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Tie Dye Night Goes Off!

Tom from Berowra Venturers had a great idea. Why not have a tie dye night? Berowra Venturers and Mount Colah Venturers would travel back in time where peace, love and incense where all that mattered.

Sounds exciting – and to a leader, sounds scary! The thought of our Venturers going home with blue or green faces that stay with them for rest of their life had me concerned – this could be as bad as looking like an Avatar warrior for the rest of your life!!

However, the night was really successful, and no one ended up with permanent die stains on them  – where they shouldn’t be.  Apart from blue hands, which you can live with, everything went smoothly.

For some strange reason, the Venturers that didn’t come prepared, had the most success! Tie dyeing is a “random” process, and something that’s fairly unpredictable. Tom seems to have mastered it though, and he knew how to make spirals and diagonal freaky patterns!

It was a great night for all the Venturers from MCMK and Berowra! I reckon we should do it again one night!

Venturer Constitution

The Unit Council is made up of selected Venturers who are responsible for managing Unit affairs including preparation and running of the program of activities, the appointment of activity leaders, finance of the Unit, supervision of Venturer Scout Award Scheme standards and general discipline. Meetings are held at least once a month and separate to the Unit meeting. Yet they are also held briefly prior to and after the Unit meeting to check on progress.

The Unit Council is also responsible for the initial drafting and annual review of the Unit Constitution. The Constitution is a set of rules and guidelines formulated by the Venturers themselves.

Click here to download the March 2011
MCMK Venturer Unit Constitution

Painting Working Bee – Thanks!

A big thanks to the guys and girl Venturers and Rovers, families and friends of the MCMK Scout Group who helped out with the recent working bee.

Did you know, that volunteering your time for helping out with the scout group will contribute to the Venturers Queens Scout Award?

Painting our new hall an enormous job, but it’s getting there. Stay tuned for more updates on when you can next help out! The rumours are that the new scout hall will be officially opened in late February!

Our Venturers go Snorkelling

Venturers from the Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout Group and Berowra Scout Group, spending a lazy Sunday snorkelling at Shelly Beach, just south of Manly.

Although the water was freezing, there were still a few fish to be seen, although not as many as we’d hoped! In recent trips to this location, we have seen 6 or more dusky whaler sharks, each one about 4 feet long!

Initially we were to visit the Water Works at Manly, however, we realised that it was a bit below our age group!

To get to Manly, we caught the train and bus in, and the ferry and train back! It was a big day, but well worth it! Next time, when it’s warmer in the water, we’ll visit Clovelly, where you can pat the large blue gropers!!

Venturers to Visit to a Thai Forest Monastery

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai  Venturers have been invited to visit a Thai Buddhist monastery!! This monastery is run by Thai forest monks, and is located about 20 minutes north of Wiseman’s Ferry, at a place called Wat Buddha Damma

This is a real cultural experience and should not be missed. For those of you who would like to put this as one of your Queen Scout activities, this will go under the Ideals, pg. 56 in the Venturer Record Book.

These monks have an amazing life, ie. they live by 227 rules, and teach how to live a simple life. They live 15 minutes from a main road, within the bush!

You can see what they do here on their website. Vicki and I also made a video of them once which you can find here.

They will be available for group visiting from mid February all next year. Please let me know if you are interested, so I can have it organised – as they provide food.

This is a great opportunity to see something really different! It’s cheaper than going to Thailand!!!


Venturer Scouts Award Scheme

This is a quick overview of the Award scheme for Venturers. Although it can look a bit overwhelming in the Venturer Scout Record Book, it’s a lot easier than it appears when it’s shown as a mind map.

Why Participate in the Venturer Scout Award Scheme?
Because it’s easy, it’s fun, and you learn a heap of new skills that prepare you for later on in life! Even if you just achieve a just a few of these activities, imagine how this will look when you apply for a job one day – compared to someone who hasn’t done any of these activities!

Here’s a brief summary of how the scheme works:

There are 3 major awards that you can aim for, the highest is the Queen Scout Award. The others are the Venturer Award and Endeavour award.

Queens Scout Award
Achieve the ultimate in Venturing! Complete all 13 activities in maroon, and any 4 green activities (1 from each area).

Venturer Award
Complete the maroon Unit Management, Initiative, Ideals, Environment and First Aid and any two others.

