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Scouts Australia National News - June 2016

Cub Centenary Special Edition

Win a trip to Australia Zoo and meet 'Scout' the Tiger Cub

It’s 100 years since Cub Scouts began and to celebrate you could win an all-inclusive trip for a family of four to Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast. You’ll be treated to a Platinum Zoo Adventure of behind-the-scenes animal encounters, your own personal guide, your own personal photographer and an awesome VIP gift pack.

Non-Scout members are also eligible to enter, so download the flyer on, fill in your Group’s details, copy it, and hand it out at to your next recruitment event. The prize also includes flights courtesy of Flight Centre Group Travel and accommodation at the Oaks Oasis on the Sunshine Coast. While you’re there, visit ‘Scout’ the new tiger cub, sponsored and named by Cub Scouts!


Enter the competition here.


Cub Centenary Campfire

Cub Scouts in Australia are looking forward to celebrating the Sections centenary on 30th July 2016 with a National Campfire. All Cub Scouts are invited to participate in a campfire and cook food, sing songs, act skits or a combination of those! Cub Scouts around Australia will also reaffirm their Promise the at same time. Find out when the Promise will be reaffirmed in your timezone here.

Have you started planning where your campfire will be held?


Celebration of Cub Centenary around Australia

There are heaps of Group, District, Region and Branch events being organised around Australia to celebrate the Centenary of Cub Scouts. Find out below what other Australian Scouts are doing to celebrate the occasion. Find an event that interest you? Talk to your Branch Cub Commissioner for more information. If you are holding an event, log it onto our calendar on

New South Wales

  • Greater Western Sydney Region Cub Birthday Bash – May 1st, 2016
  • South Metropolitan Region Cub Day Out – May 22nd, 2016
  • Sydney North Region Cub Fun Day – May 26th, 2016
  • Cub Scout Centenary Wide Game and Government House Picnic Sydney – July 31st
  • North West Region Centenary of Cub Scouts Celebration, Tamworth – July 31st, 2016
  • Cuboree 2017 – January 3rd-7th, 2017
  • Hunter and Coastal Region Cub Centenary Fun Day - May 21st 2016
  • Hunter and Coastal Region Centennial Picnic Day - July 31st 2016. This event will be held at Fort Scratchley and involve the firing of cannons.
  • North Coast Region CuBOOM - April 29th and May 1st
  • South Coast and Tablelands Region Centenary of Cubs Day - February 27th
  • Riverina Region Cub Centenary Camp - 13th - 15th May.


  • Three Directions Walk on 30th July 2016. This event will involve a lantern walk to the Centenary Campfire at three locations around Tasmania.


Scouts Queensland has been in serious planning for Cub Centenary 2016 with many historic activities that have happened or are about to occur!

‘Scout’ the tiger cub was announced to the world in April with the assistance of Bindi and Terri Irwin at Australia Zoo. We are extremely proud of our sponsorship which is part of our commitment to making the world a better place and supports the Australian Scout Environment Charter. Scout’s sponsorship also contributes to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warrior's Sumatran tiger conservation efforts and aligns perfectly with our 100 year celebration of Cub Scouts!

The Story Bridge will be lit up yellow on 18th – 22nd and 24th July and Victoria Bridge will light up on 31st July, all part of Brisbane’s celebration of Cub Centenary.

At the same time, the Story Bridge will be adorned with an awesome Cub Centenary Banner for 2 weeks in the lead up to our super exciting Cub Centenary Camp Out at Australia Zoo on 30th July. Two hundred lucky Cub Scouts will spend the day at the Zoo on Sat 30th participating in an awesome Zoo scavenger hunt and watching the Jungle Book in the Crocoseum.


In conjunction with all the States and Territories of Australia, thousands of Cub Scouts in Queensland will participate in the re-affirmation of Cub Scouts’ Promise and Law while at a special campfire on Saturday evening 30th July. The Cub Scouts at Australia Zoo will also be joining in a big campfire during their Zoo camp out!

The year comes to exciting crescendo in September when Cubs Scouts from across Queensland meet up for Cuboree “Rumble in the Jungle” on 18 – 23 September at the Maryborough Showgrounds. Almost 1000 adults and Cub Scouts will partake in hundreds of amazing activities including whale watching, obstacle and ropes courses, construction challenges and water games.


  • Baloo’s Picnic - On Saturday March 19, over six thousand Cubs, their leaders, and families and friends, descended upon Royal Park and the Melbourne Zoo for a day to celebrate the Centenary of Cubbing and a visit from the King of Sweden. Cub Scouts explored the Zoo and participated in activities put on by the Scout Section, Adventurous Activities, and Street Orienteering teams, as well as enjoying a picnic lunch with members of the World Scout Foundation and pausing for a simultaneous mass investiture of new Cubs. On that day an amazing 900 new Cub Scouts were invested!
  • Centenary Challenge - all year
  • Hunting Shere Khan - June 4th.
  • JOTA JOTI Adventure Challenge Weekend - October 15th
  • Jungle Party - December 16

For more information on Victorian events, see here.


