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Scout Events 2018

Mandurina - Fri 29 Jun to Tue 3 Jul 2018

posted 22 Jun 2018, 15:52 by Andrew Yeaman

Our annual District camp is being held at the start of the next school holidays.
As this is a pre-Jamboree year it will be a four night camp, commencing on the Friday and concluding on the Tuesday.
We will be camping together in Jamboree style Troop camp sites and using the sort of gear that will be used at the Jamboree, to familiarise Scouts with what to expect at Jamboree. 
So each Mandurina Troop will consist of approx. 6 Patrols with 4 Leaders.
  • Where: Clifford Park Scout Camp – Clifford Drive, Wonga Park Melways 24 J6 Scouts can move in any time after 1-00pm.
  • Cost: $105 (Includes Camp fees, food & badges), Leaders are free.
  • Activities: Challenge Valley, Archery, Crate Stacking, Ice Blocking, Orienteering, Amateur Radio & Fire Challenge.
  • Monday: Construction Badge - All scouts will complete their Construction Badge at either Pioneer or Explorer level
  • Tuesday: pack up with final parade at 2-00pm July 3.
  • Numbers are required by June 20 (to ensure catering allows for any special needs) and to complete Troop formations.
By now you will have received the CareMonkey form - please complete asap (even if you are NOT coming to the camp).
You may have noticed that this form includes a new option to allow you to pay for events from within the CareMonkey form.
Please use this facility and let us know if there are any issues.

With Mandurina coming up next week, it is time to start getting ready!

In order to have a good time at camp your Scout needs to be prepared for cold and wet conditions.
In addition to our standard gear list (see, there are a couple of things to make sure you bring:
  • a decent sleeping bag*
  • an inner sheet for your sleeping bag
  • thermals
  • a beanie, gloves and scarf
  • a waterproof coat
  • plenty of clothes to layer up - thermals/T-shirts/fleece tops/warm coat
* for a discussion on different types of sleeping bags please refer to:

Scout Hike 2018

posted 22 Apr 2018, 00:26 by Andrew Yeaman

Scout Hike is an annual, state-wide hiking event for up to 1000 scouts. 

In 2018, Scout Hike will again be held in the Tallarook State Forest, from Friday 18th through to Sunday 20th May. 

Branch First Aid, 4x4 and Radio teams work together with the Scout Hike organising committee to provide services and support for this highly successful event. 

Scout Hike has a theme base each year, with every person, Sleep point and activity site being asked to dress-up to the theme each year, so increasing the fun aspect of the weekend. The theme for 2018 is Australian Explorers.

Scouts take part in the event as part of a Learner Patrol or a Competition Patrol.

On Friday evening Scout Patrols from metropolitan Melbourne are transported by coaches to a leader operated Sleep-point in Tallarook State Forest. The PL’s are provided with a map, a list of grid references for Activity and Sleep Point locations, and a Patrol Passport which includes their instructions. Patrols plot the Activity points and decide which route they want to take throughout the weekend. After breakfast on Saturday morning, Competition Patrols set off hiking between Activities to their designated Saturday Sleep Point. Sunday morning they head off again to finish at a central Finish Point, from where they are collected by the coaches and travel back to their original departure location.

Learner Patrols are also provided for, although they are accompanied by an adult on their hike, walk with a full sized backpack (not a day pack) and return to the same Sleep point on Saturday night. Note: on Saturday the full sized back pack is without their tent and sleeping gear which are still set up at their Sleep Point.

Each Activity is a Patrol-based exercise provided by Leaders, Rovers and Venturers. Those which are not purely fun are based on Scout Skills, usually linked to a requirement from the Explorer Level Award Scheme. Patrols are assessed at each Activity as a team in four aspects: "Leadership", "Planning", "Attitude and Enthusiasm" and "Overall Achievement". The total of their weekend scores determine if they are Gold, Silver, Bronze or Competitor standard. Competitive Patrols earning Gold Standard, are "Co-holders" of the Annual Scout Hike Trophy and have the right to proudly display it at Group and other special occasions. Learner patrols all receive a Competition pennant.

