Virtual Venturing 2020 | Latest News

As we respond to social distancing, Venturers Victoria is continuing to evolving to implement our 2020 goals.

CURRENT NEWS

28/9/2020 - Baha’i ‘Ideals Visit’ on Zoom - Sunday, 18th October 2020

An Ideals opportunity for Venturers - more details here

21/9/2020 - Virtual Venturing Uniform Badge for sale

                                                                                                                             

The Victorian Venturer Council is proud to announce that we have gained approval for this cloth badge to be worn on the Venturer uniform until 31 March 2021 to celebrate how resilient Venturers have been under COVID restrictions.
The badges will be available to purchase soon from ScoutShop online for approximately $2 with any profits made to go to Headspace. 

11/8/2020 - Venturer Environment Course|Regent Honey Eater - this courses starts tonight and there are 94 Venturers on the course from Geelong, Wodonga, Mildura, Metro Melbourne and also from Queensland and NSW - Wow! We look forward to hearing about the outcomes and learning experiences.

6/9/2020 - Initiative Course COVID Online
Registrations are open now for a new online Initiative Course:
Can Online Venturers Initiate Discoveries? – on 25-27 September at https://www.trybooking.com/BLJVE
Challenges will include many of the things an Initiative course normally has: Navigation, Construction, Problem Solving, Cooking, and even Walking, all while we ensure we uphold our duty to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Cost is free, but places are limited, so book early to secure your place! For more information,
email: support@vicventurers.com.au

5/9/2020 - What Badges Can't You Do in Lockdown? - VVC is getting lots of enquiries on Venturers almost giving up on badgework during lockdown. We have a range of activities on our website to give you some ideas. Checkout Virtual Award Scheme Activities.

27/08/2020 - A 'Virtual' Night at the Observatory - Friday, September 4, 2020 at 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Mount Burnett Observatory is kicking of a new monthly series of live streams to bring the wonders of the universe to you. While we are all in lock down, we are missing sharing our love of the night sky, so the MBO outreach team have come together and we have planned an evening of exploring the night sky for you.
Check out the link here.

26/8/2020 - On Saturday 29 August at 2pm we have a Magic Show for all our members and their families. More than a show, this an online tutorial from the Academy of Magic.
Master illusionist and escapologist Cosentino will teach us magic with everyday items.We will learn magic with everyday household items with Cosentino The Grand Illusionist 
Save the date and time. The link will be sent to every youth member.
Please do not share this link on public Facebook pages or similar public sites. This is a closed event for all Scouts in Victoria. 

20/8/2020 - Statewide 'Cook Along' - Sunday August 23 at 3pm on Facebook for a live Statewide cook along – Scouts together in the kitchen! Parma meat balls and ice cream smash – check and share the recipes.

18/8/2020 - Carton Rover Reptile Night (online) - Monday 7th September starting @ 7:00pm.
Live stream from Facebook

18/8/2020 - Great Cycling Challenge - checkout this Kids' Cancer fundraiser in October where you could use for Service, Lifestyle or Outdoor (but check COVID-19 rules) - www.greatcyclechallenge.com.au

17/8/2020 - Online Courses

- Leadership Course - October now open
- Unit Management Course - November now open
Email: support@vicventurers.com.au and tell us:
- your Name, Unit, Reg No, home postal address, personal email address, personal mobile, name of your Venturer Leader.

12/8/2020 - VVVC Newsletter - August (Term 3)  - download here

6/8/2020 - JUST ANNOUNCED - Venturer Environment Camp|Regent Honey Eater
September 11-13 & 19 September 
Online VA Environment Badge including the World Scouting Environment Badge and more.
Cost: $10, Closing date - 7 September
Bookings: Trybooking.com/BKPQS

6/8/2020 - Permitted Outdoor Activities
After consultation with the Scout Victoria COVID-19 Emergency Team we can advise that:

  • VA or QS Outdoor will allow Cycling as an approved activity, providing Venturers comply with the Stage 3 or Stage Stage 4 requirements (single cyclist, wearing a mask, 1 hour duration only for exercise, within 5 km of your home). Use the State Cycling Teams concept of 'Cycling Every Street in your 'Hood' - keep a log of your journeys, practice some navigation, set some challenges and include some selfies of your travel. More details here - STAY SAFE.
  • Orienteering is not approved during the current restrictions period.
  • Geocaching is not approved during the current restrictions period.

5/8/2020 - Venturer COVID-19 Provisions extended to 30 November 2020
The Victorian Venturer Council has endorsed the revised provisions in Award Scheme activities for Venturers aiming to complete their Queen's Scout Award in 2020 which are effective immediately.
The latest information on how Venturers can continue in the Award Scheme towards completing Queen's Scout.
Download Here 

5/8/202 - New Venturer Council Members
A big welcome to our new Youth Council members for 2020/2021 - Georgie - 5th Mildura, Sophie -1st Eltham North, Kelly - 1st Churchill, Charlie - 1st Edithvale, Pete - 2nd/6th Hawthorn, Caitlyn - 3rd Wodonga, Marko - 1st Caroline Springs & Elizabeth - 1st Bennettswood. We also welcome our new Venturer Scout Commissioners-Region - Dwayne Bicknell (Lerderderg) and Cameron Pearce (Geelong). Peter Datson is moving to Plenty Valley Region.

5/8/2020 - Microsoft Teams
Have you used Microsoft Teams lately? It has expanded to 7x7 screens (49 people on display) and also some new functionality. Select update and restart Teams.

