This Week 2018-Jan-09 Scout Adventure Racing – Westerfolds 6:30pm

❝Scout Adventure Racing/Suburban Adventure Racing (SAR) is based on the popular sport of orienteering and provides walking, running and navigational training to Scouts, their parents and any other members of the public that want to come along and join in.
Events are held in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne – on Tuesday evenings – during the daylight savings period (October to March).❞

MEETING START: Arrive for 6:30 pm Briefing
LOCATION: Westerfolds Park
Car Park 1. Enter from Fitzsimmons Lane. MEL 33 F1
Full colour orienteering map supplied.
MEETING CLOSE: You must return to the finish at 8.00pm
Event Page:

Scouts, guides and kids with an adult enter free of charge.
Adults – first event : Initial $7 fee per Adult. Subsequent events $2 per adult.


Venturer Calendar: 2018 Q1 [DRAFT]

calendarVenturer Program : Q1 2018 [DRAFT]
Venturer Calendar.

** NOTES UPDATED 2018-Jan-04 8:45pm**

A first draft of the 2018 Q1 Program. Please post your comments and suggestions down below.
For a list of Courses & Visits refer to Scouts Victoria’s Venturers Courses and Visits page.

πŸ—“ School Holidays: 22nd December – 028 January

Term 1 [DRAFT]
πŸ• 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!

πŸ—ΊοΈ 9th Jan – Scout Adventure Racing – Westerfolds 6:30pm

πŸ“Œ 6th Feb – (TUE) – Scout Adventure Racing, 1st Doncaster East 6:30pm

πŸ“Œ 13th Feb (TUE) – Slip N’ Slide Kickball — Ben

πŸ“Œ 15th Feb (THU) – ZONE VENTURER COUNCIL – Rosanna Hall, Turnham Ave Rosanna

πŸ• 17th-18th Feb – Nerd Night Sleepover — Ben

πŸ“Œ 20th Feb – Life sized monopoly — Sam

πŸ• 23rd-25th Feb – Anything Goes (AG), Ladner Park

πŸ“Œ 27th Feb (TUE) – combined Units & parents bbq – β€œWhat is Venturers?” an introduction (proposed)

πŸ“Œ 6th Mar (TUE) – Trivia Night — Torey

πŸ“Œ 13th Mar (TUE) – Vocations Part 2 (Interviews) — Liam

πŸ“Œ 20th Mar (TUE) – 1st Eltham Group BBQ night (proposed)

πŸ“Œ 27th Mar (TUE) – Knot another knot knight — Liam

πŸ—“ School Holidays: 30th March – 15th April

Term 2 [DRAFT]
πŸ“Œ 3rd Apr (TUE) – (school holidays)

πŸ“Œ 10th Apr (TUE) – Go Karts place holder

⚠️ Drive in Movies (Friday Night)

πŸ“Œ 17th Apr (TUE) – Pie in the sky — Darren

πŸ• 24th Apr (TUE) – ANZAC Eve sleep over (hall)

πŸ“Œ 25th April (WED) – ANZAC Day / Dawn Service / Parade

πŸ—“ School Holidays: 30th June – 15th July

UPDATE: 2017-Dec-05 Platypus Project : Macroinvertebrate Sampling

Greetings – having checked the Diamond Ck flows, I’m not happy with us sampling in the Diamond Creek tomorrow night as the risk is pretty high.
Diamond Creek, Eltham

The revised plan is to have the Leaders transport the Venturers (and sampling gear) down to Eltham Lower Park, cross the Yarra at the Homestead Rd bridge and sample in the small wetlands in Candlebark Park. The closest of the 4 sites is a bit rubbish (1). The preference would be the most Easterly site (4) as it is small (less distance to walk) and looks like a good site to sample.

We can also do some frog ID using phone apps.
a.) FrogID –
b.) Frog census –


MEETING START: 7:30 pm sharp
ORGANISER(S): Liam / Darren

This Week 2017-Dec-05 Platypus Project : Macroinvertebrate Sampling


Due to a clash with the Doreen Christmas party, the Vocations Part 2 (Interviews) for this week is being relocated to 13-March-2018.

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, and a new site that we will choose. 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
ORGANISER(S): Liam / Darren