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, December 2018

Things were a little frantic this morning as my New Zealand-based brother and his family were arriving for Christmas and I am their local hotel. Trouble is, I had been occupying the rooms — yes, all of them — that they needed, and although I have spent time in the last week getting things ready there […]

Sailing lessons

With Hobart being situated on the broad expanse of water where the Derwent River meets the sea, it is not surprising that there are quite a few sea scout troops scattered around its shores. One of these has a supply of “Oppies” (Optimist class) that can be used for helping people learn to sail. We arranged […]

Jamboree training camp

Every three years, in preparation for Jamboree, a training camp is held so that the leaders can meet all the 34-36 Scouts who are going to be in their Jamboree troop, and so we can test out the patrols. The Scouts in a Jamboree troop can come from a number of home troops, although this year […]

Cape Hauy and Fortescue Bay

We had a dual-purpose activity planned for Scouts this weekend: three of the older Scouts were doing an overnight hike (not really shown here, because one of the other leaders followed that) and a camp and day hike for some of our younger Scouts, which is the event with which I was mostly involved. We were […]

12 of 12, August 2018

The second day of Scoutfest just happened to be the 12th, and so I had to take 12 photos.

I probably should warn you about the first one. I had a toothache … so I took a photo of the offending area, as you do. It’s the very back tooth. It was not a happy tooth. [Some […]

Scout leaders exploring their artistic sides

Today I found myself at Carnacoo, a campsite north of Launceston, for Scoutfest which is a leaders’ training/renewal/fun weekend. It was good to meet different Scout leaders from around the state, and exchange ideas. We divided ourselves up into patrols on the Saturday and selected our own goals for the day. Our group decided to head […]

Not your average spar-and-lashings construction project

One of my regular international travel challenges is to track down the national flag of the country I am visiting so I can get one for my brother Colin’s vexillological collection. This was accomplished via escaping from the conference during the middle of the day, catching the subway north to the Kyoto CBD, and making […]

Cooks Beach Hike

We have a number of older Scouts in our Troop who are keen to earn the highest award for their age group, and that means that they need to organise a two-night hike … but since only at most two of them can be the organisers for any given hike, this means that we need to […]

Easter Corroboree

Every three years there is a statewide Easter Scout camp, attended by around 250 kids and sundry leaders and parents. It’s meant to be like a mini-Jamboree, with lots of activities.

Our district (about five different troops) decided to work together in one big sub-camp, which made life a lot easier for me as I didn’t have […]

12 of 12, March 2018

As promised a year ago, the 12 of 12 for March this year fell on the final day of the annual Scout regatta. It’s an in-tents occasion.

I had been carefully monitoring how well I was feeling during the week after surgery and leading up to this, and although I still felt a bit tired, I thought […]