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Scouts Australia eNews - November 2015

Show us your #everydayadventure!

Show your followers how you experience adventure with Scouts. Your image may appear at theCrate at AJ2016, and to top it off there are prizes to be won!

As a Scout or leader, you are sure to have photos or videos of yourself on Scouting activities sitting on your phone or camera. If you've got a Scouting event coming up, make sure you capture it too. The National Youth Council want you to upload your pics or videos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag “#everydayadventure” and “#scoutsaustralia” to inspire others to adventure with Scouting! Submit your entries by 1st December 2015 to star in a video for AJ2016, and if you are wearing a scarf, all the better!

Program Guides to Involve Youth in Promise & Law Consultation

To add to the current consultation tools, the Youth Program Review has developed new Promise and Law program activities designed to find out the views our youth members as we review our Promise and Law. The programs explore Scouting in other countries, and encourage youth members to think more deeply about Scouting's values. Download the program for Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts, or the program for Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts, from the Scout Central Program Builder or the YPR Website and try them with your youth members.

Don't forget, the consultation of our members is continuing on the wording of the Scouts Australia Principles, Spiritual Development and the Promise and Law at http://ypr.scouts.com.au/promiselaw. We need to know what you think!

theCrate Returns at AJ2016!

AJ2016 is rapidly approaching, and theCrate is the place to be to learn about and have a say on Scouting in the future! Throughout the event there will be a range of displays in the National tent, with new and different things popping-up each day. The team are keen to hear what members are looking for in their program, both now and in the future. For those attending AJ2016 you will be able to interact and engage in a range of activities and surveys.

Not on site? No problem! Those not on site have an equally important role. Let the team know what you would like to see in the Scout and other sections into the future. These will be available via links on theCrate Facebook page.

Make sure you keep an eye on theCrate Facebook page, as question polls will start appearing shortly, to help direct the surveys and sessions that are run throughout the Jamboree.

Messengers of Peace

Have you heard of Messengers of Peace? Know someone who has completed a project? Perhaps you have?

As members of the worldwide movement of Scouting, Scouts Australia members are encouraged to check out how Scouts around the globe are making a difference "applying their leadership to creating a better world". Like what you see? Why don't you discuss this with your peers and group, develop your own project and join the increasing global network of Messengers of Peace? Scouts Australia aims to increase Australia's contributions and participation in the program throughout 2016, so start thinking about what you might do or even start working on a project now!

More information about the program can be found at: http://scout.org/messengersofpeace

Join In Aventures on Scout Central

If you are looking for your next adventure check out ‘Join in Adventures’ on Scout Central. Alternatively you may have an adventure you would like to promote to others.

‘Join in Adventures’ is a tool for Scout groups to advertise opportunities for others to join. They may be large camps, gang shows, or major events you would like to promote. Groups can also advertise smaller outings that have space for participants from other Groups.

All users of Scout Central are invited to use Join in Adventures to promote the amazing opportunities our Movement offers to young people. Just click on ‘Get Scouting’ then ‘Join in Adventures’ and see what exciting places Scouting could take you next!

McHappy Day 2015

Over 2000 Scouts around Australia have once again helped raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities on McHappy Day! Scouts who registered and participated will receive their badge for their efforts shortly.

For the 9th year in a row, Scouts were seen in McDonald's restaurants engaging with the community collecting money to benefit seriously ill children and their families. Funds raised provide valuable learning support for ill children, respite programs and free accommodation to allow families relaxation during difficult times.

During November and December, McDonald's are supporting Scouts by featuring Scout themed tray mats in stores! Keep an eye out for these which include a maze that all Scouts can solve!

Contingent Leader Positions

Do you have a passion to provide youth members with the trip of a lifetime? Adult and Youth members 18 years and above are encouraged to apply as Contingent leaders to Jamborees in Finland and Norway!

These unique Jamborees are an exciting and rewarding experience for all and are a great opportunity for every Scout to have an international Scouting experience.

Download the Finland Jamboree Application Pack here and the Norway Jamboree Application Pack here to start the adventure!

International Scouting

With the growth in international Scouting, it is exciting to see not only Australian youth members travel overseas but also more International Scouts coming to Australia. At AJ2016 we will welcome 300 youth and leaders from 21 other countries. If you are coming to AJ2016, you must plan a visit to the International Tent where you will learn about our expanding Pen Pal program, our Scouts International Student Exchange Program (SISEP), as well as our Contingent to the next New Zealand Jamboree and to the next World Scout Jamboree in North America in 2019!

We continue to find new opportunities for youth to experience international Scouting, including through scholarships. Exciting new Contingents are being formed regularly. To keep yourself in the loop, you should frequently visit the Scouts Australia international website

2015 Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet

Held over the weekend of 17th & 18th October with the theme “The Earth is Yours”, the 58th Jamboree on the Air & 19th Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA⁄JOTI) connected Scouts around the world. Over 13,000 Scouts Australia and Guides Australia members actively participated in virtual conversations from centres all around the country. Chief Scout of Australia, His Excellency the Governor–General Sir Peter Cosgrove together with Lady Cosgrove urged participants to “ensure environmental sustainability and recognise that the future of humankind is in the hands of the young” as they officially opened the event. Their Excellencies challenged Scouts to make this year's JOTA ⁄ JOTI the greenest yet by using alternative energy solutions.

To listen to the opening address click here.

Congratulations to Our Outstanding Scout

Australian Scout Angus Boxall was recently recognised as one of the Asia Pacific Region's three most Outstanding Scouts at the Asia Pacific Region Conference in Korea in November. Angus is a Rover Scout and a Joey Scout Leader, and volunteers for many other Scouting roles as well. Angus is also Scouts Australia's Digital Systems Officer, responsible amongst other things, for answering your Scout Central queries. Selected as Australia's representative, Angus clearly demonstrated, through a number of rigorous interviews, how his wide ranging involvement in many areas of Scouting helps build our Movement in the community, as well as his strong understanding of the fundamentals of Scouting.