4/8/2020 - Venturer Environment Camp / Regent Honey Eater / WSEB
Good news is - we are currently working on an On-Line course
Dates: Friday 11 - Sunday 13 September & Sunday 19 September
This year we are very excited to join with the State Environment Team to deliver not just the VA Environment Tape also the Regent Honey Eater project, and the World Scouting Environment Badge.
This event is designed by Venturer Scouts to cover the VA Environment Badge including with Support from the State Environment team to deliver the World Scouting Environment Badge (incorporating the Regent Honey Eater project.

2/8/2020 - State government regulations have changed.
All the required information can be found on Scouts Victoria website.

18/7/2020 - BARCOM - both Expeditions cancelled
Due to new conditions being applied by NSW COVID-19 provisions, BARCOM 2020 both expeditions are cancelled.
Refunds will be actioned soon.For Venturers using BARCOM for Award Scheme, please contact the BARCOM Team for assistance and information.

17/7/2020 - OzVenture 2021 cancelled 
It has been announced that Oz Venture 2021 will not be proceeding as a national event next January. The current rapidly changing circumstances with COVID-19 means our attendees safety can’t be guaranteed, a risk we can’t take in good faith. At this point in time we do not believe it would be responsible to host an event of this nature. All applicants will be contacted regarding refund details.

15/7/2020 -  VVC Livestream #VVQ&A - 12th July
Check out the livestream with Shane Jacobson, Chief Scout of Victoria and Q&A about our Program changes.
Youtube link here

9/7/2020 - State government regulations have changed.
All the required information can be found on Scouts Victoria website.

8/7/2020 - 'Virtual' Expedition now extended to 17+ years/Year 12 & 11 Venturers who have almost completed QS. Complete the Survey here to enrol.

With the changes physical Expeditions are not possible for Metro Venturers. For Country Venturers (excluding Mitchell Shire) the most important rules for expeditions are:
One person per tent (so 5 on an expedition = 5 tents) 
No shared cooking equipment
No access to shared facilities (toilet/shower blocks)
Check with the authorities responsible for where you are going to check first

8/7/2020 - - Come and join our our second VVC Livestream about the latest in Venturing in Victoria - with a VERY special guest.   https://www.facebook.com/VenturersVictoria

4/7/2020 - Victorian Venturer Youth Council 2020/2021 - Applications extended to July 18th 2020   VVC is very excited to announce that applications have opened and that we are now looking for new and enthusiastic Venturers to join our team. This is a rare and exciting leadership opportunity that provides the ability for Venturers to learn, develop and embrace skills such as leadership and teamwork, as well as providing many new experiences.

Interested Venturers will need to complete an online application form, as well as provide a letter of endorsement from their Unit Council, and a referee (someone who has worked with them in Scouting, or in another leadership capacity).

The application can be found at this link;
https://forms.gle/ZpC7WYxjYw4LCrQ18 - Alyssa Harris State Leader - Venturers & Zoe Herrera - State Youth Commissioner - Venturers


7/6/2020 
VicVenturers Discord Server. The Victorian Venturer Council is pleased to announce the official 'Vic Vents' Discord Server. This is an online discussion application that can be used through either web, computer app or phone app. It's a great way for Venturers from all over Victoria to talk to each other and it especially compliments the usage of the recently announced Minecraft server.

This server is available to be enjoyed by all at this link https://discord.gg/aa5Awm2

When joining there is a welcome channel where you will be asked that you state your name, Minecraft in-game name (if relevant) and whether you're a Scout / Venturer / Rover /Leader).

19/5/2020 - Microsoft Teams has been enhanced to 9 screens, Chat Room capability and a feature to 'put up your hand' during a session.
                   - Online/Interactive Unit Management Course running on 23/24 May. Leadership Course coming soon.    

14/5/2020 - NEW> check out the regular updates updates and ideas on our Virtual Program and Award Scheme Ideas pages


11/5/2020 - Get Ready to Resume Face to Face Scouting

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Victorian Government, Leaders and Section councils should be planning to resume some outdoor activities in small groups of up to 10 from May 16. 

At this stage, halls remain closed for Section meetings, and activities should be day only (ie no camping). 

Only activities that can be undertaken with physical distancing, such as bushwalking and cycling, will initially be possible.

These will have requirements for physical distancing and personal hygiene.

The Coronavirus Emergency Management Team will be closely reviewing the Direction once issued by the Chief Health Officer and providing further advice on what these changes will mean later this week. Until the further information is issued by the Chief Commissioner, our existing requirements continue.

10/5/2020 - Vision and Values – 13 / 14 June (Revised date).  An online/interactive Ideals Course for VA Ideals.

What do I believe in? What do other people believe in? How do I fit in?
There is no age restriction on Venturers, but full participation is a must. Numbers are strictly limited and there are only a few spots left. Contact: visionandvalues@scoutsvictoria.com.au    

10/5/2020 - Unit Management Courses

Online and interactive courses are coming in the next two weeks. Venturers who completed the survey for 17+ & Year 12 QS will be given preference and then cancelled applicants will be contacted.

3/5/2020 - Tonight,  Victorian Venturers ran a Facebook live stream #VVQnA attracting 3521 people via post and streaming.
An amazing session by the Team (including a guest appearance from Rod Byrnes) with lots of Award Scheme questions and answers.
Missed it? Check out this link

28/4/2020            
Virtual Venturing Award Scheme – COVID-19 Provisions  (updated 5/8/2020)
The latest information on how Venturers can continue in the Award Scheme towards completing Queen's Scout. 

 


Microsoft Teams
for every Unit in Victoria
An MS Teams account has been created for every Unit, Z/DVC and Region team in Victoria.

  1. <your Unit>@vicventurers.com.au email account
  2. Linking your Unit account to Z/DVC and Region teams to easily converse, share and meet
  3. Receive the latest information from VVC via this email account
  4. Provides a high level of security and privacy and it's free.

Check out more details here

Need some help? check out the Microsoft Teams Help videos here

 

 

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