ZVC Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council

The next Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council is the end of Year [short] meeting, and is on Monday 19th December 2016 @ 7.30pm at Rosanna Hall, Turnham Ave Rosanna the Rosanna Scout Hall corner of St James Rd & Manton St, Rosanna. Uniform welcome, but not required. 1st Eltham Unit to chair meeting.

Change of Venue for ZVC Meeting, Monday Night, Dec 19th.
In order to assist the Scout Section, the Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council will hold its final meeting for 2016 at the Rosanna Scout Hall (just beyond the tennis courts and the park from our usual venue).

Zone Minutes from November 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.

Now that we have a special venue for our December ZVC meeting — thanks to the Rosanna Scout Group, Venturers will have time to make their presentations in full, without rushing. We also have time for Unit reports and for new business.

Key Agenda Items (as notified by 17 December):

* Proposals and Completions of VAS Activities
* Completion of one Venturer Award
* Completion of Technical Requirements for one Queen’s Scout Award
* Units to host Zone Nights during 2017
* Yarra Batman Zone Secretary and Treasurer for 2017
* Unit Management Course: Planning Dates in Feb/March 2017 — for VLs and AVLs
* New Zone Directory [without residential/postal addresses]

Season’s Greetings to Everyone
ZONE will supply some drinks and a few nibbles. Can your Unit bring some additional nibbles to share at our End-of-Year celebration

NOTE: Yarra Batman Zone: New Dates for Calendars 2016


2016-Dec-11 : YPR Workshop – Epping

Good Afternoon Venturers,

Have you ever considered the following questions?
✦ What do we need to do to grow Scouting?
✦ What does the community want from Scouting?
✦ What should Scouting look like in the 2020s and beyond?
✦ How can we ensure the Scouting program is fun, adventurous, challenging and inclusive?
✦ How can we be better at meeting the Purpose of Scouting?

Scouts Australia’s Youth Program Review has been exploring these questions and more over the past four years and now has a concept Scouting program to share.
This is your opportunity to get your voice heard in the design phase of the new program concept. The workshops will enable you to hear the concepts and be able to interact with others to discuss opinions, and to submit your thoughts.

The workshops are open to all interested people, however they are aimed at older Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Leaders, other adult volunteers and parents. We would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to all of these people. Feedback from the youngest members will be sought though other methods. Attached to this is a flyer for you to share around.

We’re running a workshop near you this weekend!
11th December 2016 at Epping Memorial Hall from 10am-2:30pm
To sign up for this workshop head to:
If the above date doesnt work for you, then head over to to find out about all the other workshops we’re running. You can also request workshops be run for your group or district in early 2017 by emailing

Yours in Scouting,

Handout: YPR workshops : Epping (2.24 MB) [PDF]

This Week 2016-Nov-22 Platypus Project : Macroinvertebrate Sampling


Due to some planning issues, the Go Kart evening scheduled for this week has been postponed until until a more successful cost/attendance option can be arranged.

1st Eltham Venturers have a “VENTURERS ENVIRONMENT PROJECT – Platypus Habitat” which has not progressed very far over the last 12 months. This project allows scope for Venturers to work toward their Environment tapes at both Venturer Award and Queen’s Scouts level.

Why sample macroinvertebrates?
Macroinvertebrates are useful indicators of the health or condition of wetlands and other water bodies. They respond to many kinds of pollution, including chemical pollution and physical disturbance to the landscape around the site, wetland structure, and hydrology.

This week we will sample and test some water samples from our “bad” test site in Eltham, we will see if the macroinvertebrates can tell us a story about the location the water samples were taken, how good the water quality might be and if the area might be good habitat. If you haven’t used the water quality chemical testing kits, it would also be a good night to give them a test.

MEETING START: 7:30 pm sharp


ZVC Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council

The next Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council meeting is on Thursday 17th November 2016 @ 7.30pm at Rosanna Hall, Turnham Ave Rosanna. Uniform welcome, but not required. Valley/Kooranunda Unit to chair meeting.

Zone Minutes from October 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.

NOTE: Yarra Batman Zone: New Dates for Calendars 2016

This Week 2016-Nov-15 Scavenger Hunt (Melbourne)

How well do you know Melbourne’s laneways?


*Your Hunt starts from Under the Clocks at Flinder’s Street Station 7:30pm*
The Unit will be catching the 6:35pm from Eltham Station (Eltham), arriving Flinders Street Station 7:21pm.
Please bring along your filled out permission and medical form (PIR).
Bring a Myki with money on it.
Bring mobile phones, digital camera, a map of Melbourne, notebook, pencil, some money.
You will receive your first clue and the chase begins!

* You will need to be able to receive and send SMS
* You will need to be able to check the Unit Facebook and web page
* You will need a method of sending/uploading photos
* You may need to check Google

Organised by: Darren