This Week 2016-Feb-02 Unit Raft Races : Stage 1. Build Rafts


❝ “Is it so nice as all that?” asked the mole, shyly…

“Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

“Simply messing…about in boats — or with boats… In or out of ’em it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.”

“Look here! If you’ve really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it.?” ❞

— Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

Messing…about in boats: We are a little light on for boats at the moment but this will not hold us back as we will design and build some rafts for racing on the Yarra River.
* Rafts will need to be small, and light enough to transport to our start location.
* The course is mostly paddling on flat water, with some minor rapids to be negotiated.
* The raft and crew need to be suitable for this venture.

LOCATION: Meet at 1st Eltham Scout Hall
ORGANISER(s): Leaders

Unit Raft Races : Stage 2. Race Rafts on the Yarra : Tuesday 9th Feb 2016


This Week 2016-Jan-19 Bouldering @ Burnley


A bit early for Venturers to be fully fired up for 2016 so we’ll get together for some bouldering at the Burnley Bouldering Walls, McConchie Reserve. If you don’t want to climb, come along and be sociable.
We’ll supply a BBQ, so bring along something to cook.

Burnley Bouldering Walls
McConchie Reserve.
Melway reference 2M 2B.
Access is via the southern end of Mary Street, Burnley. Park at the southern end of Mary Street, walk across McConchie Reserve and follow the path towards the river and City Link. The wall is situated under the City Link bridge alongside the bike path.


(Click on image for a link to Google Maps)

MEETING START: 7:00 pm sharp
Facebook Event:

Venturer Calendar: Term 1 2016

calendarVenturer Program : Term 1 2016
Venturer Calendar.

** NOTES UPDATED 2016-Mar-01 12:30PM – T1 Program v1.3**

Click on image below to open a Adobe PDF copy of the program.
All links and additional information has been moved across to the Google calendar listing. This is a change to a full term calendar vs the previous rolling three month calendar. Let us know in the comments if this new format works for you.

NOTE: There are still nights that require a Venturer to organise – look for the ?. Have a look through the list and choose one that you wish to do and let the Unit Chair & Leaders know so we can update the program.

And so that you can start preparing your diary for 2016:

We need to resolve the following asap;
1.) Great Ocean Walk – who’s going? Badge work or fun? Camp site bookings.
2.) Scout night – confirm date with Scouts. Tues 1st March, or the Monday night prior? – Monday 29th Feb 2016 Combined Venturer / Scout Evening
3.) Pizza on the roof (15-Mar-2015) : will need the updated climbing gear and new platform ladder for this night to proceed. Waiting on gear purchase, moved to Q2-2016
4.) High Ropes Camp with Scouts – The selected weekend is Easter, which will clash with Hoadley Hide and Stradbroke Moved to Q3-2016
5.) Sun 6th March 2015 is Clean Up Australia Day. We need to arrange and advertise a “Platypus Project” event as a part of the activities.
6.) Annie’s QS presentation
7.) Annie & Nathan *voted of the Island* the tribe has spoken farewell night, liaise with the appropriate Rover units if they are to be kidnapped that night?
8.) Snorkeling (Feb 6-7) – given how many weekends are now taken, ant the cost of the activity, should we drop this from the Q1 program? No feedback, dropped from program
9.) There is no nine
10.) Tue 8th Mar 2016 – Group BBQ 6:30-7:30pm / Venturers to assist with BBQ
11.) Feb 13-14 2016 – (Unit) Council Camp – with Diamond Ck
12.) RAFTS – Venturers: programmed to build Tue 2nd Feb, race Tue 16 Feb
Scouts: programmed to build Mon 15 Feb, race Sun 21 Feb
Venturers have kickball slip and slide scheduled for the 9th Feb; Emily is ok for the swap with the raft racing so that the raft race can go back to the 9th and we don’t clash at all.
13.) Search & Rescue night moved to Tue 22-Mar-2016