[DRAFT] May 2013 – Venturer Calendar

DRAFT May/June 2013 Venturer Calendar – lots of “to be advised dates”, have a read through and get back to the unit Council with ideas … or post them here or on the FB page.

** UPDATED 2013-Apr-30 06:45PM **
(Advertised Venturer Courses marked in LIME)

Fri. 3-MAY to Sun. 5-MAY-2013 Leadership course
Mt Martha, Contact ARC V Bays

Tue. 07-MAY-2013 NIGHT DROP
Map and compass work; Yarra Bend Park.

JOTT2013 Sat. 11-MAY-2013 JOTT : Jamboree On The Trail
Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. Cubs and younger Scouting sections could visit a local nature trail as part of a weekend camp. A Scout Troop might check out a hiking trail while working on badge requirements. A Rover Crew might make a Service Project out of restoring or maintaining a hiking trail. In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction: towards a better future through Scouting. JOTT is held on the second Saturday of May each year.JOTT
If we are not organising our own Unit hike, we could join in with the Cubs whos Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT) will be held at Kinglake National Park on Saturday 11th May kicking off at 10.30am.

Sat. 11-MAY-2013 Youth Helper
Youth Helper course for youth members wishing to assist with the running of youth section programmes (eg; Venturers helping with the Cub Pack or Joey Mob.Eastern

Sun. 12-MAY-2013 Mother’s Day

Tue. 14-MAY-2013 to be determined

Sat 17-MAY to Sun. 18-MAY-13 Initiative course
E.J. Chittick’s Initiative Course 2013 “Zombieland”


Tue. 21-MAY-2013 to be determined

Fri 24-MAY to Sun. 26-MAY-2013 Unit Management course
Ballarat, Contact ARCV Western

Sat 25-MAY to Sun. 26-MAY-13 Initiative course
Contact ARC V Northern

2013-BigBurger Sat 25-MAY to Sun. 26-MAY-13 Big Burger contest – Venturers & Rovers
The Big Burger Challenge is a Two Day Event where the Dandenong Venturer Unit challenges you to make a bigger & better burger than they can.
What do you need? BYO Everything
When is it? Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th May 2013
Booking In from 12.00 noon Cooking begins at dusk.
Where is it? Harkaway Scout Camp Chadwick Rd.
Prizes awarded at Final Parade 10.00 a.m, Sunday
Entry Fee payable on the night $20.00 per Team. Badges $2.50 $2.00
Scouts Victoria

Tue. 28-MAY-2013 to be determined

Tue. 04-JUN-2013 to be determined

Sun. 09-JUN-2013 Mudbash Open Day
Open day for all sections, 8am to 5pm

Tue. 11-JUN-2013 to be determined

Tue. 18-JUN-2013 No Venturers

Thu. 20-JUN-2013 Lights, Camera, Action – Bollywood!
Joining in with Gellibrand Cubs for their Bollywood night

Sat. 22-JUN-2013 Banff 2013 : Matinee
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every October in Banff, Canada.
From this selection a program of thought-provoking films, with subject matter ranging from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline-packed action sports are selected to tour Australia each April, May and June.
Banff Mountain Film Festival

Tue. 25-JUN-2013 No Venturers

Fri. 28-JUN-2013 Melbourne Gang Show
Venturer night, at the Besen Centre
@$26 show and party

Sat. 29-JUN to Sat. 06-JUL-13 Victorian Snow Venture (for Venturers)
Snow Venture, is held each year for Venturers at the Bogong Rover Chalet, and is an awesome opportunity to learn how or to improve your skiing. (You soon learn if you haven’t skied before).
Age: Venturers need to be over 15 years of age at the time of Snow Venture
Cost: $455

— Futher details Snow Venture

Likely May 2013 TBA – Tour de Hume – bicycle race at Calder Park
Scouts, Venturers and Rovers start at 8.00pm FRIDAY NIGHT.


This Week 2013-Apr-30 ** SUPERHEROES! **



Look up at the Hall. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Venturer Superhero night!

Time to get a (little?) bit silly and come along to Venturers as your favourite Superhero (or Super villain). Grab your onesie, your undies on the outside, or you magical cosplay special and meet at the Hall.

Same Bat time, Same Bat channel;

MEET: at the hall at 7:30 pm
PICKUP: At the hall 9:30 pm

[*NewsFlash*] 2013-Apr-24 (Wed) Tea before Sleepover

The decision was made last Tuesday night to go out for a meal before the ANZAC sleepover, due to many reasons the details have only just been confirmed.

Where: La Porchetta in Greensborough
94 Main St Greensborough VIC 3088
When: 8.30PM

Menu – Online

Travel details – to be confirmed. Leave comments here or on the Facebook post to work out how things proceed. (Train, cars, bikes, skidoo, submarine?)

If you don’t want to come out for tea you can still pop into the Scout Hall and watch some videos with the Scouts until the Unit returns.

