Stradbroke Cup 2021
Labour Day weekend events:
Friday March 5 – Monday March 8
Geelong Region, Eumeralla, Anglesea
Contact: Peter Gerusel,
Scout Commissioner Geelong Region,
Phone: 0422 700 951
You can choose from any of the following Stradbroke Cup Venues for Easter 2021
Friday 2nd April – Monday 5th April 2021
Bays Region, Bay Park, Mt Martha,
Contact: Andrew Thomson,
Scouts Commissioner Bays Region,
Phone: 0409 956 422
Lerderderg Region, Treetops, Riddells Creek
Contact: Sandra Sunkel
Scout Commissioner Lerderderg Region,
Phone: 0430 338 550
Mt Dandenong Region, Gilwell Park, Gembrook
Contact: Paul De Araugo,
Scout Commissioner Mt Dandenong Region
Phone: 0419 405 243
Admin Contact: Sam Hamilton
Admin E-mail: email@example.com
Plenty Valley Region, Mafeking Rover Park, Caveat
Contact: Russ Adams,
Scout Commissioner Plenty Valley Region,
Phone: (03) 9718 2395
School Holiday events:
Thursday 8th – Monday 12th April 2021
West Coast Region, Brucknell Scout Camp
Contact: Steph Hann
Scouts Commissioner West Coast Region,
Phone: 0439 653 784
To register, please use the Manningham Events System.
All about Stradbroke Cup
Stradbroke Cup is a major event on the Scout calendar, a Patrol camping event run over the Easter weekend and other times at several venues around Victoria.
Stradbroke ‘Advisers’ assist, guide and assess each Patrol’s camping competency, but Stradbroke Cup is not just a camping challenge. In addition, there is an extensive program of fun and challenging activities available at all venues. Most Stradbroke Cup venues extend over four nights, a perfect way for Scouts to satisfy the “four nights under canvas continuously” requirement for a Jamboree. The whole event is an opportunity for Scout Patrols to have an enjoyable camping experience and enjoy the fellowship of a large combined camp. Contact: your Scouts Commissioner, Region.
Patrols’ camping abilities are checked against the Victorian Scout Camping Standard Assessment Sheet with the highest achievers becoming Co-Holders of the Cup.
Patrols achieve a standard of competency either:
– Bronze: A safe and average camping standard with numerous opportunities for improvement (between 60% and 70%)
– Silver: A high camping standard with minor opportunities for improvement (between 70% and 85%)
– Co-Holder or Gold: An excellent camping standard with few (if any) opportunities for improvement (85% or more)
Patrols with less than 60% are not yet competent and are presented with a Competitor pennant.
Every Stradbroke Cup Venue has a goal to assist every Patrol to achieve competency
Patrol Leaders will aim for Co-holder, but don’t forget that any Bronze, Silver or Co-holder Patrol Leader has achieved a competent standard of Camping Leadership, the differences are only how much improvement is possible
The Stradbroke “Challenge” Cup was offered to the Association by His Excellency, The Earl of Stradbroke, after he was farewelled, by a march-past of Scouts at the end of his term of office of Governor of Victoria in 1926.
The Cup was first competed for a Gilwell Park in 1933 when it was awarded for certain specific sections of the Cohen Shield which, at the time, was a combined camping and scoutcraft competition.
These specific activities were Ambulance, Pioneering, Signalling and Mapping/Hiking.
In 1937 the Stradbroke Cup was awarded for the ‘camping’ part of the Cohen Shield competition only, and it eventually became a separate camping award.
Until 1967 the competition was held at Gilwell Park each year, but since then Troops camping at other approved venues have also taken part.
In 1971 the competition was further extended in country areas and was held in eight different locations.
Until 1952 a straight out points system was used to select the winning troop, but after that year an ‘achievement of standard’ system was used, and troops whose camping was assessed as “A” grade became Co-holders of the Cup each year.
In 1974 it was decided to place as much emphasis as possible on the Patrol aspect of camping and to award pennants to patrols for “A”, “B”, and “C” grade standards, instead of to Troops. For a Troop to become a Co-holder of the Cup, each of its patrols (and Troop H.Q.) had to achieve the “A” grade camping standard.
In 1976 the patrol camping standards were changed, in name, from “A”, “B”, and “C” to Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
In 2013 at the State Youth Forum, Scouts raised issue with the then graded assessment of Stradbroke Cup that lacked consistency and fairness across venues in the State and even differences in Assessor’s interpretation and application within a single venue.
State Scout Council developed a new approach, a competency-based assessment against a checklist with simple yes or no outcomes, clear and unambiguous. The new approach was trialled at all Stradbroke venues in 2014 and received enthusiastic and unanimous acceptance by Scouts and most Leaders. In 2015, after some minor tweaking, this new approach was adopted as the Victorian Scout Camping Standard Assessment Sheet. Assessors have been re-named “Advisers” and they have been empowered to ‘assist’ and ‘guide’ Patrol Leaders to achieve their best outcome.
The Cup itself is held at Headquarters and is made available to “Co-holder” Patrols for display purposes when required, during the year.