Australian Scout Medallion Project – Aug 2018

On Sunday 5th August, Tom L, our Australian Scout Medallion candidate organised and documented the planning of a brilliant project for his award requirements.

It included all sections of 2nd Gordon’s group including Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers in canoes and kayaks scouring the shorelines of Cowan Creek from Apple Tree Bay Bobbin Head for rubbish.

25+kg of general rubbish and a very old 20kg wheel/tyre was collected with support from Clean Up Australia (also organised by Tom in conjunction with National Parks).

Of no surprise, a large amount of rubbish amongst the rocks and oyster shells or wrapped around trees were plastic shopping bags and bottles of all shapes, sizes and materials. And the two oddest items we found were a rusted out cast iron camp oven and a pitch fork with wooden handle intact.

The weather was another beautiful warm Winter’s day. Leaders from all sections were present.

This activity was particularly inspiring because it entailed conserving our natural environment, inter-group socialising, and most of all, a fun way to do it by paddling!

We wish Tom all the best in finishing his ASM before moving up a section to Venturers. Thank you to all members and parents who helped out today to make this happen for Tom, Bobbin Head National Parks for hosting us, and West Pymble Scouts for the loan of extra canoes.

Snapshot of Venturer Activities 2017

Snapshot of Venturer Activities 2017

Pre-Term One Activities


Our Venturer unit each year has a massive end of year activity over New Years. Two weeks of adventurous and excitment filled activities, such as caving, hiking, liloing and kayaking. This year, 2GVU went to Tumut and Coolaman Caves. At Tumut, the Venturers went on an exciting kayaking and liloing adventure along the Goobarragandra River. Some of the caves explored in Coolaman were Yarrangobilly caves, Barbers cave and Cooleman Cave.

Venturers caving at Cooleman Caves

2GVU on 2016 EYOA

Venturers liloing during EYOA



Joint Venturer and Rover activity in Fortress Canyon. 15th Jan 2017

Some of our venturers made the most of the holidays and perfect canyoning weather by joining the leaders in exploring new canyons. Canyons such as Fortress, Zorro and Hole in the Wall were some of the many canyons experienced by the venturers. These trips allowed for older venturers to practise their canyoning skills and the younger venturers to experience canyoning firsthand.

Term One

8th February – Night Hike along the Lane Cove River Park

To start off the year and welcome the new venturers, 2GVU explored the banks of Lane Cove River in an exciting and venturer-organised night hike.

A fun hike to start off the term

15th February – Abseiling off Oxford Falls

A beautiful night abseiling at Oxford Falls, while some older venturers practised setting up abseils and teaching the new venturers how to abseil.

Brad P. abseiling at Oxford Falls

19th February – Macquarie Pass canyon

A popular activity among 2GVU venturers, spending a weekend following a creek into a canyon and abseiling down the waterfalls.

A stunning abseil at Macquarie Pass canyon

11th-12th March – Liloing at the Shoalhaven River

In a joint venturer activity with Nowra Venturers, 2GVU spent the weekend cruising over small rapids on a lilo down the Shoalhaven River.

Venturer Unit getting ready for a weekend of liloing at Shoalhaven


Term 2

Dragonskin Easter Long Weekend

Dragonskin is a popular 4-day hike where Venturer Units’ from around NSW and other States compete in a series of activities while hiking from base to base. It’s a great way to socialise with other units while keeping a competitive spirit.

A Venturer Patrol taking part in the 4-day long Dragonskin Hike

31st May – Vivid Festival

Vivid presented the opportunity for Venturers to start on their Expressions Badge through photographing the festival. It was also a relaxing activity for Venturers not after badges as they wondered around Circular Quay enjoying the sights.

Venturers visiting the Vivid Festival

Venturer leader photographing Vivid

Venturers Tim T. Tim G. Christian H. at Vivid

2nd-4th June – Pyro Camp

Venturers spent the weekend at Venturer Leader Geoff’s farm; collecting wood to be burnt, learning how to drive tractors and searching for wallabies and kangaroos as dusk fell. The highlight of the trip would have been the massive bonfire lit on the last night.

Bonfire at Pyro Camp still burning through the day

Venturers playing frizbee at Pyro Camp

Pyro Camp

Bonfire at Pyro Camp

9th-12th June – June Long Weekend Camp

Our annual June long weekend camp is full of adventurers, focussing on canyoning and an occasional 4WD track. This year we went to Newnes to do the dry canyons’ Wolgan View and Zorro.

Christian C. in Zorro Canyon

Katia F. and Taylor H. in Zorro Canyon

Milly R. exiting Zorro Canyon

Wolgan View Dry Canyon

2GVU on June Long Weekend Camp 2017

14th-16th July – Budawangs Hike

A small group of Venturers and leaders went for a hike in the Budawangs in the start of the July holidays. the Budawangs has excelent views and provided the opportunity for venturers to practise their navigational and camping skills.

The Budawang Venturer Hike – Milly R. Emma P. Nicole B. Justin D. Ian P. Luke P. Christain H.

The perfect lunch spot at the Budawang National Park

Venturers Emma P. and Milly R. practising navigational skils


Term 3

18th August – Fundraising at City2Surf
One of our annual fundraisers is to volunteer at a water station during the City2Surf. Venturers have an early start, and a long, exciting day throwing water at the runners and supporting people as they run through our station.

Team 2GVU at City2Surf 2017

31st August – Sydney Observatory Excursion

An activity different to our usual nights, 2GVU visited the Sydney Observatory and got a tour of the telescopes and an education on our solar system and neighbouring planets; future NASA missions and recent discoveries. It was a really interesting night with a great turn out of venturers coming along.

