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Scout Events 2014

Suburban Adventure Racing - Tue 18 Nov

posted 15 Oct 2014, 04:12 by Andrew Yeaman

Our group plans to take part in the Suburban Adventure Racing Series run by Eastern Suburbs Scouts. The group that run these events every Tuesday set up the activity, provide maps and training to youth members and leaders. There is no charge for youth members (but we note that some of the hosting groups provide catering after the event - so a $2 coin for a drink or sausage might be a nice way to end the evening).

Parents and families are welcome as well - but there is an initial joining fee of $5 per family for those that do wish to come along. Subsequent events are just $2 per adult.

Date: Tuesday 18 November
Time: Please arrive by 6:30 pm so we can register/brief you
Where: 1st/8th Blackburn Scout Hall, Lake Road, Blackburn
NB: Drop off/Pickup from Blackburn
An orienteering event with 20 electronic controls located nearby; how many can you find in 60 minutes?
6:30 pm  Arrive at the event Start Location
             Scouts are registered and briefed
7:00 pm  Scouts start (earlier if possible)
8:00 pm  Course closes 
Wear: Wear footwear suitable for walking/running plus scout shirt and scarf.
A watch - the event runs for 60 minutes. 
Water or a drink - to rehydrate before/after the event

For more information about the Suburban Adventure Racing Series see

Jamboree Information Night - Thu 11 Dec

posted 15 Oct 2014, 04:04 by Andrew Yeaman

Want to know what Jamboree is all about?
How much does it cost? Where is it? When is it?
Do you know what the pre-requisites for going to Jamboree are?

If you would like to know the answers to these and many other questions, coming along for an information night on Thursday 11 December from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Scout Hall.

JOTA - Sat 18 or Sun 19 Oct

posted 15 Oct 2014, 03:18 by Andrew Yeaman

stands for Jamboree on the Air, which is an international event run every year, to encourage scouts and guides from all over the world to communicate via amateur (ham) radio. Once again, supported by members of the Scout Radio and Electronics Service Unit, Box Hill North scout group is putting on a high tech radio station for the weekend of JOTA. Come along and have a go at some awesome activities, and maybe even talk around the world!

When: 18th & 19th October 
10am to 12pm for Joeys and Cubs. 
12:30pm to 5pm for Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. 

Where: Box Hill North Scout Hall, 31 Tyne St, Box Hill North 

How Much: $5 per person, including your JOTA badge. 

Gilweroo 2014 - Fri 21 to Sun 23 Nov

posted 3 Sept 2014, 04:54 by Andrew Yeaman

This is a major activity camp and is very popular with Scouts across Victoria. It offers a wide variety of fun activities, including flying fox, geocaching, catapaults, rock climbing, water slide to name a few. The camp is held at Bay Park, Mt Martha. The total cost is $60 for the weekend. This camp is so popular that if we don't confirm our booking by next weekend we will lose our place! This means that you will need to get your name on the list fast! For more details see the Gilweroo web site.

What to bring: personal equipment list

The main day time activities are run from 8:00am til 5:30pm on Saturday and 8:00am til 2:00pm Sunday, with only minimal breaks. We will meet at the Scout Hall at 6:30pm on Friday night (21 Nov) and return to the hall by 5pm on Sunday afternoon (23 Nov). You will need to have had tea before we head off to Gilweroo.

Cohen Shield - Sun 14 Sep

posted 16 Jul 2014, 04:14 by Andrew Yeaman

An annual challenge event for patrols held at Clifford Park Scout Activity Centre (7 Clifford Dr, Wonga Park).

Time: 8am to 4pm
Date: Sunday, 14 September 2014

Cohen Shield turns 93 this year and we have brought back some of the fun and adventure of years gone past. So get your patrol together and get along to Cohen 2014 - "BP visits the Frankston Jamboree".

Your patrol will face the challenges of years past, through:
  • Helping cook dinner for Baden Powell 
  • Navigating your way to Gilwell from Frankston
  • Sending signals via morse code and semaphore
  • Helping a Scout in need

Billy Kart Challenge - Sat 13 Sep

posted 16 Jul 2014, 04:07 by Andrew Yeaman

An annual event run at Clifford Park. 

The main aim is for Scouts to build Billy Karts and have fun!

Billy Kart Specifications
  • Billy Kart Minimum width 850mm.  Maximum length 1500mm; (Minimum width to reduce roll over probability)
  • No steel (or other metal) framed billy karts;  (Reduce penetration or sharp corner penetration or crush injuries)
  • The billy cart centre stay and cross pieces are to be constructed of wood;
  • No sharp protrusions;
  • No fixed steering wheel or other fixed devices (eg Braking bar) which may cause a chest crush injury in a collision or roll over;
  • Foot steering on front axle with rope control; (to maximise steering control – billy kart needs to accommodate scouts of differing leg reach)
  • Foot braking systems only (so that scouts do not need to let go of the rope steering mechanism)
  • Steering limiter (A block of wood must be secured to billy kart centre stay so that the steering axle can only rotate 45 degrees in either direction).
  • Wheel diameter is to be a maximum 260mm;
  • Billy karts must have four wheels (No three wheel billy karts – high probability of roll-over).
Patrol Safety Equipment
Scouts participating will need to bring along some Safety Equipment:
  • Drivers MUST be wearing a helmet and gloves at all times whilst driving the Billy Kart. Drivers will also need all exposed skin on arms and legs covered with long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy footwear. (Thongs and open toed sandals don't rate as sturdy footwear!)
  • Knee pads and elbow pads are strongly recommended.
  • Patrol Members need to be wearing long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy footwear. Gloves are recommended. If you fall over whilst pushing, gravel rash really hurts!

