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1st Belmont Scout Group

     Youth Membership and Leader Report

     2015 - 2016


  • At census we registered 148 Youth and Adults but with late re-registrations we have 160. New Youth members in July and August will bring us up to 170!

  • Currently: (includes new chums but not those on trial visits)

17 Tuesday Joeys, 6 Wednesday Joeys (with 5 visiting) 24 Banksia Cubs, 17 Acacia Cubs, 25 Scouts, 27 Venturers and 10 Rovers (Total Youth 126), 20 Leaders and 5 trainee leaders (with another 8 leaders on leave).

  • Joeys Tuesday: Very active with Sandra as new Team Leader and Dan and Dionne completing training, Tina staying that “extra” 6 months to guide the team. Hany on leave and considering her future role.

  • Joeys Wednesday: Team leader Cathy with Linsey are looking forward to recruiting two new leaders as Belinda leaving us at end of term.THANKYOU BELINDA !!! Two new team members will bring us up to the desired 4 per section.. Come and Try night successful with  numbers back to viable level including 3 girls. More 5-7 year olds needed.

  • Banksia Cubs (Monday): Keith, Brad, Anthony, and Andy doing training plus Val, our District Cub Leader often assisting - a great and active team. Pack currently closed to new chums.

  • Acacia Cubs (Wednesday): Arlene has said farewell and we have said a huge thanks to her. Daniel is now interim Team leader and planning to move up to Scouts in 2017. Allison as next team Leader but with Tracy and Bev not active we need 3 more Cub leaders!

  • Scouts. Gordon has recently moved into the role of Leader in Charge and is keeping the troop running with  week by week help from other leaders and adults. But with Linda now in her final year of studies, Elizabeth on leave and Gayathri considering her role, the troop is desperately looking for additional support.

  • BIGHT Venturers Graham has done a magnificent job (with his team) while Tim was overseas, but is about to hand back the Team Leader role. Tim, Kim, Matt and Cam will decide soon who the new team leader will be. Venturers age youth members are travelling from all over to get to Rugby St and be part of this fantastic Unit.

  • Yarimbak Rovers. Angus has handed over Crew Chair to Tristian Read with Steve continuing as Rover Advisor.  A change of meeting night and a recruiting drive. Storage for their buggy and gear to be resolved.

  • Parents Committee has been limping along, but there is action afoot! Minimal fundraising last 12 months with future aims to be defined.

  • Did I mention the new shed and now empty and usable carport at Rugby St ? And 3 empty and usable sheds at Dean St (one with user group storage in it). Plus the new lights at Rugby St and the multiple user groups we have but looking for more for passive income .

  • Financials as of 30/06/2016 Main Account $38,321 (Census invoice $20,820 taking balance to $19,601.)  Term Deposit $25,612 so combined balance 27/06/16  $45,213

Wow what a fantastic group. Thank you to our leaders existing, new and departing isn’t enough. But THANKYOU Kangaree 2016 was hopping mad and Jamboree 2016 wet and wonderful. Roll on Cuboree 2017 look out for our section reports full of the fantastic activities they have participated in.
















ANZAC 2016    

Some of our  1st Belmont Scout Group attented the ANZAC service at the Boer war memorial in Latrobe Tce The Joeys attend the RSL in Belmont and the Scouts the dawn service at Torquay.


Also Possum (Tina) sent a care package on behalf of our Tuesday Joey Mob to  the Middle east and we got this response so perfect timing Tina !


Hello David,

My name is Joel and I am an Air Force Officer currently based in the Middle East on Operation Okra.

My unit recently received a care package from the 1st Belmont Joey Scouts. I wish to thank you, your team, and all of the Joey Scouts for the fantastic package and letter. 

We received it on ANZAC Day, which put a great smile on my face.

Thank you all once again. Your support means a lot to the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen working around the Middle East.

