Information for Recruits (Venturer Scouts & Guides)

Hoadley Hide 2019 : Mission to Mars

Are you up for the challenge?

Our FARSCOUT Recruit Program will set you and your teammates up for a successful Mission to Mars over the 2019 Easter long weekend. Successful completion of the mission will also allow Venturers to pass the requirements for the VA Initiative badge.

All FARSCOUT Recruits are required to have completed the requirements of the Venturing Skills badge before commencing the mission on Friday.

Don’t have your Venturing Skills badge yet? Don’t worry!

For Venturers who do not yet have their Venturing Skills Badge, you can stay overnight at Sunbury Scout Hall on the Thursday night and complete our specialist Pre-Recruit Skills Course (select the “Recruit: VS Course” registration option below) . This will make sure you are ready to undertake the Mission to Mars on Friday. Successful completion of the Pre-Recruit Skills Course and the Mission to Mars will allow you to complete both the Venturing Skills badge AND the VA Initiative badge – that’s 2 badges in one weekend!

Guides aged 14-17 will need confirmation from their Unit Leader that they are prepared for the mission – contact the Hoadley Hide Mission Team for more information.

You are also welcome to stay overnight Thursday at Sunbury Scout Hall even if you already have your Venturing Skills badge, particularly if you are coming from elsewhere in regional Victoria. All recruits who stay overnight Thursday will be transported to the mission site on Friday morning (transport cost extra – select the “Recruit: Sleep over” registration option below)

All recruits will be getting involved in the Mars Recruit Navigation Challenge (Rogaining) – a fast paced navigation and physical activity that will help prepare you for the rest of the weekend.

An exclusive event, Hoadley Hide 2019 will be limited to thirty-five teams, so register quickly! Teams of 4-6 Venturers don’t need to be separated into Venturing Skills and Initiative groups, allowing for the mentoring of younger Venturers by more experienced Venturers.

Don’t have a full team? Don’t worry! Register as an individual or partial team and we’ll match you up with other Venturers to complete your team. Where possible, we’ll make sure they’re from a Unit nearby to you so it’s easier to coordinate equipment, food, transport, etc.

All this means Hoadley Hide 2019 will provide the same test of skills as past events, but with an exciting new structure and narrative, designed by Venturers, to bring the event into the 21st Century!


Do I need to order for everyone in my unit at the same time?
No! You can order either as a team or individually without any issue. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info!

Mission to Mars Recruit Tickets


When and Where?

Friday 19th April 2019 until Monday 22nd April at Mataranka Scout Camp, Dunolly

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