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Scouts Australia eNews - January 2016

World Scout Movement Commits 1 Billion Hours of Community Service

Scott Teare, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), announced on behalf of the 40 million Scouts worldwide that the Movement will intensify its efforts in making the world a better place during the COP21 event on 9 December 2015, in Paris, France.

“I am proud to announce that 40 million Scouts across 223 countries and territories are committing a further 1 billion hours of community service as a contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals – inspiring their communities, taking responsibility for shaping a better world. This is our Scout Promise,” the Secretary General said.

Since 2012, Scouts around the world have already contributed more than 639 million service hours covering over six million community projects through activities and initiatives in the Better World framework, namely Messengers of Peace, World Scout Environment Programme and Scouts of the World Award. About 40% of the over 639 million service hours were coming out of environmental projects. By the end of 2016, World Scouting's goal is to achieve 1 billion community service hours. To log your hours, visit scout.org and register your project!

The World Organization of the Scout Movement and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) issued a joint statement on 4 December calling on all parties to include young people in defining the solutions to the climate change issue given that they are the generation which will be affected. Both WOSM and WAGGGS are present and contributing to the COP21 debates in Paris.

During the COP21 event hosted by Corinne Lepage, in charge of a Mission for French President on the Rights of Humanity, four Scouts representing the 40 million Scouts were given a “Youth Leadership Award for the Environment” recognising their contribution towards environmental and humanitarian relief efforts. In a video message, President Hollande congratulated the Scouts representatives for their leadership in environmental protection.

International Scouting

Scouts Australia has just sent its largest Contingent ever overseas! A total of 663 youth and Leaders attended the 13th New Zealand Venture earlier this month and had an amazing time. This follows the largest Contingent Scouts Australia has sent to a World Jamboree - 332 to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan last July/August. Thanks to a large number of highly dedicated people, international scouting is growing at a tremendous rate and providing youth with exciting opportunities across the world.

The new year brings many new international Scouting opportunities. We have contingents heading to the NZ Rover Moot, to Kandersteg (Switzerland), and the Finland International Jamboree to mention just a few.

Applications are now open for some amazing opportunities for 2017. These include the World Rover Moot, the Norwegian National Jamboree as well as the Asia Pacific Region Jamboree to be held in Mongolia. This will be the first time Mongolia has hosted an APR Jamboree, and the first time Scouts Australia has sent a Contingent to Mongolia. It promises to be an absolutely fascinating experience!

Visit the Scouts Australia International website for more details.

Applications closing soon for new National Commissioner Youth Empowerment

Applications for the new role of National Commissioner Youth Empowerment are closing soon!

Lead the decision making process at a national level guiding, advocating and influencing change while chairing the National Youth Council. The role will extend your interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills while you contribute to and attend the meetings of National Committees and bodies.

Download and read the position description, then use the form here to apply before 15th February 2016.

Scouts head home after new adventures at the 2016 Australian Jamboree

From the moment AJ2016 officially opened on Sunday, January 3, 2016, with Justice Crew kicking off the celebrations, 11000 Scouts leapt into the adventure of a lifetime.

Over the next ten days, Scouts experienced everything Jamboree had to offer, from the mud of Challenge Valley to learning how to juggle at Cirque Du Scout. They travelled back in time at Australiana Village and Brownsea Island, learned new skills at The Shed, had their say on the future of Scouting at theCrate, and tested their limits with the high and low ropes courses, giant swing, flying fox and waterslide.

The fun wasn't limited to Cataract Scout Park, with Patrols heading offsite several times. They saw the sights of Sydney on the city tour, took to the skies with the air activities team and made a splash with water activities and at the Jamberoo water park.

When they weren't at activities, the Scouts were entertained from dawn till dusk with the onsite radio, TV and newspaper teams, Contingent HQ tents, badge swapping rings, skate park and the many inter-Patrol cricket matches that took place. If that wasn't enough, the arenas were open, pulling crowds of Scouts with extreme sports night, international night, rock night, AJ's Got Talent and a carnival night, to name but a few.

The ten day adventure of a lifetime flew by all too quickly, but it is sure to be remembered for years to come. The Scouts came together in their Patrols, pushed themselves to new limits, made new friends, and created memories they’ll hold onto forever.

Article by Ash Marks