This Week 2017-Mar-28 Pizza on the Roof

The “Pizza on the Roof” / “Pie int the Sky” Venture activity uses climbing gear as the activities most closely related for risk management are crate stacking, high/low ropes, and other working at height type activities. Because we have the ‘suspended table’ the rope use is more of a rigging exercise than found in most traditional climbing activities. Climbing equipment is used because it has a known load rating and life cycle management. (In some cases recovery equipment may be used for anchors).

Please be in uniform and bring
• $5.00 if you want to have pizza (savory & dessert) and a drink.
• $15.00 for those who have not paid their term fees.

Time to hang the tables and chairs from the roof and eat some pizza!

MEET: at the hall at 6:30 pm
PICKUP: At the hall 10:00 pm ( depending on how long it takes to remove the rig and pack the gear away )
Organised by: Darren

To allow for the Unit to rig the tables and benches in a single night, it is best for all Venturers to familiarize themselves with the objective.
Working out where each of the ropes is used and how they are attached, and the general positioning of the table and benches when they are in the air.

6 x Wide Oval 8mm Malions {attach to anchor points}
12 x Steel locking Carabiners
4 x 30m Static 7mm⌀ rope
8 x 20m Static 8mm⌀ rope
4 x 3m 10mm⌀ cow’s tails/lanyards
10 x climbing harness
10 x climbing helmets
2 x 60m dynamic 10mm⌀ single climbing rope
2 x Petzl rescue pulleys
16 x 120cm sewn slings

See the image below for where each of the different diameter (⌀) ropes are used.

Previous editions:
* 2012-05-01 Venturers ‘in the Sky’
* 2013-07-23 Pizza on the Roof
* 2014-05-13 Pie in the Sky (Venturers)
* 2014-Nov-11 Up in the Air (Venturers) [Crate Stacking]


Venturer Calendar: 2017 Q2 [DRAFT]

calendarVenturer Program : Q2 2017 [DRAFT]
Venturer Calendar.

** NOTES UPDATED 2017-JUN-05 5:15pm**

A first draft of the 2017 Q2 Program. Please post your comments and suggestions down below.
For a list of Courses & Visits refer to MyScout

🗓 School Holidays: 01 April – 17 April
EASTER FRI 14th April – 17th April

🏕 14/17th Apr Hoadley Hide

Q2-2017 (Apr.May.Jun) 🔥 FIRE ACTIVITY FOCUS 🔥
📌 18th Apr (TUE) – A world of Opinions and Views pt. 1 – [Chris G]

🏕 24/25th Apr (MON/TUE) – ANZAC DAY – Sleep Over, Dawn Service, March

🏛 2nd May (TUE) – Nillumbik Shire Council Meeting (Ordinary Council Meeting) 7PM Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough.

📌 9th May (TUE) – Construction / Pioneering – [Ben E]

🏕 13th May (SAT) Jamboree On The Trail – Venturer Night Hike
Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can.

📌 16th May (TUE) – Fire Station visit 🚒 with 1st Doncaster (tbc)

📌 18th May (THU) – Zone Venturer Council

🍔 20th May (SAT) – Big Burger Challenge, Harkaway Scout Camp {Have not seen the planning for this to occur}

📌 23rd May (TUE) – Unit in Council [Liam] : We will need to plan our term 3.

📌 29th May (MON) – Fox Hunting and Navigation at Westerfolds Park [Chris G]
Combined night with the Scout Troop

📌 29th May (MON) – Cancelled

📌 6th Jun (TUE) – escape from the Panic room (with 1st Doncaster East)

📌 6th Jun (TUE) – Campfire [Lew]

📌 11th Jun (SUN) – Mudbash Open Day (Queen’s Birthday weekend)

📌 13th Jun (TUE) – A world of Opinions and Views pt. 2 – [Chris G]

📌 20th Jun (TUE) – Geocaching Masterchef in Ruffey Lake Park

📌 27th Jun (TUE) – Formal Outing – [Amelia]

🎭 30th Jun (FRI) – Melbourne Gang Show, Venturer party to follow

🗓 School Holidays: 01 July – 16 July

Q3-2017 (Jul.Aug.Sep) ⛄️ SNOW ACTIVITY FOCUS ⛄️

⛄️ 30th Jun – 8th Jul SNOW VENTURE (WEEK 1 / Victoria)

📌 18th July (TUE) – Swimming Night – [Chris]

🏕 21/23rd Jul – Regent Honeyeater Planting Weekend, Lurg (near Benella)

📌 25th July (TUE) – Unit Council 7pm? // – tbc

📌 1st Aug (TUE) – Vocations night – [Liam]

📌 4th-5th (FRI-SAT) – Nerd night sleepover – [Ben]

⛄️ 4/6th Aug – IGLUTE

📌 8th Aug (TUE) – tbc

📌 15th Aug (TUE) – tbc

📌 22nd Aug (TUE) – Unit Council 7pm? // First Aid – [tbc]

🎭 25th Aug (Fri) ?? Whitehorse Showtime Venturer Night ??

