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Scouts Australia National News - November 2017

Youth Program

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The Adventure Begins

The Adventure Begins is an exciting section challenge being run in 2018. The Adventure Begins is designed to help the Group refresh and revisit the fundamentals of Scouting, to set the scene and lay foundations for the launch of Scouts Australia’s new youth program in 2019.

In 2018, we will challenge your section to embed these key elements into your regular program. It’s time to rejuvenate the way we deliver Scouting, and bring these elements to the forefront of our minds. The Adventure Begins is a way to reengage and ensure your programs’ are true to Scouting’s core values. Are you and the youth members in your Group ready for this adventure?

The Adventure Begins will focus on the following essential elements of the Scout youth program, they are for all sections, youth and adults:

  • The Principles, Purpose and Mission of Scouting
  • The SPICES and their Educational Objectives
  • The Scout Method (with emphasis on: Youth Leading, Adults Supporting; Community Involvement; and Promise and Law)
  • Section Councils
  • Plan > Do > Review >

You’ll hear and see more on The Adventure Begins from early next year, with heaps of resources, support tools and guidance provided. But for now, will you join the adventure?


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Suggest a Name For The New Youth Program and You Could Win a GoPro HERO6!

YPR – the Youth Program Review – is delivering a new program, now being tested in some Groups.

But what do we call our new Youth Program? We want our members to suggest ideas, and possibly win a prize!

Here’s some background:

Scouts Canada call their new program “The Canadian Path”.

Scouting Ireland call theirs “One Programme”

The last time Scouts Australia overhauled our program, we called it “Design for Tomorrow”.

So what do we call our new, new program?

“Scouty McScoutface” is one idea, but we prefer something relevant!

This is a program that stresses new skills and emphasises fundamentals like Youth Leading, Adults Supporting; and that we always Plan > Do > Review > our projects and events.

There are common themes across all Sections including the four Challenge Areas (Community, Creative, Personal Growth, Outdoor), the nine stages of Outdoor Adventure Skills, and the six Special Interest Areas.

What You Could Win

You could win a brand new GoPro HERO6 to take with you on your Scouting adventures! Plus, a limited edition t-shirt bearing the new Youth Program name could be yours.

Send us your ideas here before Wednesday the 13th of December. The name will be announced in 2018!


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Unpacking the Outdoor Adventure Skills

For over five years, the Youth Program Review have been studying, consulting, reflecting on, and comparing the entirety of the Scouting program to ensure it meets the needs of today’s, and tomorrow’s, young people. These Concepts, which have been shared previously in Workshops around the country, have been exciting, challenging and questioning everyone’s understanding of Scouting, and how we can evolve to increase the impact and opportunities for Scouts.

Over 2016 and 2017, the New Program Concepts were shared with members to ensure the future of Scouting was on the right track. One Concept shared was the idea of a framework that reinforced outdoor adventure in Scouting, that allowed young people to explore more opportunities, and a framework that pushed them further. As a result, the Outdoor Adventure Skills were born.

To read more about the Outdoor Adventure Skills, head to


Scout Shop

Christmas is Coming!

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Looking for gift ideas for your Scout or Leader this Christmas? Have a look at the range of accessories and other great products available at

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National Youth Council

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Closing Soon: Creative Media and Design Festival

Don’t forget to submit your entry into the Scouts Australia Creative Media and Design Festival! Help raise awareness of the important United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and show your creativity in a submission that connects, supports and promotes any of the 17 UN SDG's and the #knowyourgoals campaign.

More information on the Competition Guidelines and details can be found on the NYC website, and entries should be submitted through the online form or emailed to Submit your entry before 30th November to be in the running for great prizes!



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Exciting World Events for Youth Members to Attend

By the time you read this edition of Scouts Australia National News, all Scout Leaders and Venturer Leaders in Australia should have received a brochure in the mail promoting international events. You can also download a copy of the brochure at

This initiative endeavours to let you know about the exciting opportunities for overseas travel available as a member of a Scouts Australia Contingent.

In 2018, you can be part of the Nippon Jamboree in Japan, or Ireland’s JamboRi. It’s also not too late to join the hundreds of Scouts Australia members who have so far registered to be part of the Australian Contingent to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in North America. To view full eligibility, costs, other important information and sign up, head to

For the Rover Scouts, there’s a varied range of events - the 76th New Zealand Moot just a short trip across the Tasman, or for something a little more further afield, the Baden-Powell Scout Peak Expedition to Nepal, Roverway in the Netherlands, and the service based Direct Aid Project assisting Scouts in Mongolia. To view all the upcoming opportunities, and to register, head to

Don’t forget, you can also have an international experience by attending AJ2019! Many Scouts from countries around the world travel to Australia to participate in our Jamboree. Register at


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Scouts Embark on International Exchange

Sixteen Venturer Scouts will begin the experience of a lifetime in November, when they depart Australia as part of the 2017-2018 Scouts International Student Exchange Program (SISEP). These Scouts will spend six to eight weeks immersed in the local culture with a Scouting family in Denmark or Japan.

During their time overseas, the Venturer Scouts will attend schools in the local community and participate with their host family’s Scout Group. Those Venturer Scouts travelling to Denmark will also enjoy several days as a Group at the end of their exchange in London, England before returning home.

In an exciting announcement, Scotland and Indonesia will also be available as SISEP 2018-2019 exchange destinations, along with Denmark and Japan.

The Program also encourages Australian Scouting families to reciprocate the exchange, by hosting Venturer Scouts for six to eight weeks during the Australian winter.

