Joel Grunbaum receives his Queen Scout Award

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
Pursuits Driving
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