When is it?
9.00am Saturday 19th to Closing Parade at 1.00pm Sunday 20th November 2016.
Scouts may arrive Friday after 5.00 pm to set up camp.
Who is it for?
Scout Troops and the Venturer Units they may join, and associated adult Leaders. Scouts must have completed their Pioneer Badge (Big Red).
What's it all about?
Its aimed at letting scouts get to know their local Venturers, and what venturering is all about. Its like Roventure for Scouts. It should be fun for all.
"DIE TRY HARD !" - bring your own materials for the "DIE TRY HARD ! Campsite" and the "Best DIE TRY HARD ! Outfit" on Sunday Morning
Where is it?
At Camp Ku-ring-gai, near the Hawkesbury River at Lower Portland.
For what it looks like and how to get there, find it on Google Maps
How do you get in on it ?
The A1 form is the responsibility of each group because travelling time and mode of transport will be different for each group. Each person, including Leaders, must have a completed A1 form and must not enter the camp site without it.
Download and print the Invitation and Information Sheet and the Ventout Booking Form.
Send forms from Scouts, Venturers and Leaders going together in bulk to Sydney North Regional Office, not individually. Again, Scout Troops must be hosted by a Venturer Unit. Scouts without a Venturer Unit will be assigned one on the weekend.
The Registration fee is $30 for youth members.
There is no charge for Leaders, but they must register. All applications must be received by Friday 11th November 2016.
What about accommodation and food?
Camping arrangements, tents etc. are up to the Troop and their associated Venturer Unit, and their leaders. You must be prepared to cater for two lunches, one breakfast, and one evening meal plus snacks. Stoves only for cooking.
What's going to happen?
The program will be available 1 week before Ventout. The emphasis is on fun activities and a bit of competition.
Download and print the program
What about uniform?
There will be parades at start and finish. Full uniform is not required, only scarves are required for travel to and from Ventout and parades. Clothing for muddy activities, constructions, and swimming will be essential. Hats, sunscreen and all the usual kit for camping should be brought.
Anything special? The Big activities may require materials for constructions, and your participation. Look at the program to see if you need to bring anything.
THIS REQUIRES A SIGNED PARENTAL CONSENT, as on the Ventout Booking form. This year there will be an opportunity to be pulled around behind a speed boat for an additional cost of $10.00. Parents must sign that section of the Ventout Booking form for you to participate in this activity.
A proud Catto family watched Lachlan receive his green cord at 1st Forsetville scout hall. The last green cord awarded to 1st Forestville was in 2011. At the presentation Lachlan talked about his adventurer level journey and about the planning process.On 11 April 2016 I took 6 scouts to Ourimbah for a 3 day hike that finished at Hornsby. We walked about 33kms along bush tracks. I did lots of preparation so it was a safe and fun hike. I made sure the scouts were organized and knew what we were doing. We had a couple of meetings to discuss the hike, we talked about where we are going, what to take and what we would be eating, our meetings were a lot of fun.
We stayed to our planned times most of the trip, except for lunch on the first day. We were having too much fun and played cards for over an hour longer than we should have. This became a problem when we got lost late in the day about 1.5 kms from our first sleep point. I learnt from this to stay to the times and leave the playing until we arrived at our sleep point, set up camp and had dinner. Unfortunately, one of our hikers did not make the walk on the last day his shoes had given him bad blisters on his feet. His mum had to come and pick him up before we could continue.
Overall we had fun. It was very hilly, we got to cross a river and 2 suspension bridges, which was fun. We worked well as a team. The food we cooked was nice and it was fun having the dehydrated meals. We all slept well in our tents. Most of us got leeches, I personally didn’t, but one boy was covered in them and had to borrow lots of band aids off me, his socks were red from blood.
An excited Josephine was awarded a green cord on the 1st of September. The last green cord awarded to 1st Balgowlah was in 2001. Well done Josephine. At the presentation Josephine talked about her adventurer level journey and about the planning process.
To qualify for my Adventurer Cord, I led a patrol of five girls on a section of the Great North Walk. The 31kilometre hike started at Thornleigh and finished at Apple Tree Bay (Bobbin Head), and went through Berowra Vally National Park. The three days were challenging and enjoyable for the team, and I think that everyone was able to develop their scouting skills. The planning process was long and taxing, but all elements were fundament for the smooth running of the hike. For future scouts hoping to undertake a green cord hike of their own I suggest, getting a patrol set in stone as quickly as possible, and choosing a route that you believe will test your patrol, but also has good scenery and will be exciting to hike. Huge thank you to my scout leader Gary and troop leader Tom, couldn’t have done it without you both.
Congratulations go to Ben Wybrow from Beecroft for chalking up his 3rd Scout Hike gold award. Ben’s first Scout Hike was in 2013, as a non competitive entrant. The following year he joined up with a Brush Park patrol and they came 12th. In 2015, skilfully led by Lachlan Foote, he was a member of a Beecroft patrol that also achieved a 12th position. Using the skills gained over the previous years and now PL, Ben was determined to win gold in 2016. Ben used his planning and leadership skills with patrol members Darcy Barlow, Brent Williamson, Angus Piper, Ted Smith and Marlon Morrish along with his determination to achieve gold with 3rd place this year. Ben’s advices to achieve gold is be enthusiastic in all activities, be polite to all Leaders and patrol members, work as a patrol and complete at least 24 bases. Well done Ben!
The patrol system is integral to the success of AJ2016 - for organisers, troop leaders and the scouts themselves. As someone who is fortunate enough to have been to AJ2013 and WSJ 2015, I want to help other PLs to make the most of the experience which awaits them this January. I feel honoured to have the support of the Australian Olympic Committee, the organisers of AJ2016, NSW Contingent, Sydney North Region Scouts, Ku-ring-gai Scouts and St Ives Scouts for my Australian Scout Medallion project.
I trust this information from my ASM project event will enhance your leadership skills, inspire you for AJ2016 and create many new friendships among NSW patrol leaders.
Molly Dixon, troop leader, 2nd St Ives Scouts Are you leading a patrol at AJ2016?