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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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 […]

2019 Guide Scout Regatta

The March long weekend brings the annual Guide and Scout Regatta event, held at Snug. We topped last year’s best ever attendance-from-our-troop, and had a very enjoyable and successful time. On the Friday evening, as has become our tradition, we had an investiture ceremony up on the cliff tops in the dark … only this year […]

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. […]