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Scouts Australia National News - April 2016

Bindi Irwin announces Australia Zoo Tiger Cub name as Scout!

Bindi Irwin and head of Australia Zoo’s Big Cats department, Geoff Neubecker introduced Scout and Delilah, Australia Zoo’s newly named male and female tiger cubs to the world!

Scout and Delilah began guest encounters Tuesday April 12 where they act as ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. Encounters will support Wildlife Warrior’s Tiger 511 program where every donation of $5 saves one tiger for one day. The Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit in Indonesia are sponsored through the program and charged with the defence of the forest and protection of wild tigers from poaching.

With Scout’s name being sponsored by Scouts Queensland, Australia Zoo is thrilled that these partnerships will bring attention to the critical endangerment of Sumatran tigers and allow children and adults alike to contribute to the most successful tiger conservation program in Asia.

You could get the chance to see Scout as part of the Cub Centenary Celebrations occurring in 2016! Stay turned to the website where you’ll hear about the Platinum Adventure at Australia Zoo competition later in the year which includes return flights from within Australia, transfers and two nights accommodation at Oaks Oasis on the Sunshine Coast.

Pictured is Bindi and Terri Irwin with Scout the Tiger Cub at Australia Zoo


Scouts Feature on ABC3

Tim and Grace of the popular afternoon show Studio 3 on ABC 3 became Scouts for a day recently with members of the Victorian Branch at Gilwell Park. The episode aired on 12th April 2016, and here are some pics of what they got up to at camp.

Tim prepares a meal with Scouts

Grace constructs camp furniture

Tim and Grace joined by Scouts

Tim and Grace wearing a Scout Scarf

Watch the short section of Tim, Grace and Scouts on ABC3 below!

Record your Clean Up Australia Day Hours as Messengers of Peace Projects!

Scouts around the world are generating amazing projects to make a difference and create a better world. The World Scouting Messengers of Peace initiative collates the millions of hours Scouts give to their communities. 700 million hours have already been recorded worldwide, an achievement of which Scouting can be proud of!

Nearly 7,000 Scouts around Australia became “Messengers of Peace” by participating in Clean Up Australia Day last month. Together we made up almost half of all youth groups participating in the event, and that is news we need to share! You can log the time spent collecting rubbish on the Messengers of Peace website.


World Organisation of the Scout Movement Celebrates Cub Centenary

As you’re aware, 2016 marks the 100th year of Cub Scouting! In addition to the dedicated Scouts Australia website, a new World level initiative has been launched. Head to the WOSM Cub Scouts Centenary website to see the worldwide history of Cub Scouts, share your Cub event, and collaborate with users worldwide! Enjoy the celebration and Happy 100th Birthday to Cub Scouts!

Scouts Australia Assisting Fijian Scouts

Cyclone Winston recently hit Fiji leading to 42 deaths and widespread devastation to many parts of the country. Scouting communities were also affected. The South Australian Branch is coordinating an appeal across Scouts Australia for their brother and sister Scouts in the most severely affected Scout Groups in Fiji. Please consider donating as a Group/Unit/Crew/Section or running a special program night with youth/families in support of this appeal.

Donations can be paid into the following account:
Bank Name: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
BSB: 065 000
Account No: 1203 3492
Account Name: The Scouts Association of Australia SA Branch
Reference: Fiji Cyclone

Pictured at right is the destruction caused by Cycloe Winston.


Scout Central Program of the Month

Last year Australian Scouts Commemorated 100 Years since World War One in a variety of different ways.

For the Scout Central Program of the Month, we reflect on last years Commemoration and encourage Scouts of all sections to acknowledge ANZAC Day again this year in activity programming. You can take a look on Scout Central to see activities other Groups are using. Alternatively, refer back to last years program for your section which can be seen here on Scout Central.

Victoria Hosts World Scout Foundation Members and Supporters

Victorian Scouts can be congratulated for hosting, on behalf of Scouts Australia, an inspiring series of events for the World Scout Foundation during March, showing Australian Scouting at its best. World Scout Foundation Fellows and supporters are responsible for significant financial and other support of World Scouting, and are chaired by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The weekend included an inspirational leadership seminar with presentations by His Majesty, Dick Smith AC and Scott Teare the Secretary General of World Scouting amongst others. Their messages were strong and clear, that Scouting provides leaders who will benefit the whole community and as business moves to ‘three bottom lines’ - people, planet and profit - Scouting is perfectly placed to train leaders of the future. His Majesty joined over 7,000 Cub Scouts as they celebrated their centenary at Baloo’s Picnic at Melbourne Zoo, and presented 31 Scout Medallions to recipients at a special function.

Members from the Foundation congratulated Victorian youth members for facilitating vital roles in the success of the weekend and exemplifying a youth-led, adult-supported organisation.


Help World Scouting's Uniform Research

The Asia Pacific Regional Office of the World Scout Bureau are conducting research around understanding the youth member needs and attitudes to the scout uniform. Does it make our Movement more or less inclusive? Do you feel proud wearing a uniform? What do you think about displaying your badges? Help World Scouting get a picture of how our youth members feel about wearing a uniform via the online survey.

Apply to be the next International Commissioner!

you have a passion for international Scouting? Do you want to make a difference and create a better world through international Scouting? If so, then the position of Scouts Australia International Commissioner might be for you.

The vision for international Scouting is for every youth member to have an international Scouting experience. This could be by way of one of our international programs (PenPals, JOTA/JOTI or SISEP), an international evening as part of a regular youth section meeting, or international travel. This could be with a National Contingent attending a Scouting event, or as part of a Branch community service project.

In recent years, international Scouting has been growing at an exponential rate.

As International Commissioner, there are endless and exciting opportunities to pursue, to help our youth experience international Scouting, and to support other National Scouting Organisations (NSOs), particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region.

You will lead a highly dedicated team of National Co-ordinators, Branch International Commissioners and Contingent Leaders. You will be the main point of contact with the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, primarily with the Asia-Pacific Regional Support Office.

Whilst the position can be very busy, it is also very exciting and stimulating ... realising our vision for international Scouting and contributing, through Scouting, to a better world.

Applications close 1st May 2016. Read the Position Description here and apply using the online form here.


International Scouting

Don't forget to keep checking Scouts Australia International website for international opportunities. Youth members have recently attended events in Oman, Singapore and Sharjah on scholarships. Contingents are travelling to Kandersteg (Switzerland) and Finland this year. Contingent Leaders have been appointed and planning is well underway for events in New Zealand, Iceland, Norway and Mongolia in 2017 as well as the next World Scout Jamboree in 2019 in North America.