News & Updates

1st Belmont Family Camp May 2016

posted 19 Mar 2016, 16:12 by Keith Robertson

Located approximately 100kms from Geelong (140 Royal Parade, Riddells Creek see 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


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


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


Bring Your Own

Dinner –Saturday Only, $8/head

Share a 2 course roast meal with vegetables and dessert.


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.

Big Day Scout!

posted 20 Oct 2014, 18:39 by Scott Barnes   [ updated 20 Oct 2014, 18:41 ]

Sunday 15th  February 2015,  9.30 - 4pm

One day, thousands of Scouts!

Come and join in the unmissable fun at Big Day Scout, a fun Scouting event for the whole family.

Start the day running from Federation Square on a city Wide Game with a Street Art twist. Then, head on over to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl at Noon for a spectacular show to invest our new Chief Scout of Victoria!

For full details go to:

Brendan Watson - Victorian Chief Commissioner

posted 20 Oct 2014, 18:30 by Scott Barnes

Brendan Watson, 41, to become the youngest person to lead Scouts Victoria

Kylie Adoranti, Leader January 27, 2014 12:00AM

Brendan Watson, 41, is the new Chief Commissioner to Victoria's 20,000 scouts. Photo: Josie Hayden

BRENDAN Watson is prepared for the next stage in his impressive career, which will see him become the youngest person to reach the highest position in Scouts Victoria.

On February 1, Mr Watson, 41, of Hawthorn, will become Scouts Chief Commissioner to the state's 20,000 scouts.

When he became principal of a secondary school - the Catholic Regional College, Sydenham, eight years ago - he was the youngest person in Victoria to reach that level in the Catholic system.

He will stay on at the school, where he has added scouting to the curriculum.

But his journey to success started much earlier.

Mr Watson joined Heathmont Scouts when he was 11 years old.

"I was looking for something a bit different ... something outside and something I could do week in, week out, that wasn't the same," Mr Watson said.

Mr Watson said most people associated Scouts with knot tying and helping old ladies carry shopping bags, which was just a stereotype.

"They go skiing, sailing, abseiling, canoeing. They learn a lot of skills and learn about their community," he said.

When Mr Watson was 18, he visited Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster before attending a UNESCO peace camp in Moldova.

At 25, he was appointed Scouts Australia International Commissioner, which meant he was the country's scouting ambassador to the world.

With Mr Watson about to start in the voluntary role, he told the Leader his plans for scouts across the state.

He said the organisation had seen a growth in membership in recent years and he hoped to continue that trend.

Last year, Mr Watson and teaching staff started a scout group at the Victorian College for the Deaf, in Prahran, and relaunched scout groups losing members.

With the help of other members, a scout group was started with the children from the Fitzroy high-rise flats.

His own school is the first secondary school in the state where students can take scouting as a subject for VCE and VCAL in Year 11.

After the subject is completed, students gain a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation and Certificate II in Vocational Education and Training Business.

It is expected other schools will jump on board.

"Scouts in the past has been seen as an informal learning organisation. Now, we are providing programs to secondary schools and talking to universities, offering them a pre-service teaching program, where we would provide first-year university students a placement at Scouts," Mr Watson said.

Mr Watson said there were a couple of challenges facing the organisation.

"Families are pressed for time, there are school and sporting commitments and a whole range of organisations are competing against each other for young people to join. I think it is very important for young people to take part in extra-curricular activities," he said.

The other concern for the Scouts is space.

"It is hard when we don't have existing facilities such as scout halls available to us. Sometimes we have to share halls with other organisations and co-operate with councils," Mr Watson said.

Anyone from the ages of five to 25 can join Scouts.

1st Belmont Scout Group - July 2014 update

posted 10 Jul 2014, 16:28 by Daniel McLean   [ updated 10 Jul 2014, 16:35 ]

Active youth and young adults from 6 to 26

Kangaree 2014

Hello 1st Belmont Community

Census 2014/15

Census 2014/15 has been and gone. At close of census we registered:
  • Adult helpers: 1
  • Leaders: 26
  • Joey scouts: 25
  • Cub scouts: 38
  • Scouts: 20
  • Venturers: 12
  • Rovers: 10
  • Total: 115 youth members

Total Census amount: $18,300.00 which we pay from fees collected

Those on quarterly fees payments please pay before last week of School terms.

Sincere thanks to Steve Read who completed Census whilst Scott and I were on leave - a huge job !

Fundraising Update

We raise funds to subsidise 50% of youth fees for Kangaree, Cuboree, Jamboree, and 100% of fees for leaders and adults attending. Our Kangaree target of $2,000 was achieved and our Cuboree target is $7000 and we are halfway with $3,600 raised from footy car parks and scrap metal drive.

Coming up next is the Trivia night, if you haven’t started selling seats to your friends please do!

Thankyou all helpers.

