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Scouts Australia National News - October 2016

Winner of the 2017 Scouts Australia Clean Up Australia Day Badge Design!

We received some great design suggestions for the Clean Up Australia Day 2017 badge. Thanks so much to all the Scouts who participated from 1st Glen Osmond, Sorrento Sea Scouts and 1st Narre Warren. We are pleased to announced that the winner is Kaaviyan Pathmasiri from 1st Narre Warren North Scout Group!

Well done Kaaviyan Pathmasiri, you have won a Snowgum Adventure 1700 Sleeping Bag (valued at $169.95), courtesy of Inspire Apparel, operators of, and makers of our Scouts Australia uniform.

Thanks again for all the great entries - we look forward to the 2017 Clean Up Australia Day badge being available from in early 2017.


Consultation Beginning on the New Program Concept


The possibilities are developing into realities with the Youth Program Review beginning consultation shortly on the New Program Concepts! To ensure Scouting remains relevant in the 21st Century, the YPR team are keen to share ideas that will make Scouting more fun, challenging, adventurous and inclusive. To read when consultation on these ideas is beginning in your Branch, read the latest article on the Youth Program Review blog.


Pen Pals Giving Scouts Experience of International Scouting

The International Pen Pal Programme offers opportunities for youth either as a group or as individuals (over 10 years of age) to reach out and communicate with Scouts from different countries and cultures sharing programs, photos and stories. The Pen-Pal program offers youth of every age an international Scouting experience without leaving Australia! Learning about Scouting in other countries gives youth a deeper understanding of the world around them and insights into how Scouts worldwide are helping to create a better world. By connecting with Scouts worldwide, youth also have the opportunity to complete requirements for badgework.

The Scouts Australia International Pen-Pal program connects appropriately aged Scouts and initiates the conversation between the two parties. To ensure protection of children, the national application program exists. If you would like to begin learning about international scouting through a pen-pal, head to the Scouts Australia International website.


Expressions of Interest for National Sailing School

Calling all members interested in advancing their sailing skills!

The Scouts Australia Tasmanian Branch is pleased to be able to offer a National Summer Sailing School on the spectacular Derwent River in January 2017. Running for eight days from Jan 15th to 23rd 2017, we will be offering each participant the opportunity to experience sailing dinghies, 18ft Scout Patrol Boats, and keel boats. The event will cater for all ranges of ability and depending on prior experience, we will offer the opportunity to gain both the sailing component and the core adventurous activity component, of Scout accredited level 2, level 3 and level 4 qualifications. The organisers are looking for expressions of interest from Venturers, Rovers, Leaders and parents who want to be part of this opportunity to develop their sailing skills.

Accredited trainers and assessors from Tasmania and around Australia will provide morning and evening core Adventurous Activities instruction as well as sessions on sailing and race strategy, with afternoons spent on the water. Sufficient time will also be allocated for participants to prepare and sign off on their required documentation.

Full residential accommodation will be provided at The Lea Scout Camp, a short distance South of Hobart. Bunk room accommodation, training costs, all travel and all meals will be included in the cost. Two bedroom self-contained unit accommodation is available on the same site for an additional cost. The initial budgeted cost is $800 to $900 per participant for the eight days, plus airfares, but this may be reduced if we have sufficient demand.

If you are interested in being part of this sailing opportunity, please register your interest by email as soon as possible to Please send your membership number, name, Section, Group and Branch with a brief outline of your experience. More details and registration forms will be sent out as soon as we hear from you.

Mike Patten
0439 919 234
Branch Commissioner Water Activities
Tasmanian Branch


Sharing approaches - Asia Pacific Region Workshop on Environment Education in Scouting

Landing in Bangkok during a monsoonal downpour, it didn't look like the weather was going to be on the side of the participants for the sixth annual APR Workshop on Environment Education in Scouting. Luckily the weather cleared, providing five beautiful days for the workshop participants to brush up their knowledge of the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP), learn more about the Scouts Go Solar Badge, understand the opportunities of the Better World framework, and share experiences in delivering environmental education in their own country.

The workshop was a great inspiration to the Australians who attended - Patrick McCormick (National Adviser Environment), Annette Cook (Assistant National Adviser Environment), and Jarrad McDonald (Queensland Branch Commissioner - Environmental Education). Participants were drawn from countries all across the Asia Pacific with support staff from the Philippines, Denmark, the WOSM Asia Pacific Region office and our hosts from the National Scout Organisation of Thailand.

