All Venturers in the Zone are invited to attend this night to gain insight into basic vehicle maintenance. It will be particularly helpful for those Venturers who are doing their ‘L’s’ to gain knowledge of changing a tyre and how the engine works under the bonnet.

WHEN: Friday 27th March 2015 (amended date)
WHERE: Watsonia Scout Centre (Peter Street, Watsonia
TIME: 19:45 – 21:45
RSVP/CONTACT: Greg Newton: giajnewton@bigpond.com


* Watsonia Mechanics Night [PDF]


This Week 2015-Mar-03 Geocaching

GPS & SatNav This week we are going to use a multimillion dollar satellite system to play some games.

A satellite navigation or sat nav system is a system of satellites that provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning with global coverage. It allows small electronic receivers to determine their location (longitude, latitude, and altitude) to within a few metres using time signals transmitted along a line-of-sight by radio from satellites. Receivers calculate the precise time as well as position, which can be used as a reference for scientific experiments. A satellite navigation system with global coverage may be termed a global navigation satellite system or GNSS.wikipedia

Games? Yes, we’ll try some Geocaching. This is a high-tech treasure hunt where you use your GPS receiver to find caches hidden by other players (and it’s fun).
CACHES?: nearby S 37° 44.474 E 145° 08.148 (plotted on a map).

LOCATION: Drop Off & Pick Up at the Candlebark Park car park just South of the Yarra River on Fitzsimons Lane (see map below)
Organised by: Chris


[NOTICE] 2015-Mar-22 : 2015 Ironman Aid Stations


Hi All,

Welcome to the upcoming opportunity to help in this year’s Ironman event.

For those of you that helped out last year it’s on again, for those that are new, this is our opportunity to raise some needed funds for our Scout Group at 1st Eltham. The event will require team work from all the kids as well as the parents and friends and scouts both present and past as they are still key members of our community.

Event Date: 22nd March 2015

Event Background
Ironman is an athletic event with participants performing a triathlon consisting of:
• 3.8km swim (Frankston beach)
• 180km bike (Along Eastlink from Frankston to Donvale and return – twice)
• 42km run (Frankston to StKilda)

Full details at: http://ironmanmelbourne.com/ This event is the Asia Pacific championships and contains the current Mens & Women’s world champions, so this is a major event for Melbourne.

We are assisting 1st Chelsea Heights in operating two aid stations. (There is one on the bike leg and the other on the run leg).

Bike Aid Station #4 – Eastlink Freeway under the Seaford Road Bridge on the second lap of the bike
• Assistance is required from 8am through to 2:30pm (peak time will be from 10:30am to 1:30pm) with packing up into the truck towards the rear end of 2:30.
• Requires 35-40 people for the duration
We are seeking assistance for some or all of the time required. If you cannot spare the time from 8:00am to 2:30pm. Can you help out for a few hours? Please let me know.

Run Aid Station #7 – Edithvale (opposite train station on the beach side of Nepean Hwy, at the intersection of Edithvale Rd)
• Assistance is required from 12 noon through to 8:30pm (peak time will be from 2:00 pm to 6:30pm) with packing up into the truck towards the rear end of 8:30.
• Requires 25-30 people for the duration
We are seeking assistance for some or all of the time required. If you cannot spare the time from 12:00pm to 8:30pm. Can you help out for a few hours? Please let me know.

Our job:
To provide food and drink bottles to all the athletes competing (approx 2500 athletes from around the world). Drinks include Water, Gatorade, de-gassed cola. Food for the athletes includes, bananas, chocolate energy bars, gels.

Based on feedback from last year, I recommend that the Rovers, Venturers and older Scouts assist at the bike station (siblings can also help at the same aid station) with the younger Scouts, Cubs and Joeys working at the run aid station. Last year those that participated thoroughly enjoyed the day, and every participant that registers will receive lunch, a volunteer shirt to keep.

Please ask any of your friends, neighbours, co-workers, school friends to assist as this is the great fundraiser for your Scout group for the year and it’s a great fun event.

Please feel free to call me on 0402 699 513 to discuss this further.

Register Online:
For those who are keen, and able to assist, please use the following link https://regonline.activeglobal.com/register/login.aspx?eventID=1657586&MethodId=0&EventsessionId=

Please include the following clubs name and aid station number(s):
Club Name: 1st Chelsea Heights Scouts
Bike Aid Station #4
Run Aid Station #7
You can nominate to help at either or Both.
Register before March 2nd 2015. Any registrations after this date may not receive the volunteer shirt.

Thanks Darren Robertson
AVL 1st Eltham Scout Group
mob: 0402 699 513

[URGENT] Assistance required for VA Expedition this weekend

UPDATE: Aaron (2nd Eltham) is still looking for three Venturers – the hike was postponed due to the lack of number and has been rescheduled for next weekend (7th and 8th).

Are you able to go hiking and help him out?

Hi All

Please find attached information about a Venturer Award Expedition planned for this coming weekend.
Two people have recently withdrawn and Aaron is desperate to find two new Venturers to attend his expedition so it can proceed.
Please circulate to any and all possible Venturers that can assist? Please contact Aaron directly as per attachment if you can assist.

Duncan McColl
DLV – Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council

Aaron Spencer’s Venturer Award Expedition
I will be running a hike on 28th of February and 1st of March. This hike is being held at the Cathedral Rangers which is a 2 hour drive from 2d Eltham sea Scouts and it is located just past Marysville.The hike will be very steep and challenging in nature.

Food:Please cater for yourself. I suggest taking dehydrated food If venturer/parents is unsure of what food to pack I can provide menu’s that can give you a guideline on what to bring.

Cost: $10 each this covers cost of camping and petrol.

Transport: My dad will be able to transport a few venturers up, but I am in need of another lot of parent to transport some of the venturers up as we will be meeting at 2nd Eltham sea scouts hall (14 handfield street Eltham)

Group Gear:The group gear consists of ,3 Trangias ,3 Fuel Bottles ,3 Hike Tents ,2 GPS ,2 Maps ,1 Tarp if raining , Rope and a compass.

Individual gear: Please contact me if you have any difficulty with organising your own equipment.
Clothes to suit the weather ( at least one jackets and one pair of pants )
Eating utensils
Hiking pack
First Aid Kit
Water Bottles 2 x 1L bottles
Matches – in zip lock bag
Roll Mat
Sleeping Bag
Dilly Bag
And a rain coat

A formal personal gear list will be emailed out asap

RSVP in the comments and we’ll get you in touch with Aaron

[Notice] 2015-Mar-14, 15 Unit Management Course

Unit Management Course – Yarra Batman Zone
Applications Close: Friday 6th March 2015

Unit Management.

WHEN : Saturday 14th March 5:00pm – 9.00pm & Sunday 15th March 9.00am – 4:30pm (non-residential]
WHERE: 1st Diamond Creek Scout Hall – Challenger Street,
Diamond Creek 3089 – Melway 11 K7

COST: $35 per Venturer.

Units need to decide NOW those Venturers who will attend this course to learn the trade of running a Unit Council. All Venturers welcome – especially those coming up from Scouts.


* Application Form – YB Unit Management Course (14-15 March 2015) AMENDED
* PIR Form and TR1V Form

DO NOT DELAY – Applications Close: Friday 6th March 2015