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Scouts Australia eNews - December 2015

Summer Scouting


The 24th Australian Jamboree starts on the 2nd of January for 10 amazing days. While you are in holiday mode, check out what the 8,500 Scouts and 2,000 Leaders attending AJ2016 are up to. Logon to the Jamboree website or follow them on Facebook.

New Zealand Venture

If a homegrown jamboree wasn't enough, we have 661 Venturer Scouts and Leaders heading east to the New Zealand Venture to be held 3rd to the 14th of January, our largest ever contingent to an international event.

Have fun everyone!

Applications open for new National Commissioner Youth Empowerment

Pioneer the involvement of Scouts Australia's youth members in National decision making as the first National Commissioner Youth Empowerment!

Youth empowerment is held by Scouts Australia at its core. This new role will guide and advocate for ways our youth members can influence and implement change.

If you're a dedicated and an awesome team orientated individual, this newly created position will lead the National Youth Council and be a contributor to multiple National Teams. As long as you can be committed to attending multiple online and face to face meetings each year, go ahead and give the simple application process a go!

Download and read the position description, then use the form here to apply.

100 Years of Cub Scouts and We Are Celebrating!

Keep Saturday 30th of July 2016 free as the whole of Scouting in Australia celebrates the Cub Scout Centenary with campfires in every Group around the country.

Australia was one of the very first countries to start ‘Wolf Cubs’ as they were then known. While Australia has Packs recorded from as early as 1914, the worldwide centenary will be officially celebrated in 2016 as The Wolf Cub's Handbook was first published by Lord Baden-Powell in December 1916.

All Australian Scout Groups are encouraged to hold a campfire on the 30th of July. Cub Scouts will say their Promise at 8pm Eastern Standard Time. The format is totally up to you, whether it be at a camp, district event, Group event or just for your Pack. You may wish to invite former Cubs, parents and people from your community. Reserve the date in your Group's diary now!

During our centenary year also look out for - Our Cub Centenary website will be the focus for information about the centenary in Australia. We will be featuring photos and information from Cub Scouts for the past 100 years. If you have a photo you can add to our online collection contact

Tell Your Story

We want Cubs and former Cubs to tell us your Cub Scout story. What was the best time you've ever had at Cubs? What can you remember? Share your story on our online form on We want to hear as many stories as possible.

Join the Party

If you have an open day in 2016, a bring-a-friend day or are holding a display at any local events, advertise it on We'll be promoting as a place where people can find out about their local Cub Scout Groups. If you are putting on an event for another age group, or a Fellowship or heritage display for the Centenary, promote it through here as well.


Australia Zoo Competition

Australia Zoo are helping us celebrate with a family Platinum Zoo Adventure Package to be won! More details to follow in 2016.

Click with Cubs

Show the world how your local community supports Cub Scouts. Ask your local MP, mayor or local celebrities to ‘Click with Cubs’. Take a pic of your Cub Scouts with them (with your Cub's parent's permission) and tag it to #Cub100. If you know someone famous who was a Cub, maybe they will click with you too! Just remember to get your Cub Scout parents' permission if they are to appear on social media.

Social Media

If you are on Facebook, like the Scouts Australia Facebook page, we'll be running Cub Scout posts all year.

Scouts Reunited

Scouts Reunited was set up for the Scout Centenary in 2007, so we've had nearly 10 years of former Australian Scouts registering their details to connect with former Scouting friends. Check it out, and see if you can find someone from your Scouting past at Scouts Reunited.

International Scouting

It is exciting to see many more youth travelling internationally and larger National Contingents being formed. To ensure the safety of youth and Leaders in our increasingly volatile world, we ask that all those travelling abroad register with Smartraveller (on the Department of Foreign Affairs website), and provide the International Office of Scouts Australia ( with your contact details while overseas, your itinerary, and your next of kin details. We need to support you as much as we can in the event of an emergency.

