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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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 there were some showers adding some dampness to the occasion.

On Saturday morning there were 18 Scouts from around the state being awarded their “Australian Scout Medallion” (the highest award that can be earned in the Scout age group), including three of the older Scouts from my Troop along with the son of a good friend of mine. It was great to be able to be acknowledge the achievements of these young people.

In the sail past, which gets the regatta underway after the official ceremony, our Scouts managed to deliver cake to the Governor while she was on board the Egeria.

Over the next few days (Saturday afternoon to Monday morning) there were plenty of activities: patrol boat rowing, dinghy rowing and dinghy novelty events, kayaking, raft building and disintegrating (there was some brief floating in between the building and the disintegrating, but it didn’t last long!), tug-of-war competitions, swimming, and various other events. And the weather got better as the weekend progressed (meaning that we could pack up dry tents on Monday — yay!).

Skip got a few of us to rig La Perouse for sail one afternoon, and took out an all-girl crew (as it happened) including me, and let us try our hands at different roles on board.

Our rowing crews did really well this year, taking out a clean sweep of the under 13 and under 15 sprint and long-distance events.

This year I was able to be part of the leader-parent female rowing team that took out that event (last year I was still recovering from surgery and so my activities were curtailed). There was a particularly nice thing about this success: one of the crew members was a long-time friend of mine, Vicki (second from the right; we met in Grade 7 many many years ago!). Although not part of our Scout group, she has an interesting link to it, as her dad had been involved in La Perouse‘s genesis, and one of her older brothers had carved the name plate that still adorns La Perouse‘s stern.

And here’s the gang after the closing ceremony on the final day.

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