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Scouts Australia National News - July 2017

Youth Program

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New Youth Program Workshops - Now Online

Hundreds of New Program Concept workshops, held around the country since November 2016, encouraged participants to think with open minds and imagine the possibilities for Australian Scouting. The workshops, presented from Cairns and Wagga Wagga, to Hobart and Perth, were attended by over 2000 Scouting members, parents, and community participants who helped shape how Scouting will look, feel and sound in the future.

If you couldn’t make a workshop in person, have your say through the digital consultation materials, recently released by Scouts Australia. You’ll be asked to consider:

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

Consultation on the New Program Concepts will conclude on 26th August 2017.

Join the conversation and have your say here.


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Did You Watch Your Local Scout Show?

Over the last month, thousands of youth members and adult supporters have danced, sung, performed and produced incredible displays of talent and creativity at performances around Australia! Gang Shows, Showtimes, Comedy Capers and Revues have filled the seats of theatres in local cities and towns to entertain members of the Scouting and wider community.

With over a dozen different Scout shows performing each year, every performance is unique, inspiring and enthralling. If you missed out on watching a Scout Show this year, make it a priority to attend one in the 2018 season.


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Ground Breakers Trialling New Program Concepts

Four Scout Groups, all based in Victoria, are trialling and providing feedback on the New Program Concepts developed from the Youth Program Review. This practical trial is part of the nation-wide consultation currently helping to shape the future of Scouting. The outcomes of the initial ‘Ground Breakers’ trial will shape the next round of trials involving more Scout Groups from around Australia, expected to commence in late 2017.

Find out who the Scout Groups are, and their role in the Youth Program Review by reading this story on the YPR blog.


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Futurist Looks to Scouting for Positive Change

Futurist Dr Kristin Alford had a clear message for Scouting when she addressed the National Youth Program Conference in July 2017: Scouting can prepare our youth members for a new world of change. This can either be a world they fear or a place of excitement, diversity and challenge.

Dr Alford who is also the Director of MOD (a futuristic museum of discovery at the University of South Australia), discussed our ever-changing world including:

  • The lack of trust in institutions and experts
  • The significant change in the biodiversity of our planet and the escalating loss of species
  • The diversification of industry and the role of artificial intelligence
  • How regulations stop us from taking risks, the fear of change and risk taking

Dr Alford highlighted how Scouting could play a dynamic role in the future of Australia. Young people will need to:

  • Connect to a global world
  • Think about the future
  • Take risks
  • Be resilient and have positive well being
  • Be leaders who inspire and motivate

Following the conference, National Youth Program Commissioner, Peter Fowler asks all members of Scouts Australia “Imagine if Scouting was the connection for Australian youth to their community. What an important role to play. Are we willing to take the risks to grow, evolve and change to get to that place?”


A Scout Promise and Law for All Australians

On Saturday July 22nd 2017, the National Council of Scouts Australia will vote on proposed new wording to the Scouts Australia Promise and Law. This vote is the culmination of years of research and consultation that saw 7,300 responses indicating that Scouts Australia needed an approach to reflect the diversity of Australia’s young people.

‘We listened to our members, and we found that Scouts Australia needed a Promise which offered an alternate version’ says the Chief Commissioner of Australia, Chris Bates.

‘One version will express our key concepts using the words ‘spiritual beliefs’ and ‘community and our world’. The other will be the current Promise. Both versions of our Promise express Scouting’s core values, and have been endorsed by World Scouting.

‘Scouts will choose either option depending on personal preferences.’

The proposed Scouts Australia Promise, recommended for adoption across the Movement is:

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Individual Scouts will have the ability to choose which version of the Promise to make.

At the same time, the National Council will also vote on new wording of the Scouts Australia Law. The proposed new words cover the same values of Scouting as our current Law - about others, about our own behaviour, and about ethics and the world, in words which today’s Australians use regularly.

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All members will be updated with the results of the National Council vote, as soon as possible in the days following the meeting.