Go to to read about the wonderful international experiences of past SISEP participants, and to apply for the 2018-2019 Scouts International Student Exchange Program.


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60th Jamboree On The Air and 21st Jamboree On The Internet

The 60th Jamboree On The Air and 21st Jamboree On The Internet took place over the weekend of the 21-22nd October, with some 150 Australian JOTA/JOTI stations registered to take part.

Approximately 10,000 Australian Scouts participated in the largest annual international Scouting event held each year, which represents a significant percentage of the Australian Scout population.

New friendships were made across international borders, new cultures experienced, horizons expanded, and a sense of belonging to the world wide movement of Scouts was formed.


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Cross The Ditch to Go Camping This Easter

Join the Australian Contingent to the New Zealand Moot over Easter 2018 for a taste of European culture at Euro Moot!

The New Zealand Moot runs from 29th March to the 2nd April 2018, with an optional post tour.

Typical activities include:

  • Service project - take part in an amazing community project.
  • Tour/major activity day - spend the day off-site on one of a number of adventurous tours with which to challenge yourself; or take it easy and spend the day on a relaxing tour instead.
  • Costume parties - Each night there is a themed costume party with live bands, DJs or other entertainment.
  • Shooting Trophy - Spend the afternoon at different bases, completing interesting challenges and fun games, as you compete for the prestigious Shooting Trophy.
  • Sporting events - Compete in some sporting events including a cross-country and a tug-o war.

Further details on the tour/off site activities will be released soon! Anyone over 18 and under 26 on the 29th of March 2018 is eligible to attend. Applications are now open! Head to find out more and to register.

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Update: Scouts of Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund

To date, over 4000 Scouts have provided an estimated 50,000 service hours and $12,500 in funds, to assist Mexico after the devastating earthquake in mid September.

Significant resources are still required to help the community to continue their mission of being always ready to serve and to support their community. Scouts Australia members are encouraged to add to the sum the Association has already contributed on behalf of our Members by going to the Scout Donation Platform.


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Intern with the Asia-Pacific World Scout Centre

The Asia-Pacific Support Centre invites applications under APR Internship/Executive Attachment Program for Support Assistants to the Asia-Pacific Scout Foundation and Development Support Executive. For more information, head to the Scouts Australia website. Applications close 30 November 2017.


Scouts Australia Institute of Training

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Venturer Scouts Earning Industry Qualifications

During the last couple of months, the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (RTO: 5443) has seen a lot of activity from Venturer Scouts around the country completing Qualifications. A significant number of Venturer Scouts have made the effort to finalise their Qualifications in time to have them recorded on their school record. The earliest deadline this year was in mid-September, however the requirements in each State and Territory are different.

Congratulations to the Venturer Scouts in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia who used their experiences from Venturer Scouts and turned them into one of the following Qualifications. These have now been included on their official school transcript:

To find out more about how you or your Venturer Scouts can work towards nationally recognised Qualifications, go to Scouts Australia Institute of Training.



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Winner of the 2018 Scouts Australia Clean Up Australia Day Badge Design!

We received some great design suggestions for the Clean Up Australia Day 2018 badge.

Thanks so much to all the Scouts who participated from around Australia. We are pleased to announced that the winner is Violet from 1st Upwey Scout Group!

Well done Violet, you have won a Snowgum Adventure 1700 Sleeping Bag (valued at $169.95), courtesy of Inspire Apparel, operators of, and makers of our Scouts Australia uniform.

Thanks again for all the great entries - we look forward to the 2018 Clean Up Australia Day badge being available from in early 2018.


Lord Baden-Powell Society

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25th Australian Jamboree Fund - Help Us Help Scouts!

The Lord Baden-Powell Society will be contributing towards the Jamboree fees for Scouts, who, without our assistance, would not be able to attend the 25th Australian Jamboree to be held in South Australia in 2019.

In the next year, the Society will be inundated with requests from families in desperate need of financial assistance. Our target is to raise $100,000 by September 2018, with every dollar you donate going directly to supporting disadvantaged young Scouts.

Please help us reach our goal to support 300 Scouts who need our help to get to the 25th Australian Jamboree for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can donate here.


Welcoming our New Staff Member

We are pleased to introduce our new Lord Baden-Powell Society Member Services staff member, Rita Cirardi. Rita will be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and available via email or phone 02 8440 5908.

Please note there will be a small period of ‘catch up’ and we appreciate your understanding during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact Rita if you have any questions.


Adult Training & Development

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New Adventurous Activities Modules

Getting itchy feet for a new adventure? Now the warmer months are here and the holiday period is approaching, it’s a perfect time to start a new adventure and learn a new skill (or get qualified for an activity you have been enjoying for years). e-Learning is here to make that process fun and easy. On the 1st of December 2017* you will be able to complete much of the background knowledge and essential skills for Abseiling and Paddling on-line. This will mean that you will be able to spend more time doing the fun stuff on Course than ever before.

Also, we have added another new module for the more land inclined members - Planning for Outdoor Activities. This has been spiced up and will contain some fabulous video content, and yes, as with all Scout training, there is a bit of paperwork – but we have made it simpler to complete.

Other key updates to e-Learning are:

  • Two revised e-Learning modules
  • Four renamed e-Learning modules
  • Two new e-Learning course clusters
  • One revised e-Learning course cluster

For more detail on what’s changed in e-Learning, check it out here.

As you would expect, all members will retain credit for previously completing modules, including Trainees that have not fully completed their training.

*Apologies to those planning to start some of these modules in November. We had a hiccup getting started. Hope that you enjoy the modules – we think that they were worth the wait.