This Week 2017-Feb-28 恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái

roosterCelebrating the year of the Rooster
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Chinese New Year 2017 was on Saturday, January 28th, and welcomed the year of the Rooster which is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign.

The Rooster (simplified Chinese: 鸡; traditional Chinese: 雞/鷄) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac (and similar zodiacal systems) related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character 酉. The name is also translated into English as Cock or Chicken. Rooster is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac. However, the Chinese term is more generic, as it applies to barnyard fowl of either sex.
In the Tibetan zodiac and the Nepalese Gurung zodiac, the more generic “bird” is in place instead of the Rooster, but the image of the Rooster is often used to represent it.

Tonight we will celebrate Chinese New Year by trying to cook some appropriate food on our hike stoves, we’ll also pack up any of the gear still out drying/charging from AG.

LOCATION: Scout Hall
Organised by: Liam / Ben / Lew 🐓


This Week 2017-Feb-20 Make Soft drink can stoves, and AG Preparation


You are traveling on your way to a hiking destination and discover that you have left your Trangia at home, is your hike ruined? Lucky you remember that you have a can of soft drink packed, and you know how to make a soft drink can alcohol stove!

BRING one, or two, cans of soft drink along to the hall this Tuesday and we’ll create some cheap lightweight hiking stoves, test some variations on the designs and have some coffee/tea/Milo/Cup-o-soup brewing challenges. Surely ‘your’ stove will work if we put it in the showers?

Based on Tom Allen’s stove shown in How To Turn A Beer Can Into The Only Camping Stove You’ll Ever Need [Alastair Humphreys]

LOCATION: Scout Hall
Organised by:
* Darren (Soft drink can stoves)
* Scott (as unit QM) will be in control of the AG Packing and Unpacking activities. He will be bringing the packing lists for the trailer and for the blue box.


ZVC Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council

The next Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council meeting is on Monday 20th February @ 7.30pm at Rosanna Hall, Turnham Ave Rosanna. Uniform welcome, but not required. 1st Oak Park Venturer Unit to chair meeting.

Zone Minutes from December 2016 are available via MyScout or by contacting a Unit Leader. These now list all the Venturer courses so please ensure that you read them.

Bring your QS Proposals/Completions and hear about what other Units are doing.

[Notice] 2017-Mar-26 (Sun) 1st Eltham First aid course

1st Eltham First Aid Courses
This course meets the requirement for the FIRST AID – Venturer Award Level
CPR Refresh Course Code – HLTAID001
Full Course Code – HLTAID003 (Provide first aid)


WHEN: Sunday March 26th 2017 from 9am
WHERE: 1st Eltham Scout Hall
CONTACT: Belinda Dowel (1st Eltham GL)
COST: $85 full. $40 CPR update
RSVP: Confirmation required ASAP
There is a pre-course book and the theory and practical assessment will occur on the day.
* First Aid Course Flyer [PDF]

Register via the online application

Plenty Valley Region Group Camp Labour Day Long Weekend 10-13 March

Plenty Valley Region Group Camp – Venturer flyer [PDF]

Hi Everyone:

Time is fast approaching for the camp on the Labour Day long weekend in March.

The Region group camp is an activity based camp, similar to EDAC, but bigger. (expected 550+ Youth)
The Scout and Cub Sections have activities planned and will participate in activities rotationally.
Joeys will only be attending for a day.

Each section, will run a different set of three activities over morning and afternoon shifts.
We will be camping and eating as a group.

I have asked a small team of parent helpers to run the Kitchen for us, so all catering will be done by them.
Each Section Leader, Michael, Sara, Darren, Richard, Kaylene and I will all have input to the menu for the weekend.

There have been flyers emailed and placed around the hall, which instructs you to log into a website to indicate your attendance, whilst this is a good idea, it doesn’t capture enough details and cost.
I have created a Trybooking site which you will need to register your attendance, any allergies or medical conditions. Payment will also be made through this site.

As information is collected, I will upload onto the Manningham Events page to save you the hassle.

The cost is $7.5 for Joeys and $65.00 for youth.
This is a STANDING CAMP and depending on numbers, transport, accommodation will be arranged by all of the section leaders.

Details also need to be updated in Caremonkey.

I’m happy to field any questions / queries etc.

Trybooking Link:

Scott Matthews