Ron Andrews

Group Leader

Dawn Scoltock

Secretary

 

Allison Walker

Assistant Joey Scout Leader

Ken Harper

Group Chairman

Gabrielle Peters

Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Kim Caddy

Treasurer, Committee Member

 
 

Phil Carroll

Cubs Leader

Our Leaders

Ron Andrews

Current Role: Group Leader

  • Started scouting in: In around 1972, I went along to a Cub meeting, but was told I was too old. Soon after, the Group started an Air Scout Troop which I was able to join.

    Time in Scouting: I was in uniform then up till around 1989, rejoining as a Committee member when Jess and Greg joined the local Group. When we moved to Ocean Grove, Greg asked me to stick my head around the door to see if I could help out a bit.

    Past Scouting experiences:
    • 4th Prittlewell Air Scout/Scout (age 10-16)
    • Druid Venture Scout Unit (16-21)
    • Var Redo Scout Fellowship Member (21-27)
    • 1st Hadleigh Scouts Committee member (35-38ish)
    • Occasional helper with Greg’s Venture Unit

    Reason for joining Scouting: Initially, I guess it was for my parents to stop me ‘street raking’ and to keep me out of trouble. Now it’s to stop me street raking and to keep me out of trouble.

    External qualifications relevant to Scouting: When I’m not spending my 2 hours a week Scouting, I work for nbn ‘nation building’. I also recently became a Board Member of Volunteering Geelong. Apart from that, I sleep.

    Your 3 words to describe Scouting: “Exceed your potential”

    Most likely to be heard saying: “uh nu nuh!” (Translation: “I dunno!”)

    Doesn’t like: Detail, closed minds, the serrated edges of stamps.

    3 things you would take with you to a deserted island: A guitar (about time I learned to play), home brew kit and a really loud (solar) MP3 player filled with driving rock.

  • Best memory in Scouting:
    • My first memory was of a weekend camp where I lost my £2 weekend spending money. I then swang into a tree trunk on a rope swing. The Akela who was helping out saw me crying and helped me find my money.
    • As a Venture Scout, in perhaps not the best Venture Unit in Britain, but certainly in the top one*, my first activity was on the main gate of the Hyde Park Children’s Party: attended by 80,000 kids. We had to control the crowd as the Queen rode past on her horse *all credit to Brian Clough who said it first about his Soccer Team.
    • Accidentally breaking the corner off of the brass fleur-de-lys at the top of the Troop flag during a boring church parade
    • Collecting cow pats and cooking them in the Unit hall kitchen for the ‘Crazy Olympics’ cow pat throwing event
    • Scree running in the Lake District – Can’t do that now: environmentally suspect
    • As a member of the local Scout Fellowship (about Rover age), organising an ‘Escape from Colditz’ weekend for 120 older Scouts in the Region – my job was Head of the French Resistance! Over the Friday and Saturday, they had to escape from a POW compound that we built and make their way to ‘Allied Territory’ (our Venture Unit HQ about 20 miles away). They then had to come back and help ‘liberate’ the POW camp. Basically, we had 80-odd unsupervised Scouts roaming the countryside for the weekend – can’t do that now!
    • Proudest moments since being the Ocean Grove Group Leader:
    o Taking part in the trip to Canberra after all of Naomi’s hard work
    o Opening night of the Joey Mob
    o This year’s Anzac Day, with the majority of our 60 youth members parading

    Most looking forward to: Seeing the Troop board the plane to WJ2019 in Colorado.

Dawn Scoltock

Current Role: Secretary

  • Time in Scouting: 3 years.

    Past Scouting experiences: This is it! I became an Adult Helper in 2013, then moved onto the Group Committee. In April 2015 I became the Group Treasurer and in 2016 became Group Chairman.

    Reason for joining Scouting: My daughter Holly joined as a Cub Scout in the second half of 2013, so I became involved first as an Adult Helper.

    External qualifications relevant to Scouting: Many years camping and hiking, and I love an adventure (a must in Scouting!). Two most notable adventures are summiting Kala Pattar in Nepal (5,643m) and getting lost hiking the volcanoes of Southern Kamchatka – our guide obviously wasn’t a Scout!

  • Best memory in Scouting: My daughter Holly achieving her Grey Wolf Award, and accompanying 16 Cubs and Scouts to Canberra in 2015 as an Adult Helper.

    Your 3 words to describe Scouting: Fun, Adventure, Community

    Most likely to be heard saying: Come on, let’s get a wriggle on!

    Doesn’t like: Mushrooms (which is a problem when you’re lost in Southern Kamchatka, can’t find your food drop, and the only food you can find foraging in the forest is mushrooms!)

    3 things you would take with you to a deserted island: Sunscreen (I’m assuming it’s a nice, hot tropical island), music and a good book!

    Most looking forward to: Being 5 years cancer free in August 2016

 
     

      Ken Harper

      Current Role: Chairman

      • Started scouting in: In NSW as a cub many many years ago.

        Time in Scouting: My time back then was brief, only an active participant for a couple of years.

        Past Scouting experiences: I have very fond memories from my time in Scouts, from the many camps, team activities and learning bush crafts.

        Reason for joining Scouting: I currently have two children who are involved with a third now showing interest. A Scout, a Joey and potentially another Scout.

        External qualifications relevant to Scouting: I have 4 children ranging from 17 to 6 and have been involved in a number of community groups such as rugby clubs and surf life saving Victoria.

      • Best memory in Scouting: Awarded the second highest money earner during bob-a-job week two years running, which of course there was a badge for that.

        Your 3 words to describe Scouting: Fun, Rewarding, Friendship.

        Most likely to be heard saying: “There’s an app for that”

        Doesn’t like: Ridiculous Business Jargon, wasting time and self importance.

        3 things you would take with you to a deserted island: Magnesium Fire starter, because really who wants to start a fire rubbing two sticks together, a knife and a boat to get off the island if I wasn’t enjoying the experience.

        Most looking forward to: Rugby World Cup 2023 in France

      Allison Walker

      Current Role: Assistant Cub Scout Leader

      • Started scouting in: 2014 when my eldest son joined Cubs.

        Time in Scouting: During my time in Scouting I have been an active Committee member, parent helper and was training to be an Assistant Joey Scout Leader.

        Reason for joining Scouting: I currently have two children who are involved, one in Cubs and the other in Joeys.

        Best memory in Scouting: When my boys told my dad they were in Scouts, as he was a leader when he was younger, and more recently when eldest son was presented with Cub of the Year in 2016.

      • Past Scouting experiences: I was in Brownies as a young girl but didn’t stay very long.

        External qualifications relevant to Scouting: I love to go camping and fishing.

        Your 3 words to describe Scouting: Challenging, friendly, unique.

        3 things you would take with you to a deserted island: Sunscreen, beer and a never ending supply of books

        Most looking forward to: Hopefully taking my boys to Finland in 2020 for a holiday to see their cousins.

       

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      Joeys (5 to 7 years) – Tuesday- 5:00pm to 6:00PM

      Cubs (8 to 10 years) – Tuesday – 6:45pm to 8:15pm

      Scouts (10 to 14 years) – Wednesday – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

      Venturers (14 to 17 years) – Tuesday – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
      Venturers meeting at the Leopold Scout Hall

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