Much to like about Venturers

By Seymour Telegraph

Venturer Scouts is the teenage section of Scouts Australia and has plenty to offer young people in Seymour and district, according to leader Geoff Cooper.

The program is for 14 to 17-year-olds. Members of the unit design the program around the things they want to do and what they want to learn.

There are still leaders to guide the unit, so between the members and the leaders, that can make for some interesting activities.

‘‘We’ve done anything from camping to cosplay,’’ Geoff said.

‘‘We attended Oz ComicCon in June, where everyone thought up a costume, built it and wore it to the event in Melbourne.’’

The Queen Scout award presents both a challenge and a reward for motivated Venturers. It is recognised by universities and increases entrance scores and many employers also recognise the achievement.

Seymour’s Venturer unit has a strong record of helping young people achieve the award.

‘‘Our latest recipient was Alison Wright, who completed more than 300 hours of work,’’ Geoff said.

‘‘That work crossed four key development areas: adventurous activities, community involvement, personal growth and leadership development.’’

Geoff said the the Seymour unit was small but was in the process of rebuilding.

‘‘We think we have something young locals could enjoy as part of their everyday lives,’’ he said.

‘‘We meet every Monday from 6.30pm to 9pm in the Scout Hall on Howe St. Come along and try it out any Monday.

‘‘Unfortunately, if we don’t get any more members, we will have to close the Venturer unit until there is more interest in the community.

‘‘We really hope that doesn’t happen, especially since there is so much people can get from Venturers.’’

For information, phone Geoff Cooper on 0403654446, Nick Friedrich on 0414108029 or visit