📌 29th Aug (TUE) – Trade Up – [Roni]

📌 5th Sep (TUE) – Unit in Council – [Liam]

📌 12th Sep (TUE) – tbc – Possibly dodge-ball

📌 9th Sep (TUE) – tbc – [Scott]

🗓 School Holidays: 23 September – 08 October

🏕 22/30th Sep – BARCOM Expedition 1 2017 – Murrabit To Swan Hill

🏕 30th Sep / 8th Oct – BARCOM Expedition 2 2017 – Swan Hill to Wood-Wood

🏕 17th Australian Venture (AV2018 QLD) – will be held in sunny Queensland in January 2018 for 14 – 18 year olds! For ten days you will visit different areas of Queensland, try out activities and challenges you may have never dreamed of doing, and make friends for life!

This Week 2017-Mar-23 (THU) Wide Games “Tent Surfing”

Combined night with with the Rovers

This week we will be “Tent Surfing”, this involves setting up a dome tent with your ‘team’ and taking a photo before moving onto the next place. The idea is to gain as many of the funniest photos possible in the weirdest places.


Please note the change to THURSDAY night for this week.

MEET: at the hall at 7:30 pm
PICKUP: At the hall 9:30 pm
Organised by: Rovers (Ben?)

This Week 2017-Mar-14 Night Drop

The Venturers are all strapped into the spacecraft seats before being launched into space … oh, wait. No they’re not, that’s the plot of a Sci-Fi novel – we’re Venturers and we’re not constrained by such trivial things as gravity! We can walk the Solar System. Can you find your way using a map and compass if you are dropped off at an unknown location? Time to find out.

Come dressed appropriately for the weather.

MEETING START: We will be leaving the Hall at 7:00 pm (sharp)
** Let us know if you are running late as we will be driving Venturers to the mystery drop off point and you don’t want to be left behind! **
MEETING CLOSE: 10:30pm (*ish – if Ventuers become geographically embarrassed, times might vary.)
LOCATION: 1st Eltham Scout Hall
Organised by: Leaders

* You will need to have an up to date profile on Care Monkey, or you will need to bring a completed PIR – Personal Information Record for tonight.

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This Week 2017-Mar-07 Family BBQ


This is open to ALL scouting members and families of 1st Eltham Scout Group.
Come along and meet all the Leaders of every section and our amazing Group Leader.
Meeting at Alistair Knox Park, Eltham.
Please bring a bowl of salad or a plate of snacks to share
The Group will provide sausages, bread and drinks.
If you have any special dietary requirements, let us know so that we can forward this to the Chef.

NOTICE: 2017 Family BBQ [PDF]

* meet at the hall at 6pm to pack the small trailer and transport gear (BBQ, Esky, etc.)
* Move to Alistair Knox Park by 6:30pm
* families congregate from 6:30pm.
* Sausages to be cooked by 7:00pm.
LOCATION: Hall, moving to Alistair Knox Park with the BBQ

[NOTICE] 2017-Mar-05 (Sun) Clean Up Australia Day


Sunday 5th March 2017 is Clean Up Australia Day and the 1st Eltham Scout Group will be helping to clean up around the the Diamond creek in Eltham.

TIME: 08:30am – 12.00 noon

MEET: Under the trestle railway bridge near Panther Place, Alistair Knox Park, Eltham.
Everyone (inc parents / siblings) welcome to attend and clean up the park, river and surrounds.

CLOTHING: Wear old clothes, old runners and hat; don’t forget the sunscreen and water bottle. You also need to bring gloves preferably the work/garden type.
Bring your scarf along, just in case there are photo opportunities.

VENTURERS: As with previous years, we will probably be concentrating on pulling trolleys and larger items from the creek. If you have wetsuit it might be worthwhile wearing. If river conditions are not suitable we will move to other targets. (We do not have Darren’s 4WD and recovery kit this year.)