[NOTICE] 2013-Nov-09 McHappy Day @ Eltham McDonalds

Rama has been asked to be the 1st Eltham Coordinator for this years McHappy Day. All scouts (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers & Rovers) from 1st Eltham are welcome to attend and help raise funds for a very worthwhile cause. A special badge is awarded for your participation that can be sewn onto your camp blanket or bag.

More details to follow and we look forward to a great turn out. This year it is a Circus/Carnival theme so should be a lot of fun…….


More details available from www.mchappyday.com.au


[HIKE] Fri. 01-NOV to Sun. 03-Nov-2013 Howqua River

Fri. 01-NOV to Sun. 03-Nov-2013 : The hike location has been changed to hiking along the Howqua River, just outside the boundaries of the Howqua Hills Historic Area into the Alpine National Park. The Hike Leader is Nathan who is organising the hike for VA Expeditions.


Hikers: Nathan, Kira, Emily, Kate, Sarah, Annie, Ruben

Planned Route:
Friday Night: arrive at 8 Mile Flat, setup camp
Saturday: Hike from 8 Mile flat to Ritchies Hut via Lower Track, return to 8 Mile Flat via High Track. (Howqua Feeder Walking Track)
Sunday: Hike from 8 Mile flat to Tunnel Bend

More details will be posted here during the week.

You will need a Health form. No form, no hike.

Ritchies Hut

[1] Park note – Howqua Hills Historic Area (PDF File 666.9 KB) [parkweb.vic.gov.au]

This Week 2013-Oct-29 Indoor Rock Climbing

We are booked in at Bayside Rock climbing at 7:30. To get the group discount we need three adults and ten Venturers to fulfill the requirements of the discount.
NOTE: We will have to meet at leave the hall at 6:30PM to be at the Venue for 7:30PM.

MEET: at the hall at 6:20 pm
PICKUP: At the hall 10:30 pm


COST: $21 per Venturer, $23 per Adult

CLIMBING: 7:30 – 9:30PM

LOCATION: Bayside Rock
9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs, VIC (Mel Ref 98 D12)

November 2013 – Venturer Calendar

calendarDRAFT November/December 2013
Venturer Calendar.

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

(Advertised Venturer Courses marked in LIME)


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. www.vicgathering.asn.au

Tue. 10-DEC-2013 No Venturers

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

[HIKE] Fri. 01-NOV to Sun. 03-Nov-2013 Cathedral Range Hike

* UPDATED: 2013-Oct-28 : Venue changed – please read updated information *
[HIKE] Fri. 01-NOV to Sun. 03-Nov-2013 Howqua River

Fri. 01-NOV to Sun. 03-Nov-2013 : Hiking in the Cathedral Range State Park walking the Cathedral Range circuit walk. The Hike Leader is Nathan who is organising the hike for VA Expeditions.

The Cathedral Range circuit walk combines the Northern and Southern circuits into a single 2 day hike;
* Northern Circuit [Bushwalking Blog]
* Southern Circuit [Bushwalking Blog]


Post in the comments of this item if you are going, or if you are not going (let’s get some feedback happening guys!)

Planning Meeting: Friday 25th Oct 2013 7:30-8:30PM, 1st Eltham Hall, Pizza supplied.
If you don’t have your Venturer Skill badge, please bring your kit for inspection.

You will need a Health form. No form, no hike.

[1] Park note – Cathedral Range State Park (PDF File 3.3 MB) [parkweb.vic.gov.au]
[2] Weekend Walks Around Melbourne Glenn Tempest (2003), ISBN 0-9587331-6-3. Softcover [Open Spaces Publishing]

This Week 2013-Oct-22 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 requested, tonight is a Unit in Council and Unit planning for the remainder of 2013 and some longer term planning for the first half of 2014.

We still 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. There are a few activities that need organisers – eg. who’s planning the barefoot bowling?
Is the movie night with 2nd Eltham going to be a sleepover at the hall?

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.