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โ€œBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.โ€
โ€• Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

๐Ÿ“Œ https://barcomrafting.wordpress.com/


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Royal Life Saving produces National Drowning Report 2016 [PDF]
This report examines drowning deaths in Australia between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

โ Many of those who drowned were not swimming when tragedy struck – 46 people were boating immediately prior to drowning, while 39 lost their lives after falling into water. โž

โ Men and boys were far more like to drown than women and girls, accounting for 83 per cent of drowning deaths over the 12-month period. โž

โ 25% decrease in drowning deaths in rivers. โž


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Expedition season!

Expedition season! #V3ntur3d #BARCOM2016 #iScout


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SiAW2015 Scouts in Action Month 2015 โ€“ Scouts in the Environment
The aim is to take action for the environment, learn a little more about it but most importantly get out there โ€“ in the environment.
The World Scout Environment Program has 3 principles. One of these encourages us to provide opportunities to experience and connect with the natural world.

This year’s Scouts in Action Month worked into a minimal impact bushwalking principles night.

vi) Understanding minimal impact bushwalking principles, where appropriate.

๐ŸŒฟ Welcome to the Overland Track Tasmania [PWS Tasmania]

๐ŸŒฟ Before You Walk (PDF) [PWS Tasmania]

๐ŸŒฟ Leave No Trace – A Backpackers Oath [CleverHiker.com]

Leave No Trace
The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and why they’re so important:

1) Plan Ahead and Prepare – This is probably the most crucial step in the process. Knowing what to expect on your backcountry trips is absolutely critical to limiting your impact on your environment. Are there fire regulations? Where can you camp? Are dogs allowed? Do you need permits? What will the weather be like? What equipment should you bring? How difficult will the terrain be? Is their snow on the trail? All this knowledge and more is absolutely critical.

2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – Even your footsteps will leave an impact on the environment. Trampling fragile ecosystems can damage them for many years.

3) Dispose of Waste Properly – If you pack it in, pack it out! There’s no reason to leave any waste in the wilderness, except for human waste, and even that should be disposed of properly.

4) Leave What You Find – The entire point of Leave No Trace backpacking is making it seem as though you were never there. So resist the urge to take home a souvenir or leave your mark.

5) Minimize Campfire Impacts – Fires can leave a huge impact on the environment that will take many years to recover. Always practice proper Leave No Trace fire standards.

6) Respect Wildlife – Don’t feed wild animals and don’t stress them out either. Respect wildlife and keep your distance.

7) Be Considerate Of Other Visitors – Treat other visitors the same way you’d like to be treated. Give them space and treat them with respect and everyone will be better off.

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This video is a mash-up of some of Archery’s best cinematic moments. There is something ancient in connecting with traditional methods which is pure and reflects the quality and the character of the archer, not the equipment.

Archery Tagยฎ is played similar to dodgeball with our bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. This exciting, action-packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone. Donโ€™t miss out on Tag โ€ฆ The game you never outgrow!

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Is BARCOM in your Unit program for 2015?


email: barcom@vicscouts.asn.au

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Encourage Venturer Scouts to think critically about environment issues, leading to a shared understanding about individual responsibility for the environment.

1.) Take part in a practical environmental project requiring at least 10 hours of effort and some investigation through research and reflection (these aspects may be concentrated into an intensive weekend/s or spread over longer periods).
The project should be pursued in a specified locality or localities and must involve at least three of the following areas:
o sources of clean water and clean air in the local environment
o sufficient natural habitats exist to support native species
o minimising the risk of harmful substances to people and the environment
o using most suitable environmental practices
o preparing to respond to environmental hazards and natural disasters.
(Note- these are part of the requirements for the World Scout Environment Badge.)

The project should be defined in advance with the Unit Council.
A properly formatted handwritten or word processed report of 250 to 300 words should be provided about the project. It should include:
o what you did
o why you did this
o how you did it
o what you learned from this

2.) Discuss the Australian Scout Environment Charter

A Project
Our Unit get involved with Clean Up Australia Day, generally we end up in the Diamond Creek removing some serious amounts of rubbish, but although this is good service to the community it is not ticking the boxes for Venturer Award Environment.

