Archive | April, 2012

Venturers at Dragonskin 2012


BRAVO to the nineteen Vennies from 1st Caringbah who enjoyed days of FUN, camaraderie and competition on Dragonskin 2012. Dragon Skin is the premier event for Venturers in NSW and arguably in Australia . Over 700 Venturers, Ranger Guides (and school groups) from all over NSW and Australia participate in this long weekend competition Camp.  Teams cover over 30km over the Easter long weekend and complete up to 50 activities where they are tested on leadership, initiative, teamwork, task completions and enthusiasm.

The Queens Bees (Jess Juretic – leader, Darcie MacPherson, Vivien Nguyen and Megan Compton) made history by being the first all-female team to beat all 170 teams and win this event in the 28 years it has run GO GIRL POWER.

We are also rapt with our other teams that learned some skills and had FUN

Excuse me – Dunc Clark (leader), Jake M, Cam B, Chris M
Cazbah Fairies – Caitlin (Leader), Jamie, Jake J, Hayden
Pirates of the Cazbah – Laura (Leader), Megs S, Jess Ja, Nick, Ross, Hamish

BRAVO to all our vennies who participated and developed their experience/skills and had FUN.


Venturer & Scout Award Ceremony – Mar 12

Last weekend Venturer Scout Nathan Leivesley and Scout Jake Juretic
were awarded their Queens Scout Award and Scout Medallion (respectively). They
both received their awards from NSW Governor Marie Bashir at Government House
with other recipients from all over NSW.

They have demonstrated great tenacity, focus and high skill levels to achieve these awards.

Nathan excelled himself by leading his expedition members to safety during wild weather from Kanangra to Katoomba.  Emergency services were called out for 3 other hiking parties that weekend.  For his community service, Nathan served as a leader and mentor on multiple Anthony Robbins leadership conferences in Australia and in USA. Nathan also completed over 80 hours service with his own scout group teaching his scouts elements of the award scheme and organising activities at State Rally, Scout Hike, District and Group camps.   He attended the State Venturers environment camp in Ingleside where he conducted extensive bush regeneration and for the expression component of his award
Nathan learned and refined his photography skills posting many of his works on
his group’s web page. Nathan took up windsurfing to achieve his Queen’s Scout outdoor 2 and went on to attend the internationally recognised yachting Australia Windsurf instructor course in order to teach other scouts and venture scouts. 

Jake also excelled himself as a 13 year old, leading 4 fellow scouts on a 2 day expedition over 30 km on the Great North Walk (without any adults in attendance).  He also completed a Leadership Activity where he planned for 2 months to organise a car wash and cake stall to raise funds to assist Venturers in fundraising to attend Wild Dayz Venture in Tasmania and Venture South in New Zealand.  Thanks to Jakes leadership, co-ordination, delegation and inspiration, they collectively raised $1400.  Other highlights for Jake in earning this award include leading a team to 1st Place in South Metropolitan Region at State Rally, winning fastest knotter at Boree in 2 years, completing his Yachting
Australia windsurf instructor course and devoting time to volunteering with
Disabled Surfers Australia, Red Cross and Landcare Australia.

BRAVO guys, it was well earned and reflects your tenacity and high skill levels.