(from: Hunter & Coastal Region Bulletin February 2017)
Welcome back to Venturers.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and this looks like a wonderful year we have in front of us with exciting events and courses.
Our Region Venture in December 2016 was by far the most successful and well received venture by our regional venturers, leaders and those who attended from outside our region. Our camp site overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge was one of the best locations in the world to have a Scouting event. I have included photo’s of the event.
This event would not be possible without the support by the Regional Venturer Council, Rovers, Leaders and everyone else that helped in order to make this the biggest Venturer activity in the Hunter and Coastal Region for the year.
Hunter and Coastal Region Website
Our Venturer Regional website is now up and running. I wish to give a special thank you to Bryce Hoffmann DVSL who has taken the time to put this website together for the benefit of the Venturer section.
Please let everyone know about the new site and please visit our site at:
All our E1 forms can be found at both:
If you have any feedback or questions about the new website please let us know
Queen Scout Applications
The application form can be found on the NSW State Scouts website- FORM F3
It is important to remember that by the Venturers 18th Birthday they MUST:
- Be an invested Venturer Scout
- Have gained the Venturing Skills Award
- Have completed the requirements in the four Award Areas:
- Community Involvement
- Outdoor Activities
- Personal Growth
- Leadership Development
If you have any questions with the above you can refer to FORM F3 and you can also discuss this with your DVSL.
Reminder of the Queen Scout Dates for Government House in 2017
11th March 2017 with the closing date of 27th January 2017
5th August 2017 with the closing date of 30th June 2017
Upcoming Events/ Courses for this year:
|4th – 5th March 2017||Sat/ Sun||Social Camp- Venturer Skills Hike in prep for Dragon Skin||Jilliby Scout Camp|
|12th March 2017||Sunday||Unit Management Course- 1 day||Tumbi Scout Hall|
|8th -9th April 2017||Sat/ Sun||Environmental Course||Myuna Bay Scout Camp|
|14th -17th April 2017
|Friday- Monday||Dragon Skin||Newnes|
|10- 14th July 2017
|Monday- Friday||Venturer Week Long Course- includes: Leadership Course, Youth Helpers Course, First Aid Course and Environmental Course.||TBA|
|9th -10th September 2017
|Sat/ Sun||Unit Management 2 day Course
Includes the 1 day course together with adventurous activities with this year covering the area of water and possibly other activities which will depend on the number of Venturers
|Teralba Scout Hall|
|7th -8th October 2017
|Sat/ Sun||Initiative Course||TBA|
|21st -22nd October 2017||Sat/ Sun||Environmental Course||Myuna Bay Scout Camp|
|28th -29th October 2017
|Sat/ Sun||Leadership Course||Camp Chapman|
|11th -12th November 2017
|Sat/ Sun||Social Camp- Water Activities||TBA|
|1st -3rd December 2017
|Friday- Sunday||Region Venture||TBA|
As some courses have limited numbers please complete and send your E1 forms and money to the region office as soon as possible.
In addition to all the above courses the venturers and leaders have access to the exciting courses being run by the activities team. Could all leaders see that the units have access to the activities calendar that can be found on the region website so the units can add the courses to their programs.
Please note that the registrations are now open
For all information about the Dragon Skin and to register you can go to the website of: http://dragonskin.nswscouts.com.au
The Important dates to remember for 2017 are as follows:
|18-Jan-17||Registrations Are Open|
|24-March-17||On-line Bonus Points cease|
|31-March-17||Bonus Registration Points cease|
|31-March-17||Registrations close for Interstate Adults & Adult Members of Guides|
|14-April-17||2017 Dragon Skin starts|
|17-April-17||2017 Dragon Skin finishes|
Upcoming Courses for LEADERS
Following are the dates of the upcoming Leader Training Courses for VENTURER LEADERS:
|Course Name||Closing Date||Course No.||Location||Date of Course for 2017||Cost|
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||3/2/17||924 17 001||Glenrock||4th – 5th March 2017||$185|
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||14/7/17||924 17 002||Cataract||12th – 13th August 2017||$185|
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||13/10/17||924 17 003||Pennant Hills||11th – 12th November 2017||$185|
|Following are found in the:
Multi Section Course area
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||3/3/17||924 17 004||Camp Kurrajong||1st – 2nd April 2017||$185|
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||25/8/17||924 17 005||Camp Kurrajong||23rd – 24th September 2017||$185|
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||28/4/17||924 17 006||Glenreagh||27th – 28th May 2017||$185|
|Venturer Scout Basic Practical Supplement||22/9/17||924 17 007||Glenreagh||21st – 22nd October 2017||$185|
|Advanced Practical Supplement||23/6/17||713 17 001||Pennant Hills||22nd – 23rd July 2017||$245|
|Advanced Practical Supplement||29/9/17||713 17 002||Pennant Hills||28th – 29th October 2017||$245|
Basic Practical Supplement Bushwalking Level 1
There are 7 courses being run this year starting in Feb and finishing in November.
You must complete the Adventurous Activities eLearning Level 1 Common Core & Bushwalking Level 1 modules before applying for the course.
This course is self- catered, camping overnight and BYO tent.
The only course listed for Glenrock is for the 16th– 17th September 2017 with a closing date of 18/8/17- Course number 927 17 005 at the cost of $65.
Following are all the Basic Practical Supplement Bushwalking Level 1 courses for 2017
|Closing Date||Course No.||Location||Date of Course for 2017||Cost|
|27/1/17||927 17 001||Pennant Hills||25th– 26th February 2017||$65|
|3/3/17||927 17 002||Camp Kurrajong||1st– 2nd April 2017||$65|
|21/4/17||927 17 003||Cataract||20th – 21st May 2017||$65|
|23/6/17||927 17 004||Cataract||22nd– 23rd July 2017||$65|
|18/8/17||927 17 005||Glenrock||16th – 17th September 2017||$65|
|22/9/17||927 17 006||Cataract||21st – 22nd October 2017||$65|
|13/10/17||927 17 007||Pennant Hills||11th– 12th November 2017||$65|
Please check the above information yourself from the NSW 2017 Adult Training and Development Calendar as information changes from time to time and I recommend that as soon as you know of the course you seek to do send your paper work and money in and check that any pre course work is completed.
Throughout 2017 can each unit arrange for at least one leader and one venturer to attend the District Venturer Council meetings so that all the current information from National, State, Region and District makes it to the units. The more that attend these meetings the better. If you are unsure of the meeting dates, location and times please contact your District Venturer Scout Leader (DVSL) who will be more than happy to take you through the information. Over the coming months I will publish the meeting details so everyone has access to it.