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Scouts Australia National News - April 2017

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A Brand New Leadership Program for Scouts Australia

You + Lead is underway!

It’s a brand new leadership program for Scouts, Venturers and Rover Scouts.

You is a state-based personal development event. It’s learning about yourself to better understand how you can lead others.

The Lead component develops the attitudes, skills and experiences to lead at a week-long national course.

Once you complete the You and Lead components, you’ll join the alumni. This is an opportunity to put your skills into practice by collaboratively taking on a variety of community roles and responsibilities.

Applicants apply to participate in the You program and then, if accepted, attend the Lead course and then Alumni.

2017 is the pilot year with You events taking place in QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, SA, WA. Successful participants can then apply for the Lead course to be held in Adelaide during October.

Further information, including how to register, is available here.

 

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Australian Receives Silver in the Asia Pacific Region Photo Contest

Congratulations to South Australian Scout Sandra Wind for her silver winning entry in the Asia Pacific Region Scout Photo Contest! Sandra’s entry was judged by a panel of professional photographers, and marks another year that an Australian Scout has won a prize in the popular contest, with Elisha Pettit and Chris Ballard taking out Gold and Bronze prizes in 2016.

 

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Their Service, Our Heritage

If you’re participating in an ANZAC Day Ceremony on the 25th April, don’t forget that you could be eligible for the “Their Service, Our Heritage Badge!” By learning about our Veterans over a minimum of two activities, youth members will have a greater understanding of Australia’s history. Other activities Scouts may explore are:

  • Take part in Rememberance Day
  • Invite a Veteran to your meeting
  • Visit a Veterans Home or the local RSL
  • Maintain your local Memorial
  • Visit a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Once you’ve completed a minimum of two activities, head to the Scoutshop.com.au to purchase Their Service, Our Heritage badge.

 

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Give a Thank You to Those who Thanklessly Volunteer

Give Happy, Live Happy this National Volunteers Week! From 8-14 of May, celebrate the dedication of our Scouting volunteers who are committed to developing young people to their full potential. By volunteering in Scouting, adult members are proven to live happier and healthier lives while positively contributing to building stronger communities. Thousands of events are being held around Australia to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers - find one near you here.

To our adults in Scouting, thank you for your contributions to the Scouting movement.

 

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National Youth Week Celebrations a Success

National Youth Week was a celebration of young people held at the start of April. Celebrations of young people’s talents, ideas, community contributions and dreams were held around the county. Elodie Prinsloo, National Commissioner Youth Empowerment, celebrated National Youth Week by recognising the important role of Scouts Australia in developing young people to their full potential. "As Australia's largest youth development organisation, we're empowering our youth members to think globally and act locally. By providing leadership opportunities for our members, young Australians can act as change makers in their community on projects meaningful to them. For example, members of the Scouts Australia National Youth Council are acting as Community Advocates on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development to enact change for a better world."

 

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Complete your Queen’s Scout and Receive the Certificate 3 in Business!

By actively participating in the Venturer Scout program as a member of the Unit Council, and achieving the Queen’s Scout Award, you can receive the industry recognised Certificate 3 in Business! The Certificate 3 in Business recognises that you posses the necessary skills and knowledge to provide advice and support to a team, and is a beneficial addition to an individual's skill set. For more information, download the information sheet here.

 

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New Program Concepts Workshops Now in Every Branch!

So far, over 2000 youth and adult Scouts have participated in a New Program Concepts Workshop and provided their input to help shape the future of Australian Scouting!

New Program Concept Workshops are now being run in every State and Territory of Australia. There's been a combined total of 83 Workshops held in metro and regional locations giving our members the opportunity to hear how Scouting could look and feel in a few years time. If you haven't attended one yet, head to the YPR website to find a location near you! There are many more Workshops being planned for around the country over the coming weeks, with online consultation coming soon for those rural and remote communities.

 

Choosing the Best Sleeping Bag for Your Next Adventure

There's nothing worse than going camping and being cold. Be prepared on your next adventure with a sleeping bag that will be warm enough for your destination. Check out our review of how to choose the best sleeping bag here.