This Week 2013-Sep-17 Unit in Council

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

1.0 Minutes of Last Meeting
2.0 Business Arising from Minutes
3.0 Correspondence In
4.0 Correspondence Out
5.0 Leaders Report
6.0 Financial Report
7.0 District Report
8.0 Awards / Proposals / Completions (Bring along your planning)
9.0 New Business
10.0 Next Meeting

As this is the last meeting night for this term, as well as the standard Unit in Council agenda we need to look at our Unit planning for Q4 2013 and longer term planning for 2014.

As this is the last week of term, we need to fill in the gaps on our Unit calendar through to the end of the year. Have a look at the DRAFT October/November 2013 Venturer Calendar to see what we have planned and where we have gaps. Bring along some ideas to fill in some gaps.

For this longer term planning it would be good for the Unit to have a think about the Venturer Award Scheme. Have a look through your Record Book marking down the things that are appealing and come along with at least one idea for the program for each of the four Queen’s Scout Award themes;

  • Outdoors
  • Community Involvement
  • Personal Growth
  • Leadership

If you haven’t already, grab a copy of the Venturer Award Planning Sheet [PDF] to have a think through what you wish to achieve in the next 12 months. (This planning sheet and the other related documents are always available via our notice board page)

Have a think about any Expeditions that you want to start planning for – don’t be afraid to think BIG; Hiking the Kokoda Trail, back country skiing in New Zealand, caving in the Blue Mountains, Rafting the Murray River, 4WDing the Flinder’s Ranges, … this will help put together a set of activities and preparation that will feedback into the programming process.


October 2013 – Venturer Calendar

calendarDRAFT October/November 2013
Venturer Calendar.

** UPDATED 2013-Oct-23 1:30PM **

(Advertised Venturer Courses marked in LIME)


Sat. 05-OCT – Sun. 06-OCT-2013 Initiative Course – Boroondara
Initiative Course – Old Scotch Rover Crew Mt. Disappointment State Forest. Initiative Flyer [PDF] Applications close 25th September.

Tue. 08-OCT-2013 What are we doing?
Bring your program ideas.

Fri. 11-OCT-2013 Unit management course – Woodend
Unit Management Course – Woodend. Woodend Scout Hall

Sun. 13-OCT-2013 Ideals Visit – St Paul’s Anglican Church
St Pauls Anglican church in Canterbury is inviting Venturers and other interested people to a special opening on Sunday morning 13th October 2013, from 10 am to 12 noon.

Sun. 13-OCT-2013 Unit management course – Ballarat
Unit Management Course – Northern Region

Tue. 15-OCT-2013 Rovers vs Venturers NERF WAR!

Fri. 18-OCT-2013 Plenty Valley Region Annual Report & Presentations

Sat. 19-OCT – Sun. 20-OCT-2013 World Scout JOTA / JOTI – 2013
The 56th Jamboree On The Air & 17th Jamboree On The Internet will take place on 19 and 20 October 2013.

Sat. 19-OCT – Sun. 20-OCT-2013 EDAC

Mon. 21-OCT-2013 Zone Venturer Council

Tue. 22-OCT-2013 Unit in Council

Fri. 25-OCT-2013 Hike Planning meeting – 7:30-8:30PM, 1st Eltham Hall, Pizza supplied.

Tue. 29-OCT-2013 Indoor Rock climbing / Invest Max
Organised by: Nathan

Wed. 30-OCT-2013 Halloween @ Hurstbridge


Fri. 01-NOV to Sun. 03-Nov-2013 Cathedral Range Hike
Organised by: Nathan

Tue. 05-NOV-2013 Cup Day – No Venturers

Tue. 12-NOV-2013 Talent Night
+ Vote Haley off the Island
Organised by: ?