[NOTICE] 2013-Apr-24 (Wed) to 25 (Thu) ANZAC DAY

“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”


Anzac Day Happenings

The plan for this year is to sleep over at Scout Hall on Wednesday night; up early Thursday for the Dawn Service at Eltham (6am service at Eltham’s war memorial hall) and then hike 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk in Ferntree Gully.

8:30PM Wed 24th April – At the Hall
The Venturers (and the Scouts) will be having a sleepover and movie night at the Scout Hall. Meet at the Scout hall at 8:30pm (after dinner). Bring your sleeping gear (sleeping bag, stretcher or ground mat, pillow, toilet bag, pj’s).

6:00AM Thu 25th April – Eltham Dawn Service
We will be attending the service at Eltham, this means meeting at the scout hall at approx 5:15am to commence the walk around to the Memorial Hall at 5:30AM (Eltham War Memorial, 907 Main Road Eltham). Please note that if you intend to go straight to the cenotaph, parking will be an issue as parts of Main Street will be closed before, during and directly after the service.

NOTE: All members are advised to ensure they are wearing full uniform and are wearing long trousers of the appropriate colour, along with dark brown or black shoes. Multi coloured sneakers are not acceptable. Members not dressed in a fitting manner will not be permitted to carry out a role as part of the official Scout presence.

Breakfast can be purchased from the ROVER CREW who will be cooking breakfast at the memorial, for a small gold donation.

** The Scouts and Cubs will making their way from the Hall to the Montmorency/Eltham RSL March. If you are not planning on hiking with the Venturers you might wish to attend the March with the other sections of the Group.

10:00AM Thu 25th April – Thousand Steps

The Victorian veterans of the Kokoda campaign adopted this park as their memorial site in 1998. The similarity of the walk to the first 100 metres of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea resulted in the establishment of the 14 plaques along the walk, dedicated to those Australian Military Forces who fought and died on Kokoda. The 1000 steps represent the “Golden Staircase” a name given by Australian soldiers to the 2000 steps cut by the Australian Army Engineers and others into the track between Uberi and Imita Ridge.

After the Dawn Service we will make our way back to the Scout hall where we will head of to the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk in Ferntree Gully. There are several hike options that we can discuss before heading off. Bring gear suited to a 4+ hour walk in the Dandenongs.

[NOTICE] 2013-Apr-12 to 14 Sheepyard Flat Camp

The Trip to Sheepyard Flat is definitely on.
The plan is to have a standing camp base at Sheepyard flat in the Howqua Hills Historic Area beside the Howqua River.

This old gold mining area on the Howqua River is set in a beautiful, secluded valley, once busy with gold miners but now popular for picnics, horse riding, bushwalking and four-wheel driving. Camping along the Howqua River is one of the best ways to enjoy this historic area and offers a great base for bushwalking, fishing and other activities.

There are heaps of camp sites along the entire 2 km stretch of the camping area.

The idea for the weekend is to get the units away from a fully structured event like AG and VG and get them to entertain themselves with real Scouting activities like Camping, cooking (there is no canteen or shops), hiking and exploring they may even be able to finish off their Venturing Skills etc.

There are heaps of hikes for the inexperienced through to the more adventurous ones if they are so inclined.

If you have some experienced Hikers there is a great walk from sheep Yard to Upper Jamison Hut (approximately 13 km’s with about 400 m climb and 350 m climb down . It is very possible to walk it in one day and be car picked up at the other end. I have done it twice Once in winter and once in high summer. Let me know if you have anyone interested and I can help out.

In addition, with a simple car shuffle we can drive about 20 km to 8 Mile Gap and walk up to the Bluff above the tree line and soak in the most amazing views of the North East Alpine National Park. Mind you it’s a long 10 kM walk along a 4 wheeled car track. 3 hours in, 2 hour for lunch and a look around and 3 hours back. Any participant would need to be fully prepared for extremes in weather, sun, rain, wind or snow are not uncommon up at this altitude.

The fishing is not bad either if you are that way inclined.


Anyway our plan is to leave on late Friday Afternoon and travel up to Mansfield, grab dinner, then drive for about another 60 minutes to Sheepyard. Set up camp and then just do your own thing.

I just want to make it clear that this will be an official Venturer activity, but 1st Eltham won’t be formally organising activities for other units, it’s up to them to organise their own. Having said that, you guys are more than welcome to tag along and join in if you wish or go off and do what you guys want to do.

There is so much to see and do the only thing to limit it is your imagination.

You will need to be fully self sufficient, there are;
• no shops,
• no power,
• only drop toilets,
• no shower facilities
• plenty of clear mountain river water but not safe as drinking water.
• You are allowed open fires within the approved camp fire pits.
• Mobile coverage is limited but Telstra does get out a signal if you get within eye sight of Mt Buller Village.

The only way it will be called off is if there is a bushfire threat or some other natural disaster.

Let me know if you require any additional information.
Chris Morrison