Another EASY fundraiser is tenants for our halls. Either regular weekly tenants or casual hire. If you know of anyone who is looking for a hall for regular classes or kids parties or social gatherings (NOT 18ths and 21sts!!) please recomend our halls.  Casual hire is $140 per evening/day,  Regular classes $25 per session up to 3 hours. Have you seen the new HALLS FOR HIRE sign in High St ?

Our parents committee is getting up to speed but still needs parent reps from some sections. Talk with Greg Brown, to see if your section could do with a rep. on committee.

Leaders, leaders,  leaders, leaders, more leaders.

Yep . Again, Whilst Monday and Wednesday Cubs are doing OK for leaders (with 3 trained and 1 to train each of these sections) We are struggling to keep our two joey mobs open as we are down to 4 leaders between the two Joey Mobs when we should have 8 !!!

We have too many kids for one mob with a whole batch of near 6 year old siblings on the waiting list. One new parent may start training but as his child is a already 7 he only has a year in joeys.

If you know of any families with 6 year olds, whose parents may be leader potential !! You know who to call !

The severe leader shortage in the Scouts section is the same as many updates. One leader who returns to Tasmania in 18 months time and two part time leaders. Scouts was cancelled once last term.

And still no female Venturer Scout leader.


Many camps and activities have been, gone and enjoyed by all, so don’t forget to see their stories on our website.

Reminder, David is on two weeks leave 12/7 to 27/7

Scott returns from leave 16/7

Sincerely in Scouting, your Group Leaders,

David Smith

Scott Barnes

ANZAC Day 2014

posted 8 May 2014, 00:51 by Scott Barnes

It was great to have over 70 1st Belmont members at ANZAC Day services this year. Joeys at the Boar War memorial dawn service were joined by Cubs, Scouts and Venturers who walked from three different locations after sleeping out over the night. The second Joey mob attended the RSL ANZAC service a little later in the morning.

We will remember them, lest we forget

Blokes Day 2014

posted 3 Apr 2014, 06:42 by Scott Barnes   [ updated 3 Apr 2014, 06:45 ]

After making dozens of small "Yabby Tail" keyrings with visitors
two of our Scouts, together with leaders and members of the public
made an ENORMOUS version using a Tug of War rope!

2014 Founders Day

posted 23 Mar 2014, 06:44 by Scott Barnes

 1st Belmont Leaders - what a handsome bunch!

1st Belmont Annual Reports and Presentation Dinner

posted 12 Aug 2013, 03:22 by Daniel McLean   [ updated 12 Aug 2013, 03:49 by Belmont Images ]

On July 24th 2013 approximately 50 adults and 40 children brought along a meal to share to hear and see our annual presentation. Three new leaders were invested and Tim Kuiper (Venturer Leader) received his Woodbeads (Advanced Training qualification).

When the children exited stage right to outdoor activities ran by Yarrimbak Rovers, the adults heard annual reports, presented as a visual display and we had the briefest AGM ever, approximately 2 minutes, with most positions filled prior.  This was followed by a discussion on the way ahead for our 1st Belmont facilities.

The group's annual report is available for download below.

Photo: Bilby (Hany Smith) master cheffing scouts Danielle and Lily with some cub cakes to be served by Scouts at our 2013 A.R.A.P.

Better Blocks...

posted 16 Jun 2013, 19:08 by Belmont Images

WOW!! What a great day!!

We had Hawkeye (Monday nights Cub Leader) and his family ride with me and two other families, while other families walked with Chil (another Monday night leader) up to Little Malop Street to join in the activities along the St.

The kids made their own terrariums,cooked sausages and painted their own work of art that was hung up on the wall for all to see. Some of our Scouts ran a "change the tyre" tiam trial. There were giant versions of chess, snakes and ladders and connect-4 set up, as well as fresh local produce and community activities out for all to see. I was great to have plenty places to park our bikes and music to move and groove to.

Wouldn't it be marvelous to see some of this become a reality, Our Communities (all of us!) will have to work hard to convince the powers that be that making a place where people can ride or walk to in the middle of the city to play and enjoy a great coffee can actually be GOOD for the businesses and the communities both.

1st Belmont Scout/Cub/Joey Committee Meeting

posted 31 May 2013, 22:29 by Unknown user

1st Belmont are gradually getting together a committee to help David, Scott and the scout, cub and joey leaders with their dedicated work in providing such a good experience for all of our kids.

The committee helps with hall maintenance, fund raising, finances and leader support and belonging to the committee can be a rewarding and sociable experience.

Most of the "scary" jobs have been allocated so please consider coming along and joining in! You are welcome to bring along some beer, wine or nibbles to savor on the night.

Details of our our first meeting :-

Belmont Scout Hall, Rugby St, Belmont
7pm  - 8:30pm.

Topics may include Hall Safety Issues, Finances, Fund raising support etc.
Meetings may be monthly or bi-monthly.
I hope to keep the business to 1 or 1.5 hrs max with some social time afterwards, if desired.

Hope to see you there.

David Breakey

M: 0403 228 709

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