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Scouts Australia National News - October 2017

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Two Major Event Opportunities Now Open!

Applications for AJ2019 are Now Open!

This is your chance to experience the best of Scouting over 10 action-packed days of adventure, fun and excitement. AJ2019 is the ultimate Scouting experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

You might have also heard, AJ2019 will celebrate the launch of the new youth program! It’ll be your first hand, exclusive experience on how our new youth program will look, feel and sound into the future of Australian Scouting.

The 25th National Australian Scout Jamboree is on from the 4th to 13th January 2019 at the brand new $100 million Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, the Murraylands, South Australia. To be able to attend the Jamboree, Scouts must be under 15 years of age as at 4th January 2019.

You can find out more, and how to apply here !

Don’t forget that we’re still looking for Jambassadors! As a Jambassador, it’ll be your important job to update us on how you and your Troop is preparing for the Jamboree. Think you’ve got what it takes? Send an audition video to for your chance to become a Jambassador.

Head Overseas in 2019 to World Jamboree

Your first, or next overseas adventure is waiting for you!

Applications to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America to be held in mid 2019 are now open!

The World Jamboree provides an international Scouting experience for Scout and Venturer section-aged youth. Unlike any Jamboree you’ve experienced before, you will join over 50,000 Scouts and Venturers from over 180 different countries.

Held at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, North America’s high adventure activity park, not only will you get to experience the amazing cultural experiences of a World Jamboree, you will also have access to an amazing range of high adventure activities all whilst making new mates from around the world!

Compared to an Australian Jamboree, a World Jamboree provides opportunities for older youth members to experiencce this different dimension of Scouting. Eligible Scouts must be born between 2 August 2001 and 21 July 2005 inclusive (i.e. minimum age 14 years and not have had your 18th Birthday).

Start your application now, as they close on 30 November 2017. Youth member places for both the Jamboree and optional Canadian post tour will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay in securing your spot on this trip of a lifetime!

To view full eligibility, costs, other important information, and to sign up, head here!


Youth Program

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You + Lead Development Program Takes Scouts on an Exciting Journey

In March 2017 Scouts Australia launched the first stages of its new Leadership Development Program, You + Lead. The program is a three-part journey aimed at delivering an outstanding platform for Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts, to develop themselves through learning about their own self, and then learning about how to lead others. The program follows World Scouting’s Youth Involvement Policy and aims to create more opportunities for our youth members to develop leadership, 21st-century learning and community engagement skills.

24 Scouts, Venturers and Rovers from across the country gathered in Adelaide for the first ever Lead pilot program which took place in October 2017. Lead is a week-long journey, building skills in teamwork, leadership, understanding others and understanding how they can help “Create a Better World”. It was a dynamic week of fun, laughter, tears and new learning as all participants went on a massive personal journey. For all it will be a week to remember for a long time.

You, the first weekend of the program was enjoyed by over 80 participants across 5 Branches. The focus was ‘self-discovery’ and how it is important to ‘know oneself’ before having the ability to support others. Topics included:

  • Laughter - How it makes a difference and creates a positive climate
  • Self talk - Developing a growth mindset
  • Gratitude - How gratitude builds happiness and success
  • Listening - the skills to be an active and attentive listener
  • Fear - How to challenge your fears and the impact fear has on our life choices

The Lead participants now form the You+Lead Alumni and are developing several projects on a variety of topics based around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including youth mental health, food waste and sustainability, homelessness and more.

You+Lead will continue in 2018, with members of our Alumni assisting with both developing and running “You+Lead” in the coming years. The first step for interested applicants is to apply and participate in the branch led “You weekend”. Watch out for applications at the end of the year. “You” kicks off around Australia from April 2018.


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Cub100 Competition Winner Experiences Australia Zoo

Last year, Scouts of Australia joined the international celebrations for 100 years of Cub Scouts!

This included a competition to win a family holiday to Australia Zoo, staying at Oaks Oasis Resort and receiving VIP treatment from Australia Zoo. Over 4,000 entries were received, with the lucky winner being Belinda, a mother of two from the Hunter Valley in NSW. The family recently redeemed the prize, taking off to Queensland for a “holiday that was even better than we imagined!”

Belinda, recounting her trip, said the Australia Zoo animals “stole the show! We were able to feed or pat so many of the animals including a Red Panda, Tiger, Rhino, Echidna, and massive Tortoises. It was definitely a memorable experience which we will treasure forever.”

