth edition being printed in March 2010. It was expected that Snowgum would run out of stock of the 2009 version of the Venturer Scout Record Book, but this was not the case – Leaders have observed this version still being sold as recently as last month.
Seventh Edition January 2009
Eight [sic] Edition March 2010
Why is this a problem?
This is now a problem as we were informed at the November 2012 Zone council that Branch will no longer be accepting the older versions requirements for Queen Scout level Service or Queen Scout level Pursuits when it comes to signing of on Queen Scout applications.
What’s changed? The scope of the Venturer Award level Outdoor tape (and by im-plication the Queen’s Scout Award level Outdoor tape) has been changed to differentiate it from Pursuits and Lifestyle. As of April 2010 activities chosen for Outdoor are to be more than physical and more than just outdoors, they are to be the exciting and chal-lenging activities that we portray as the image of Scouting i.e. they are to exemplify the “out in Scouting”. Team or individual sports such as canoe polo, fencing, archery and underwater hockey are great activities for Venturer Scouts to have a go, but they should be considered as within the scope of Pursuits or Lifestyle.
* Queen Scout level Service
What’s changed? In Queen’s Scout Award level Service, there were only ever meant to be two alternatives, not the three that appear on pages 84 and 85 of the seventh edition of the record book. Activity (a) of Alter-native 1 has been deleted as this is offered in Venturer Award level Service. Consequently the only choices for Alternative 1 are the current activities (b), (c), and (d), each of which have been amend-ed to state that thirty hours of service are required, not ten. Alter-native 2 on page 85 has been deleted as this also is offered in Ven-turer Award level Service. Alternative 3 on page 85 remains, but gets a new number. As of April 2010, any Venturer Scout com-pleting Queen’s Scout Award level Service is to do so according to the requirements described in this paragraph, or in the eighth or a later edition of the record book.
This means (and I have received a verbal confirmation for this) that if you have been working from a 2009 Edition you will need to photo copy the 2010 requirements for;
* Queen Scout level Service
* Queen Scout level Pursuits
and use these replacement versions in your 2009 Record Book in place of the 2009 requirements.
This does raise the whole question of Snowgum selling a product that is not fit for purpose and not supplying an addendum for rectifying the issue; but that is a rant for another time and place.
 Encompass Issue 31 (2011-Jun) [Scouts QLD]