Information for Venturers & Guides

Hoadley Hide 2022: Monster Hunters

What’s the worst that could happen?

The Hoadley Hide M.O.N.S.T.E.R Hunters Guild is calling on Venturers and Guides to join the fight against the monsters attacking our village!
You must navigate, complete tasks, and collect clues….. to help capture the beasts, and restore the town to its former glory!
You will test your teamwork, navigation, initiative, and problem-solving skills while hiking between checkpoints.
The Hoadley Hide M.O.N.S.T.E.R Hunters Guild is looking for Venturer and Guide recruits to join us in the fight against the evil monsters that are attacking our village. You’ll test your initiative, teamwork, leadership, and Scoutcraft skills as you hike between different locations in our village (stunts). Successful completion will also allow Venturers to pass the requirements for the Stage 4 Bushwalking badge and some of the Stage 5 Bushwalking Badge, as well as other core areas.

Before You Arrive

All Hoadley Hide M.O.N.S.T.E.R Hunters Guild recruits are required to have completed the requirements of the introduction to section badge before commencing the mission on Friday.

While not a pre-requisite for competing, we recommend that venturers have completed stage 3 in the core oas areas.
All team members should be familiar with grid references and how to use a map and compass.

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

Everyone is welcome to stay overnight Thursday at Sunbury Scout Hall (nearby to Sunbury Train Station), particularly if you are coming from elsewhere in regional Victoria or metro Melbourne. All recruits who stay overnight on Thursday will be transported to the site on Friday morning. (transport costs extra – select the “Sleepover & Bus” registration option when you purchase your ticket)

The Plan

After checking in on Friday morning you will be required to pass a pack inspection before starting the weekends activities. Please refer to the equipment list and remember to keep your pack as light as possible. You will have to carry everything on Saturday and Sunday, including your tent.

All guild members will then be getting involved in the Forest Familiarisation Frenzy (Rogaining) – a fast-paced navigation and physical activity that will help prepare you for the rest of the weekend.

On Friday night you will have the opportunity to cook a three course meal to be assessed. This will cover part of your stage 5 camping badge.

On Saturday and Sunday your team will trek through the forest and aim to complete as many stunts as possible. The stunts will be at the same locations all weekend but the content will be different each day, so try and get to all the stunts on both days!

On Saturday night all guild members will be required to participate in a ‘Night Patrol‘.
This night activity will involve walking to points on a map and checking that none of the monsters have escaped! The more places you visit the more points you will earn as a team, and the more clues you will collect….

Sunday Evening will be a Party!
The Hoadley Hide M.O.N.S.T.E.R Guild ‘Monster Mash’ party will include music, a photo booth and a complimentary banquet, so no need to cook tonight! Take this opportunity to dress up as your favourite monster, show off your dance moves and belt out your favourite tunes. It’s time to celebrate all your successes over the weekend and finish on a high note.

Monday morning everyone will pack up their tents and have breakfast.
At closing parade the runners up will be announced, the brand new Co-Holders of the Coveted Hoadley Hide showered with glory and the Best Stunt team announced (as voted by you).
Then its back on the bus, or in your parents car, and headed home with many stories to tell… and straight into the shower. 😛


Stunts will cover a variety of items from the core oas areas at stage 4 and 5. When you arrive at an activity let the team know what level you are working at and they will endeavour to help you. At the conclusion of the weekend each team will receive a statement of attainment, listing all the things you can tick off in terrain.

On Friday, you have the chance to cook a three course meal to satisfy the requirement for stage 5 camping. You will then be able to check that off as complete. if you have not yet been awarded stage 4 that is okay, you can tick things off at a higher level.

We will provide the name and phone number of the chief assesor so you can ‘add verifier’ in terrain.

We are still confirming how this will work, more info to come soon.

Sound Exciting?

An exclusive event, Hoadley Hide 2022 will be limited to thirty-five teams of 4-6 Venturers or Guides, so register quickly!

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 that Hoadley Hide 2022 will provide the same test of skills as past events, but with an exciting new structure and narrative, designed by Venturers and Rovers, to provide an immersive experience for Venturers & Guides!

How can I get involved?

Had a fun weekend? Can’t wait for more?
Encourage your friends to come along next year and try improve your score, or if you won… go down in history as back to back champions!

The Hoadley Hide Management Team is always on the lookout for venturers to join the Theme Team. This group of venturers and rovers is dedicated to making each year bigger and better than the last. If you’ve got an idea for next years story, we’d love to hear it! Wanna join? Just ask any HHMT member and you’re in!

Too old to compete next year?
We are always on the lookout for Rover Units to run stunts and there are lots of jobs within the HHMT and around the site. If you want to get involved, send us a message on facebook or email the team at


Register before March 8th to get bonus points!

Do I need to book tickets 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!

When and Where?

Friday 15th April until Monday 18th April 2021 at Mataranka Scout Camp

Want to use public transport? Then visit our Public Transport page for more information.

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