Welcome to the Team

Scouts Australia welcomes two new Youth Program team members to the National Support Team in Chatswood. Clair Udy and Tom Bettison will join Emma Watson in supporting the development and implementation of the new youth program. Clair and Tom will work with teams across Australia in preparation for the new program launch in 2019. Congratulations Clair and Tom!

Expansion of Leader Access on Scout Central

All Leaders will now be able to see and update the Scout Central data for all youth members in their Group. This change was made in response to the many Leaders who help out in other Sections from time to time, but who previously could not access those additional Sections. Now Leaders will automatically see a pop up message when they first login to Scout Central and will be able to see the other Formations in their Group.


International Scouting

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Scouts Australia Congratulates Scouting in Timor-Leste

As one of the world’s oldest Scouting nations, Scouts Australia played an integral part in assisting the newest Scouting organisation, the Scout Association of Timor-Leste to become a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM). The final adoption of the association, officially named União Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor-Leste (UNE-TL) by the World Scout Committee took place on the 22nd of June 2017. This has delighted the many members of Scouts Australia who took up the call when the Asia Pacific Region of WOSM requested we assist with the growth and development of Scouting in Timor-Leste in 2010.

Scouts Australia’s extensive assistance included:

  • Sending a team of some of most experienced trainers to deliver courses
  • Fund-raising in conjunction with Rotary
  • Repairing buildings in Dili by Scouts Australia Rovers
  • Our (then) International Commissioner raising $250,000 from the people of the ACT and project managing the UNE-TL Training Centre, North of Dili
  • Working with youth members and Leaders of UNE-TL to assist them to prepare their Strategic Plan and associated policies and procedures. As well as building solid foundations for the Association, the participants in this process developed facilitation and negotiation skills.

As part of this process, members of the fledgling UNE-TL identified the importance that Scouting could play not only for the development of young people but also for the development of the community of UNE-TL.

Scouting in Timor-Leste has received the support of its government, and Australia’s as the acting Ambassador of Australia has attended UNE-TL events.

The Chief Commissioner of Australia, Chris Bates who, along with Peter Blatch facilitated the strategic planning workshop said “The UNE-TL group is highly motivated and works exceptionally hard to complete all goals they set in their tight timelines.

“Scouts Australia congratulates the União Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor-Leste (UNE-TL) on the acceptance of their membership to the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. We are proud to have played a part in this historic event, sharing our knowledge and assistance over many years to ensure that young people in Timor Leste can experience the benefits of Scouting.”


Scout Shop

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Celebrate World Scout Scarf Day this August 1

On "Scout Scarf Day", the 1st of August each year, all active and former Scouts wear their Scout scarves in public to make the "Spirit of Scouting" visible: Once a Scout - Always a Scout!

The 1st of August commemorates the first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island in 1907. The scarf is one of our most identifiable symbols.

To commemorate Scout Scarf Day 2017, the Scout Shop has created a souvenir blanket badge, featuring Scouting scarves of course! The design represents the inclusiveness of Scouting in Australia, sending the message that everyone is welcome.

These badges are available for a limited time only from the Scout Shop for $3. South Australian and Western Australian Scouts are encouraged to purchase them from the Scout Outdoor Centre and the WA Branch Scout Store.


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Keeping Warm in the Great Outdoors

To continue your outdoor adventures comfortably and safely in winter, you need to layer. Before heading out into the elements, make sure your body temperature remains at safe levels by:

  • Layering correctly
  • Establishing the function of each layer of clothing:
    • Your base layer close to your skin manages moisture
    • Your middle layer insulates you against the cold
    • Your outer shell protects from wind, snow and rain

If you’re heading out on a winter adventure check out the Scout Shop's base layer thermals for $22.95 for children, and $29.95 for adults. South Australian customers can also check out the range of thermals at the Scout Outdoor Centre.

For more details on effective layering, see our article here.


Lord Baden-Powell Society

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Congratulations Ian Langford-Brown

Scouts Australia is pleased to congratulate Mr Ian Langford-Brown, one of our Lord Baden-Powell Society Directors.

The Society’s Chairman, Mr David Jones AM, presented Mr Langford-Brown the Asia Pacific Region Chairman’s Medal for distinguished service to the region for his role as auditor for many years.