South Australia

  • Scouts SA Centenary Cuboree - Friday 30th September to Monday 3rd October 2016

Western Australia

  • Cub Camp being held in September to celebrate the Cub Centenary.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Large Cub100 photo frame being shared amongst Cub Packs to capture photos - check it out at #cub100
  • ‘Fly the Flag’ initiative to hoist the Cubs100 flag in public places
  • Cubs100 JOTT around Lake Burley Griffin
  • Giant scarf produced to recognise Cub100 celebrations
  • Cubs100 Commissioner's Challenge

Share your Cub Scout Photos on Social Media with #cub100

Cub Scouts around the world are celebrating the Centenary of Cubs! Activities, parties, events and stories are being shared on social media with the hashtag #cub100 or #cubs100. Adults and youth can contribute to the growing trend of Scouts worldwide using #cub100 when you upload a social media post! Search using the hashtag and see what’s happening around the world.

What’s your Cub Scout Story?

Are you a current or previous Cub Scout? If you have a story, a memory or a photo of your time in Cub Scouts that you would like to share for our centenary, head to the website here. Spread the word as we are aiming for a collection of stories from across the years. We can’t wait to read your own Cub story.

What does the Section transition experience look like in your Group?

How should the transition / linking / going-up process for youth moving between sections feel and look like? The Youth Program Review would like to know! A survey has been developed to gauge an understanding of the current practices that Sections and Groups follow when youth progress through the Scouting journey.

Research indicates that a common time when most youth members leave Scouting is when it comes time for the young person to start a new age section. There are lots of reasons this occurs, one of which is a poorly managed approach that often doesn't take into account the needs of individual youth.

The YPR would like to be able to develop resources that support Scout Groups to do this well.

Youth and adult members are invited to complete the survey here.


Scout Central Program of the Month

In preparation for the Cub Scout Centenary Campfire on the Saturday 30th July 2016, use Scout Central Program Resources to educate Scouts on fire safety. This month's program will stimulate the Scouts understanding of the importance of fire safety so your Cub Centenary Campfire is a success. Maybe you could also consider a visit to the local fire station to give the Scouts another perspective.

View this months program here.

International Scouting

One of the highlights last month was the annual International Scouting Conference, attended by all Branch International Commissioners, National Program Coordinators, Contingent Leaders as well as special guests. To our delight, a number of youth members and young Leaders were able to contribute to the Conference. The Conference started with a "Great Debate" on "Youth leading, adult supported Scouting - what more can, and must, we do in International Scouting?". A wide range of other topics were covered throughout the weekend. The hard work was mixed with some fun times, including the official dinner reception at the Timor Leste Embassy and the Indian High Commission.

Friday 1 July 2016 sees the "changing of the guard" for international Scouting. "It has been an absolute privilege to serve as the International Commissioner for Scouts Australia for the past 6 years," Neville Tomkins, outgoing International Commissioner said. "I am extremely indebted to the many very dedicated youth members, volunteers, and staff who have worked hard to help realise our vision of "every youth member of Scouts Australia to have an international experience”. Neville invites all those volunteers to give his successor, Andrew Cooper, the wonderful support they have provided him over the past six years.

To keep abreast of all opportunities for youth and adults, regularly visit the Scouts Australia International website.


Have you heard of the Scouts of the World Award?

The Scouts of the World Award challenges all young people, Scouts and non-Scouts, to think about global issues and act upon them in their local community. It is the only award for young people provided by World Scouting. As part of the learning experience, you can gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to help solve global issues at local level. The award requires a commitment from you to make your community a better place. On completion, you will be part of a network that provides inspiration to others to take action.

In late July, a session on Discovering the Scouts of the World Award will be held in Victoria. With a focus on the Awards compatibility with the Baden Powell Award, the weekend will introduce participants to the challenge and encourage Scouts to consider how they can Create a Better World.

To read more about the Award, follow this link to the website or email the Scouts Australia, Scouts of the World Project Commissioner.


Australia's New International Commissioner

Scouts Australia welcomes Andrew Cooper to the appointment of International Commissioner. Andrew brings a wealth of Scouting and foreign diplomacy insights. A goal of the International Commissioner is to provide all Scouts with an international Scouting experience, and we look forward to the opportunities Andrew will develop for us.

Beginning his Scouting adventure in Joeys at 1st Balwyn, Melbourne, Andrew journeyed through Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers and is a Queen’s Scout and Scout Medallion awardee.

Formerly Scouts Australia’s Assistant International Commissioner, Andrew volunteered at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland for three months at the age of 18. Twelve months later, he was offered a two-year role as the Assistant Program Director.

To read more on Andrew’s appointment, click here. Andrew’s appointment will commence from July 1 2016.