Venturers Taylor, Ben and Luke at the Sydney Observatory

1st-3rd September – Anuual Ski Trip

Each year, the first weekend of September is spent on the ski slopes of Blue Cow and Perisher. This is a trip open to all people within the 2nd Gordon Scouting movement and their friends/family.

Venturer Jono H. at 2nd Gordon Ski Trip

29th September – 2nd October – Annual Wee Jasper Caving Long Weekend

Every year, our Venturer unit visits Wee Jasper during the October Long Weekend. For many venturers, this is the highlight of their venturer-year. The camp consists of exploring caves in Wee Jasper; with popular caves being Punchbowl and Daylight. During this camp we also often initiate new Venturers to our unit. This involves them taking the Scout Promise and acknowledging the Scout Law.

Venturer Tim T. entering Daylight Cave

Venturer Tim G. in Punchbowl Cave

Venturer Saarthak at Wee Jasper

Venturer Saarthak’s investiture during Wee Jasper Camp

7th-8th October – Kayaking Course

This was a course aimed at scouts and Venturers wishing to gain some kayaking experience, with some of our experienced Venturers and Leaders leading it

Venturers and Scouts on the Kayaking Course


Term 4

18th October – Night Kayak at Apple Tree Bay in Bobbin Head

To welcome eveyone back to the unit, 2GVU went on a night kayak in Bobbin Head. With only one venturer fall in, it was a pretty magnificent night.

Venturers Night Kayak in Apple Tree Bay

28th-29th October – VA Expedition from Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Part of getting your Queen Scout Badge involves leading a over-night expedition in unfamiliar territory. Emma P. and Milly R. teamed up to lead a small group of venturers on an over-night hike from Katoomba to Wentworth Falls. Highlights from the trip include banta between the friends and the challenging yet rewarding hill at the end. By successfully completing their trip, Milly and Emma are one badge closer to their Queen Scout.

Venturers on Emma P. and Milly R. VA hike

Lunch on Emma P. and Milly R. VA hike

Other activities this term include abseiling at Middle Head, indoor climbing, bike hikes and beach nights.

Scouts and Venturers support HCC and Leukaemia Research – Oct 2017

2nd Gordon and North St Ives Scouts, Venturers, parents and Leaders worked from Saturday 28th Oct afternoon through to well into Sunday morning past daybreak to support the 2nd Gordon Scouts-run Checkpoint India at Wisemans Ferry for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic race.



Each year, up to 450 participants test their endurance in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic and paddle up to 111km overnight to raise money for research by The Arrow Foundation.

2nd Gordon has run the site for well over 15 years including site logistics, checkpoint control, and check in and out of all paddlers to track their progress and safety.

Congratulations to our own Chris, Ric and Nicole on your achievements in the paddle!

Scout & Venturer Leaders progress Advanced Leadership Training Jul 2017

2nd Gordon Scout section leaders Glenn, Phil, Connor and Venturer leader Nicole have now completed 90% of their Advanced Leadership sectional training following a mix of comprehensive online training modules and about 18 hours of weekend practical training at the Baden Powell Scout Centre. They now only need to complete their final projects in their own time to complete the course (though learning will never really cease).


Roventure 2017 Win – Mar 2017

Congratulations to 2nd Gordon Venturers and Rovers who won at Roventure 2017 “The Gap Year”.

Roventure is an annual competitive event that bonds Venturers with Rovers. It was at Camp Kariong and included many fun and crazy activities including highland games, trivia, dance tent, worldwide eating, and a scavenger hunt. 2nd Gordon members braved the rainy weekend which didn’t dampen the fun one bit!

2nd Gordon Venturers Unit and Rover Crew are some of the largest sections and most active in our region…

Venturers Queen Scout Awards – Mar 2017

A wonderful night was put together by the 2nd Gordon Venturer Unit to celebrate our newest Queen Scout Award recipients Angus P, and Peter T. Both were treated to a catered dinner at the 2nd Gordon Scout hall, along with parents, numerous delegates, previous members and leaders associated with the group, the Sydney North Regional Commissioner Kerry Griffin, the Rovers, and the group’s current leaders from all sections.

If you can see carefully in the photo’s background above, the large honour board mounted to the wall recognises our long-standing history of Queen Scout Award recipients. This is a remarkable achievement and the stories of Angus’ and Peter’s drive and motivation should be encouraging to all Venturers to follow in their footsteps.

Above, Angus P receiving his medal.. and below Peter T receiving his.

Congratulations to our Venturer unit for organising a great night, and especially Angus and Peter, a truly sterling effort!

New Leaders invested to 2G group Jan 2017

Congratulations to both of our newest leaders, Connor Holmes (Scout Leader – far left in pic) and Tanya Fiedler (Cubs leader in final training – centre of pic). Both are professionals/executives who have already committed much of their time towards the Scouting community last year. They both have children at 2nd Gordon so get to share time with them in a great environment with the support of their fellow leaders. Leader profiles will be added to a new web page tab in near future. Next time you see Connor and Tanya, both will be wearing their one-of-a-kind tartan 2nd Gordon scarves and membership badges. Please support them supporting your children. [Photo apologies absent: Rod and Geoff from our Venturer Scout unit, and Rovers leaders].

Farewell of 7 Scouts to Venturers Nov 2016

Farewell Zoe, Finn, Milly, Eddie, Ben, James, and Declan (not pictured) from the 2nd Gordon Scouts section. We trust you have all learnt great skills, made friendships, and had life experiences that you can take further into Venturer Scouts. Despite how hard the leaders ‘worked’ you all, we are proud of your achievements. Best wishes as you move onwards and upwards!