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About 1st Reservoir Scouts


1st Reservoir Scout Group

In Victoria, scout groups are organised around the separate youth sections (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers) supported by two groups of adults - the Leaders and the Committee. Leaders must be qualified, or in the process of obtaining qualifications, in order to lead a section of the group. Parents may also be called on to assist a section from time to time. The Committee is comprised of parents and interested adults in the community, and is responsible for ensuring adequate finances and resources are available to run the youth sections. The Committee collects fees (term fees for the Group, and annual fees that are paid directly to Scouts Victoria), conducts fundraising, and maintains the hall and equipment. In scouting, the leaders are responsible for programming for their sections. The Committee does not influence the program for youth, and is principally responsible for ensuring sufficient resources are available to the leaders.

A key role in any group is the Group Leader. The Group Leader assists the section leaders in their roles, and is also a member of the Committee, and so provides a link between the leaders and the Committee. The Group Leader is also the key contact for people seeking more information about sections of the group (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, etc.) or more information about the group generally. The Group Leader is also the primary contact between the group and the larger scouts organisation (arranged into Districts, Regions, and Branches!).

At 1st Reservoir, the Group Leader is Vaughn Koops (cub name Phao).

Current Youth Leaders

Youth leaders at 1st Reservoir Group are:
Joeys:
Robin Tuddin (Bilby)
Adam Conybear(Penguin)
Cubs:
Kate Nowell (Matkah)
Joe Cleve (Singum)
Josh Cashill (Rama)
Scouts:
Cameron Nowell (Cam)
Karen Chan

Applications, forms and fees

The association of all scouts groups with Scouts Victoria and Scouts Victoria provides assurance to youth, parents and the community about the quality of care provided through scouts. All leaders are required to undertake police checks and working with children checks before they are able to lead, or assist to lead, a section. All leaders commit to a code of conduct and are expected to abide by it, and report any breaches of it. Scouts Victoria also provides insurance cover for all registered leaders and youth (including youth who are not registered on their initial visits to a section), and training for leaders. Scouts Victoria levies an annual fee on each youth and adult member to provide these services. At the group level, 1st Reservoir Scouts collects a set payment to cover its local costs (such as providing materials for the section programs) every term.

The History of 1st Reservoir Scouts

The 1st Reservoir Group actually began as the 5th Preston “Reservoir” Group on 3 December 1948. The first meeting was at the PYPC Hall on Broadway, Reservoir – it’s not clear where that might be now, though. The local member of Parliament, Major William Ruthven, VC MLA, helped organise the first meeting of the adults who started the scout group. Ruthven Station on the South Morang railway line is named after him. There were also members of the city council at that meeting, who all helped to get the Scout Group going. The 5th Preston “Reservoir” Group had both Cubs and Scouts from the very start – the first Pack & Troop met in 1949. They all used to meet on Saturday afternoons. This means our Group is now around 64 years old. Local parents donated camping equipment and a flag and flag pole for the cubs & scouts to use. By the early 1950s the group used to meet in the Boat House, just around the lake from today’s Scout Hall. For a long time, the scouts group had no hall of its own, and had to meet in clubs and churches. In 1955 the Group was granted a block of land by the City of Preston, and so could begin to raise funds to build a scout hall there. By now the scouts and cubs called themselves the 1st Reservoir (5th Preston) Scout Group. By 11 December 1966 the group was formally known as the “1st Reservoir” group, and the present Scout Hall was established in Edwardes Lake Park.

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