If you’re looking for a unique experience like Belinda’s, Scouts Australia members and their families receive a 10% discount at Australia Zoo (valid only for online bookings). Enter the discount code SCOUTS17 when you book!


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Shaping the Future of Scouting

Since November 2016, New Program Concept Workshops were conducted around the country. In July 2017, a condensed, online version of the Workshop was released which allowed members to hear and review the Concepts without attending a physical Workshop.

Scouts Australia wish to thank all members that actively participated in these Workshops and provided their feedback, thoughts, comments and suggestions. It has been incredibly helpful to read through all of the feedback and comments, and we look forward to sharing further developments.

These Workshops, which were attended by thousands of youth members, adult supporters, parents and community members, covered many aspects of the Concepts for the new youth program. We hope that you were able to attend a Workshop to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the future of Scouting in Australia.

To read some early statistical insight on the Workshops, head to the YPR website.


National Youth Council

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Creative Media and Design Festival

As Scouts, we’re committed to ending poverty, protecting the planet and helping to create a better world. To help us achieve this, the Scouts Australia National Youth Council (NYC) has launched a new initiative to help all Australian Youth Members to become familiar with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The Scouts Australia Creative Media and Design Festival (CMD) is running now and finishes on the 30th of November 2017. You’re invited to submit a creative piece of work which connects, supports and promotes any of the 17 UN SDG's and the #knowyourgoals campaign.

With an emphasis on creativity, entries can be in many formats including photos, short stories, posters, short films, videos, graphic designs, handcrafts and much more! 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!

More information on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can be found here.



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Connect With International Scouts this Weekend

This weekend, over a million Scouts and Guides from around the world, and around 13,000 from Australia, will be sharing their Scouting with Jamboree of the Air and Jamboree of the Internet (JOTA/JOTI). Join the virtual Jamboree and connect with Scouts from all corners of the world in this year, the 60th Year of Jamboree on the Air! The Australian event will be opened by the Chief Scout of Australia and Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, and the Patrol of Girl Guides Lady Cosgrove.

Join the conversation at your local JOTA/JOTI Camp, or via this link.


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International Team Conference

On 23-24 September, Scouts Australia’s International Commissioner and his Team met at Bundilla Scout Activity Centre in Sydney, for their annual Team Conference.

Key items discussed by Aaron Wardle and his Team included:

  • Past and Present challenges for International Scouting,
  • Branch International Commissioners, National Coordinators and Contingent Leaders reporting,
  • 41st World Scout Conference,
  • Preferred Contingent Travel Provider,
  • Celebrating Aboriginal Culture at International events,
  • WOSM Triennial Plan 2017-2020 Draft Objectives,
  • Future Directions and Priorities for International Scouting.

National General Manager, Cathy Morcom, also joined the conference to speak with the group about overseas contingents budget management and online registrations.

The team also conducted a number of break-out sessions and by the end of a very busy weekend developed a 46 item Action List! So keep reading National News for future updates on Scouts Australia’s International Scouting. More exciting times ahead for us all.


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Scouts of Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund

On 19th September 2017, a major earthquake killed hundreds of people and caused catastrophic damages in Mexico City and the surroundings. Despite many being affected by the disaster themselves, over 4000 Scouts in Mexico took immediate actions to assist their community, turning the Scouts Mexico headquarters into a collection and operation centre, delivering food and drinks to rescuers, assisting with clearing rubble and encouraging blood donation

To assist with the relief and recovery efforts, Scouts Mexico have created a project on WOSM’s Scout Donation Platform to help raise funds to support their disaster relief. Scouts Australia has contributed to the fund on behalf of its members. Individuals can also make donations by clicking here.

Considering the magnitude of the damages, relief and recovery efforts will take time and will require significant resources to help the Scouts continue their support to the population and live their ideal of being always ready to serve.


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Want More Adventure? Check out These Opportunities.

The next two years are overflowing with opportunities for international travel and Scouting!

Opportunities on offer include challenge, fun and service. Push your physical limits climbing Baden-Powell Scout Peak in Nepal, go to Japan or Ireland for their National Jamborees, experience Rover Scout events in the Netherlands or New Zealand, or help create a better world working on an aid project in Mongolia. Check these out, and more, at



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Closing Soon: Clean Up Australia Day Badge Design Competition

We've had some great entries so far, though there is still time to submit your Clean Up Australia Day 2018 badge design!

Entries should be emailed to (preferably submitted as in JPEG, PNG or PDF format) by Tuesday 31 October; winners will be announced in November.