As a previous workshop host and due to our experience, Scouts Australia were invited to present on our recent environmental education and SCENES work, followed by an example WSEP activity for scouts (11 - 14 year olds). Our team made the most of the campsite setting with a citizen science based activity (in line with the second WSEP aim), using toy Australian animals - as well as the lizards, squirrels and other animals living at Vajiravudh National Scout Camp - to run a BioBlitz. Through the participants' seeking out these animals, they were able to better understand the animals' habitats and the threats to their existence; check out Scout Central for other environmental activities like this that you can run in your Group.

Over the rest of the workshop, we were challenged to develop a WSEP activity with our multinational workshop teams, running it for local Thai scouts. We experienced Denmark's approach to delivering WSEP, trialled activities that we could run for the Scouts Go Solar badge, learnt from Thailand's potential environmental education partners (on bird conservation and home sustainability), and how to implement SCENES (WOSM's Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and Environment program for campsites).

International Day of Peace also occurred during the workshop - a day inline with our movement's vision of 'creating a better world'. WOSM's Better World framework provides practical ways for us to deliver on this, through its' programs: Messengers of Peace, the Scouts of the World Award and World Scout Environment Program (including SCENES and Scouts Go Solar). In addition to learning about the updated guidelines for these programs, the participants demonstrated this through the ways we worked together, sharing and respecting our own experiences, and celebrating our cultures through the Cultural and International nights during the event (one of the highlights).

Patrick, Annette and Jarrad took the opportunity to reflect on the kind of ways we implement environmental education in Australia, from our program, through training, partnerships and even at our campsites. Through the Scouts Australia Environment Program Action Plan, the National Environment Team have been working to tackle many of these needs; the inspirations at this workshop will help us to refocus this plan and draw on other countries' successes. If you want to find out more about our activities, go to or join our Facebook page.


ACT Joey Mob Rethinking Programming

A Joey Mob from the ACT are challenging the traditional method of programming by rethinking when and how they meet as a Section. The Youth Program Review are encouraging Sections to think creatively about how they can ensure their programs are fun, challenging, adventurous and inclusive. The Joey Mob Leader has written a case study on their approach to programming which can be read on the Youth Program Review blog.


Venturer Scouts Achieving Nationally Recognised Certificate II in Business

Venturer Scouts completing sufficient requirements as part of their badgework are able to achieve the nationally recognised Certificate II in Business. The Certificate II in Business gives Venturer Scouts a competitive edge in the workplace when job searching indicating they can perform a range of mainly routine tasks using limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge in a defined context.

A typical pathway that enables recognition of the requirements:

  • Actively participates in the Venturer Scout program
  • Attends Venturer Scout, Environment, Initiative, Unit Management, and First Aid courses
  • Participates as a member of the Unit Council
  • Achieves their Venturer Award including the Expedition elective.

Read the information sheet here on how your badgework can count towards this qualification.


Updates to Scout Cloud

Are you using Scout Cloud to store your Group’s files? Now there’s even more online space.

Scout Cloud is the only storage option that is guaranteed to survive Members coming and going (and even Scout Groups and Sections coming and going). Scout Cloud provides file sharing and long term archiving for Scouting – and it’s FREE! It’s a solution to all those filing cabinets with your Group’s meeting minutes, passwords not passed on, or files lost on a former member’s computers.

Scouts Australia has increased the default storage limit for all folders on Scout Cloud to 10GB per folder. That means about 110GB across a normal Scout Group. Statistics show that this should be plenty for now, but if you need more space, please submit a support request. Because Scout Cloud is a permanent archive, storage limits will continue to grow over time.

Please be considerate when uploading photos. It’s good to share lots of pictures from the camp last weekend but when everyone has looked at them, reduce them to just the best ones. Future generations and historians will love selected highlight photos with descriptive filenames but not your entire memory card. Share freely, but then clean up for the future.

Some members have had a fright when they suddenly cannot see their files in Scout Cloud. If this ever happens to you, report it, and don’t stress! It is generally because of a temporary glitch with access via membership systems. Scout Cloud doesn’t “lose” files. In fact, even if you actively delete a file, it is still kept for 12 months.

To access Scout Cloud, you just need to login to Scout Central, click on Scout Cloud, and you will automatically see all the folders that relate to your current your membership status. Furthermore, if you are a Group committee member, and not a Leader, but have a membership number from your Branch, you will be able to access the files on your Group’s Scout Cloud folders as well.


Scout Central Program of the Month

To encourage the sharing of environmental activity ideas with Australian Scouts, this month's featured Scout Central Program is BioBlitz! Conduct a survey of leaf matter with your Section to see the invertebrates which call the forest floor home. Find this progam on Scout Central.