Kind regards,
Joel
Flying Officer (O2)
Op OKRA
Middle East Region












                    2016 April update

What term two already? What happened to term 1 … Founders Day whole group activity bases  “under the bridge”, Kangaree at Lardner Park, Gippsland for 10 Joeys, Stradbroke Cup at Brucknell Scout Camp, Venturer mountain biking at Bogong Rover Chalet, and much more.


RAFFLE

You should now have received a separate email on the raffle with details on our plan for a short three (3) week period of selling with options to get more books if we sell our “round 1” allocation.


Change

The repeated theme through nearly every section is that Leaders lives and circumstances change  so we need parents and others to step forward and train as Leaders. Becoming a leader is great fun - yes truly - you, your family and youth members enjoy Scouting, while having four leaders in every formation keeps the load on each individual manageable.


New chum enquiries Joeys Cubs and Scouts

There has been a number of new Joeys, Cubs and a Scout enquiries already this term, and there is again a waiting list for Cubs and Scouts. Be sure if you know someone who is interested to ask them to give David Smith a call first! Currently our only vacancies are  for 5-7 year olds and we would love some more Joeys who happen to be female! Even if we can’t fit a new enquiry we are of course happy advise of options at other local groups.


Parents Committee

The parents committee is struggling at time of writing - are you willing to assist? We would love to have at least one representative from each formation on the committee to maintain balance and to improve our communication to all our members families. Would you like to volunteer for this role?

Some small jobs have again been  done by Robert Biro (Liam Cubs) to finish clearing the yard.   Greg Brown continues to mow keeping the yard looking smart. We are looking for someone who can weld for a new pedestrian door at Dean St shed, and someone who can set up a  cleaning roster for Rugby St or regularly clean the hall. Could you assist as a  Raffle ticket coordinators for Tuesday Joey/Scouts or on Thursday night for BIGHT Venturers?


The new shed now has lights but there are some other smaller electrical jobs to be done and still other things on the “to do” list which will help to make providing Scouting to the kids easier for our leaders, please talk to David or Scott.     


Fundraising

Our focus is on getting income from grants where practical and growing our passive income from additional bookings of our two halls. We are looking for regular user groups. The halls are both ideal for classes such as Yoga, pilates, art, cultural groups etc etc. Are you after a location for a kids party?  Keep spreading the word that we have many daytime/afternoon sessions available at both halls and also Monday night at Dean St.


“The Belmont” aged care next door to the Dean St hall is paying to use one of our storage sheds - thanks to the volunteers who worked to make the sheds usable again!


Our car parks on Sunday April 10th raised over $600 to finalise our Kangaree 2016 fund. Thanks to Greg, Dionne and Rochelle. We have given our April 30th car parks to Grovedale scout group as we hope to see many of  you at family camp.

Raffle tickets have started to be  given out. Why not get the kids involved, with supervision as needed, selling along your street ?


Joeys

Tuesday mob now has 4 girls - Yeah! We need to encourage more girls to join, including at least 4 for the Wednesday Joey Mob so in years to come both Cubs and Scouts will be gender balanced.


Tuesday Mob - 10 plus 6 new chums

Hany (Bilby) has taken some well earned “long service leave” after 8 years as a Joey leader, so will be away over terms 2 and 3. Thanks from us all Bilby and congrats on your Meritorious Service Award. Come 4th term Bilby plans to re assess her future role in Scouting. Dionne Hose (Ashlie) has been interviewed and is about to start her journey to become a leader. Welcome Dionne!

Tina has stayed on after her son Noah moved up to Cubs and is currently our only fully trained leader in this Mob, helping Sandra and Dan as they continue their training, BUT this is ONLY UNTIL THE END OF 2016 so now is the time for new leaders to come in and start training beside Dionne.

Wednesday Mob - 4 new Joey’s have been invested, 1 to go up end of term and 4 new chums.

Cathy (Platypus) is happy with the influx to bring the Mob up to critical mass, JUST, but all boys!

