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Scouts Australia eNews - March 2016

2017 National Rover Moot - The Moot

The next National Rover Moot “The Moot” is coming this summer, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Join us in Victoria for 11 days of fun and adventure from 27th December 2016 to 6th January 2017. Moots, like other national events, are a great opportunity for Rover Scouts around the country and the world to connect with each other, form life-long friendships, learn more about themselves, and have an amazing time.

Applications are now open for all young adult members aged 18-26, and staff positions. Costs to attend The Moot are $895 for participants and $650 for staff (Note: this cost does not include expedition cost of contingent fees to attend the event). For more information on the applications process visit our website TheMoot.com.au. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter to receive regular updates on what is happening.

In preparation for The Moot, there have been a team of Rover Scouts and supporters working tirelessly to make the event great. You may have seen some of the team wearing their Moot shirts at Jamboree earlier this year. The shirts were so popular that we’ve decided to make them available to everyone! If you’d like to order a shirt visit the order page here.

For more information about the event, or if you have any questions, visit our website at TheMoot.com.au.

Mawson Scholarship in Leadership - Applications Closing Soon

Venturer Scouts looking to gain advanced leadership and practical event management skills as well as the chance to network with others from around Australia are invited to apply for the Mawson Scholarship in Leadership. The exciting and challenging week long course will be held in NSW in July and Western Australia in September. Apply quickly as applications close on the Friday 18th March at the registration page.

 

International Exchanges with SISEP - 2016 Applications Closing Soon

An international Venturer Scout exchange is the experience of a lifetime! The Scouts International Student Exchange Program (SISEP) provides Venturer Scouts (16-17 years of age) with the opportunity to experience a different way of life by spending their summer holidays with a Scouting family in Denmark, England or Japan. Applications for the 2016-17 program close on 1 April 2016. SISEP also allows Australian Scouting families to host students for 6-8 weeks in winter. Applications to participate as a host family are invited from families who have a son or daughter in Scouts or Venturer Scouts. Further details are available from the International website. An ambitious SISEP program with Indonesia Scouts will also be announced shortly.

National Commissioner Youth Empowerment Announced

Scouts Australia would like to welcome and congratulate Elodie Prinsloo to the role of National Commissioner Youth Empowerment.

In this role, Elodie will empower Scouts as the National Youth Council Chair, advocate for a youth led, adult supported organisation, and be responsible for the better inclusion of young people in the decision making process.

The competitive selection process saw many capable youth members from Australia apply for the role. These individuals are encouraged to continue their commitment to empowering, inspiring and motivating youth across Australia.

The twenty year old from Western Australia will begin her role at the National Youth Council Conference this weekend for an initial three year term.

Pictured is Elodie (right) talking to Scouts at theCrate at AJ2016 about Mental Health.

 

International Scouting

At the request of the Asia Pacific Regional (APR) Office, Scouts Australia is playing a critical role in helping to prepare the Myanmar Scout Association, and the Scout Association of Timor Leste, for membership of the Organisation of the World Scout Movement (WOSM). Our assistance includes strategic planning workshops, while working closely with the APR Office. If successful with their applications, Myanmar and Timor Leste will receive their membership at the next World Scout Conference, scheduled for August 2017. Scouts Australia is looking forward to what will no doubt be a big celebration and a big welcome to World Scouting’s new members.

2016 Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day 2016 has again been a huge success, with the organisation estimating over 15 thousand tonnes of rubbish being collected during the event. The day saw thousands of Scouts participating by foot, canoe, kayak or powerboat. Make sure you add your Group’s photos to the Scouts Australia Environment Program Facebook page so we can see all the great work that was done. Pictured is 1st Woy Woy Sea Scouts who cleaned up an amazing 300 kgs of rubbish in conjunction with their community.

Participation in Clean Up Australia day has been increasing each year with more Scouts collecting at more locations. To recognise the efforts of Scouts, a special edition Scouts Australia Clean Up Australia Day souvenir blanket badge will be available from the 21st of March at the Scouts Shop.

 

Scout Central Program of the Month

This month’s featured program from Scout Central brings a typically outdoor adventure indoors! This two week caving program you can run at the hall will fulfill some requirements of the Scout Section Caving Proficiency badge. Covering many of the Areas of Personal Growth (AoPG) and aspects of the Scout Method, Scouts are sure to be inspired to head out into natural caves after you’ve completed this program. Find this activity and more on the Scout Central Program Builder.

Let's Celebrate Harmony Day

Harmony Day is held each year on March 21 to celebrate Australia’s diversity. The day promotes inclusiveness and respect. What’s more you get to wear the colour orange to show your support and spread the message everyone belongs. Harmony Day has developed a resource kit, instagram frames and heaps of ideas you can download from the Harmony Day Website.

In some Groups you may find that nearly every second person will have been born overseas or have a parent who was. Perhaps you could organise an event to celebrate the food, stories or games from their countries of origin.

Did you know?

  • Over the last 70 years seven million migrants have made Australia their home.
  • Apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi.

 

Scouts Australia has been fortunate that two of our youth members, Omar and Saad from Scouts Victoria have shared their story in recent weeks. As refugees moving from Syria to Australia, the Rover Scouts have found how the Scouting values of peace, acceptance and community are shared by Scouts around the world. If you haven’t yet, take the the time to view their story on Youtube.

Earth Hour

A Scout cares for the environment. Will you contribute to the 10th Scout Law and participate in Earth Hour 2016 on the 19th March 2016? Over 7 million lights around Australia will be turned off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm local time to raise awareness of rising global temperatures. If you’re Scouting during Earth Hour, we’d love to see your Scouting pictures sent to enews@scouts.com.au.

Kandersteg International Scout Centre

Every year around 80 Scouts from over 40 countries volunteer at Kandersteg International Scout Centre and return home richer. For over 90 years, a mini Permanent Jamboree Site has been operating in the Swiss Alps welcoming volunteer workers and guests. Join the pilgrimage taken by many Australian Scouts who have gone to volunteer as a “pinkie” running the World Scout Centre. Members over 18 years of age are encouraged find out more about working at Kandersteg International Scout Centre for the upcoming Switzerland Autumn 2016 and Winter 2017 Seasons. Interested members should contact the International Commissioner at an early stage to receive a considered reference to improve their chances. The Think Pink Brochure outlines more information on staff opportunities.

Those who have been staff at Kandersteg often say it was the best time of their lives and it has changed them forever.