Fri. 15-NOV – Sat. 16-NOV-2013 Leadership course – Mt Dandenong Region
Leadership Course – Mt. Dandenong Region Healesville

Mon. 18-NOV-2013 Zone Venturer Council

Mon. 18-NOV-2013 Combined night with the Scouts
Organised by: Scouts

Thu. 21-NOV-2013 Nillumbik Whittlesea District Combined Leaders meeting
Time: 7.30pm till 9ish
Place: Diamond Creek Scout Hall, Challenger St, D/Ck

Fri. 22-NOV-2013 Movie night with 2nd Eltham @ 1st Eltham Hall
Fancy Dress! Movies: 1. Blues Brothers 2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Sleep Over?
Organised by: Annie

Tue. 26-NOV-2013 Bare Foot Bowls?
Organised by: Ben

Sat. 30-NOV-2013 Queen’s Scout & Baden Powell Presentation
on the Great Western lawn of Government House with the Ballroom as ‘back up’ in case of inclement weather.


Tue. 03-DEC-2013 Last Venturer night for 2013 / VG Preparation (Menu, pack trailer)
Organised by: ?

Fri. 06-DEC – Sun. 08-DEC-2013 Vic. Gathering (VG)
The Vic Gathering is an event run specifically for Victorian Venturers. Guides are very welcome also to attend. The objective of the Gathering is to provide a fun weekend to help the Venturers, Guides, Rovers and Leaders unwind at the end of a busy year. Venturers also attend from other states of Australia. Venturers and Guides are aged between fourteen and eighteen years.
Vic. Gathering Gilwell Park, Gembrook.

Tue. 10-DEC-2013 No Venturers

Mon. 16-DEC-2013 Zone Venturer Council – 1st Eltham to Chair
Organised by: Annie

[ROSTER] Sat. 07-SEP – Sun. 08-SEP-2013 Catering

As the Unit accepted this activity back in March this year, it is rather disappointing to find that of 32 shift places for this weekend only 13 have been filled by 7 Venturers, and a further 6 filled by leaders/parents. This leaves us with 14 unfilled places on the roster and places an unfair load on those who are attending.

We need all hands on deck for this activity as this will be the Unit’s major fundraising activity for the year. Starting the setup at 9am on the Saturday we will serve food and drinks up to 4pm; repeated on the Sunday with a pack up at 5pm.

Please look at the roster and see if you can provide time for an extra slot as we should have all slots filled so that we are ready to go Saturday morning – remember this is the Unit’s major fundraising activity for the year!

LOCATION: St Sava’s Church Hall
212 Diamond Creek Rd, Greensborough (MEL 11 C8)

WEAR: your Uniform.


1. Darren
2. Steve
3. Bev
4. Kira


1. Ben
2. Kira
3. Stuart
4. Max
1. Matt
2. Kira

1. Chris
2. Max
3. Ben
4. Stuart
1. Nathan
2. Matt
3. Bev / Steve

1. Hayley
2. Stuart
3. Ben
1. Nathan
2. Justine


1. Chris
2. Nathan
3. Justine

[NOTICE] 2013-Sep-20 to 22 Armstromg 500

A serious event for seriously adventurous Venturers
Armstromg 500
20-22 September 2013
Somewhere in the wilds of West Gippsland


I would like to personally invite you and your Venturers to a new but old event called
Armstrong 500. The event is being run by the Gippsland Scout Events Team; the same team that runs Anything Goes.

We decided that there needs to be a challenging event for seriously adventurous Venturers on the calendar and our aim is to provide a challenging hike, with lots of short and sharp challenges along the way. It can also be used as an initiative course.

We have lots of information available on our website at and you can also register to attend on the website.

Thanks and l look forward to seeing you and your Venturers at Armstrong 500.

Yours Sincerely,
Phillip Britt
ARC (VS) Gippsland Region

The cost to enter Armstrong 500 is $40 per person. If you are catching public transport, there is an extra $10 for the cost of the bus from the train station.

The theme of this year’s Armstrong is: Back to the Future…

* Armstrong 500 flyer [PDF]

ZONE VENTURER COUNCIL – Monday 16 September 2013

Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council
Next Zone meeting is on Monday 16th September 2013 @ 7.30pm at Rosanna Hall, Turnham Ave Rosanna (Milparinka Venturers to chair meeting).

The August minutes are {available via MyScout} or by contacting a Unit Leader.

ACTION: 1st Eltham owe $10 of our $20 Zone Unit levy

* YB Zone Bulletin – September 2013 [PDF]
* 2013 Plenty Valley Region – Young Achievers Award Nomination Form [PDF]
* Ideals Visit to St Paul’s Anglican Church – Canterbury 13-Oct-2013 [PDF]