Two extra Joey Scout leaders may be needed, one now, as Mik has taken indefinite leave. Bring a friend night may help but MORE  5-7 year olds needed



Banksia Cub Pack (Monday) - 23 Cub Scouts including 3 Joeys linking and 4 new chums

Brad (Chil) is now waiting to start on the next stage of his medical journey for which we wish him well. Andy Marriott (Max and soon Chloe ) has been interviewed and will train to become an assistant Cub leader and we may even have another new leader to support Banksia Cub. Stand by for more news on this front!


Acacia Cub Pack (Wednesday) - 23 cub scouts including 1 new chum

Alison (Emily and Kathleen, Cubs; Ryan, Scouts) Alison came to the Wednesday team from 1st Puckapunyal. Welcome Alison!

Arlene farewells us at end of June so is stepping back prior to leaving. Arlene’s contribution is too big for words but Wednesday’s pack must keep planning for her departure.

Daniel McLean isn’t always available and sometimes late to arrive due to his workload and commuting from Melbourne. Tracey (Hathi) is continuing a long medical journey and is trying to participate to the best of her ability but her role is limited at the moment. Bev has just had some surgery and her future is also unclear.  We wish both Tracy and Bev all the best. So the call goes out again

ONE OR TWO  ASSISTANT CUB LEADERS FOR WEDNESDAY ARE DEFINITELY NEEDED

Remember in term two 2015 a number of nights with only 1 or even no Cub leaders - that was only temporary - we can’t operate the Pack without sufficient leaders - would you consider joining?




Tuesday Scouts -  28 Scouts including a few Cubs linking recently and more to come!

As mentioned all new enquiries are being redirected to our neighbouring groups.

Elizabeth (Murph) has been doing a wonderful job but is now in charge of 3 churches and the associated workload means she will be taking indefinite leave from end of term 2.

Linda (Tassie Devil) is on placement away from Geelong. Her availability for the rest of the year and beyond will be determined by her placement locations and future job opportunities.

Gordon (Bagheera) and Gayathri must have more help. Having parent helpers is great but the

Scout Troop needs at least 2 more Assistant Scout leaders and within 12 months 3 or 4 more to run a good program with a troop of this size and considering the number of 1st Belmont Cubs in the wings - including 22 nine year olds so parents of Cubs please consider joining your son or daughter by training as a Scout leader!

How big can the troop be? Should we be going out into the Belmont Community to discuss starting as second Scout Troop? Monday or Friday night? Rugby st or Dean St? Or not? And/or will the troop move to the larger hall at Dean St or not?  All this needs to be discussed - would you like to actively participate?




BIGHT Venturers - 23 Venturers plus 4  or more linking/visiting. Our teenage youth keep coming to BIGHT which is fantastic.

Welcome to Cam, an ex Yarimbak Rover who has joined the unit as an Assistant Venturer Leader (AVL - probationary). The big news is that Tim (Captain) is back in Australia on a more permanent basis. Graham (Grumpy Badger) leaves us at end of 2016 to circumnavigate this great country with Arlene, by which stage 1st Belmont may well have our first Queen's Scout awardees in over 40 years! This would be a huge achievement for the Venturers concerned and we all hope and are willing to help it happen. The Unit is large, vibrant and full of active teenagers who are using the Venturer Scouting way to become great young adults.




YARIMBAK Rovers

Did you know that Rovers (18 to 26 years of age) are often told that Rovering is for Life? I started my Scouting as a 18 year old Rover at Rugby St. It changed my life so much I want to keep giving back.

Our Scout Group has donated $1000 from our NAB Cup car parks, with more to come after the car park dividend is received in September, to the Hayes Family after the tragic loss of 10 month old Hamish(Anthony Hayes is a former Yarimbak Rover and Assistant Scout leader with 1st Belmont,


A closing note

Be sure to look out for news on fundraising options, small jobs that need to be done around the hall and ways to help our great leaders and the many fantastic Scouting activities that this fantastically busy group does. We have just had Cub and Scout sleep overs for ANZAC. Look out for a survey on how we use our Website

The adventure continues!


