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Scouts Australia National News - February 2017

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How you can help to Create a Better World

When we are looking for programs to engage in, we sometimes forget what is out there. WOSM and Scouts Australia have worked together to produce a brief map outlining some of the programs available. Remember, every program has been created to help your community, so choose a program, and think about the needs of your community relating to the program. We would like to see your Scout Group contributing even more to the world around you. It’s part of our vision to create Global Active Citizens, and this is just one way to do that.

If you are up for a challenge, we encourage you to begin your own projects within your community. What could you do to to help encourage peace, justice and social entrepreneurship in your community? Maybe you have a program existing that you want to share with other scout groups and we have the platform for that. Head to to get inspired and log your hours Scouting, where you are creating a better world.

Dowload the poster here


Scouts earn industry qualifications at National Summer Sailing School

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Tasmanian Branch hosted the National Summer Sailing School in Hobart from 14th to the 22nd January 2017. Based at “The Lea”, the 22 participants and staff from all 8 Branches included four Venturer Scouts, four Rover Scouts and 14 Leaders.

Over seven days of sailing, all participants developed greater seamanship, sailing knowledge and skills for safe sailing. The School provided the opportunity for a number of Leaders to achieve recognition of their prior experiences, and progress towards Guide and Instructor levels; whilst the Venturer, Rover and other Leader participants achieved Level 1 and Level 2 sailing skills. These skills can now be used in local Groups and Sections for sailing adventures.

Scouts were able to experience a number of Tasmanian locations, sailing at North West Bay Scout Group at Snug, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Sandy Bay Sailing Club. Experience was gained in a range of boats, included 18 foot patrol boats (for both rowing and sailing), a 36 foot racing yacht, and pacer dinghies.

Thanks to Mike Patten, Branch Commissioner Water Activities, Tasmanian Branch, and his team for a well planned and delivered National School. Already several other Branches have expressed interest in running future sailing schools. Look out for the details of the next School!


Celebrate Founders Day with these Program Ideas

Chief Scout of the World, and founder of Scouting Lord Robert Baden-Powell was born on the 22nd February of 1857. Every year, Scouts around the world celerate our Founder's birthday on this day. How will you be celebrating the occasion this year? If you need inspiration or information, head to these sites:

Scout Central Program Ideas

World Organization of the Scout Movement - Baden Powell

New Program Concept Workshops Providing Valuable Influence into the Future of Scouting

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Consultation Workshops on the New Program Concepts are continuing, with workshop participants providing valuable feedback that is helping to shape the future of Scouting.

At the Youth Program Review Workshops you'll be able to provide your feedback on some of the key concepts such as:

  • What will the future Scout program look like?
  • What do we need to do to grow Scouting?
  • What does the community want from Scouting?
  • What should Scouting look like in the 2020s and beyond?
  • How can we ensure the Scouting program is fun, adventurous, challenging and inclusive?
  • How can we be better at meeting the Purpose of Scouting?

Watch your normal Branch communication channels to find where your local Workshop will be held. Along with more information on the New Program Concepts Workshops, the YPR website contains a list of upcoming events for you to register and attend. These Workshops are open to all members of the Scouting and wider community to help influence the direction of Scouting for the future.


Making Sure Every Scout can Achieve

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The Scouting program offers one continuous learning journey, with each section representing another adventure. The uniqueness of this journey is that everyone’s path will be different, and adaptable to the needs of the individual.

To ensure that all Scouts can enjoy the journey and sense of achievement, Scouting resources need to be accessible and user friendly. Isaac from SA, a sight impaired Cub Scout, joined Scouting to make new friends. To support Isaac, Scouts Australia developed a “super-sized” A4 version of their Cub Scout Record Book. Using an assistance machine, this Cub’s involvement in the Scouting journey is now more exciting as they can track his progression through the section. Isaac's goal is to do lots of badgework to build a camp blanket covered in badges like his Mum's.

If you have any suggestions on ways our resources can be more accessible, or need resources to assist you in the Scouting journey, email with more information.


Have you tried this new way to fish?

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Have you been out fishing this summer? Whether you prefer a hand line or fishing rod, the new Squiddies Flip Reel will make your fishing adventure safer, easier and more compact. The Flip Reel is a modern take on the ancient art of hand line fishing that packs down to half it’s size when not in use - perfect for stowing on a summer canoeing expedition!

