Friday, August 31, 2012


When you're waiting for a train and get redirected to a bus, you get a sense of frustration.

When you find out that trains are cancelled until further notice because of a fatality on the line, you shrug and think it could be worse!

All things being equal, I'll still get to Bendigo if a little late. Somebody else won't be making it home.

So I'll leave you with that thought and bid you a good weekend. I'm off to play bowls with some mates in Bendigo.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Time wasters and Tyre kickers

I continue to be stumped as to why recruitment consultants make contact via LinkedIn or directly and then fail to return your follow up. I can't think of another profession (*cough cough*) where that is an accepted practice.

Similarly, why do organisations advertise/cast the net for positions and then not be willing to pay within generally accepted market ranges commensurate with such experience and positions? If you're not willing to pay for senior experience, don't advertise the role as such and waste peoples time.

Here's a top tip, it will be a cold day in hell before I leave a job for less than I'm currently taking home.

Meet the Venturers

Rather than re-invent the wheel we've got the opportunity to run an existing Venturer unit and bring under the 1st Upwey umbrella. That unit are about to lose their sole leader, so it's pretty timely.

Tonight Ross (my partner-in-crime to be), Ken (our esteemed group leader) and myself have received an invitation to meet the Unit. The first steps in a (hopefully) long journey and I'm looking forward to it.

By the look of it we'll be starting in our leader roles sooner rather than later - most likely the beginning of the next school term. No time like the present :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Venturer Leader training

After having a discussion with the District Venturer Leader and the District Commissioner, 1st Upwey has decided to embark upon the journey of running a Venturer unit! Just how this will occur will become more apparent in the coming weeks, but the first thing we need to do is get some leaders trained up.! I've just completed the online section of my basic training and once I take delivery of the Venturer Scout Handbook in the next few days, I'll be able to complete the Venturer specific component of the online training and get down to business!

One of our Cub Leaders is also going to join me and we're both really excited about the whole she-bang. We'll start visiting local units to see see how they operate and pick the eyes out of their processes and programs. Can't wait.

Monday, August 06, 2012

A Hills Winter

It's such a lovely looking day outside today, it's just a pity we're experiencing it at about 7 deg C at the moment. So I'll just have to make do with looking out of my office window and enjoying the view.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Scouty goodness for everybody - up to 2025!

Scouts are nothing if not prepared, hence the motto - Be Prepared.

With Karen and Patrick heading to the 23rd Australian Jamboree in Maryborough Qld in January 2013, I did a search for the next Venturer Venture and the following Scout Jamboree. Information aplenty!

So here is the list of the triennial Scout Jamborees, Venturer Ventures and Rover Moots from 2010 - 2025.

2010   22nd Australian Jamboree NSW
2011   18th Australian Moot SA
2012   15th Australian Venture TAS
2013   23rd Australian Jamboree QLD
2014   19th Australian Moot WA
2015   16th Australian Venture SA
2016   24th Australian Jamboree NSW
2017   20th Australian Moot VIC
2018   17th Australian Venture QLD
2019   25th Australian Jamboree SA
2020   21st Australian Moot ACT
2021   18th Australian Venture Victoria
2022   26th Australian Jamboree NSW
2023   22nd Australian Moot Queensland
2024   19th Australian Venture ACT
2025   27th Australian Jamboree Victoria