Venturer Events


14th NZ Venture 2019 - Illuminate 2019

A once in a lifetime experience in the northern most part of New Zealand. Venture will start in Auckland and culminate with phase two held in a secret location in Northland.

Venturers from all over New Zealand will be joined by teenagers from Australia, Asia-Pacific and further afield, all sharing this unique mix of exploration, culture and friendship.

Held only every three years, this Venture expects to bring together 1,000 teens for (as quoted from previous Venture participants, and their parents!) "The time of their life".

Expeditions will be announced by November 2017. Applications will open in February 2018.

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Anything Goes 2019

Anything Goes is a giant adventurous activities weekend camp for Venturers and linking Scouts, held on the last weekend of February every year at Lardner Park near Warragul.

Last year’s event had nearly 1000 youth attending, with plenty of supporting staff.

The cost for youth members includes one gold or two silver booked activities, as well as a huge range of onsite activities.

Booked activities including horse riding, rafting, mountain biking, ten pin bowling, scuba diving, high ropes course, four wheel driving, segways, helicopter rides, laser tag and much more.  Anything Goes has a fleet of buses (with the help of volunteer drivers) to take you offsite to your booked activities.

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Hoadley Hide 2019 April 19-22 April 2019 - Mission to Mars

Hoadley Hide is a competitive event where Teams of Venturers hike from activity to activity (called stunts), which are run by groups of Leaders and Rover Crews. A Rogaine and a night hike are some features added recently. Music, videos and a DJ feature at night time campsites.

If you are new to Venturers, you can take part in the Venturing Skills activity on Friday and then participate in the Initiative course on Saturday and Sunday - two badges in one weekend!

The Hide is organised by the Victorian State Venturer Scout Council of Scouts Australia and runs over the Easter period from Good Friday until Easter Monday. Venturer Scouts and Guides from all over the state (and from other states of Australia) come to take part in this exciting activity that is a highlight of the Venturing year.

Join us at Hoadley Hide 2019: 19th April 2019 - 22nd April 2019 for a Mission to Mars!


The FarScout Recruitment Team are after any Venturer Scout or Ranger Guide aged 14 to 17 to complete our Astronaut training program. You'll be completely self-sufficient, hiking between our different training stations where you'll learn all the skills necessary for the first manned Mission to Mars.

In addition, Venturers who complete the training program can receive their Venturing Skills and Initiative badges.

We are hoping for a successful mission; we know a lot about Mars, but there is a lot about the red planet we don't know. We need you to help explore and face the challenges of an alien planet!

Registrations Open 1st October 2018 and close in early 2019, and places are limited to 250 participants, so round up your team of 4-6 Venturers/Guides now, put Hoadley Hide 2019 on your Unit program for 2019, and get your application in early to secure your place in outer space!

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Snow Venture 2018

Snow Venture, is held each year for Venturers at the Bogong Rover Chalet, and is an awesome opportunity to learn how or to improve your skiing. (You soon learn if you haven’t skied before).

Snow Venture is unbeatably the best value for money you can get for 8 days skiing, however also gives you a wonderful experience to appreciate some of Australia’s awesome high country in the snow, while cross country skiing with other Venturers. The final leg of the trip is accomplished on cross-country skis for 11km. Yes, you need to and must be physically able to ski the full 11km into the chalet carrying all your gear and share of food.

There is a different theme each year for the trip and Venturers organise evening activities for everyone to participate in after the days skiing adventures, which are great fun.

Snow Venture is organised & led by an experienced team of leaders that have attended many ski weeks at the chalet and have also completed training for the running of the chalet to make Snow Venture not only a wonderful experience for all, but also to ensure the SAFETY of everyone in the snow.

2018 Dates

Snow Venture 1: July 6-14

Snow Venture 2: September 21-29

Iglute 2018

Iglute is a weekend-long introduction to snow camping and on-snow travel with pack on skis or snow-shoes.

We normally do some Igloo or snow-cave building on Saturday and do some skiing around the local area trails.  Igloo-builders confident of their construction skills are encouraged to sleep overnight in their ice creations.

Experience this cooler, whiter way of camping and travelling around our mountain country under the expert supervision of the Victorian Branch Ski Touring Team activity leaders. 

2018 Dates

August 10-12

Armstrong 500 2018

The team that brings you Anything Goes has revived the old Armstrong 500 - a competition hike for Venturers, Rovers & Leaders held annually in September.

If you like hiking, and love a challenge, this is the weekend for you. It will be held from 8-10 September 2017 in Labertouche, West Gippsland and, knowing the local weather, there will be mud.

There will also be about 20 stunts with short, sharp challenges (no more than 20 minutes) focusing on things like construction, first aid, initiative, communication, creativity, mapping and more. These are scattered throughout country that includes some steep hikes. There will be one central base camp, but you will have to take all your gear with you each day.

Teams of 4-7 Venturers, or 4-7 Leaders and/or Rovers, can enter, and you can also use Armstrong as an initiative course.

2018 Dates

September 7-9


BARCOM is a unique Venturer Activity, conducted in the September school holidays each year, consisting of 4 rafts 3 m wide x 4.8 m long on which deck boxes are provided to carry food, water, cooking equipment, tools, packs, tents and personal equipment for the week.

Each raft has a crew of 8, so each expedition can accommodate 32 participants. BARCOM is an activity that challenges and enhances your Scouting skills by active participation in building, launching, provisioning, rowing and navigating a raft down the mighty Murray River. Rafting expeditions provide plenty of exciting challenges, requiring first class teamwork and initiative to overcome situations as they arise. Lasting friendships are formed and the experiences will be relived many times and spoken about for years to come.

BARCOM provides all materials, food, and experienced, qualified Leaders and a great adventure.

2018 Dates

Expedition 1: September 21-29

Expedition 2: September 29-October 5

Vic Gathering 2018

Vic Gathering is an event run specifically for Victorian Venturers and Guides. The objective of the Gathering is to provide a fun weekend to help the Venturers, Guides, Rovers and Leaders unwind at the end of a busy year.  

Vic Gathering is run by the Vic Gathering Committee, with support from Leaders and Rovers from across the State. VG takes place on the first weekend of December each year.

VG is a standing camp with booking in commencing at 6.00 pm Friday and most activities getting under way by 9.30 pm. Venturers and Guides are generally required to be self-sufficient for the weekend, however a canteen is provided for those who do not wish to prepare their own meals.

2018 Dates

November 30-December 2

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