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Scouts Australia National News - June 2017

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#HikeItOut on your Next Adventure!

The growing popularity of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook has infused a heightened sense of adventure and exploration, often for the gorgeous photo opportunities. However, increased interest in our natural habitats has also led to the increasing issue of rubbish being left behind and environmental degradation.

Noticing this concerning trend, Rover Scout Heather Porter has created the “Hike it Out” campaign. Using the core elements of “Leave no Trace”, Hike it Out is an environmental campaign aimed at holding explorers responsible for the removal of their own rubbish, and in an ideal world, rubbish found along the way as well. Heather’s campaign forms part of her Baden-Powell Scout Award, and she is sharing the adventure with the community on her website and Facebook page. Be part of her journey, and #hikeitout on your next adventure!


Youth Program

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Catch up on the Latest AJ2019 News

The first newsletter for the 2019 Australian Jamboree has been released! Find out about the campsite currently under construction, and what fantastic activities you can expect here.


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YOU + LEAD Program a Success

Scouts Australia’s brand new leadership program, YOU + LEAD, aims to empower young people to become better leaders and stronger advocates in our communities. The first step on this path is learning about themselves at the Branch-based YOU component. ‘YOU’ has been trialled in Western Australia, NSW, the ACT and Victoria, and enthusiastically received by participants and organisers alike. Further trials are occurring in South Australia and Queensland later in the year. Scouts Australia looks forward to continuing the development of the program in preparation to launching it nationwide in 2018. At the NSW YOU course, 21 Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts learned that happiness is critical for success, and provided valuable feedback that will be used to shape the LEAD program, and future YOU courses.

Participants, if selected, will explore the concept of leadership at the nationwide LEAD component later in the year.

For more information on the YOU + LEAD pilot program, head to the Scouts Australia website.


International Scouting

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Embarking on Northern Hemisphere Adventures

Hundreds of Australian Scouts are getting ready to embark on international adventures to Scouting events across the northern hemisphere. Four separate contingents will attend the World Scout Moot in Iceland; the Asia Pacific Jamboree in Mongolia; the Norway National Scout Jamboree; and the German National Scout Jamboree. Meeting new friends, experiencing other cultures and visiting iconic landmarks are on the itinerary!


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Seeking a National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI

The Scouts Australia International Team are seeking applications for the National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI. The position holder is responsible for coordinating the operation of JOTA/JOTI activities in each Branch, helping to provide an international experience for all youth members.

Applications close 23 June 2017. To apply, click here.


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Have an International Experience this Month - Even if you are Staying in Australia

You don’t have to be heading overseas to have an international Scouting experience - adventures can be had closer to home. Gain an understanding of another culture, or appreciate the lifestyles and traditions of a country by having an international themed Scout activity. For ideas on activities and programs that inspire international experiences, check out the Scout Central Program Finder!


Scout Shop


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Stay Snug on Winter Camps with Scout Shop's Environmentally Friendly Woollen Camp Blanket

The Scout Woollen Blend Camp Blanket takes an intriguing journey around the world to before it reaches its destination at your campsite.

The wool in the blankets is originally sourced in Australia from garments donated by individuals to charities all over the country. The garments are carefully sorted here in Australia to meet a minimum wool content of 80%, then exported to Malaysia for “mutilation”. In this process, the garments are pulled apart so that they can’t be used as second hand clothing. It is only now when they are essentially rags that they meet import standards to India as recycled materials. These mutilated garments journey across the South China Sea to India to be processed. Once the buttons, zips and embellishments are removed, the rags are pulled and shredded back into woollen fibres. This yarn is then able to be recycled back into blankets and shipped back to us in Australia at the Scout Shop.

These blankets not only keep our Scouts fabulously warm, but because of their high wool content and tight weave, they are naturally water resistant and fire retardant.

So next time you are gearing up for a campfire, consider how you are going to keep warm. The fire retardant properties, and tight weave of the blanket make it a warmer and safer alternative than synthetic blankets.

The recycled Australian Wool Blend Camp Blanket is available from Scout Shop, posted to you with no freight charge. South Australian Scouts can also buy camp blankets (using different materials with different manufacturing processes) from the Scout Outdoor Centre.


Queen's Birthday Honours

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Congratulations to Recipients of a Queen's Birthday Honour

Scouts Australia warmly congratulates members of the Scouting community who were recognised for their valuable contributions to Scouting in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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

  • The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle, Honorary President, Melbourne Region

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

  • Mr Elston Hynd, National Commissioner, Adult Training and Development - Scouts Australia
  • Dr Rosemary Nixon, ASF Banyule/Gang Show (Victoria)

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

  • Mr Donald Barry, ASF - Heritage (Victoria)
  • Mrs Kay Cleak - Former Assistant Branch Commissioner (Western Astralia)
  • Mr Adrian Cropley, Former District Commissioner - Macedon Ranges (Victoria)
  • The late Mr Gordon Ellings (Tasmania)
  • Mr Stephen Fernie, Regional Commissioner, Hunter and Coastal Region (New South Wales)
  • Mrs Karin Orpen, Office Bearer - City of Knox District (Victoria)
  • Mrs Adele Sharpe, District Leader - Manningham (Victoria)
  • Mr Ian Sharpe, Honorary Commissioner (Victoria)
  • Mr Bruce Stewart - President North West Region (New South Wales)
  • Mr Daryl Sanderson - Former Treasurer, Labrador Scout Group (Queensland)
  • Mr Carl Weaver, ASF - Heritage (Victoria)
  • Mr Dale Potter, Leader - 1st Dookie (Victoria)
  • Mrs June Wright, Group Leader - 1st Koo Wee Rup (Victoria)

Honorary Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Mr Thomas Hartley, Vice President (and former Chairman) - Scouts Victoria
  • Ms Jean Clifford - Deputy Chief Commissioner, Adults in Scouting (Queensland)

Lord Baden-Powell Society

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Record Membership Renewals

The Lord Baden-Powell Society is excited to announce a great response to the 2017 membership renewals process. In the last two months we have received an incredible $73,000 in donations.

We greatly appreciate all members’ patience over the last few months with staff changeover and sincerely appreciate their ongoing generosity.

The Lord Baden-Powell Society membership is open now. Play your part in providing the youth of Australia with a sense of direction and purpose.

Please click here to become a member today.


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Part Time Position Vacancy - Member Services

The Lord Baden-Powell Society is excited to announce a vacancy within Member Services. The position is an administrative based part-time role; working 14 hours per week. The position is based in Chatswood NSW.

If you are looking for a rewarding role; one that supports Youth Scouting Members to attend Australia wide Scouting events, please click here for further details.


Adult Recognition Awards

Recognition of our Incredible Supporters

Each World Scout Day, the 1st August, Scouts Australia announces its Adult Recognition Awards recipients for those who have provided exceptional service to our Movement. From 2017, recipients of the National President's Award, Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Service Award who do not have an active leadership role, but are authorised to wear our uniform, will also receive a cloth badge in addition to their medallions. Insignias are available for current holders of these Awards by contacting their respective Branch Office.