Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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12 of 12, April 2020

Today is the first 12th that has fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Church ceased having meetings across the world even before we started getting restrictions on large gatherings in Australia (we haven’t had services since before March 15th). Just before things stopped I was called to be the ward music chairperson, so, in these strange times, […]

A strange new world

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has seen great changes to everyday life, as regular activities involving groups of people — where viruses might spread — have been shutdown. Church has not been meeting for a while, our TSO Chorus concert was performed to an empty hall and we are now rehearsing online from home, the University is […]

2020 Scout Guide Regatta

The annual March long-weekend Regatta tradition continued this year. We had fewer numbers and smaller-sized people this year, and so our patrol boat rowing teams weren’t quite as strong as they have been, but we managed a win in the under 13 500m and very credible placings in the other races.

On Saturday, Tahlia (one of our […]

Pontoon party

It has become something of a tradition that one of our last Scout nights for the year be a “pontoon party”, held down at Sandy Bay Beach. There is a pontoon moored just off the beach, and the kids enjoy jumping from it and pfaffing around in “Bob” and the kayaks.

At one stage I had a […]

Bruny Island bike hike

Two of our older Scouts planned a three day bike hike on Bruny Island. I had originally planned to attend the whole thing, but a bunch of other commitments needed my attention and so I only made it to the first day. I supplied the support vehicle and so boarded the ferry first, and was able […]

12 of 12, October 2019 – Charlotte Cove Scout camp

A messy week and some problems with one of our Scout boat trailers meant that this camp did not get off to quite the start we’d intended, but eventually we got most people and most things to where they needed to be, and set up tents for the first night in readiness for the weekend’s activities. […]

Gilwell Reunion – 100 Years of the Wood Badge

As a Scout leader, we get to do some training to improve our practical and leadership skills, with the main leader requirement being to earn the Wood Badge (see these earlier posts, where my friends May and Matt earned their Wood Badges). Once you have earned a Wood Badge you are a member of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group […]

A little jaunt in the proper Direction

Unlike my Easter wanderings, which stayed on its lower slopes, today’s small Scout hike (which involved a small number of small Scouts, covering a relatively small distance since it was only a day hike) actually climbed to the top of Mt Direction.

The leader:Scout ratio was rather generous, as there were three adults and three Scouts in […]

Mariners Trophy 2019

For a variety of reasons I haven’t been able to attend the annual Mariners Trophy competition for Scouts before now. It involves a weekend of sailing and rowing events, plus tests of other Scouting knowledge, and patrols compete in teams of (ideally) 7. This year I was able to go, although unfortunately I didn’t take many […]

12 of 12, April 2019

A long day, which began with me having to reassemble my prepacked-ready-for-Scout-camp bag, which had become disassembled after Jamboree and Regatta. It was a rush job, and so it still isn’t quite in the state I used to keep it.

I went to work. It was a lovely day outside … and so I took some photos […]