60+ youth members, siblings and parents will be away on the weekend, the last weekend of April at this year's only Family Camp. Visitors are welcome to call in on the Saturday - we have the whole of Treetops Scout camp (at Riddles Creek) booked. Again more fun!  


Looking well forward, we have started planning our first “All Section Camp” to be held on November 5th and 6th. Each of our sections - Joey’s, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers will have the opportunity to camp at the same time and place, a bit like a mini district camp with around 150 1st Belmont youth members and leaders being invited to attend !


David Smith Group Leader,and Scott Barnes Assistant Group Leader, 1st Belmont Scout Group.





Located approximately 100kms from Geelong (140 Royal Parade, Riddells Creek see www.treetopscoutcamp.com.au) and surrounded by a natural bush setting, Treetops is the perfect place to relax and watch the wildlife or get  moving with activities such as the low ropes course and mini golf. At night sit back and enjoy a blazing camp fire. 

Choose your accommodation from caravans/campers (you can even access power!), Pack Accommodation (family bunk rooms) and if you’re quick there are even self contained cabins complete with twin bathrooms and a lounge.

Family Camps are just like a camping holiday, except cheaper and with a bunch of people you already sort of know.

The Fine Print: Family camp is different to other scout camps—parents look after their own children as leaders are not leaders, just parents. (so kids cannot attend Family Camp without a parent... unless another family "adopts" your child for the weekend)

Come prepared to help—everybody pitches in to make family camp work —help with communal breakfast, lunch, entertaining, set-up or clean-up—then REEEELAAAAXXX. 



The Details

Accommodation

Cabins (6) - book directly through treetops (03) 9018 5322.

3BR sleeps 7 (2 rooms with 2 single beds each, 1 room with a double bed and single bunk over), 2 full bathroom, small kitchen, veranda and lounge/dining $110/cabin for two people + $30/adult extra and $20/child (5-16) extra (Same rate for one or two nights—there are only 6 cabins available)

Pack Holiday Centre (8 rooms) - book via 1st Belmont with the link below

Family bunk rooms with mattress only, please bring your own sleeping bags or linen  (there are 4 rooms sleep 4 and 4 rooms sleep 8), communal toilets & showers $25/person (same rate for one or two nights.) 

Powered Caravan Site—book via 1st Belmont with the link below

$25 powered or $16 unpowered /site/night for two people + $7/extra person

Camping  - book via the 1st Belmont with the link below

 $5/person/night

Meals (book all meals via 1st Belmont the link below)

You can join the crowd for some communal meals or go your own way.

Breakfast—Saturday & Sunday $3/head

Juice, cereals, bacon, sausages and eggs

Lunch

Bring Your Own

Dinner –Saturday Only, $8/head

Share a 2 course roast meal with vegetables and dessert.

Bookings

This is the link here to tell us if you are coming.

Note: Cabins only need to be booked directly — call treetops on (03) 9018 5322 and then also register with 1st Belmont via the link. 1st Belmont will subsidise the hire of the communal room from fundraising.






News & Updates 

2016 March mini update

I message with many topics or separate emails?? which is best ??

I hope you enjoyed reading the term one update ?? Volunteers needed for jobs below.and keep the diary clear for Family camp at Tree Tops Riddells Creek April 30th May 1st and 2nd



Mini work bee Saturday 12th 9am to 10am

Short notice I know but just in case. We have to shift the large site safe from Dean St to Rugby St and use it as a new firewood storage unit  A three or 4 person lift and empty and restack wood Otherwise say Saturday 19th or one night during the week? Tuesday 7.pm  to 8 ?


 Scarf sewing

Amanda Castle can no longer make scarves (Thanks Amanda and her mum !) Amanda can give any new volunteer some tips. Material and ribbons supplied. First batch of 10 or 15 needed urgently as quite a few new chums to be invested. We have found  we get better quality scarves, cheaper by doing them ourselves.


