Archive for February, 2009

There is a Triathlon scheduled for Elwood on the Sunday! The base for this tri is the Elwood park 400m south of the hall.
This will cause massive head aches as we will be trapped in a the BAYWAC hall for the Sunday if we stay there.
The details;

The Melbourne NISSAN/BRW Corporate Triathlon 2009 has reached capacity – entries are now closed
The NISSAN/BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series 2009 will kick off in style at Melbourne’s Elwood Beach on Sunday 1st March 2009.
Over 5,000 workplace friends and foes will once again vie for office bragging rights in what has become Australia’s number 1 corporate sporting event!

Elwood Triathlon

Both the run and the cycle head north (see the map)

We will not be able to park in the street.
We will need a key to the gate for the car park and hall.
The run leg of the tri is directly at the rear of the hall along the bike park.
The risk factors are high given the number of people around the tri, and the lack of fencing around the hall.

OPTION 2.) Move to 11th Brighton Hall

This hall is located below the junction of Gould St and the Esplanade in Brighton.
11th Brighton Sea Scout Hall
* There is better parking, and it is a more secure site for tents, so we can have some Cubs in tents.
* The kitchen is quite small so we will need to bring some more camp stoves and kitchen gear.
* There are A LOT of ants, we will need ant control methods to protect the food.
* There will also most likely be a boating course using the lower section of the hall during the day, and they will need parking space and clearance to get boat trailers to the water
* tents will need to be in front of the hall along the Southern fence line.

Getting there:
From Eltham we will still travel down Warrigal Rd, but instead of heading across North Rd we Head across South Rd
From Chelsea up Nepean Hwy and across at South Rd (or just up Beach Rd?)

OPTION 3.) Relocate to Mordialloc Sea Scout Hall

More details as they become available 🙂


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This term we will be having a Beach, Water and Boats theme. We don’t have to go very far to get inspiration for our programs, there are and abundance of books dealing with beaches, summer and boats;

  • The Wind the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne
  • Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

As the weather is good and we have daylight sayings it is also a great time to put the OUT into Scouting, so we will be out of the hall as often as possible. Having several rivers and creeks nearby makes extending the theme even more interesting. A river walk can take on a new twist;

“Is it so nice as all that?” asked the Mole
shyly, though he was quite prepared to believe
it as he leant back in his seat and surveyed
the cushions, the oars, the rowlocks, and all the
fascinating fittings, and felt the boat sway
lightly under him.

“Nice? It ‘s the only thing,” said the Water
Rat solemnly as he leant forward for his stroke.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is noth-
ing absolute nothing half so much worth
doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply
messing,” he went on dreamily: “messing
about in boats; messing –

Kenneth Grahame “The wind in the willows”

Looking back at the BSA themes for last year there are a couple of the themes that fit neatly, and they are packed with resources!

JULY 2008 – H2Ohhh!
Dive right in as Cub Scouts spend a month learning about water, our most precious resource. Learn about marine life. Dens can visit a water treatment facility, local aquarium or fish farm. Cub Scouts may even want to prepare their own aquarium or fish bowl and “adopt a gold fish”. This is also an excellent opportunity to teach our Cub Scouts about water conservation. Don’t forget learning about water safety. Enjoy water games; hunt for shells and experience all the beach has to offer. Cub Scouts love to get wet. What could be better than a water carnival complete with games, competition, and safe swim demonstrations? This would be a great time to work on the Wildlife Conservation, Fishing, or Swimming belt loop and pin. Have an outdoor Cub Scout raingutter regatta race.
RESOURCES: BSA Program Helps (PDF) : Baloo’s Bugle (PDF) : Buckeye District Roundtable Handout (PDF) : Cubcast (mp3)

Summer memories can last a lifetime and memories made with your Cub Scout den or pack can be some of the best. So let’s make “S’More” Cub Scout memories this month. Since “outing” is part of Cub Scouting, let’s get outside and have some fun. Be it having a picnic, water party, softball game or campout; there is no limit to the amount of fun to be had by all this month. Why not have a pack family campout following the guidelines your leaders learned in BALOO training? What could be better than an outdoor pack meeting complete with a campfire? Whether you make a real or synthetic fire, the fun is 100% genuine. This would be a good opportunity to work on the Softball belt loop and pin or the Weather belt loop and pin.
RESOURCES: BSA Program Helps (PDF) : Baloo’s Bugle (PDF) : Buckeye District Roundtable Handout (PDF) : Cubcast (mp3)

Making themed woggles
This is one of the areas that I have targeted for a bit more work this year in my programming as they have tended to be missing from my theme nights. This year we’ll at least have one woggle for each theme area. For Beach, Water and Boats we have all sorts of options: a Life buoy, Fish tank, Wave Machine, Paddle Boat, sea monsters to name just a few.

There are so many options here that it’s almost daunting 🙂 One of the pre-set items for our program was a camp at the beach so this gives a bit more of a focus in our program. A quick brain dump gives all sorts of theme related options;

  • a River walk
  • Beach visit
  • Rock Pool Ramble: exploring what lives in a rock pool
  • Beachcombing
  • visit the Melbourne Aquarium
  • visit a trout farm
  • a swimming pool
  • River to Sea: Litter survey. What is washed into the bay?
  • Sand castles!
  • Melbourne Maritime Museum / Polly Woodside, Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, sailing ships
  • Coast Care
  • canoes, rafts, boats


Sea For Yourself [Gould League]

Davey, K. (1998). A Photographic Guide to the Seashore Life of Australia. New Holland Press, Sydney.

Gould League (1999). Australian Guide to Seashores, Gould League of Victoria

Gould League (1984). Coastal Survival. Gould League of Victoria, Gould League of Victoria

Gould League (1998). Seahorses & Seadragons (Poster), Gould League of Victoria

Reid, A. & Beckett, A. (1992). Coasting: activities for coastal excursions and beach holidays, Gould League of Victoria

Swartz, J. & Tsernjavski, N. (1994). Riding the Tide: activities for marine studies. Gould League and Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences.

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Info Book 2009 (Victoria)

Infobook 2009

Infobook 2009 – Leader Informations & Resource Manual 2009 Edition. Available on-line from VicScouts.

Info Book Updates
The printed 2009 issue was distributed with the February Scout Magazine and a Web version is provided on http://www.vicscouts.asn.au.The web version will be updated quarterly in early April, July and October each year.
This ongoing update should reduce long term errors being perpetuated and the volume of changes at the end of the year. Amendments will be noted via the Branch Newsletter, and a summary in the respective issues of Scout magazine.

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