Endeavour Award
You need to complete your Venturer Award, and the associate green (QS) award of your chosen activity that you specialise in for more than 50 hours.

The diagram above was made with mind mapping software called Freemind. It’s a great tool for planning, or structuring your ideas – or your life. You can get your free software from here It’s really easy to use, and there are heaps of tutorials on YouTube.

Thanks, Mazza

Venturers in Tasmania in January 2012???

Venturers, get ready for 10 days of fun and excitement in Tasmania!! Wild Dayz is for Venturers from all around Australia! It’s gunna be BIG!!!

Check out the official website: www.wilddayz.com For 10 days you will be able to experience the best Tasmania has to offer, try out activities and challenges you may have never dreamed of doing, and make friends for life!

There’s also dj’s, live bands, outdoor concerts for when you’re not out doing activities like: scuba diving, 4wd driving, sailing, white water rafting, caving, climbing, abseiling, mountain bike riding, walking and kayaking and heaps more!

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturers, tart saving your money NOW! All the details are on the site! There’ll be a whole group of us attending from our Sydney North region!

Check out: www.wilddayz.com to see what activities you’d like to get in on!

Cycling Over The Harbour Bridge!!

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Venturers are in for a great night tonight!! We’ll be joining about 200 other cyclists and riding over the Harbour Bridge! This is an event that we participate in every year, that’s organised by Critical Mass.

On the last Friday of every month, in hundreds of cities worldwide, cyclists, bladers and boarders meet for a rolling celebration of non-motorised transport. It’s a welcoming space where people feel safe. Here’s a photo taken from our ride last year. Stay tuned for more in a few days!!!

After our ride to North Sydney, we’ll ride back to China Town, and have a big feast for a few dollars, before boarding the train and heading home again! How’s that for an alternative to watching tv and eating pizza!!

Fund Raising in 2010

Thank you to all who have helped out in some form or capacity this year either on our fundraising BBQ’s or Lamington Drives. As a result, the money raised has gone back to the scout group to either assist families with the cost of Jamborees,  Cuborees, other activities/courses and the eventual purchase of new equipment to replace all that was lost in the fire 6 years ago.

Thank you also to those who have attended the working bees so far:  the clearing of the land ready for the build over 2 days, the electrical fit-out and the laying of the floor over 2 days. Rovers, and the families from Scouts, Venturers, Cubs and Guides have all assisted. Each time the volunteers have been under the guidance of the experts so thank you to all who turned up ready to just have a go, and thank you to the experienced tradesman  ready to assist and guide. It all helps enormously and without your assistance we would still be waiting for the electrics to be completed and we wouldn’t have a floor.

With the painting and tiling still to happen, maybe we will be able to see a few different faces. It can be a fun day bonding with others, having a joke and a laugh, eating a picnic lunch and knowing that you have done something very worthwhile for the Hornsby community and scouting future.

MCMK Scout Group has a new Queens Scout

Extract above from the Bush Telegraph

Mount Colah Mount Kuring Gai Scout Group have  had a great year in terms of the quantity and quality of awards that we have seen presented to our youth members across all sections. This, of course, has been capped off so well by one of our Venturers, Josef Urmenyhazi, who became a Queens Scout in February. Josef is the first Queens Scout for our Group for about 10 years. This has been a huge achievement for Josef, and it is one that he will carry forward on his sleeve, on his CV, and in his confidence for the rest of his life.

Josef Urmenyhazi, 18, from Mt Colah/Mt Ku-ring-ai Venturers, was presented with the highest Venturer award by NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir last month.

He became the first Scout in the Mt Colah/Mt Ku-ring-ai group to earn the top honour in 10 years.

“Some people think being a Scout is all about tying knots or helping old ladies cross the road,” Josef said.

To earn the award he had to undergo various activities with Venturers (a group for those aged 14-18 years).

These ranged from group expeditions in the bush, kayaking on Hawkesbury River, undertaking leadership roles, and completing a first aid course. And he had to do it by his 18th birthday – which proved somewhat problematic.

“It was a bit tricky, especially since my 18th birthday was the day before the HSC started,” he said.

“In the end it was a relief because there was a lot of work involved.”

The first year medical science student said he would not be the confident person he was if not for his Scouting experiences.

“I pushed myself to the limits at times. It makes you do things you wouldn’t do normally,” he said.

His Scouting career also gave him opportunities to travel and introduced him to outdoor rockclimbing.