SC&T Rovers - June 2014 Newsletter

The SC&T RRC recently agreed to create monthly newsletters to send to all South Coast & Tablelands Region Rovers, letting everyone know of important dates, new information, and much more.
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Upcoming Events

Rover Introductory Course - June 2014

With the success of our first pre-RRC course, we will be following this up with another course in June. The course will be run from 5:30pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday 10th June. If you, or anyone in your Crew, will be attending, please get in contact with Greg by Friday 6th June. The course will not have any cost associated with it. A reminder that this course is a requirement of Squire Training and has been developed especially for SCAT Rovers.

Greg Pearce - Assistant Region Commissioner -Rovers

Inter-Crew Challenge: Bubble Soccer

The Inter-Crew Challenge was last won by 4th Wollongong Rover Crew. They now challenge the Region's Rovers in Bubble Soccer! Meeting at 7:15pm at 8 Fox Avenue, Coniston, the first round will kick off at around 7:30pm. Cost is $25 per person and is to be brought on the night.
Can your crew win the Golden SCAT?

Nathan Carey - 4th Wollongong Rover Crew

SC&T Progressive Dinner

The theme for this year’s Progressive Dinner is casino theme! You're encouraged to dress in a formal style, similar to what you would wear to a casino. A ticket to the SC&T Casino will be $30, which includes all your food and travel for the night. You will have to register online and pay by cash or cheque at RRC (Tuesday 10th June) or online by direct deposit.

We will be having a bus again this year that will be meeting at Bomaderry Hall at 5, Oak Flats station at 6pm, Wollongong station at 6:35pm & Thirroul Station at 7pm. Our fabulous night will kick off at 7:30 with canapés hosted by Austinmer Rovers, then will progress down south to end at Bomaderry Hall again, where guests are able to stay the night.

Rosie O'Meley & Peter Zuiderwyk

Region Caving Weekend (Venturers & Rovers)

Our annual trip to Wee Jasper will again be going ahead in 2014, as always it will be on the first weekend in July, this year being the 5th and 6th. Keep your eyes on your inboxes in the coming days for details. Numbers for caving will be capped at 40 participants, so get in quick with your RSVPs to Greg. There will be caves for beginners as well as opportunities for those with more experience. Numbers for people wishing to come along and not cave will not be capped at all, the more the merrier! So come to Wee Jasper and enjoy a weekend of camping, caving, socialising and keeping warm around a raging fire!

Greg Pearce - Assistant Region Commissioner -Rovers

Scout Rally 2014 – ‘Australiana’

Scout Rally is coming up on the 11th – 13th July 2014 at Cataract Scout Park. This year’s theme is ‘Australiana‘ with RAC 1′s (SC&T + GWS Regions) theme being ‘Gold Mining‘.

SC&T Rovers have been asked to run a base over the weekend, themed as 'Gold Mining'/'Gold Rush'. If you're able to assist, please contact Charlotte Baker (via details below) and check out patroltent.com.au for information and to register (Registrations close Wednesday 2nd July 2014).

Charlotte Baker

WWG South VI Logo

WWG South VI - STAR WARS - Report

‘STAR WARS – A False Hope’ – Weekend Wide Game’s 6th South event turned Potato Point National Park into a galaxy far far away… 120 Scouts in 26 Patrols attended, with planets including Kashyyyk, Kamino, Tatooine and Naboo. Stationed on or between these planets, saw 30+ Venturers, 15 Rovers and 50 Leaders/Helpers acting as Imperial Troopers, Imperial Intelligence and 'Natives’.

The WWG Committee would like to extend a heartfelt “thanks” to all the Venturers, Rovers & Leaders who assisted throughout the weekend. An additional thank you to our Service Leader Caterers; Barbara Osseweyer and Rae Heaton (including minions – Kerrie Latham and John Osseweyer), as well as our First Aider Colin Thompson – your assistance is highly appreciative. The full event report will be available shortly on the WWG Website.

Ben Nichols - Assistant WWG Chairman

Commissioner's Corner

I have now run two Rover Introductory courses myself and I must say that I think they are an excellent opportunity to get new members acquainted with people from other crews. I also think that the opportunity to share the fact that we have a well conceived Strategic Plan is a real plus. I also think that we should explore using these courses as part of a bridging strategy for Venturers. It could provide a good way to achieve a start towards Squire Training and full Investiture.

I am looking very much forward to the fact that the first Goulburn Crew members are ready to be Invested as Knights on the morning of June 21, at the Kilto Camp just north of Goulburn. The Goulburn Crew are intending to camp the weekend and this may provide an opportunity for other Crews to attend the Investiture (Knights) or get the camping requirement for Squire training completed (Squires). Stay tuned for further info from the Goulburn Crew.

Weekend Wide Game South went very well and it was good to see a good number of Crews represented. The organisation went smoothly and I am very enthused at the potential for new and creative game concepts that arise from the recently purchased tablet technology.

The latest membership statistics show that we are up in numbers again. We now have 106 Rovers and about 15 RAs / Commissioners/ Advisors. Well done all!

The payment/collection of membership fees is a real issue at all levels across the whole state. Sadly, Rovers are amongst the most troublesome area. I am aware of issues in several Crews. The exact nature of the issues varies from Crew to Crew but the root cause issue in each case seems to be one of two things. The first is the timely alteration of office bearer banking details and the second is the timely collection by treasurers. Please make efforts to address these if they are lacking in your Crew as the Region is introducing far stricter policies that have previously been applied. These could even involve suspension of registration.

Bob Nightingale - Region Commissioner -Rovers