FUNDRAISING

GENERAL

for those that don’t know:.....The backbone of our fundraising has been money from fees, grant applications, income from user groups, Great Scout raffle , Football car parking and BBQs .

We direct funds to various expeditions such as Kangaree Cuboree Jamboree, Hall maintainence, equipment purchases, Leader costs etc etc This year we hope to design and build a second trailer .

each section will be asked to man a football car park date or two. Everyone can help sell raffle tickets, on a voluntary basis, in the forthcoming Great Scout Raffle.

The parents committee is  trying to create some efficient marketing and management of user Groups in both our halls but please tell everyone one you know that we are seeking more daytime groups and a precious Vacant monday Night is also available at Dean St


KANGAREE 2106

we aim at subsiding 50% of every youth members expedition fees and 100% of leaders and Adult helpers

with 9  Joeys, 3 leaders and and 1 adult helper  the last car park  in 2015 and first one or two car parks in 2016 will cover the $1,100 for this target  Joey parents will be asked to cover the first two car parking dates on April 10th and 30th


 Pedestrian door to Dean St top shed

With the re arranging of all our storage we need easier access to Dean St top  shed via a new pedestrian door. Anyone who can do some light welding and cut and fit a door frame and door frame welcome Otherwise we need to pay a tradesman


Firewood storage  see above

The existing open cage takes up more room than necessary and is open to weather

We can use a donated site safe for better and safer firewood storage.  A 4 person lift to get it from Dean St to Rugby St and restack wood to empty existing open cage at Rugby St  

3 helpers needed for about  60 to 90 minutes  Date TBC


 Finishing touches to yard at Rugby St

empty the planter boxes and use dirt to finish access ramp to shed A couple of adults with shovels and wheelbarrow for an hour or two at a time that suits them


FAMILY CAMP Treetops Riddells Creek

April 29th, 30th  May 1st. Every year we try to get together as families to get to know each other from the seven formations over 5 age groups  that make up the 130 or Youth members of 1st belmont. Treetops, just over an hour away,  offers all levels of accommodation from Individual rooms for families , bunks, down to Caravan and Tent Sites

Put it in your diary and look for more details soon !

But have a look at the camp here             http://www.treetopscoutcamp.com.au/



contact me to volunteer for anything here or anything else you can do to help this
marvelous Scout Group

David Smith

Group leader 0419434306    david@belmontscouts.org.au





2016 February update

Welcome to 2016 at 1st  Belmont Scout Group

Weekly section updates cover a lot but I expect you will be interested to know what the rest of the group is doing too! We are looking forward to again using our group website for more regular whole group updates and as a way to reduce the number of emails flying around :-) 2015 was great with all 7 formations doing heaps of stuff, not to mention starting the new year with the Jamboree, our new shed and a cleared yard.


Change

The repeated theme through nearly every section is that Leaders lives and circumstances change  so we need parents and others to step forward and train as Leaders. Four leaders in every formation keeps the load on each individual manageable. Besides, becoming a leader is great fun - yes truly - you, your family and youth members enjoy Scouting.


New chum enquiries Joeys Cubs and Scouts

I have  cleared a small waiting list, gone through many flagged emails for new chums and been forced to again have a waiting list for Wednesday Cubs. We of course advise all enquiries of options at other local groups, but this success is a huge compliment to all our leaders with so many wanting to join. If you know someone who is interested please be sure to give them David Smith’s contact details as the first point of call! Currently our only vacancies are  for 6 and 7 Year olds and need more Joeys who happen to be female.


Parents Committee

Greg Brown (Sam, Scouts and Will, Joeys) is stepping down as President - many thanks for your efforts in this role Greg. Anj Crowle (Lydia Scandolera, Scouts) has agreed to take on this important role :-) We aim to have at least one representative from each formation on the committee to maintain balance and to improve our communication to all  our members families. Would you like to volunteer for this role?

