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Scouts Australia National News - July 2016

Where Can Your Scouting Qualifications Take You?

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As a registered training organisation, the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (known as SAIT) predominantly uses your Scout training and prior learning to provide you with qualifications in Outdoor Recreation, Business, Leadership and Management. Qualifications offered start at Certificate II level, through to the Diploma of Leadership and Management. All qualifications offered by SAIT involve a number of learning methods including online, face-to-face teaching, practical skills and worksheets. The majority of requirements are an extension of the learning that occurs in Scouting, and many youth and adult members find they only need to do a small amount of additional work to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification. Could this be you? Have a look at our summary of what is involved in earning a qualification through Scouts Australia here.

If you are a Venturer Scout, Rover Scout or Leader wanting to find out more about what qualifications you could achieve through Scouting, contact your Branch Training Co-ordinator.

Learn Elementary Navigation on eLearning

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Elementary Navigation is one of our new Adventurous Activities modules available on eLearning. It can be accessed by youth members (excluding Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts in NSW only) and Leaders of all Sections who log on with their membership number. You’ll be introduced to the basics of navigation: the map and compass, map scales, contour lines, grid references, and how to use a compass.

To access the module logon to Scout Central on your computer or mobile device, click on ‘eLearning’ then ‘Online Electives’ then ‘Adventurous Activities - Common Core’. Alternatively go straight to the elective here.

To find out more about how youth members, Leaders and even Group Committee members can access eLearning modules, contact your Branch Training Co-ordinator.

Scout Central Program of the Month

In the theme of Elementary Navigation - this Cub Scout program explains mapping and contours so younger members can create their own contour maps. Also handy if you need a program themed on a fruit or vegetable! Go to the program here: Potato - Contour Lines

You’re a Messenger of Peace - Now Wear the Badge!

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Have you seen the amazing Messengers of Peace calculator on scout.org? Already it is more than halfway to 1 billion hours of service performed by Scouts around the world. Your service hours count too! In fact, you’ll find most of your Scouting activities will qualify you as a Messenger of Peace. Scouts in Australia are eligible to enter their service hours and wear the Messengers of Peace badge on the front of their Scouts Australia uniform in place of the World Scout Badge. The badge incorporates the World badge (so you don’t wear both). To find out how to make your service hours count towards the Messenger of Peace badge, read the requirements here. The guidelines can also be found on Scout Central. Sign into scout.org and upload your project, camps, hikes and adventures. On scout.org you can see all the Messenger of Peace projects happening across the globe. You might also be inspired to replicate other service projects in your local community. We have a global goal of 1 billion Service Hours by 2020, and all Scouts can help achieve this.

By wearing the badge, you are telling the great news that Scouting is making a better world. Messengers of Peace badges are available for Leaders to purchase for youth members at scoutshop.com.au. Once you are awarded this badge, remember that as a Scout, you are a Messenger of Peace through your positive actions.

Scouts in Action Month is back again in 2016

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Head to the Scouts in Action Month website where you can find complete programs for all sections. Joeys will be able to have a taste of typical Cub Scouts activities, whilst Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts will travel back in time to immerse themselves in the Cub Scout experience.

Click here to view the programs!

Annual Report

The 2015-16 Scouts Australia Annual Report was presented to the Nation at the 2016 Annual General Meeting held in Melbourne on the 25th June. With a beautiful cover shot taken by 12 year old Scout Bailey Fraser, and themed ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ the Report looks at the many ways our youth members learn to be leaders, and outlines key achievements of Scouting throughout the year.

Click here to download and read a copy of the Annual Report.

New Branch Chief Commissioners

Scouts Australia welcomes and congratulates the following new Chief Commissioners who have been appointed to their Branches over the past few months:

  • ACT - Ashley ‘Rick’ Goode
  • NSW - Neville Tomkins (from 1 August 2016)
  • NT - Nichole Vincent
  • Queensland - Daryl Scott (from 1 November 2016)
  • Tasmania - Michael Hovington
  • Western Australia - Ms Barbara de la Hunty

Scouts Australia wishes to thank all outgoing Chief Commissioners for the committment and dedication they contributed to the role during their terms.

As well as heading their Branch, Chief Commissioners work in conjunction with the Chief Commissioner of Australia and the National Team to guide Scouts Australia strategically at a National level to ensure the program, training, international activities and other National responsibilities meet the needs of our members.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to the following Scouts Australia members who received recognition in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Each received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division.

  • Frank Barr, NSW
  • Brian Gillette, NSW
  • Larry Lucas, Chief Commissioner WA
  • Gregory McDougall, Victoria
  • Doug Menzies, Chief Commissioner NSW
  • Andrew Taylor, Victoria

Kandersteg Update

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The quiet alpine village of Kandersteg, Switzerland had a noticeable population increase when over 200 Scouts arrived on the 26th June 2016. Scouts from around Australia recently spent two weeks camping at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre experiencing the best of a World Scout Centre.

After settling into camp life, the Australian Contingent enjoyed an action packed program surrounded by the Alps and international Scouting friends. Some of the fun included a night sleeping in a traditional mountain hut; hiking through snow fields; day tripping to the Italian Lakes; exploring local cities and spending time enjoying local cheese and chocolate.

International Commissioner and Contingent Program Director, Andrew Cooper, claims the first Australian Contingent to the World Scout Centre outside of a major international event has given more young Australians the opportunity to experience international Scouting and develop themselves through high adventure and international friendship.