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Scouts Australia National News - March 2017

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Embark on an International Exchange

An international Venturer exchange is the experience of a lifetime! The Scouts International Student Exchange Program (SISEP) provides Venturer Scouts (16-17 years of age) with the opportunity to experience a different way of life by spending their summer holidays with a Scouting family in Denmark, England, Indonesia or Japan.

As an international exchange student with SISEP, you will spend six to eight weeks overseas, living with a Scouting family with a host brother or sister Scout, attending school in the local community and participating in the host family’s Scout Group. Being linked to the Scout Association in your host country gives you the unequalled opportunity to take part in challenging and diverse activities that only Scouts can offer.

If you’re ready to embark on exchange, head to the SISEP website to download the application form.


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Celebrate Australia's Cultural Diversity this Harmony Day

Did you know almost half of Australians were born overseas or have a parent who was? Celebrate this incredible amount of cultural diversity on 21st March with a Harmony Day event! Plan an event to promote inclusivity and respect that builds a stronger sense a belonging in your community. You could run a food festival where everyone brings a plate of food from a country they are from, or play some traditional sports from from around the world.

Search “Harmony Day” in Scout Central to find some inspiration for your event, or go to the Harmony Day website for event resources and ideas. If you’ve ran a Harmony Day event in the past, don’t forget to upload your program to Scout Central!


Experience an American Jamboree this year

Start planning your journey to the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree this July. Join with American Scouts where you could go whitewater rafting, bouldering, mountain biking, skateboarding, or try zip line challenge courses!

The Australian Contingent will be travelling on a pre tour to New York City and Washington DC from the 14th July, and return to Australia on the 31st July after a post tour to Charlotte.

Applications are now open! Head to the Facebook Event for more information and how to apply.


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Scouts Clean Up on #CUAD17

On Sunday 5 March, Scouts and their families across Australia were in their local bushland, parks, waterways and beaches to support Clean Up Australia Day (CUAD). As well as providing valuable community service, Scouts experienced their local environments first hand, and learnt about these ecosystems from other interested locals.

Scouting has been a partner in this event for almost three decades. This year we had an incredible 158 Groups sign up to host clean-up sites, with 3002 Scouts participating to collect a whopping 1501 bags of rubbish and recyclables.

There is still time to contribute your event photos; share them on our Scouts Australia Environment Program Facebook Page, or on Instagram tagging @scouts.australia, @cleanupaustralia, and the hashtag #CUAD17. The Clean Up Australia Day badge is also available now from the Scoutshop.


My Path to Completing the Certificate II in Business

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Alex, a Venturer Scout has recently completed his Certificate II in Business through SAIT (Scouts Australia Institute of Training). Here he tells his story.

I started Scouting on my 6th birthday when I joined the Joey Scout section. The thing that initially attracted me to Scouting was the fun that I had at Joey Scouts each week. As time went on, the outdoor activities and camping maintained my interest in the Movement. I enjoy the outdoor activities and the training courses. They give me a chance to get back to nature, learn new things and do some networking with leaders and youth members from around the state.

The first two courses I did were Level 1 Canoeing and Kayaking. I did all the theory work on paper as they did not have e-learning classes. But just recently I attended the Basic Outdoor Skills Course to attain my Bushwalking qualifications, and this required the completion of all Common Core Modules, plus the 10 new modules relevant to the course. Overall, this was easy to do as the Scouts online Training site is easy to navigate and utilise. The only negative point would be that five of the new modules were released quite close to the course date. Due to school, work and Scouting commitments, it was a little tough to get them done on time.

Having my Certificate II in Business to me is like an added bonus to all the things I've learnt throughout my time in the Movement. It provides me with a really good answer when people ask me what I've been able to achieve in Scouting. It also means I don’t need to attend the Certificate II in Business class at school. I'd say that the people that supported me the most in getting these qualifications are my leaders. They told me about the courses, where to find the training calendar, how to apply to get my Certificate II in Business after completing my Venturer Award, and never saying no when I said "Hey can I go do this course?" Another big support team would be my parents as they helped transport me to and from courses and get ready for them with food shopping and getting the gear.

If you are interested in receiving industry qualifications from Scouts Australia, a range of information is available on the Training and Development Website.


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Aaron Wardle Appointed as International Commissioner

Congratulations to Australia's next International Commissioner, Aaron Wardle! Aaron has attended over a dozen international Jamborees and events in a leadership role, and has been the Chair of the Scouts Australia - National Youth Council. As an international commercial pilot, Aaron spends much of his time in foreign countries, and passionately supports young people in their growth and development through international Scouting experiences. Read more about Aaron Wardle on the Scouts Australia website.


Code of Ethics and P & R Changes

For many years now Scouts Australia has had a Code of Conduct. This code defines the “what” when it comes to acceptable behaviour and actions by adult members. More recently, it was realised that the “why” that sits behind this code was not as clear. So, in response to feedback a Code of Ethics has been developed and is now included within Policy and Rules to complement the Code of Conduct. Take some time to read through this additional code, get to know it and understand it and more importantly how this applies to you in your everyday Scouting.

Other updates to Policy and Rules include changes to the Alcohol Policy, and new positions for wearing the I Can Sign, Messengers of Peace, Camper and Walkabout badges, Joey Scout Participation and Promise Challenge badges.

Refer to for more information on these modicifcations.

Read the updated Policy and Rules here.

Help Support the Delivery of the Youth Program

Support the running and delivery of the Youth Program across the country as an Assistant National Commissioner Youth Program. The Assistant National Commissioner Youth Program (Project Support) will work closely with the core Youth Program Team to provide assistance to the NCYP by supporting the National Youth Program Team, the national section teams and play a major role in the development of projects within the Youth Program portfolio.

More information and how to apply can be found at Scouts Australia Vacancies. Applications close 9pm AEDT, 30th March, 2017.

Position Vacancy: Scouts Australia General Manager

Scouts Australia are looking for a dynamic and inspiring leader to be the Scouts Australia General Manager.

More information and how to apply can be found at Scouts Australia Vacancies. All applications must be received by midnight on Sunday 19 March.