Many thanks Robert Biro (Liam Cubs) for working with the upholsterer to repair and recover our craft room stools. Also thanks to Andrew Taylor (Ruby + Oscar, Scouts and Angus, Cubs) for many hours work in the yard and taking on the Quartermaster role.


Fundraising

Our focus is on getting income from grants where practical and growing our passive income from additional bookings of our two halls. Are you after a location for a kids party? “The Belmont” aged care next door to 7 Dean St hall will now rent one of our storage sheds now that we have worked make them usable again! Keep spreading the word that we have many daytime sessions available at both halls and also Monday night at Dean St.


Joeys

Both mobs have recruited very well this term but we would love to see still more girls... for Joeys now and also so in years to come both Cubs and Scouts will be gender balanced.


Tuesday Mob - 7 (some to be invested) plus 5 new chums

Hany (Bilby) plans to take some “long service leave” after 8 years as a Joey leader so will be away over terms 2 and 3. Thanks from us all Bilby and congrats on your Meritorious Service Award. Come 4th term Bilby plans to re assess her future role in Scouting.

Sandra, Tina and Dan will be looking for a new Assistant Joey Scout leader to smooth this transition, and did I mention that by the time you read this Possum will have become Mrs. Possum? Congrats Tina!


Wednesday Mob - 5 invested, less 3 going up, plus  9 new chums

Cathy (Platypus) is happy with the influx to bring the Mob up to critical mass, but all boys! Two extra Joey Scout leaders may be needed, one now, as Mik has taken indefinite leave and   one soon as Belinda(Emu) isn’t sure what the future holds for her.


Banksia Cub Pack (Monday) - 21 cub scouts including 5 Joeys linking and 3 new chums

Brad (Chil) is about to start on the next stage of his medical journey. Once he does he will take some indefinite leave and we all wish him well. Our two Rover helpers have been a wonderful help in 2015 but now have other  commitments, so Keith (Hawkeye) and Antony(Bagera) are in urgent need of  two more Cub Scout leaders to cope with a full pack.


Acacia Cub Pack (Wednesday) - 22 cub scouts and 2 new chums

Welcome to Alison (Emily and Kathleen, Cubs; Ryan, Scouts) Alison comes to the Wednesday team from 1st Puckapunyal. Also welcome back to Tracey (Hathi) who joined as a leader some time ago but has been away with a long medical journey.

Arlene farewells us at end of June so is stepping back to allow the pack and leader team to adjust prior to leaving. Arlene’s contribution is too big for words but Wednesday’s pack must keep planning for her departure.


Tuesday Scouts -  28 scouts including a few Cubs linking recently and more to come!

All new enquiries are being redirected to our neighbouring groups.

Elizabeth (Murph) has been doing a wonderful job but is now in charge of 3 churches and the associated workload means she will be taking indefinite leave from end of term 2.

Linda (Tassie Devil) is on placement away from Geelong all term 1 and her availability for the rest of the year and beyond will be determined by her placement locations and future job opportunities. Gemma and her son Jude have decided not to continue scouting but have thanked us for their time with 1st Belmont. Clearly Gordon (Bagheera) and Gayathri must have more help. Having parent helpers is great but the Scout Troop needs at least 2 more leaders to run a good program with a troop of this size and with more Cubs in the wings.

Is this too big ? Should we be going out into the Belmont Community to discuss starting as second Scout Troop? Monday or Friday night? Rugby st or Dean St? Or not? And/or will the troop move to the larger hall at Dean St or not?  All this needs to be discussed - would you like to actively participate!




BIGHT Venturers - 23 Venturers plus 4  linking/visiting

Welcome to Cam, an ex Yarimbak Rover who has joined the unit as an Assistant Venturer Leader (AVL - probationary). The big news is that Tim (Captain) may find himself back in Australia on a more permanent basis from term 2. Standby for more on this. Graham (Grumpy Badger) leaves us at end of 2016 to circumnavigate this great country with Arlene, by which stage 1st Belmont may well have our first Queen's Scout awardees in over 40 years! This would be a huge achievement for the Venturers concerned and we all hope and are willing to help it happen. The Unit is large, vibrant and full of active teenagers who are using the Venturer scouting way to become great young adults.


