[Notice] 2016-Mar-19, 20 Unit Management Course (Yarra Batman Zone)

Unit Management Course (Yarra Batman Zone)
Applications Close: Friday 11th March 2016 (unless booked out)
All Venturers welcome – especially those coming up from Scouts.
The course is limited to 25 Venturers.

Unit Management.

WHEN : Saturday 19th March 5.00pm – 9.00pm & Sunday 20th March 9.00am – 4:30pm non-residential. This Course starts at 5pm on Saturday, leaving Venturers time for other Saturday activities (sports, work, study, etc).
WHERE: 1st Diamond Creek Scout Hall – Challenger Street,
Diamond Creek 3089 – Melway 11 K7
COST: $35 per Venturer.

* Unit Management Course (Yarra Batman Zone) application form [PDF]

This Week 2015-Dec-15 Christmas Dinner

Let’s go out for dinner and farewell 2015!
The plan is to meet at McDonalds, and then progress to KFC, and then on to Hungry Jacks. We’ll wander back to be collected from McD at 9:30pm.
Can you put together a Christmas Dinner from their menu?
Does a nugget compare to turkey if you add cranberry sauce?
This means that you can leave your parents in the McCafe and collect them after we have wandered

Make sure to Dress festive – you can wear a Santa suit, reindeer costume, dress as a Christmas Tree, wear that super awesome ugly Christmas knit, or maybe just some tinsel in your hair.

Bring some trimmings – do we need a portable Christmas Tree? Perhaps we do need some cranberry sauce and some Christmas custard. What will you bring to make your meal festive?

LOCATION: Meet at McDonalds in Eltham
(corner of Bridge St & Bolton St, Eltham)
ORGANISER(s): Lachlan

AG Applications open on Friday 11 December 2015

AG2016 AG Applications open on Friday 11 December 2015
Anything Goes is being held on 26-28 February 2016.
Anything Goes, or AG as its known is a fun packed activity weekend held in February each year, it provides an excellent opportunity for Venturers to kick off the year. Held each year at Lardner Park in Drouin it’s only 70 minutes from Melbourne, and is usually held on the last weekend in February.

There are a range of fun on and off site activities which you can do including, Beach Activities, Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, 4WDing, Archery, High Ropes Course, Segways & Canoeing as well as many on site activities.

Anything Goes has two different Venturer fees depending on if you wish to partake in major activities;
* Venturer: $70 Full package including major activities, camping & onsite activities.
* Venturer: $60 Camping only with basic onsite activities – NO major activities
* Linking Scout: $50 Full package – MUST attend with a Venturer Unit as a linking Scout

Other Fees & Charges:
$5 Train Station pickup and/or drop off fee.

** Register now at https://signup.anythinggoes.net.au and get pumped! **

(via Oak Park Venturers)

2016 Mawson Scholarship in Leadership courses


2016 Mawson Scholarship in Leadership courses
Applications are now open for the 2016 Mawson Scholarship in Leadership courses.

Two courses are planned for 2016:
• 4-8 July 2016 at Bundilla Scout Camp, NSW
• 26-30 September 2016 at Manjedal Activities Centre, WA

Go to http://registrations.international.scouts.com.au/ to complete your application.
Applications close on Friday 18 March 2016.

This Week 2015-Nov-24 Platypus Project : Macroinvertebrate Sampling


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 test some pre-collected water samples from around 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.

Once you have your technique sorted, wouldn’t it be great to get out and do some samples (and games) with the Joeys and the Cubs using the “Mini Beasts” theme? We’ll test a few games and see if they would be good to run with the Joey Mob or Cub Packs.

MEETING START: 7:00 pm sharp
ORGANISER(S): Chris, Tracy, Darren

This Week 2015-Nov-17 Bike Ride


Start at the hall 7:30pm
Finish at the Hall 9:30 pm.

We will be riding along the Diamond Creek trail from the Scout Hall to Diamond Ck.

Make sure your bike is road worthy, that it has lights, and that you have a helmet that fits and that you will wear.
• Dress warm as it may be cool.
• Make sure your bike has lights that work.
• No uniform is required.
• If you wish to bring some $ for an ice cream at McDonalds

Please bring along your filled out permission and medical form (PIR).

ZONE VENTURER COUNCIL – Monday 16 November 2015

ZVC Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council

The next Yarra Batman Zone Venturer Council meeting is on Monday 16 November 2015 @ 7.30pm at Rosanna Hall, Turnham Ave Rosanna (3rd Doncaster East Venturers to chair meeting).

Zone Minutes from October 2015 are available via MyScout or by contacting a Unit Leader. These now list all the Venturer courses so please ensure that you read them.

* Sharing Work amongst Members of Yarra Batman ZVC during 2016 [DOC]
* Survey YB ZVC 2015 DRAFT v2 [DOC]
* Ideals, Citizenship & Lifestyle Options for Consideration by Venturers & Units – YBZ List of Books & DVDs for VAS [DOC]
* Street Orienteering [PDF]

NOTE: December 2015 meeting to be chaired by 1st Eltham is THURSDAY 10th December 2015