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Scouts Australia National News - May 2017

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Robert Irwin Invested by Scouts Queensland

Robert Irwin of Australia Zoo was invested as an ambassador for Scouts Queensland in April, and he is thrilled to be involved in our Movement. “Scouts is an amazing organisation that not only teaches young people incredible life skills, but also to connect with nature” said Robert, after making the Scout Promise to the Chief Commissioner of Queensland, and receiving a Queensland Scout scarf, the World Scout Badge and an Australian Flag badge. His mother Terri Irwin also attended the ceremony.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have become the major charity partner of Scouts Queensland. “Wildlife warriors shares Scout’s belief in inspiring young people to connect with nature” says Robert. This partnership will see approximately 15,000 Scouts across Queensland engage in the vital conservation efforts undertaken by Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. Exciting initiatives including Wildlife Warrior’s Backyard Campout, Run on the Wild Side and the Visionary Wildlife Warrior Program are opportunities that Scouts can be involved in. See Robert’s message to Scouts below.
Photo: Ben Beaden / Australia Zoo


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We Welcome Scouts Australia’s New National General Manager

Scouts Australia welcomes Mrs Cathy Morcom to the role of National General Manager from May 2017.

Cathy brings significant experience in Program and Change Management, Culture and Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement and Communication. Cathy’s family has had an ongoing involvement in Scouts going back to when her husband started as a Cub Scout and when she was a Girl Guide in Ireland. Two of her children have been awarded the Grey Wolf and are now Scouts and her third is soon to be invested as a Cub Scout. Her husband is a Scout leader and Cathy is the Group President for her local Scout Group in Sydney.

“I am very excited to be part of the National Team for Scouts Australia and in particular very much look forward to working collaboratively with the Chief Commissioner, the Chair of the National Executive Committee and the National Support Team. It will be an honour to work with the Branches on the implementation of the new Youth Program and to help embed the great concept of “Youth leading, adults supporting” across all of our Regions, Districts and Groups.

“I aim to work closely with our youth-members and volunteers alike to ensure we all go on the journey together, to make this Association even greater than it is today, to endeavor to be locally adapted and globally united”.

Together, the National team and volunteers across the country will continue to encourage collaboration, diversity of thinking and experimentation for our youth members – so they can truly reach their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials.


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We Welcome Lord Baden-Powell Society Members to Scouts Australia National News

We welcome members of the Lord Baden-Powell Society to the Scouts Australia National News. Communicating electronically with members is part of the Society’s plan to reduce costs and direct more funds to support Scouting. Susann Prokop has recently been appointed to the Society’s member services. Susann will be in the office on Tuesday and Thursdays and is available via email at or phone 02 8440 5908.

Supporting Scouts to Attend AJ2019

For many years the Lord Baden-Powell Society has been raising money to send Scouts to Australian Jamborees and other major events through their Jamboree Fund. The fund supports Scouts, who without financial support, could not afford to attend these life-changing events. In 2015/16 the Jamboree Fund allocated money to almost 300 young people. Every dollar donated to the Jamboree Fund goes directly to young Scouts who would otherwise miss out on the unique experience of major Scouting events.

The Lord Baden-Powell Society is aiming to raise $100,000 this year, and a further $100,000 next year with the goal of assisting 300 Scouts. You can donate to this worthwhile cause, simply by visiting the appeal page.


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YOU + LEAD Programs Commencing Soon! Apply Now.

You + Lead is the brand new Scouts Australia Leadership program beginning soon in most Branches. Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia are still eligible to apply to attend the YOU course in their Branch. If accepted, you’ll develop skills and acquire knowledge to help you become a more effective leader in your community. Victorian and ACT applications have now closed. The course is not yet available in Tasmania or the Northern Territory.

Queensland: 4th - 6th August
New South Wales: 2nd June - 4th June
South Australia: 30th June - 2 July (applications closing 16th June)
Western Australia: 9th - 11th June (applications closing 5pm 28th May)

Apply to attend here.


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Applications to Attend AV2018 are Closing Soon!

If you’re a Venturer Scout between 14 and 18 years old, AV2018 will provide experiences to make it one of the best summers of your life! Expeditions and offsite activities will take you to a range of attractions that Queensland is famous for, while there’ll be plenty of activities available during the onsite phase.

Held from 2nd to 13th January 2018, just north of Brisbane, an Australian Venture is an experience not to be missed. Apply now here!


