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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Wooden Boat Festival

Every two years Hobart hosts the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, which showcases lots of wooden boats, large and small. This year our Scouts were invited to come along and build a couple of wooden canoes. These are made from plywood (and the guy running the workshop pre-cuts the pieces for the kids), and then assembled with […]

Post-Jamboree tour

On the last official day of Jamboree we started to pack up most of the tents. This necessitated some steam-rolling (to get the air out) and also resulted in the amusing extrication of a large rock with a tent peg firmly drilled through it (to our surprise, we managed to retrieve just about all the pegs […]

12 of 12, January 2019

The 12th this month fell on “Celebration Day”, which is my least favourite day of Jamboree. The place is invaded by visitors (another 10000 on top of the 10000 already attending), and there is meant to be a festive market day which is a great idea in principle but never seems to entirely work in practice).

Here […]

AJ2019 Jamboree bits and pieces

Jamborees are big. Really big. There were about 10000 people attending this one, which means lots of logistics, lots of food, and lots of tents. Here is an aerial view of the Jamboree site (and, yes, a trip to the loo involves a bit of a walk, which is always a hassle when there’s an urgent […]

Dust, drills, and the end of 2018

It’s amazing how quickly a year can pass, especially one that has been as not-quite-according-to-plans as the last one.

It’s amazing how quickly three years can pass; it’s hard to believe that I was on my way to the last Jamboree this time in 2015 (for the 2016 Jamboree).

I had always planned to attend the 2019 Jamboree, […]

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 sailing dinghies) that can be used for helping people learn to sail. […]

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 […]