Apr 28, 2009

Mildura RAAF Museum

Just a reminder for tonight (Wednesday 29th April) for all Scouts to meet at the Mildura RAAF
Museum out at the airport at 7:30pm. Pick up at the Museum at 9:30pm.
Bring a $2 coin donation for entry.

Return Raffle Tickets

Please return all raffle tickets (sold and unsold) and money to Scouts
on Wednesday night.

8th May is the deadline for tickets and money to be returned to Scouts Australia Victorian Branch.

That gives us only 1 week to get the raffle ticket money to back to hed office in Melbourne.

Apr 24, 2009

ANZAC Day March - Saturday 25th April 2009

Sunraysia District Scouts have again been asked to assist in the Mildura ANZAC Day march on Saturday 25th April 2009.

All sections of Scouting are invited to participate in this special day!

What's happening:

Joey Scouts & Cub Scouts:
To meet at Henderson Park (cnr Deakin Ave & 13th Street) at 10:30am. Joey Scouts & Cub Scouts (and their Leaders) to form a guard of honour in 13th Street.

Scouts, Venturers, Rovers & Leaders:
To meet at the corner of Deakin Ave & 8th Street at 10:15am to assist with the carrying of various flags & banners and participate in the march to Henderson Park.

All Scouting personnel are to be in FULL & CORRECT UNIFORM!

The march will leave from the corner of Deakin Ave & 8th Street at 11:00am sharp and march down Deakin Ave to 13th Street & Henderson Park. The ANZAC Day ceremony will then commence on arrival. The ceremony will conclude between 12:00 - 12:30pm.

Should you have any questions or require any further information, please contact David Searle.

Thanks in advance,

David Searle
District Commissioner

Apr 16, 2009

Grampians Hike - What Will We Be Doing?

The Grampians Hike Camp from the 5th to the 8th of June will likely unfold as follows. (The details are yet to be confirmed. This is intended to help you understand the trip and what we might be doing).

Friday 5/6/09:
Meet at 7:30pm on Twelfth Street at the site of the old 2nd Mildura Scout Hall (now vacant land) between No.1 & No.2 Ovals (between San Mateo & Etiwanda Ave).
Depart Mildura at 8:00pm.
Arrive Grampians at approximately midnight.
Set up camp and get to bed by 1:00am.

Saturday 6/6/09:
(Breakfast). Day Hike (CFA ration pack for lunch). Return to camp. (Dinner).

Sunday 7/6/09:
(Breakfast). Hike. (CFA ration pack for lunch). Hike. (Dinner).

Monday 8/6/09:
(Breakfast). Morning in Halls Gap. (Pack own lunch, or buy lunch).
Depart Halls Gap
Arrive Mildura approximately 6:00pm
Parents will be contacted by phone / SMS to confirm time of arrival.

The hikes will generally keep to the tourist tracks. We will NOT be hiking for 3 days carrying all our gear. (Don't worry).

The Scouts will only need to carry their own snacks, water bottle and lunch. This will be a self-catered trip, so you will need to pack main meals for each day. Later in the term (about 10 days before the trip) we will work out menus to help you go shopping. Everything needs to be fairly small and light-weight as it all must be contained in your pack / bag. This is because everyone's gear, food, etc. must fit in the luggage space under the bus.

As for gear, you will need reasonable hiking shoes, boots or sandshoes, wet weather gear, warm clothing, hat, etc. Later in the term we will go through a list of things to pack for this camp.

Meals for each Scout to provide:
Breakfast x 3
Lunch. 2 x CFA ration packs provided (THANKS CFA!!) (You provide or buy lunch in Halls Gap on Monday).
Dinner x 1, + Pizza Night.
Snacks for travelling & hiking.

Remember, if you want to take part in this camping trip, payment of $55 is required by Friday 17th April. Payment can be made at John's office, above Hudaks Bakery at 135c Eighth St, before 5:30pm this Friday. (The deadline is early so we can make a commitment to book one or two buses).

Term 2 Program

Week 1 (22/4/09). Patrol Program Night.
Work on program for patrol activity. Discuss Grampians gear list. Discuss proficiency badges and weekly presentations. Patrol leaders with troops to organise your patrol activities for the badge. (3/4 of the patrol must be in attendance, and the activity must go for 8 hours).

ANZAC Day (25/4/09). (Full and correct uniform).

ANZAC Day March. (Citizenship badge).

Week 2 (29/4/09). (full uniform). RAAF Museum Tour.
Bridget to organise. Questionnaire. (To be confirmed).

