Well done to Sascha Bajayo for reaching this Venturer pinnacle. Sunday (29/5/2022) was a fabulous night celebrating all that Scouting has to offer. Sascha embodies all the opportunities Scouting has to offer, from local environment action to the greater international world of Scouting. I hope Sascha will come back as a leader and continue to be a great ambassador for Scouting (and 10th Caulfield) for years to come. Kol hakavod.
Joel Grunbaum and Leah Hain of 28th Glen Eira Venturer Unit were formally presented their Queen Scout awards at a ceremony at Government House over the weekend just past.
We are super proud of their achievements and hope they had a wonderful celebration amongst all the other recipients and their families.
Our Scouts and leaders attended the District ARAP on Wednesday. This is an annual meeting where we get to here how Scouting is going in our district which covers Glen Eira and Stonnington council areas, roughly. We picked up an runner-up award for most active Scout group for 2017! Awesome! I was super proud to hear our senior Scouts jump up in front of everyone and speak clearly and confidently about all the great things they have done this year in Scouts. Thanks to Jessica, Sascha and Dara for preparing your speech and executing it with such polish. And a special mention goes to Sascha who actually made time to come down even though it was his BIRTHDAY. Happy Birthday Sash!
Over the weekend Joel Grunbaum was presented his Queen Scout Award. This award is what we call a pinnacle award. This is the highest achievement a Venturer scout can achieve. If you are down at the hall and look at the honour board you will see the last Queen Scout was back in 2003 when our current Scout leader Shana Owen received her award.
A Queen Scout award is no easy feat to achieve. It took 300 hours of work over 3 years! Below read a summary of Joel’s Scouting life and what it took for him to complete his Queen Scout award.
We thank the following dignitaries present:
- Brendan Watson, Chief Commissioner, Scouts Victoria
- Rod Burnes, State Commissioner for Venturers
- Gary Steinhardt, Assistant State Commissioner for Venturers
- Michael Thomas, Assistant Chief Commissioner – Section Support
- Chris Anderson, Region Commissioner for Venturers, Melbourne Region
- Roy Kaplan, District Commissioner for Glen Eira – Stonington District
Mazel tov to Joel. We wish him all the best in completing his VCE this year, and look forward to hearing more of his Scouting journey into Rovers.
Joel’s History in Scouting
After Joining 10th Caulfield Scouts about 2011, Joel attended the 23rd Australian Scout Jamboree in 2013 in Queensland, and earned his Australian Scout Medallion (ASM) before moving to Venturers.
Joel joined 28th Glen Eira Venturer, and was invested at the Shrine on ANZAC Day 2014 following the dawn service.
He then achieved the following Venturer Award level badges – each one averaging at least 10 hours effort:
|Citizenship||Discussion on multiculturalism, local council, contacted interstate venturer, Report on Liberal party and ALP|
|Environment||Attended the district Environment course|
|Expedition||Planned and undertook a hike on the dry diggings track, from Castlemaine to part way to Daylesford – along with Tobi and several other Venturers|
|Expression||Went to a design exhibition, and reported back to the Unit|
|First Aid||Attended a first aid course|
|Ideals||Attended an Ideals course, and then separately ran a Scouts Own|
|Initiative||Attended Hoadley Hide 2014|
|Lifestyle||Attended Gymnastics for a period of time, and arranged a unit talk on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs|
|Outdoor||Went caving with the Venturer Unit|
|Service||Worked at an opp shop and did school based community service|
|Unit Management||Attended the Region run course and investigated how a small business operates|
|Vocations||Undertook job interviews and reported on the Freemasons|
He then achieved the following Queen’s Scout level badges – each one averaging at least 30 hours effort:
|Leadership||Attended a training course|
|Outdoor||Partook in Rowing|
|Lifestyle||Was in a hockey team, and arranged a talk on how diet, sleep, recreation and stress can affect physical and mental health|
|Service||Helped at Cuboree, cub meetings and Stradbroke cup|
During his time in Venturers, he also attended many other activities, including:
- 16th Australian Venture in 2015 in Adelaide
- 13th New Zealand Venture in 2016 in Rotorua, NZ
- Hoadley Hide
- Anything Goes
We’d like to congratulate James Silver on his next chapter in Scouting. On ANZAC day, just after the dawn service Robert Hain our Venturer leader held a short ceremony to mark James moving up from Scouts to Venturers. James has been an invaluable Patrol Leader in the Scout section and we know he will become an integral part of 28th Venturer Unit as well. We wish James all the best on his continuing Scouting life.
Every year we attend the City of Glen Eira Anzac Day Commemorative Service. We participate in a service run by the City of Glen Eira by escorting members of the Returned Services League (RSL) and lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.
Our Venturers went pistol shooting tonight! This very original outing happened at Apex Shooting Club in a reinforced concrete bunker in Dandenong. Firstly we listened to a safety briefing which explained the anatomy of a bullet/round then on the basics of firing a handgun.
We then donned (love that word) ear and eye protection and descended into the bunker to shoot some round, Dirty Harry style. We got to shoot 3 styles of pistol including a ole Western style 6-shooter.
Venturers know how to have some serious (and a little more grown up) fun!
Last night we had a fantastic night of fun and trivia. MC’s for the evening Zach and Jeremy asked 6 rounds of questions interspersed with hilarious games that had the whole room laughing and competing for prizes galore. Mazel tov to the Overall winners The Grey Wolves for their trivia prowess.
A HUGE thank you to Rachael Bayajo for organising the prizes and Steve Silver for organising the evening. With much support from Jeremy, Michael, Gavin and Symona.
Thank you to our sponsors the Party Bazaar, Caprice and Continental Butchers for prizes and for room decorations generously donated. Thank you to 12th Caulfield Scout Group for lending us their tables for the evening.