Stunts Overview

“Exploits on the Goldfields”: Our 2020 Theme

The premise for Hoadley Hide 2020: Exploits on the Goldfields is that the Venturers are transported to a time where they can make their fortune and try not to lose it! 

Venturers will begin on Friday morning by familiarising themselves with the goldfields area through participation in a rogaining activity. They will then be welcomed into the Hoadley Mining Co. where they will earn their miners licence and prepare a meal for the town Mayor to taste at the welcome party.

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, they will explore the goldfields, assist the townsfolk and hopefully uncover their fortune as they travel to different locations (the stunts), and potentially overcome some challenges and solve a mystery!

On Sunday night they’ll celebrate their successes and party to their heart’s content at the town’s complimentary celebratory dinner, followed by another party!

Monday will see the mystery uncovered and justice served, also the final scores will be revealed and the winners of the Hide announced at the final parade.

Finally the Venturers shall bid farewell to Hoadley Mining Co. and head home with many stories to tell, with an abundance of wealth and new friends.

Initiative Requirement

Each activity will include some kind of initiative challenge; be it a first aid challenge, a navigation challenge, a rescue, night work, decoding or water incident, etc.

The stunt must be designed so as to occupy the entire team in a challenging activity. For each stunt site, we have given a suggestion of a suitable initiative challenge, taking into account what’s available at each site, and making sure there is a variety of stunt types.

Each Venturer Scout is required to participate fully in the planning and execution of each stunt. Initiative in Venturer Scout language is a self-starting power, an ability to get up and go without being told what to do. It requires resourcefulness, working out what the problem is, problem solving, implementing and reviewing.

An Initiative activity is designed to enable Venturer Scouts to develop, practise and test their initiative and should be a definite test of planning, organising, self-reliance and determination.

Ways to theme your Stunt & Making it more of an Experience

There are lots of ways to add character to your stunt and make it a real experience as part of the overall theme: play theme music over speakers, have costumes that tie in to the story; all these will assist with the story and theming of your stunt.

The end goal is for it to be an immersive experience for the Venturers – they should feel like they really travelled back in time to the gold rush era in rural Victoria. Don’t forget, Venturers will be voting each night for their “Best Stunt” which will be a large contributor to the overall Best Stunt awards, so make it as fun and entertaining as possible!

Must-Have Equipment for each stunt:

  • Garbage bin (We will provide bags)
  • Undercover place for Venturer Packs to be placed, such as a shelter and a tarp on the ground
  • Benches/chairs (for sitting)
  • Table (for sign-in, scoring, etc. – a small pop-up gazebo is ideal as well)
  • Water-Filling Station, at least 20L (for Venturers to fill water bottles, HH team can refill when required)

The Hoadley Hide team will provide each stunt with:

  • Score sheet pads
  • Stunt stickers to place in each team’s “passport” when they complete the stunt
  • Garbage bags
  • A radio (to be signed out from HQ each morning and signed back in each night)

Site Visit

We will be running a site visit on 29th February 2020, at Barry’s Reef Scout Camp, commencing at 11am and finishing at 2pm.

Stunt Sites & Story Summaries

Some details for some stunts are still to be finalised, this page will be updated as more is confirmed.

To select your stunt or to obtain more information on each of these stunts, including photos of the stunt sites, can be provided on request, email

Stunt 1: 

Name:                       Hoadley Mining Co. Medical Post
Stunt Type:             First Aid
Saturday Activity:  Bush Hospital with patients
Sunday Activity:   First aid Task then gain access to Hospital Records

Stunt 2: 

Name:                     Hoadley Construction Co.
Stunt Type:            Construction
Saturday Activity: Construct a mine cart to transport gold
Sunday Activity:    Construct a chariot to race (timed, leaderboard)


Stunt 3: Kingsford Smith Rover Crew (taken)

Name:                      Hoadley Bank Co. The Gully Branch
Stunt Type:             Weighing/Problem Solving
Saturday Activity:   Create Device to compare weight of gold from different mines
Sunday Activity:      Sort out real from counterfeit gold 


Stunt 4: 

Name:                      _______’s Mine
Stunt Type:             Construction
Saturday Activity: Transport tree trunk to prop up mine
Sunday Activity:    Mine has collapsed, construct device to clear debris


Stunt 5:

Name:                     Technology And Research Development Intelligence Sector
Stunt Type:             Navigation/Communication
Saturday Activity:  Fox Hunting to find new mine
Sunday Activity:    Use Gps to locate clues


Stunt 6:

Name:                     Hoadley Hide Telegram Service
Stunt Type:            Communication/Morse Code
Saturday Activity:  Need to communicate a message in dark mine in morse code
Sunday Activity:    Decode secret messages


Stunt 7:

Stunt Type:              Teamwork
Saturday Activity:   team blindfolded, need to find missing generator parts in mine.
Sunday Activity:     Make a simple circuit to make generator work


Stunt 8:  BRUOP (taken)

Name:                      Hoadley Mining Town Blacksmith
Stunt Type:             Teamwork
Saturday Activity:   Pin the hoof on the horse, choose your own adventure scenarios
Sunday Activity:     Locked in an Escape room, find clues along the way


Stunt 9:

Name:                       _______’s Mine
Stunt Type:
Saturday Activity:  Mine Testing, canary in a cage
Sunday Activity:    bird has been stolen, need to retrieve it


Stunt 10:            

Name:                     _______’s Explosives
Stunt Type:             Science
Saturday Activity:  Test different “Explosives”
Sunday Activity:     Puzzle to work out which explosive was used in crime


Stunt 11:

Name:                     HH Police Force
Stunt Type:             Fun
Saturday Activity:  Bottle Rockets to catch food
Sunday Activity:    Battleship style Rockets to collect clues


Stunt 12:

Name:                     Goldfields Cartography
Stunt Type:             Navigation
Saturday Activity: Create a map of new mines and townships
Sunday Activity:    Find coordinates of sightings on map, create possible path


Stunt 13:

Name:                       Hoadley Water Co.
Stunt Type:               Water/ingenuity
Saturday Activity:  Transport Water from one location to another
Sunday Activity:     Create water filtration device, water has been tampered with


Stunt 14:

Name:                      ______’s Bakery    
Stunt Type:             Cooking
Saturday Activity:  Camp cooking, large variety
Sunday Activity:     Food has been stolen, make ‘cancakes’ 


Stunt 15:  Mal Whyte Rover Crew (taken)

Name:                      The River
Stunt Type:              Fun
Saturday Activity:  Panning for gold
Sunday Activity:     Scavenger Hunt


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