Victorian Rover Scouts actively support Adventurous Activities in Victoria.
We have Rovers participating in many of Victorian Branch's Activity Teams, while staying active members of their own Crews. We also have many more Rovers who assist these teams in providing their activities.
The sport of descending a cliff safely, while attached to a rope.
Rovers and Leaders are authorised to take part in abseiling activities on towers, on cliffs and at night, to a maximum height of 200m - although special arrangements can be made to extend this in consultation with the Branch Leader Adventurous Activities for Abseiling.
- Victorian Branch Abseiling Council
- FEAT - First Emerald Abseiling Team
- Diamond Valley Abseiling Team
- South Gippsland Abseiling Team
- Gold Fields Abseiling Team
- Western Region Abseiling Team
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/abseiling
Learn about Flying
The Air Activities Centre is based at Morrabbin Airport, but can come to you. They have planes.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/airactivities
Everywhere is walking distance, if you have the time.
The bread and butter of Scouting worldwide, bushwalking is pretty much the oldest adventurous activity in the world. It can be done almost anywhere.
Going hiking is a great activity where you can get away from the world and just hang out with your Crew.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/bushwalking
Canoeing and Kayaking
Never sit down with a tear or frown, but paddle your own canoe.
Canoeing and kayaking both involve paddling a small craft through water. They are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Canoeing and kayaking can be done as a hobby, a competitive sport or just for fun!
Many of our rivers in Victoria are suitable for voyages, and plenty of Scout Groups have a few canoes or kayaks available.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/canoeing
I wanna borrow it. For, uh ... spelunking.
Caving is the recreational pastime of exploring wild cave systems. The challenges involved vary depending on the cave being visited, but can include the negotiation of pitches, squeezes and water.
Caving in Victoria generally takes place in one of three places:
- Buchan - East Gippsland (Hard Limestone)
- Mount Eccles - Near Hamilton (Volcanic Rock)
- Bats Ridge - Near Portland (Soft Limestone)
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/caving
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
We are really excited to have specialist high ropes, low ropes challenge course, a crate stacker/possum glider and other world class facilities available at Gilwell Scout Adventure Park.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/ropes
Four Wheel Driving
Intelligence is like a four wheel drive. It allows you to get stuck in more remote places.
The Victorian Scout Four Wheel Drive Service Unit is a Scout oriented four-wheel drive club. Members can enjoy four-wheel driving activities with other Scouts and the opportunity to use their vehicles and skills on a wide range of activities.
The Unit also provides assistance in running major activities with mobile communications equipment, four-wheel drive vehicles and competent drivers.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/four-wheel-driving
Not all those who wander are lost.
A Geocache, or cache, can be a container of almost any type that can be sealed. Most caches are a plastic container with a lid of some sort. Inside every cache is a note book or log in which you record your visit, then a selection of “Swaps” which can be almost anything - although a badge of some kind is a great choice.
Caches can be large as plastic bucket or as small as a thimble or even smaller! Some caches are easy finds, others are so devilishly cunning they sometime take two or three visits to find. Caches can clip on, be stuck, be magnetic, be camouflaged or painted a special way. Caches can be out in the open disguised or carefully hidden under something - almost anything could be a cache in disguise.They can be in cities and towns or bushland or reserves – Anywhere!
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/geocaching
Only the one who isn't rowing has the time to rock the boat.
Develop skills in operating a small power boat. Rise to the challenge of:
- Boat and person safety
- Controlling power
- Reading and navigating sea & wind
- Being outdoors
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/power-boating
The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are.
Flat Water rafting is an fun activity that combines Water Activities with Construction. It is cheap - most Groups have all the supplies you'll need, and an old favourite that many Rovers will remember from Scouts, or activities such as BARCOM.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/rafting
Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride..
Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial "rock walls." The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling.
Both Top Rope and Lead climbing are approved activities for Rovers who are qualified, or under qualified supervision.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/rockclimbing
Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul & spirit fly!
Sailing is an invigorating sport that offers many rewards, not the least of which is that it’s simply so much fun. Imagine white sails billowing against a clear sky, the brisk feel of the breeze on your face, and the gentle motions of the boat as it cleanly slices through the water.
Activities approved for Rovers include:
- Power Boats operator training
- Sail training
- Fun Days
- Come and try days
- Special sailing days/weekends
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/sailing
Under the sea! Darlin' it's better, Down where it's wetter, Take it from me!
Scout Scuba Victoria is a Scout oriented scuba club. Membership is open to anyone who is a member of the Scout Association. Members who are qualified scuba divers can enjoy scuba diving activities with other qualified Scouting-affiliated divers. Amongst these activities are opportunities to undertake a number of lower cost diving experiences and to participate in social events.
Scout Scuba Victoria also provides training through external providers using the PADI qualification scheme.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/scubadiving
The Mountains help to reawaken forgotten dreams.
Ski touring is an activity where long distances are covered on skis, showshoes or sled, offering the opportunity to see alpine Australia as you normally wouldn't - covered in snow and ice!
Normally touring is done on back-country trails, without any mechanical lifts to get up hills. Tours often extend over more than one day, and are a great opportunity to learn how to stay comfortable in cold conditions.
The Ski Touring Team use areas including Lake Mountain, Mt Stirling, Mt Baw Baw, Mt St.Gwinear, Mt Bogong, the Bogong High Plains and Mt Feathertop for activities.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/skitouring
The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.
The Waterskiing team offers safe, but action-packed, water-skiing opportunities in fresh water for Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rovers and Leaders looking for plenty of challenge with heaps of fun attached.
There is no specific season for Water-Skiing but the Branch Water-Ski team is usually fully operational from November through to March.
They mostly operate from a base at Fraser National Park on Lake Eildon but, by special arrangement, it is possible to operate from other suitable venues.
For more details please go to vicscouts.com.au/waterskiing