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Scouts Australia eNews - October 2015

Cub Scout Centenary Badge Unveiled

Cub Centenary Badge Competition Winner Did you know that the Cub Scout Section turns 100 in 2016? To commemorate the event, a special Cub Scout Centenary badge has been designed by Peter Dixon of the Cressy Cub Scout Pack from Tasmania. Peter's design was chosen from 184 entries received from Australian Cub Scouts earlier this year. The badge reflects a reef knot, the first knot Peter learned in Cubs, as well as a scarf and woggle. The stars in the middle are the Southern Cross.

Congratulations Peter, who wins a Wilderness Equipment iExplore tent, as well as each of the state winners who will receive Leave No Trace products donated by Sea to Summit.

State Winners:

Tasmania Alice Maddock, Cressy Cub Scout Pack
South Australia Emily Creek, One Tree Hill Cub Scout Pack
Northern Territory Ben Price, 1st Darwin Sea Scouts
Victoria Chloe McFarlane, 1st Ballam Park
NSW Woody Gray, 2nd Abbotsford
Queensland Richard Greenwood, Bribie Island Cub Scout Pack
ACT Hunter Smith, Mt Majura Cub Scout Pack
WA Billy McCready, Carramar Cub Scout Pack

Look out in the next few months for the badge to go on sale in your Branch!

Scouts Reunited

Scouts Reunited (www.scoutsreunited.com.au) is a website for Australian Scouts to connect with their Scouting friends. Scouts Reunited was first launched in 2006, and has thousands of current and former Australian Scouts registered. If you have ever been a Scout in Australia, register with Scouts Reunited and start searching for old friends - you never know who you might find.

News from World Scouting - We have all won an Award!

Every one of the world's 40 million+ Scouts and adult volunteers has received the "Youth Leadership Award for the Environment" for their dedication to environmental protection and commitment to humanitarian responses. Six Scouts, one from each World Scouting Region, were in Geneva from 5 to 8 October to receive the award on behalf of all Scouts. Download your personal Certificate by going to http://www.scout.org/youcancountonus and clicking on the link 'Download your Certificate'

Training Changes

The Scouts Institute of Training (SAIT) is introducing two new qualifications to its list of vocational educational training in 2016. It will offer the BSB42015 Certificate in Leadership and Management and BSB51915 - Diploma of Leadership and Management.

In 2015 Adult Training and Development (AT&D) and SAIT separated operationally. This means that regular Leader training will be organised through AT&D and Vocational Education Training (qualifications recognised outside of Scouting) will be conducted through SAIT. SAIT retains its status to deliver and assess the Certificate II in Business Services and Outdoor Recreation, but recently changed to 'assess only' for all other community based programs. For more information on SAIT contact Nada Goodacre on saitcompliance@scouts.com.au. For all other training enquiries, contact your Branch.

More Help for Scout Central Users

Scout Central has 56,000 badge completions officially recorded! What's more there are now 6,200 programs that have been created, and thousands of youth members have registers that they can check to see their progress. To make it easier to use the many helpful features on Scout Central, Scouts Australia has launched the Scout Central User Handbook. Access it through the Scout Central Help page or click here.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the new Scout Central discussion group - search for the Scout Central User Group. It is a closed group so you must apply to join. Users can discuss how they are using Scout Central and ask questions of each other. Scouts Australia still encourages anyone with a particular query about Scout Central to contact us through our user support links, but by regularly watching the conversation on the Scout Central User Group you are sure to pick up new ideas to help with your Scouting.

Record your Camps and Hikes on Scout Central

Recent improvements to Scout Central include the ability to record the duration of camps and the distance of hikes. These will help you tally your nights under canvas and how far you've hiked over a year. The record will be maintained for as long as you stay in Scouting. When Leaders create a camp they can now add the nights in the checkbox that appears. To record the kilometres, click 'hike' from the dropdown menu and fill in the number of kilometres.

Less than 100 Days until the 24th Australian Jamboree

Arriving from all points across Australia and the globe, more than 8,500 Scouts, supported by over 2,700 leaders and community volunteers, will call Cataract Scout Park home for the 24th Australian Jamboree (AJ2016) from 3 January 2016.

"We are proud to provide this opportunity for our youth members to 'Leap into Adventure' in Australia's destination state. These 11 - 14 year old boys and girls will be experiencing the 10 best days of their young lives, returning home with new skills and confidence," says Doug Menzies - Camp Chief & Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW.

The camp will be made up of 2,000 tents, and 250 temporary structures, covering everything from kitchen and dining facilities to entertainment stages. It will be complete with its own shops, fully staffed medical centre, ATMs, payphones and fully functioning television and radio stations.

AJ2016 will set a new standard for Jamborees with an integrated technology platform to connect the Jamboree with over half a million family and friends from across the world following the camp activities on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, live streaming broadcasts and YouTube. Scouts will also stay connected through dedicated AJ2016 radio and television stations and their own daily newspaper.

More than 300 coaches will ferry Scouts from the farthest points of NSW, South Australia and Victoria, with planes arriving at Sydney Airport from interstate and more than 30 countries including New Zealand, New Caledonia, America, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.

NYC Applications are OPEN!

The National Youth Council (NYC) has opened applications for the Council for March 2016 to February 2019.

The NYC provides advice and recommendations directly to National Committees and Councils on issues that affect young people in Scouting. The twenty six members on the Council come from all Branches and represent a cross-section of Scouting in Australia and come from the Scout, Venturer Scout and Rover Scout sections, as well as Leaders aged under 26.

Being part of the NYC is fun, you can travel and most importantly, you have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with motivated youth members from every state of Australia. You'll work with the National Team including the Chief Commissioner of Australia, and develop personal skills in a wide range of areas.

For eligibility requirements, the selection process and how to apply, head to www.nyc.scouts.com.au.

YPR Promise and Law Consultation Generating Buzz Nation-Wide

The Youth Program Review (YPR) has been looking at Scouts Australia to ensure it stays strong and relevant for young Australians. After extensive research and many hours spent collating reports, consultation is now taking place on a number of topic areas. Generating buzz and discussion with Scouting members nationwide has been the recent release of proposed changes to our Promise and Law.

Initial research by YPR teams indicated that the current wording of the Promise should be reviewed to ensure it can be meaningfully made by all potential Scouts Australia members. While maintaining Scouting’s Principles, the YPR has developed two options for the Promise that could be made by Scouts in the future. Your considered feedback on the research and proposals will help shape the future of Scouting, and we want to hear your thoughts at www.ypr.scouts.com.au/promiselaw

We especially want our youth members to let us know how they want their Scouting experience to look and feel in the years to come. Watch the videos, contribute to the discussion, take a survey to rate your section, and let us know if you want the age ranges to alter all www.ypr.scouts.com.au!

International Scouting

With our vision of "an international Scouting experience for all youth," International Scouting continues to experience significant growth. With 331 members, our Australian Contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in July 2015 was the largest in decades to a World Scouting event. In January 2016, our largest Contingent ever will leave our shores. Six hundred and thirty three youth and Leaders will travel to the 13th New Zealand Venture in 2016.

If you can’t get overseas yourself, we still have opportunities for you. Our Pen-Pal program continues to grow, and JOTA/JOTI still provides memorable experiences for youth of all ages. Our older youth participating in the Scouts International Student Exchange Program (SISEP), whether as host families here in Australia or as participants overseas, speak of their international Scouting experiences for years. And of course there are lots of international activities that can be done as part of your weekly Scout program.

To check out scholarships for overseas events and information on how to join our many international contingents go to the International page on the Scouts Australia website.