Week 3. (6/5/09) Badge Night.
1. Campcraft
2. General badge work
3. Proficiency badge project presentation.

JOTT - Jamboree of the Trail (9/5/09). (Possibly extend for patrol activity). Details to be confirmed.

Week 4 (13/5/09). Triple H Night.
To be organised by Emily, Sarah & Kate. Details to be confirmed.

Week 5 (20/5/09). District Scouts roller skating night.

Week 6. Grampians hike preparation and information night.

Week 7. (3/6/09). (full uniform) Badge Night.
1. Campcraft.
2. General badge work.
3. Proficiency badge project presentation.

Grampians Hike Camp (5/6/09 to 8/6/09). (Likely program).
Friday 5/6/09: Depart Mildura Friday afternoon. Arrive Grampians late. Set up camp very late.
Saturday 6/6/09: Day Hike. Return to camp.
Sunday 7/6/09: Half Day Hike (morning). Half Day Hike (afternoon).
Monday 8/6/09: Morning in Halls Gap. Return to Mildura.

Week 8. (10/6/09). (black tie) Casino Night.
1. Poker
2. Texas Hold 'Em
3. Roulette
4. Blackjack

Week 9. (17/6/09). Badge Night.
1. Campcraft.
2. General badge work.
3. Proficiency badge project presentation.

Week 10. (24/6/09) Jaimie's Wide Game (with the Rovers). 2nd term end.

Apr 15, 2009

Leaders Meeting - Attention: Patrol Leaders & APL's

Again, sorry for the late notice. The leaders had been planning a meeting at McDonalds Deakin Ave tonight at 7pm to plan out 2nd term. We think that it would be helpful for the Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders to attend. We expect to be finished by 8:30pm. It would be great to have your input.

Grampians Hike - Reminder

Again, we apologise for the late notice regarding information about the hike.

Although the camp isn't until June 5, we need firm commitment by this Friday (April 17) so that the bus bookings can be made.

Please read the email sent to you today and decide ASAP if you intend to go. You will need to get your full payment ($55) into John at his office (above Hudak’s at 135c Eighth Street) before School returns. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jaimie (0439 015 504) as he will have the most up to date information.

Apr 8, 2009

Hot Cross Buns - Ready To Be Collected

Come and get ém. Those of you who ordered hot cross buns can now collect them from my office (above Hudak's) at 135c Eighth Street.

If your really committed, you can also put your name down for the Grampians Hike (and pay the $55 if possible). Payment is due by Friday 17 April.

Apr 6, 2009

Hot Cross Buns - Pick Up

Hot Cross Buns can be picked up from John's office (above Hudak's on 8th Street) on Wednesday Afternoon the 8th, after midday and before 5:30pm. Or early Thursday morning the 9th.

I will post a new blog entry when the hot cross buns arrive. Stay tuned.

Grampians Hike 2009 - Booking & Payment

By now, all families should have received an email about the Grampians Hike (same information as the Grampians Hike blog post below). Please read and decide ASAP if you intend to go. You will need to get your full payment into John's office (above Hudak’s on 8th) before school returns.

Again, we apologise for the late notice regarding information about the hike, but if you have any questions or concerns please contact Jaimie as he will have the most up to date information.

Apr 3, 2009

Grampians Hike 2009

With Raft Race come and gone, its now time to get ready for our next big camp... The District Hike. This year the leaders of the district thought we’d do something different, so we’re packing up and heading to the Grampians for the long weekend in June. It was last done back in 2002, and it was a huge success, so it was thought that it was about time that we did it again. We will only be doing day hikes, so you won’t have to lug all your stuff all over the Grampians. This will be a great opportunity for those who need your nights under canvas for the Jamboree, and may also count for your hike for the Red Cord.

Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of June (Queens Birthday Weekend)
Cost: $55 which includes the bus trip and a much needed shower on the Sunday. It does not include food, you will need to bring your own HIKING food (no steaks!!)

As seats on the bus are limited, we will need to know who definitely wants to go, and your money by Friday 17th April. We don’t have any Scout nights before then, so you will have to drop in and see John at his office (above Hudaks Bakery on Eighth Street). It’s first in best dressed for the bus, and we wouldn’t want to miss out on this excellent opportunity. When we have definite numbers, more notes will be handed out going over where we would be staying and exactly what you would need to bring. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Email me jaimie_rodd@hotmail.com or call me 0439015504.

Apologies for the late notice.