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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Are you STILL here?

It seems I am still jammed in the Scouts Victoria database, despite having moved and let them know. Some other aspects of their record-keeping appear to be  pretty good, however, as I arrived home today to find a letter of congratulations from them and my 30 year service badge, right on time.*

Yep, 30 years.


  • about 1000 meeting nights
  • 305 nights under canvas (and over 380 nights away of all kinds)
  • over 1100km of hiking, canoeing, and cycling (more, in fact, because the “easier” activities are scaled downwards to make them comparable with hiking)
  • 6 groups (1st Rosny, 1st Montagu Bay, 1st Burnie, 1st Montagu Bay (again), Portugal Cove-St Philip’s (in Newfoundland, Canada), 17th Essendon, and Clarence Sea Scouts)
  • 5 Jamborees, 8 Cuborees, and a Venture
  • 3 styles of uniform
  • 2 Wood Badges (one for Cubs, one for Scouts)
  • a helluva lot of kids
  • some wonderful friendships
  • and more good memories than I can remember.

I asked Georgie, one of the Scout leaders at Clarence, if she’d mind presenting the little badge to me tonight at Scouts, which she duly did … but without overly emphasising the fact that she hadn’t been born when I started! 🙂

* (a) It will be interesting to see if/when Scouts Tasmania realises! (b) It will be interesting to see if I’ll ever receive the associated certificate, as it was sent to the Moonee Valley District Commissioner.

1 comment to Are you STILL here?

  • Grey haired Matriarch

    You didn’t stand a chance! Great job, but you still have over twenty years to go to catch the ancestor who started it all. Your GP’s would be, and AP’s are very proud of a clan that caught the vision!
    Here’s to Scout/Guide co-operation!

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