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Do you want to be part of the Transformation of Scouting in Australia?

Scouts Australia is currently seeking two energetic, hard-working and creative people to join the Program Support Team based in Chatswood NSW.

Why not be a part of the team that develops our fun, challenging, adventurous and inclusive new youth program.

Applications close 9am Friday June 9th. For further information and details about these important positions, view the Scouts Australia website here.


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Looking for a Quality Hiking Boot at a Great Price?

The cooler weather provides perfect opportunities to seek another adventure! Having a comfortable, waterproof and sturdy pair of hiking boots is important to make your adventure more enjoyable. This month, Scout Shop have a half price offer on hiking boots. They’ve been tested over 105 Kms by Trail Hiking Australia, a website for hiking enthusiasts which contains handy tips for choosing and caring for hiking boots. Read the review here, or purchase them from the - on sale now for only $69.95.

South Australian Scouts are also encouraged to check out the great range of hiking boots available at the Scout Outdoor Centre, supporting Scouting in South Australia. View the range here.


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Help Shape Policy and Programs for Young People

If you are 15 to 19 years old, living in Australia, and want to have a say about the things that affect you, here is your chance!

Mission Australia's Youth Survey is the largest survey of its kind in Australia. Government, academics and communities all use it to develop policies and programs for young Australians. The survey has been conducted annually since 2002 and aims to identify both the values and concerns of young people. We’re tracking responses from Scouts Australia, so enter the code 93304 when completing!

Complete the survey here!


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Collaborating and Developing at the Course for Prospective Leader Trainers

This Easter holiday period saw Australian and International adult Leaders welcomed to Victoria for the 28th Course for Prospective Leader Trainers. Held every two years, the course encouraged collaboration for personal development on self awareness, emotional intelligence, and designing and building new training programs. The newly designed course, led by Elston Hynd (National Commissioner Adult Training and Development), and assisted by trainers, tutors and course staff, also developed capabilities that will be critical for the success of a new program.


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Are you Someone with an Environmental Idea that Could Change the World?

If so, apply for a Taronga Green Grant and you could receive up to $50,000 in funding to help turn the idea into action. Taronga is looking for innovative conservation ideas and inventions that will help protect our wildlife and secure a sustainable future for our planet.

All conservation ideas are welcome, but this year Taronga is specifically calling out for ideas that will help protect our oceans and wildlife from marine debris and plastic pollution. These grants are open to anyone in the Australian community who has a conservation idea they want to see put into action. For more information, head to


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Share your Project in World Scouting’s Diversity and Inclusion Challenge!

Are you currently involved in a project that will make a great impact to your community? The World Organisation of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) are looking to hear about your project for entry into the Diversity and Inclusion Challenge. This Challenge has been established to promote and reinforce Scouting as a movement that values diversity and is inclusive and open to all.

If your project is one of the best projects, it will be recognised by WOSM, promoted as an example of a Promising Practice and displayed in an exhibition at the World Scout Moot in Iceland. The top six projects, one from every Region, that are selected through a voting process, will receive a small fund. For more information, and how to share your Diversity and Inclusion project, head to


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Scouts Australia at the Asia Pacific Region Leaders Summit

In recent years, Scouts Australia has built a strong reputation for reaching out and taking the lead in Scouting in the Asia Pacific Region (APR). We have forged ahead with programs to enable neighbouring countries such as East Timor to join the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) to become National Scouting Organisations. Scouts Australia has provided resources (both people and material) to enable Scouting to grow in the Region, and Paul Parkinson, a member of Scouts Australia is the current APR Chair. The Leaders Summit, held in April 2017, looked to how Scouting in the APR should use the GSAT model (Global Scouting Assessment Tool) to improve its governance systems, become more strategic, and work to continuously improve. The Secretary General of WOSM Ahmed Alendawi also presented his objectives for the World Scout Bureau with the focus being on program and innovation, good governance and impact, growth, unity and influence. Scouts Australia’s representatives at the Summit were Chief Commissioner Chris Bates, NEC Chair Dennis Green and National Commissioner for Adult Training and Development Elston Hynd.


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Scouts SA Chief Commissioner, Harry Long Reappointed to 2021

Scouts SA have announced that Harry Long has been reappointed as Chief Commissioner Scouts SA for a second term. Harry, whose appointment follows a rigorous review as part of the Adults in Scouting process, will pilot the Branch through the preparations for AJ2019, the 25th Australian Jamboree, which will be held in South Australia.