Venturer Unit Annual Report
Annual Report – PM Venturer Section. July 2017
Active Members 9
Meeting nights Monday 1900-2100
Unit has grown in size significantly in the past year, with a majority of the new recruits coming from off the street. No active recruiting has taken place, but word of mouth and youth members engaging friends to join. Participation rates are consistently around the 90% mark on a weekly basis with a significant amount of members balancing venturers with other extra circular activities.
Unit participation in region based activities has continued to be strong with relationships been formed with the other units, it addition to a strong region activities schedule, allowing PM to support the smaller units in the region and give them the opportunity to conduct activities for more then 2 or 3.
The unit also hosted a couple of senior scouts from Belgian Gardens group who do not have a venturer unit. Unfortunately their prospective leader was asked to take on the role of the scout leader and the youth members have since dropped out.
The unit also had a number of visits from international venturers as part of an exchange program.
The unit was also successful in the previous year in securing a grant from the qld government. This grant was spend on light weight hiking tents, packs and equipment to remove part of the financial burden on families.
The unit is currently in negotiations with the Centenary Hotel for sponsorship to enable to purchase new unit shirts.
A number of significant events have also occurred in the past year, we have had venturers attend the Queensland venture in Rockhampton, Central Coast Venture at Mackay and activities with the northern regions. We also have a number of venturers who are planning on attending the Australian Venture in SE Qld at the start of the new year.
The jewel in the crown for the unit was the presentation of Stella Rapson with her Queen scout Award, which is the first for the group and the first in quite a while for the kennedy region. We also have at least another 2 or 3 units who are actively working towards their QS award and have taken up roles with the unit council and are leading the unit in a good direction, whilst learning many lessons along the way.
Unfortunately, the unit and the group has said Goodbye to Narelle, who has had to relocate to Cairns for work. Narelle was a vital member of the unit and for her efforts we thank her. We have however recruited Billy as a new Venturer leader and we look forward to seeing what influence he has on the unit.
Overall the unit is in good state, but we will miss the female influence from Narelle and are looking for someone to take up that role.