The Tony Balthasar Achievement Award represents a fantastic opportunity for any Rover from Sydney North, to undertake the adventure of a lifetime!
Tony Balthasar was Rover Adviser at 1st East Roseville during the sixties when Dick Smith was a member of that Crew. Tony passed away in 1979 and some years later, Dick donated a generous sum of money to create the Tony Balthasar Achievement Award fund. Its intent is to provide the sort of adventurous opportunities for a Rover that Tony assisted with during his time at 1st East Roseville.
With the closure of 1st East Roseville Rover Crew, the fund's Trustees first made the Award available in 2007 to applicants from any Rover Crew in Sydney North Region. The successful recipient was Kylie Young from Mona Vale Rover Crew. Read of her adventures here
Aaron Smith from Kissing Point Rover Crew was granted the Award for 2009 and travelled to Europe in July 2010, undertaking an 8,300km bicycle journey from the Arctic Circle in Finland to Vienna in Austria. Read the details of Aaron's trip here
Dom Warland from Turramurra Rover Crew was granted the Award for 2010 and travelled in July 2011 to South America, where he took on climbing the 5,947m high mountain Alpamayo in Peru. Read the details of Dom's expedition here
Owen Cooke from Normanhurst Rover Crew and Georgia Buckley from Turramurra Rover Crew were each granted the Award for 2014.
Owen travelled to Europe in July 2014, where he undertook a 1,000km solo hike for 51 days across the French and Swiss Alps. Read the details of Owen's journey here
Georgia returned in October 2015 from her climbing adventures in Europe, where she also took part in International Rover Week at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. See the details of Georgia's trip here
Lauren Hansen from Turramurra Rover Crew was the successful Awardee for 2015 and spent January 2016 in northern India, undertaking a ten day trek along the frozen Zanskar River. Read the details and see Lauren's video here
Linda Mitchell from Epping Rover Crew was the successful Awardee for 2016 and completed her adventure in June 2017, hiking solo for almost 400km across the Scottish highlands. Read about Linda's hike and see her video here
Matt Miller from Normanhurst Rover Crew was the successful Awardee for 2017 and on 5th June 2018, he reached the summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America and then skiied down. Read the full gripping account of Matt's adventure here
Sam Robinson from Epping Rover Crew and Ciara Smart from Turramurra Rover Crew were each granted the Award for 2018. Sam will be undertaking a solo, off-road, bike-packing tour of Scotland, following the Highland 550 trail. This involves a 20-25 day bike hike through the north of Scotland, with an overall distance of 885 km and involves 16,000 m of climbing. Ciara is in the planning stages for an approximately 140 day trek of the Upper Himalaya Trail, traversing Nepal from East to West - a distance of over 1,700km! She'll be undertaking this together with her brother Patrick.
Brodie Miller from Normanhurst Rover Crew has been granted the Award for 2019. Later this year, Brodie will be hiking the 338km John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, solo over 29 days.
The Tony Balthasar Award is currently valued in the order of $6,000 and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Rover.
By tradition, the Award covers the cost of a trip to Europe including a stay at Baden-Powell House in London and a climbing course at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. However an equivalent overseas adventure may be proposed. Past recipients have cycled around Vietnam, mountaineered in South America, dog-sledded in Sweden and undertaken other activities.
Details of the Tony Balthasar Award have been distributed to all Crew Leaders and Rover Advisers.
All Rovers who might be eligible are encouraged to ask their Crew Leader or Rover Adviser for a copy of the information sheet and consider applying.
Or click here to download the most recent information sheet and application form.
Announcement of availability of the Award for 2020 will be made later this year. Applications would be due by February, 2020.
For all inquiries, please contact Nick Buchner (Regional Commissioner - Rovers) via the Region Rover Contacts page.