The cost is $60.00 per head for all Metro Region Scouts, (plus 100 Bonus Points, if received before 26th April). This covers cost of bus transport to and from the hike area, pennants for each Patrol, badges for each person involved, toilets, drinking water, as well as administration costs. 
Note: There is an additional cost for food for the weekend as determined by the patrol.

The cost for the leader or adult accompanying a Learner Patrol is $36.00.

ALL Applications CLOSE Tuesday 1st May.

Corroboree - Thu 29 Mar to Mon 2 Apr

posted 5 Feb 2018, 03:40 by Andrew Yeaman

An activity camp held at Caringal Scout Camp, Tyers Junction. Provides 4 nights camping at Easter. 

Activities include archery, paint party, laser tag, gateway competition, mud & guts, water slide. 

Cost: $140

Cost: $140
Due: 2 Mar
Method: EFT
BSB: 033-061
A/C: 460167

Top Gear Scout - Fri 16 to Sun 18 Mar

posted 5 Feb 2018, 03:24 by Andrew Yeaman

Are your Scouts & Guides ready for another 2 days of action packed fun at Mafeking Rover Park?

At Top Gear Scout 2018 your Scouts will compete against other Patrols over the weekend in a competition camp like none other!

For those aged 12 and up they even have the opportunity to learn how to drive a car in our very own Junior Development Program (JDP).

There will be lots of activities to keep them busy all weekend and we guarantee they’ll leave wanting more!

This is also Fully Catered Weekend! There is no need for your Scouts to miss out on any of the action by needing to return to camp to cook!!

Top Gear Scout 2018 is only open to all Registered Scouts & Guides and is run by 1st Wantirna Scout Group.

For more information, see:

Beach Camp - Fri 9 to Mon 12 Mar

posted 5 Feb 2018, 03:17 by Andrew Yeaman

We are planning to spend the March long weekend at the beach - swimming, beach cricket, walking, sand castle comp, beach volleyball, and more.

We will be using Baden Powell Park Scout Group's beach hall as our base, and it backs onto the beach at Canadian Bay, Mt. Eliza. This hall has a stainless steel kitchen, and new bathrooms (with showers).

NB: This is a non-camping weekend - we will be sleeping in the hall.

Pricing has been confirmed, deposit paid, and the camp will go ahead.

Please fill the CareMonkey form in - even if you are unable to attend - by the due date.

$45 per scout for the weekend.

Depart from 1st Heatherdale: 7pm, Friday 9th March
Return to 1st Heatherdale: 4pm, Monday 12th March

Williams Road Foreshore, Mount Eliza VIC 3930. Travel time approximately 40 minutes.

What to wear:
  • Uniform
  • covered shoes
What to bring:
  • Drink bottle
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Bathers
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Towel
  • 2nd towel for shower
  • Water shoes (if you have them)
  • See full list on the web site

Cost: $45
Due: 1 Mar
Method: EFT
BSB: 033-061
A/C: 460167

Clean Up Australia Day - Sun 4 Mar

posted 5 Feb 2018, 03:13 by Andrew Yeaman

Where : Corner of Cochrane Street and Chasta Crescent, Mitcham

Meeting Point : Meet at the community noticeboard near the Scout Hall, Cochrane Street, Mitcham

Date : Sunday 4 March 2018 

Start time : 10:00 AM 

End time : 12:00 PM 

What to wear : Uniform and suitable walking shoes 

What to bring : Drink bottle and Hat 

Ice Blocking - Thu 1 March

posted 5 Feb 2018, 03:06 by Andrew Yeaman

For our program on Thursday 1st March we will be ice blocking at the basin opposite Heatherdale Reserve.

This is a great night of fun where you get to slide down a hill on an ice block! The only equipment needed is a block of ice, thick clothing and a bike helmet. An old towel (do not bring a good towel as it is likely to get quite stained), a hessian sack or even an old piece of carpet is recommended to sit on. The ice block needs to be big enough so that you can sit on it and thick enough that it does not break in half too easily. 

