Venturer lego Challenge!

The Venturers got given a set of things to make with lego. In two groups, they competed to finish their creations first and to the best of their abilities. Here we see the feature items of the night: “Casa de Pan” and “Casa de sol”2016-06_lego2016-06_legohouse

Venturer cooking night!

O Thursday night, the Venturers had a cooking challenge night! We were split into two groups and one group had to make anzac biscuits, the other stuffed peppers. The most efficient team won! A fun time was had by all, and the food turned out deliciously!


Velocity 2016

Three of our Venturers just came back from an amazing weekend up at Kaitoke, taking part in the Velocity course. Velocity is a course which all Venturers are encouraged to take, and it teaches them about how their unit works, what makes a good team, the importance of communication, and many other important skills. Not only was it useful, but all who attended had a fabulous time, and they are all keen to go on the next course, Cooksey, next year.


BBQ Fundraiser

Venturers doing a BBQ fundraiser to help get some of us to the jamboree at the end of the year as Youth Service Team. Hopefully more BBQs this term, so keep your eyes out when you’re at Bunnings!


Caving School 2016

In the April holidays, a few of the Venturers went to the National Scout Caving School in Waitomo. The caving school is one of many fantastic national schools, along with ones like photography school, aviation school, snow school, mountaineering school and canoe school. We spent 5 days up there, going into a new cave everyday. We spent about 7 hours each day underground, squeezing into gaps, scrambling up rock falls and trying not to get lost. Despite getting wet, cold, tired and bruised all over, all who went are keen to go back next year!


Fun With Forms!


Recently, our Venturer unit hit the town in a game of ‘Fun With Forms’. The aim of the game is to get as many points as possible. Points are awarded for pictures taken in front of specified places or things such as The Beehive or Readings Cinemas with the whole team and a bench, or ‘form’ in the photo. Points are deducted if the team is caught on camera by a leader and they are not all sitting on the form. It is somewhat of a tradition in this group and like every other time, a fun night was had by all.


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LNI Venturer Camp – Weka Point

The four Venturers that went to the LNI Venturer Camp over Labour weekend at Weka Point had an awesome time. They did some tubing down the river, played some softball, got sunburned and so much more!

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Stadium fundraiser kicks it out the park again

All Blacks WinWhat a great job from the parents and senior Youth last weekend at the All Blacks vs Wallabies game doing one of our precious stadium fundraiser.  Looks like there’s another $800 coming our way after a very hectic evening.

I understand we ran out of several lines of drinks – but there were still a few of those plastic hotdogs left…. 🙁

Halfway to our rejuvenation fundraising goal!

After some sterling work by our Committee grants specialist (thanks Erina) we are the fortunate recipients of:

  1. $5,000 from Infinity Foundation for our basement projects
  2. $4,000 from Four Winds for our basement and kitchen projects.

This takes us to $39,000 out of our target $80,000 to do our total hall rejuvenation wish list. Awesome.

An update on the basement project will be up shortly (it’s been cleared and tidied and is now ready for work to begin).

Gang show update & performing arts camp

There is quite a lot of Gang Show and related activity going on at the moment.

Gang Show 2014

Much work has been going on behind the scenes over the last few months putting the new show together.   An outline (based on the theme “The Game” – hint think video games) is well underway and we’re now into developing the details.  The Production Team is confident that it is going to be another great one with plenty of new innovations!

Dates for the show, auditions, rehearsals etc:

  • Auditions: Saturday 10 May and Sunday 11 May 2014
  • First Rehearsal: Monday 2 June 2014 (Queens Birthday Monday)
  • First Camp: 20-22 June 2014
  • Second Camp: 29-31 August 2014
  • Performances: Monday 22 September – Saturday 27 September 2014.

 2014 Performing Arts Camp

This awesome camp  will be held at Brookfield on the weekend of 21-22 September 2013.  This is our Gang Show Camp between Gang Shows so we hope to see you there!

The Performing Arts Camp is open to any Cub, Scout, Guide, Ranger, Venturer, Rover or Leader (who is 9½ years of age or older at the time of the Camp) who wants to enjoy a weekend of singing, dancing, acting, and Gang Show camp fun.  No previous experience is required and people who have never been in a Gang Show are encouraged to come and check it all out.

Of course if you have been in Gang Show before then you will definitely want to come, relive the memories and catch-up with your friends from the Gang.   The Camp includes sessions on the various things involved in theatrical productions as well some singing, dancing and drama activities.  It might even include some sneak peaks at some material planned for the 2014 Show!

The cost is $37 and numbers are limited so applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Applications close Friday 6 September 2014.