YARIMBAK Rovers

Did you know that Rovers (18 to 26 years of age) are often told that Rovering is for Life? I started my Scouting as a 18 year old Rover at Rugby St. It changed my life so much I want to keep giving back.

Anthony Hayes (Barra), a former Yarimbak Rover and Assistant Scout leader with 1st Belmont, and his wife have just faced the tragic loss with their 10 month old son, Hamish who died as the result of  a brain tumor. The Rover Crew are donating funds and looking at how else we can all help in some small way. All funds from our  carpark on Friday are being donated to the Hayes family.


Be sure to look out for news on fundraising options, small jobs that need to be done and the many fantastic Scouting activities that this fantastically busy group does. Coming up, BIGHT venturers are off to Anything Goes, Joeys to Kangaree, Cubs to “camp” at Williamstown and will later meet the King of Sweden at Melbourne Zoo during a celebration of 100 years of Cubs. The adventure continues!


Wasn’t it a great night at Founders Day 22/2  under the bridge! It’s great to get Scouting out in the public, meet new people and enjoy time together. Be sure to keep the last weekend of April free to come to this year's only Family Camp (April 29/30 April and 1 May). Youth members, siblings and parents are all welcome. The whole of Treetops (at Riddles Creek) is booked allowing you to choose your accommodation style, from a self contained cabin or family bunk room to bringing your own caravan, camper or tent. The fun continues!


David Smith

Group Leader,1st Belmont Scout Group


2014 2015 report and update

1st Belmont Scout Group GLs Annual Report 2014 - 15


What a fantastic 25th year of Service in Scouting  it it has been for me. We have 122 youth members and 25 active leaders  registered ! The largest regional Victorian Group !

This is all a credit to our dedicated and fantastic leaders who provide programmes that our youth members continue to enjoy.Our parents committee continues to support these leaders by providing buildings,  resources and funds.

Scott Barnes as co-group leader has ensured that whilst I begin to take extended leave 1st Belmont gets through the critical June July census period smoothly and that everything keeps happening. NO easy task. Such a large group needs a lot of Admin. and behind the scenes work   THAN YOU Scott.


Tuesday Joeys

It seems that every time I get to visit the mob Hany, Tina, Dan and Sandra are having more fun than the Joeys ! Hany has been awarded her  meritous Service Certificate. With only 9 Joeys and 2 of these about to link up to Cubs we need to all become part of the recruiting team.  5 6 and 7 year olds needed

Wednesday Joeys

The brand new team of Cathy Bel Mic and Giovanna came aboard to ensure  Wednesday’s mob could continue after Naomi resigned with 6 years of fantastic service and another Meritous Service certificate Thankyou Naomi !. Giovanna has had to step aside due to family reasons but Linsey has come aboard as a part time leader (shift work)

Some rapid completion of training  has seen great programmes continue.

With only 10 Joeys,1 new chum  and 5  about to link up to Cubs we need to all become part of the recruiting team. 6 and 7 year olds needed.

Monday Cubs

Keith Brad and Carla have have gone from strength to strength. Kylie is on a long holiday and may  move up to Scouts 2016. Antony has come on board and is completing his training.

Our 22 Cubs have had a fantastic time. With linking up and 2 Joeys to come up status quo is ensured. (maybe even go to 24 with a new chum or two.

Wednesday Cubs

Phew what a tricky year it has been A perfect storm in term 2. Arlene on a term long training course as part of her Ford re training. Daniel on leave in Japan Tracey has taken long term sick leave and we wish her  success in her her battle to regain health.  So I had to step in, Jason Martin dusted of his uniform and  we even saw Jason Grant do the same occasionally ! (A strength of being a larger group with leaders on leave still registered)and the Monday Cub Leader team stepped up by preparing double programmes  and  doubling up  some weeks to help run them !