To make the ice block you need a plastic container. The size of the ice block you require will depend on the size of your Scout. A 4 litre ice cream container will make a small one. You can use a 15 litre activity box to make a larger block.  Fill with at least 10 cm of water and freeze for at least 2-3 days. You can add some reinforcing to the ice block by freezing something like an onion bag within the block (do not use metal!). You can also make a handle for your ice block by freezing a piece of rope into the block.

It is likely that you will become wet and dirty, so don't wear your best shorts/pants and runners! Don't forget your helmet.

So it is time to start making those ice blocks in order to be ready for the night. So get freezing!

We will start the night at the hall for parade and then head over to the basin for some ice blocking fun.

Things you need to know:
  • Start at 7pm at the Scout hall
  • Wear your uniform please (but wear old pants)
  • Bring your ice block/s
  • Bring a helmet - no helmet, no ice blocking!
  • You may want to bring a change of clothes - you can change at the basin
  • Pick up at 9pm at the hall as usual.

BioBlitz - Fri 16 to Sun 18 Feb

posted 5 Feb 2018, 02:59 by Andrew Yeaman

A Wildlife-Based Camp at Phillip Island with Snorkelling, Canoeing, Penguin Parade, Swimming, Wildlife Spotting, Koala Walk and more. This camp also has opportunities to complete parts of Environment Badge work.

Who: All Scouts/Venturers in the Whitehorse District
When: 16th-18th of February (Friday Night to Sunday Afternoon)
Where: Phillip Island
Cost: $125 (covers Transport, Activities, Food and Penguin Parade Tickets)
Contact/Book: Book at
or contact Annette Cook at

NB: The maximum number of scouts is now fixed at 24 scouts (currently there is 17 booked).

Gilweroo - Fri 16 to Sun 18 Nov 2018

posted 15 Jul 2017, 20:34 by Andrew Yeaman

Meeting at the hall on Friday at 6:30pm (wear uniform and have tea before coming to the hall).
Departure on Sunday is from 4pm; therefore, we will be back at the hall about 5pm.

Where: Bay Park, Mt Martha (see attached map)

What to bring:
Our standard gear list for camping can be seen on our web site: 
This list should be read in conjunction with the information supplied by the Gilweroo organising committee:

CareMonkey and Permission Forms:
You will receive two invitations to attend Gilweroo - one from 1st Heatherdale and the other from Scouts Victoria (the Gilweroo organising committee). 

Parent Helpers:
We will need parent helpers at the camp to assist with catering and we will help with transport to and from the camp. If you can help out, please let me know via CareMonkey.

NB: Every vehicle entering the park, including those just dropping off people or equipment, must be pre-registered with Gilweroo. 

Cost: $75
Due: 11 Oct
Method: CareMonkey
 or EFT:
BSB: 033-061
A/C: 460167

Whitehorse Showtime - Thu 23 Aug

posted 9 Jul 2017, 00:01 by Andrew Yeaman

It's that time of year again! Whitehorse Showtime is about to kick off its 2018 season and we would love you to come along. Join Whitehorse Showtime's The Sky's The Limit in 2018 as we explore the endless possibilities that await impending high school graduates as they consider the number of career paths they can take. With a fun exploration into the fields of arts, science, medicine and even heroism, our students strive to chase their wildest dreams. There's something for everyone and fun for the whole family!

Whitehorse Showtime is a revue style show, written, produced and performed by the Scouts and Guides of the Mount Dandenong Region. After months of rehearsal it is performed over six nights plus one matinee to an audience of more than 2700.

This year there are over 145 Scouts and Guides on stage (including some of our own Scouts and Venturers), as well as a support crew of 200 working behind the scenes. Showtime is a fantastic opportunity for the youth - learning theatre craft, promoting confidence, teaching social skills and developing leadership among peers.

Cost: $20 (group booking price).

Location: Whitehorse Centre, Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Cost (per ticket): $20
Due: 10 Aug
Method: Cash or EFT
BSB: 033-061
A/C: 460167

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