Brand new to the Scoutshop, we gave five Flip Reels to a Sydney Venturer Unit to product test. Over the new year, the Venturer Scouts put the Flip Reel to test on a canoe expedition. Being in canoes, casting was not such an issue as the line easily dropped over the side of the canoe. When testing out the casting ability of the Flip Reel, it was recommended to fully submerge the Flip Reel in water so the line easily rolls off the reel. Using a lighter sinker is the better option when casting, as the Scouts reported heavier sinkers made casting more dangerous.

“Another handy feature of the Flip Reel is the inbuilt line cutter” emphasises the product testing Scouts. While the feature was not initially known, when the line was accidently cut, the Scouts agreed that this is a useful tool to have, and eliminates the need to carry scissors or a knife. You’ll never lose a Flip Reel to the bottom of the lake either as the Flip Reel has been designed to float. The only thing they didn’t like was not catching any fish!

To get your hands on a Squiddies Flip Reel, purchase one from the Scoutshop. The Flip Reel comes complete with line and ready to attach rigging so you can hit the water quicker. Whether you catch a fish or not, share your experience with using the Flip Reel at


Scouts Recognised for their Contribution to Creating a Better World

This Australia Day, a number of Scouts were recognised for their incredible contributions to Scouting and community service. Congratulations to the following members for being honoured in their local communities:

Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

  • Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Catherine Warner AM
  • Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

  • His Honour the Honourable John Laurence Hardy OAM

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

  • Alexander Carmody
  • Douglas Crocker
  • Michael Lawrence
  • Terence Lees
  • Peter Nickl
  • Keith Parry
  • Shirley Reeves
  • Clifford Richards
  • Philip Roberts
  • Carmel Tyers
  • Malcolm Whyte
  • McRae Wood

The following Scouts and leaders earned official recognition in their local community citizenship awards. We realise we may not have everyone’s names on this list, so if you have an award to report, email us at


  • Lachlan Mosley
  • Jonathon Kyle
  • Alicia Ewen
  • Tasman Cocks-Wheaton
  • Adam Peters
  • Emily Bloxidge
  • Jodie Bedford
  • Bernadette Hays

New South Wales

  • Shae Panormo
  • Jillian Oliver
  • Drew Walsh


  • Matthew Heck
  • Jonathan Barford
  • Wayne Kingston
  • Jeffrey Gridley
  • Michael Bischa
  • Tiarra Fogarty

Western Australia

  • Joyce McGinn
  • Newman Scout Group


  • Isaac Smith
  • Ireland Rugen

Are you Ready for Clean Up Australia Day?

There's only two weeks untill Clean Up Australia Day 2017 on Sunday 5th March - has your Group signed up yet?

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Join Scouts, community members and businesses across the country as we clean up our local parks, waterways, beaches and bushlands. All Scout Groups are strongly encouraged to sign up their site under the 'youth' category. Make this the year Scouts have the most clean up sites and participants! Visit the Clean Up Australia Day website to sign up your local clean up site, or to join an existing one.

This is a great way for youth members to participate in some community service in the outdoors, enjoying and protecting our natural areas. As a bonus, you can earn hours towards your Landcare Australia badge (all sections), as well as environment or service hours in your award scheme.

All participants are eligible to purchase a Clean Up Australia Day blanket badge from the Scoutshop. This badge was designed by Kaaviyan, a Scout from 1st Narre Warren North in Victoria.

On the day, we would love to get your photos; you can share them on our Scouts Australia Environment Program Facebook Page, or on Instagram tagging @scouts.australia, @cleanupaustralia, and the hashtag #CUAD17. Youth members have the chance to win a camera for their best photo. See the Clean Up Australia Day website for more information.


The New Face of eLearning

Developers have designed a "fresh new look, that is more user friendly", incorporating some cool functionality to allow you to track your progress. The update also launches Training for Youth Members that makes the Basic Outdoor Skills curriculum accessible to youth, and provides them with a learning pathway which can contribute towards nationally recognised qualifications in Outdoor Recreation.

With 3337 modules completed so far this February - check out this video to see what's new and give your learning journey a kick start for 2017.

View this presentation on Youtube