We got through that patch but this is a perfect example of why we need leader teams of 5 not 2 !

Bev Trainor may transfer in from Melbourne but with Arlene retiring in 12 months and decreasing her involvement we still need a new face or two to commit to ensure some succession planning.

23 Cubs with 3 to link up to scouts and 3 Joeys to come up.



Tuesday Scouts

Linda, Gordon, Elizabeth and Gayathri are our new team finally bringing some continuity to the troop after several years of leaders shortages. Gemma (our former treasurer) has started her training. With such a large troop and Linda decreasing her load and of to Tassie mid 2016,more leaders are still needed. Some discussion has occurred on whether we start a 2nd troop on Monday nights but it is felt that larger numbers mean better activities.

A shift to Dean St to get a larger hall and yard in 2016 is being discussed. Expenditure on providing  a 2nd set of equipment is an expenditure that our  fund raising can cope with. 27 Scouts, 2 to link to Venturers but 6 Cubs to link up means we could break the 30 barrier !

11 Scouts and  3 leaders are of to jamboree 2016 for a life changing experience and with so many young Scouts our next jamboree contingent should be bigger ! 2014/15 xpedition  fund had raised $13,000 to get them there !

Thursday BIGHT Venturer Unit

Graham, Matt and now Kim provide interesting and engaging programmes.Tim continues on leave in East Timor. Graham is of around Australia with Arlene in October 2016 so at least one more leader needed here.

The quality of the programmes is reflected in Venturers from all over Geelong travelling to visit and sometimes join BIGHT. 20 with 4 new chums

Sunday YARIMBAK ROVER CREW

Steve has just been awarded his Silver Wattle for good reason. a fantastic history of Scouting:Joeys Cubs Scouts and now Rovers. Even helping Scott admin the census and fees  for 2 years in a row now whilst I am on winter leave. Service, the Rover motto,  is exemplified by Steve. 16 Rovers, a long distance rover and some to register


Parents Committee

led by Greg Brown we have achieved our 2014/15 expedition target.

Necessary sewer works were completed hastily, as you can imagine ! Ceiling works  at Dean St and a new stove there plus exploring heating options will continue to be a fundraising objective.

A new shed at Rugby St is finally about to be realised. This means we will get an empty carport for safer activities at last !!

We have funds in hand for these projects  and if the scout troop moves to Dean St a certain amount of equipment will need to be duplicated and, patrol corners and patrol boxes installed which will mean that SOME of those funds we have worked so hard for can be spent..


Yours in Scouting

David Smith

GL 1st BSG


  • 1st Belmont Family Camp May 2016 Located approximately 100kms from Geelong (140 Royal Parade, Riddells Creek see www.treetopscoutcamp.com.au) and surrounded by a natural bush setting, Treetops is the perfect place to relax and watch the wildlife or get  moving with activities such as the low ropes course and mini golf. At night sit back and enjoy a blazing camp fire. Choose your accommodation from caravans/campers (you can even access power!), Pack Accommodation (family bunk rooms) and if you’re quick there are even self contained cabins complete with twin bathrooms and a lounge.Family Camps are just like a camping holiday, except cheaper and with a bunch of people you already sort of know.The Fine Print: Family camp is different to ...
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  • May 2015 Family Camp 1st of May to 3rd of May 2015 Come and join us for fun and adventure at Treetops Camp and Activity Park.  Located approximately 100kms from Geelong and surrounded by a natural bush setting, Treetops is the perfect place to relax and watch the wildlife or get a little crazy with activities such as the low ropes course and the flying fox.No one should feel excluded.... choose your accommodation from caravans/campers (you can even access power!) or for those who like a bit more comfort there is Pack Accommodation (family bunk rooms) and if you’re quick there are even self contained cabins complete with twin bathrooms and a lounge.Are you coming? RSVP by clicking ...
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