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Scouts Australia National News - December 2017

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Season’s Greetings from all at Scouts Australia!

Whether you are taking a well-earned rest, or embarking on another Scouting adventure, Scouts Australia wishes all our members and supporters the best for the upcoming holiday season. We are sure you too, will be looking forward to another exciting, challenging and rewarding Scouting year in 2018!

Now Recruiting for a Chief Commissioner

Scouts Australia is recruiting a new Chief Commissioner of Australia. We are looking for a committed individual who can provide exceptional leadership in Scouts Australia’s most senior volunteer role. Our new Chief Commissioner will be responsible for representing our brand, leading a senior team across the country and working with our Branches to ensure Scouting remains a vibrant, youth lead and adult supported Movement.

To find out more see for the candidate information pack and selection criteria. For more information about the role, contact Richard Whitington at Aston Carter on 02 9087 6229 and/or e-mail Applications will close on Sunday 4th of February.

Welcome to Phil Harrison - Acting Chief Commissioner of Australia

We welcome Phil Harrison who has accepted the role of Acting Chief Commissioner of Australia until the next Chief Commissioner is appointed. Phil has a long and extensive history with Scouting, starting when he first became a Cub Scout. Read more about Phil’s impressive background here.

Scouts Australia Annual Report to The Nation

We’re proud to release the Scouts Australia Report to the Nation 2017. Read about our successes and highlights for the past eighteen months here.


Youth Program

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YOU + LEAD Back in 2018

YOU + LEAD will continue in 2018 bigger and better.

It’s a new style of leadership program for Scouts, Venturers and Rover Scouts. YOU is to be held in each State as a two-day/two-night residential camp. This camp will consist of team activities designed to get participants engaging in personal development activities, communication styles and practices. This will be the beginning of a journey in self-discovery for each individual.

LEAD is a 5 day course where you can reflect on the personal development work of the YOU program and for participants to then understand how their personal skills and abilities can be used to successfully lead others and achieve success. The week will challenge participants, mentally and emotionally. There will be opportunities for discovery about self through new experiences, challenges and activities.

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.

In 2018, You events will be taking place in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, WA. Successful participants can then apply for the Lead course to be held in Adelaide during October.

Course dates:
SA: 18-20 May 2018 and 8-10 September 2018 (Adelaide)
NSW: 27–29 April 2018 (Cataract), 1–3 June 2018 (Newcastle)
VIC: 11-13 May 2018 (Melbourne)
QLD: 20-22 April 2018 (Brisbane), 18-20 May 2018 (North Queensland)
WA: 4-6 May 2017 (Perth)
Other dates yet to be confirmed.

To register your expression of interest for YOU in 2018, click here


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Preparing for the Pioneers of the New Youth Program

One hundred Scouts (both adults and youth) are now empowered, ready to begin training and supporting members of Pioneer Scout Groups on their adventure into the new youth program. During an action-packed November weekend, Scouts representing most Branches of Australia met in Victoria to learn about, and plan for the exciting arrival of the next stage of the development of the new youth program. This significant occasion marks a new phase of the Youth Program Review – where selected Scout Groups around Australia, the Pioneers, expand the trial of the new Scouts Australia Youth Program.

The weekend dedicated to the Pioneer Trainers focussed on building their skills and knowledge to empower them with the ability to introduce the new youth program to Pioneer Scout Groups in their Branch. The diverse skills and backgrounds of the Pioneer Trainers, ranging from youth members to experienced adults, enabled great collaboration which helped ensure the new youth program will be a positive experience for all.

During the weekend, youth and adult members from Ground Breaker Scout Groups, the Scout Groups that have been trialling the new youth program during 2017, were on hand to share their experiences, challenges and perspectives.

Since the weekend, many Branches have furthered their preparations for selecting, training and supporting Pioneer Scout Groups so that they are ready to begin their adventure in early 2018. A number of Branches are now looking for enthusiastic motivators and creative problem solvers to support the new youth program as a Pioneer Program Mentor. Watch out in your Branch communications for further opportunities to be involved.


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Find out what to expect on the adventure, and how to be involved here


Scout Shop

Duke of Edinburgh Badges

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Exciting news for members who have also earned their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Sew on badges of all the Awards can be purchased for youth members who have earned them, to wear on their Scout uniforms. Adult members are also permitted to wear the Gold Award badge on their Scout uniform. Badges should be worn on the right sleeve where Specialist badges are placed. Purchase your Duke of Edinburgh Badges at the Scout Shop here.


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Enhancing our Systems

We’re making Scouts Australia’s Online Event Management System (OLEMS) registration system even easier to use in January 2018 with the following features:

Single Sign-On

In response to user feedback, OLEMS is introducing a single user name and password, so registering yourself for multiple Scouts Australia international events will be an easier experience.

International Letter of Introduction

As a result of WOSM phasing out supply of their hard copy Letter of Introduction, you will be able to order your Letter and two International Scarves on line through OLEMS.


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International Explorer Award

So you’ve been overseas for a Scouting event – now it’s time to spread the international travel word by sharing your experience with other Scouts. At the same time you will earn yourself an International Explorer Award, including the limited edition belt buckle!

Only 15 Awards were issued in 2017, although over 1,000 Scouts Australia members had the potential to apply for the Award. Scouts Australia members are eligible if they travelled overseas as part of an official Australian Contingent or Branch Friendship Tour.

So get out and “Do” the Plan > Do > Review > for International travel and let other Members know about your exciting international experience – apply now for an Award at


Become International’s Extra Pairs of Eyes and Ears!

The International Office is always on the lookout for international travel opportunities, where we might consider sending an official Scouts Australia Contingent.

If you hear of an event which isn’t already listed on, please let us know at


Scouts Australia Institute of Training

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Adults in Scouting - Get Industry Qualified Now!

In the last two years something really exciting has been happening - there has been lots more youth members gaining Qualifications from the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (RTO 5443). But what about the adults?

January is a quiet time for Scouting, so do yourself a favour and use the quiet time and your experiences as a volunteer to get industry qualified. Leader training and roles undertaken by adults in Scouting are mapped to Qualifications in Business, Outdoor Recreation and Leadership and Management. The Scouts Australia Institute of Training will assist you to turn your experiences into Qualifications. Find out more here.


Lord Baden-Powell Society

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We’re Counting On Your Support To Help 300 Young Australians Get To AJ2019

Over many years, our members and supporters have been very generous in supporting our annual Jamboree Appeals. We have used those funds, as you’ve asked, by distributing them to youth members in need. Last year we supported many youth members to attend the 2016 Australian Jamboree at Cataract Scout Park, NSW. Our Jamboree Fund Reserves are now low, and we need your financial support so that we can help 300 Scouts attend the next Australian Jamboree in South Australia.

For many young Scouts, attending a Jamboree is their first big adventure. Away from home for nine nights, having to manage and take responsibility for themselves, meeting new people from different cultures and walks of life, and working in patrols to get the jobs done. The benefits and experiences from the Jamboree are endless and will be remembered by those young Australians forever.

Each Jamboree we are inundated with requests from families for assistance to send their young Scout to the next Australian Jamboree. With just 12 months to go, we need to raise $300,000 to reach our goal. EVERY dollar you donate goes directly to supporting a young Scout attend the next Australian Jamboree.

Your tax deductible donation to the Jamboree Fund will be greatly appreciated, whatever amount. It will go a long way to helping young Scouts in need to attend one of the greatest events and formative experiences of their young lives.

Donate to the Jamboree Appeal Here