What if we extend the day to cover Venturer Award Environment?


The Diamond Creek run along side our Scout Hall and forms the natural backdrop for many of the activities that we have in and around the hall. Within the linear park along the Creek at Eltham we now have a resident breeding population of Platypus.

* Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, Geographic Distribution Map: Platypus in the Diamond Creek (PDF) and a closeup from Eltham North to the Yarra (PDF)

โ In the Yarra River catchment, platypus populations have been recorded along the Plenty River, Bruces Creek, Ruffey Creek, Diamond Creek, Running Creek, Arthurs Creek, Watsons Creek, Mullum Mullum Creek, Andersons Creek, Olinda Creek, Steels Creek, Sassafras Creek, Emerald Creek, Menzies Creek, Stringybark Creek, Watts River, Grace Burn Creek, Badger Creek, Woori Yallock Creek, Wandin Yallock Creek, Cockatoo Creek, Hoddles Creek, the Little Yarra River, Big Pat’s Creek and the Yarra itself.
The APC/MW survey program has established that the breeding population in the Yarra River is now resident as far downstream as Heidelberg. In addition, in recent years, platypus have been increasingly observed in the Kew/Fairfield area – i.e. less than 10 kilometres from the city-centre – suggesting that re-colonisation is starting to occur along the most urbanised section of the river and its inner-city tributaries. (However, in this regard it is important to note that a December 2003 survey of the lower reaches of Darebin Creek did not find any platypus.)
In the meantime, platypus continue to be found in increased numbers along the middle suburban tributaries of the Yarra, especially Mullum Mullum Creek, Diamond Creek and the Plenty River. The combined platypus capture success rate for the lower sections (0-3 kilometres from the Yarra) of these three creeks over the second five year period of surveys (1999-2004) is 22% higher than the comparable rate for the first five years (1995-1999), suggesting strongly that platypus numbers have risen significantly in the Yarra’s urbanised reaches. โž [2]


โ Likewise, recolonisation of Diamond Creek has also been pronounced. Platypus now can be found as far upstream as Wattle Glen. Platypus usage along the lowest reach of Diamond Creek (i.e. Yarra to Eltham) has more than doubled for the 1999-2004 period compared to 1995-1999. In the next section upstream (i.e. North Eltham-Diamond Creek township) the situation has gone from no platypus found at all in the early period to a resident breeding population in the 1999-2004 period. โž [2]

What makes a for good habitat for the platypus in the Diamond Creek? Could we investigate this as our VA Environment project and then expand this into bigger local projects? This sounds like the beginnings of a much larger investigation ans series of projects!

1.) Water Quality
sources of clean water and clean air in the local environment
What impact does water quality have on platypus habitat? We will survey at know platypus habitat and non-platypus habitat; water depth, temperature, turbidity, ph and salinity. Can we draw any conclusions from this information alone?

2.) Site survey
sufficient natural habitats exist to support native species
Using field naturalist techniques we will investigate what impact the local micro environment has on the platypus habitat We will survey at know platypus habitat and non-platypus habitat; creek cross section describing and sketching the relationship between the creek and the bank, has any bank stabilisation works been performed?, a rocky or sandy creek bed?, are there any submerged trees or logs?, rapids – riffles – still water?
Can we draw any conclusions from this information alone?

Does the adjacent vegetation community have an impact on platypus habitat?
Vegetation survey using a line transect across several sites.

Install repeatable photo transects.

3.) Rubbish
minimising the risk of harmful substances to people and the environment
Is there any rubbish or dumping that can be identified as being present in non-platypus habitat that is not present in platypus habitat. Can we focus on removing this rubbish in our future clean up days?

Participate in (or organise, if necessary) “Clean Up” days along your local waterway.
Australian Platypus Conservancy.

* Platypus spotting
* Guest speaker from Australian Platypus Conservancy or Field Naturalists
* Observe Platypus behavior at Heallesville Sanctuary

[1] Victorian Biodiversity Atlas [Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria]
[2] Platypus in Urban Areas [Australian Platypus Conservancy]

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