Whitehorse Showtime - Thu 21 Aug

posted 16 Jul 2014, 03:48 by Andrew Yeaman

This year will see the 50th annual performance of Whitehorse Showtime. The 2014 production is a well-written and constructed theatrical experience that will see over 150 young people on stage and more than 200 supporters helping out behind the scenes.

Scouts will be visiting the show on Thursday 21 August. It is held at the Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading. 

Tickets are $18 each. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us for the night.

Ticket orders and money must be returned to Scouts no later than Thursday 31 July.

Fantastic Race - Sat 2 to Sun 3 Aug

posted 16 Jul 2014, 03:28 by Andrew Yeaman

The Fantastic Race is a Patrol Activity that requires you to travel around via public transport and foot power, use the grey matter between your ears, yes that is thinking and I know it hurts, to complete challenges and find information and clues that you will use to complete the “Password” that will give you access to your next destination and challenges.

Commencing at the Heathmont Railway Station Car Park at 7am on Saturday, (Melway map 50 A12), you will venture out as Patrols travelling primarily by train and foot to a series of destinations at which you will be required to complete a challenge, answer some questions or solve a puzzle in order to complete the password to get your next instructions.

The fantastic Race finishes up at the Scout Hall in H.E. Parker Reserve at 2:30pm on Sunday (Melway map 64 C2).

The cost is $15.00 per Scout to cover Dinner and Breakfast, Camp Blanket Badge, Prizes and running costs. You will also need to have a myki card with sufficient credit for travel in Zone 2 for the weekend. Each patrol must have a mobile phone which is used to check in with base and for emergency use (DO NOT FORGET YOUR PHONE CHARGER TO RE-CHARGE THE PHONE OVER NIGHT) . 

You will need to bring Sleeping Gear for Saturday night, pocket money for lunch and snacks or separate food, Dilly Bag and a sense of adventure and fun!!!

Dump & Run - Thu 24 Jul

posted 16 Jul 2014, 03:18 by Andrew Yeaman

The idea of the night is that the Scouts, as a patrol, will be dropped off in an unknown suburban location. They will be given a compass and a bearing to the nearest train station. They then have to navigate back to the nearest train station and then travel by train to a central meeting point (in this case Hungry Jack's - Corner Whitehorse road and Heatherdale road)
The Scouts will have 1 hour to complete the activity with patrol points awarded according to the overall time taken.
Each patrol will have a parent shadow and we will also need parents for the initial drop off. Parent shadows are there for safety - and not to provide assistance to the Scouts.

Things you all need to know:
  • Full Scout uniform must be worn
  • Each Scout will need a Myki with credit
  • Scouts should not bring any technology 
  • Bring a small amount of money for supper at Hungry Jacks
  • We will need 4 drivers
  • We will need 4 shadows, with mobiles - one per patrol.
  • Meet at Scout hall at 7 pm
  • Drop at unknown location around 7:30 pm (Scouts to be blindfolded with scarfs)
  • Scouts allowed to start from 7:30 pm
  • Scouts and shadows then have 1 hour to get back to Hungry Jacks in Heatherdale road (Melway 49D9)
  • 8:30 all Scouts to be back at Hungry Jacks where Leaders will be contactable if required.
  • Pick up from Hungry Jacks at 9 pm
  • Scout leaders will take parent shadows and anyone else who needs a lift back to the hall at the end of the evening.
Scouts will need a backpack, a coat and/or warm jacket, torch, water bottle, good walking shoes, myki with credit, pen and paper. PL's to take a compass.
All patrols start with 30 points and first back, by 8:30, gets another 50 points, second 25, third 15. Patrols back after 8:30 pm will lose 1 point for every minute late.

District Disco - Fri 20 Jun

posted 28 May 2014, 06:12 by Andrew Yeaman

Phoenix Venturers are organizing a District Disco to fundraise for AV2015.

The details are as follows:

Date: Friday the 20th of June
Time: 5:30pm till 7:00pm for all Joeys and Cubs, and from 7:30pm till 9:30pm for all Scouts. 
Place: 1st/8th Blackburn Scout Hall (12-16 Lake Road, Blackburn)
Cost: $13pp (leaders free) - includes: sausage sizzle, refreshments, entertainment, face painting and games (with prizes)

Joeys, Cubs and Scouts are also encouraged to bring a friend.

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