Did you know you can earn a very special award after attending an Interndational Scouting event and meeting the criteria? We are delighted to see more young people wearing this award as part of their uniform. For more details of the International Explorer Award, please go to the International website.

Keep your eye on the Scouts Australia International website for newly formed Contingents and scholarship opportunities.

Oddball Competition

Like to win $250 for your Group's environmental project? To celebrate the DVD release of ‘Oddball’ (starring Shane Jacobson, Chief Scout of Victoria), Roadshow has four $250 cash prizes available for Scout Groups to win!

Swampy Marsh wanted to save penguins - what's your Group's conservation idea? Entries close January 15 2016 at

YPR Stage 4 Moving Along

Our Stage 4 teams are working hard ‘Designing Tomorrow’, building on the work of earlier stages of the YPR.

The team leaders recently presented to the National Youth Program Team on their work so far. A major focus is on ensuring the Scouting of tomorrow will truly be ‘One Program’, with key elements progressing developmentally between the age sections.

Many of the concepts being explored through Stage 4 will be shared at theCrate at the Australian Jamboree in January. Be sure to come and visit and engage in the discussion!


Are you on Facebook? Have you liked theCrate page? Can you help us reach 5000 likes? The Facebook page is not just for youth attending AJ2016 - it's your way of keeping in touch with the discussions and surveys happening on site! The input from those offsite is equally as valuable.

Random prize draws will commence shortly as we make a push to connect with as many members on Facebook as possible. Like the Facebook page here:


14th Annual Asia Pacific Region Photo Contest

The Asia Pacific Region of the World Organisation of Scouting is keen to recognise the region's best Scouting photographers and has announced its 14th Annual Photo Contest. This year the contest challenges entrants to capture images that reflect the ‘growth of Scouting’. This means not only the quantity of Scouts, but also quality that contributes to Scouting as a leading youth movement.

Competition entries must be received by Friday the 19th of February 2016. Please send them to Christina Gretton, National Manager Communications and Publishing Service at

Find out more here: on the Scouts Australia Website.

YPR Principles Consultation Drawing to a Close

The 4 month nation-wide Principles, Spirituality and Promise & Law consultation will be concluding shortly. The work on these topics have been ongoing for the past 2 years. The YPR would like to thank all members who have provided their feedback so far through the official channels.

If you haven't yet provided feedback, make sure you visit before 31 December 2015.

All feedback will be taken into consideration as we determine the next steps forward for these important organisational statements.

SAIT Update

The Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT) has applied to re-register the RTO and was granted an extension by ASQA (The Australian Skills Quality Authority) till 2023. This means that Members in the Schools and the Community Scout based programs can achieve VET qualifications through a Recognition of Prior Learning method - (RPL) in S1S10 Outdoor Education (Certificates II, III and IV), BSB07 Business Services (Certificates II and III), and, as of 2016, Leadership and Management (Certificate IV and Diploma).

If you are interested in finding out how you can achieve externally-recognised qualifications through SAIT contact your Branch Training or Nada Goodacre the RTO Compliance Officer at

First Australian APR Chairman in 38 Years

PP APR Chairman

Australia's contribution to World Scouting has been strengthened with Paul Parkinson elected as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee.

Paul, the Principal of Scouts Australia Institute of Training, will work closely with the Regional Director and Regional Support Office to implement policies and resolutions of the World Scout Committee; foster cooperation between Scout organisations; and growth of new National Scout Organisations (NSO’s). Mr Parkinson will oversee 24 member NSO’s that collectively have 29 million of the 40 million World Scouts. The Asia Pacific Region stretches from Mongolia to New Zealand in the south, and from Pakistan to French Polynesia in the east.

Paul's challenge and vision for the next three years is linked closely with Unity, Impact and Growth, the three main cornerstones of WOSM's Triennial Plan, to which the APR is committed.

Scouts Australia congratulates Paul on his appointment.