The winning entry will win a Snowgum Adventure 1700 Sleeping Bag, value of $169.95, courtesy of Inspire Apparel (operators of and makers of our uniform.)

Please keep in mind:

  • Diameter must be 8cm, with no more than eight colours on the badge
  • Elements of the Scouts Australia logo and ‘Clean Up Australia Day 2018’ must be included, but you can’t alter the look of either logo.
  • Submissions open 20 September, and close on 31 October 2017


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Fundraising for our Community on McHappy Day

Nearly 3,000 members and families took part in McHappy Day 2017 on 14th October, raising money for seriously ill children who are assisted through the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This was the 11th Year Scouts Australia has participated nationally, with thousands of dollars being raised for the charity. Look out for the tray mat created specially for Scouts for the day.


Lord Baden-Powell Society

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Lord Baden-Powell Society Jamboree Fund

In September’s National News we advised all LBPS members of our commitment of $30,000 to support disadvantaged Australian youth members who need financial assistance, to attend the 17th Australian Venture to be held in Queensland in January 2018.

Following this commitment, we need to urgently rebuild our Jamboree Fund in preparation for the Australian Jamboree in 2019. We are keen to send as many disadvantaged Australian youth to the Jamboree as we can, and have a target of $100,000 to help those who cannot attend without financial support.

We urge all supporters of Scouting to consider contributing to the Fund. Can you help with whatever amount you can afford, and help us reach our target to send disadvantaged Scouts on an unforgettable experience that will also help their personal development?

Please send donations to The Lord Baden-Powell Society, Level 3, 8 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, or contribute via PayPal.


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Are you a Member of the Lord Baden-Powell Society?

If not, please consider joining like-minded supporters of Scouting and help us to raise funds for projects throughout Australia, designed for our Youth Members. There are many ways that you can join, either by a cash amount, an amount left in your will (bequest) or even part of your share portfolio.

If you would like to discuss the subject or know more about the Society, please contact the Scouts Australia office on (02) 8440 5900 or visit our website.


Scout Central and Training

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Recording Personal Progression Now Easier with Scout Central

With hundreds of Leaders already recording over 168,000 badges on Scout Central, it’s now even easier for all members to keep track of award scheme achievements online. The Scout Central Progress Chart can be accessed through the Formation Portal. Youth members will be able to follow their progress, and Leaders and Group Leaders will be able to mark off and see the achievements of their Group’s youth members online. The requirements can also be checked off for the whole section or several individuals at once, rather than having to go into each member’s record. You will find out more when you log into Scout Central, or see the instructions in the updated Scout Central User Handbook.

*please note that progress is being made to ensure NSW Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts can access the system in due course.

Did you know?

  • 168,000 badges have been recorded on Scout Central
  • Over 2,200 Formations are using the Scout Central attendance roll
  • There are over 11,000 active Scout Registers
  • There are over 7,000 active Group folders on the free online storage facility ScoutCloud

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New Requirements for Child Safety and WHS Modules for All Adults in Scouting

Scouts Australia as part of its ongoing commitment to create and maintain high standards of WHS and Child Safety has determined that training on mandated e-Learning modules will be considered current for only 3 years on the anniversary date of first completion. Adults are required to re-complete the “current” module(s) before the 3 year validity period expires. From the beginning of December, those members that completed their WHS and Childsafe Modules 3 years ago will receive an email reminder notifying them that they need to renew these modules.

What you need to do?

When you get this email or login to e-Learning and see that the module(s) requiring renewal are highlighted and the launch button labelled “Renew” (rather than review). You will need to work your way through this module from start to finish, you will then be required to pass the post-test to be awarded the module. The reason you need to recomplete the whole module this time is because there has been significant updates to the content to reflect the changing trends of legislation and community expectations. Down the track it is expected that this renewal process will be simplified to a pre and post-test as the legislation becomes less fluid and embedded into the community.

What happens if I don’t renew?

If members do not meet their obligation to renew these modules your Branch/State will then activate its local policy to suspend the member from working with children and potentially terminate individuals memberships from Scouts Australia. It’s important to make sure that your Branch/State has your correct email details or you will miss the reminder.

Does everyone need to retest now?

No, but there will be a significant volume of members that will come up for the retest as it was three years ago that these modules were first released as compulsory modules. After this initial phase, the requirement for recompletion will even out.

If I completed this module on the 30 November 2017 will I need to re-sit?

No, you will start receiving reminders to re complete these modules 30 August 2020. There will soon be a bridging communication available online that bullet points the updates in the module for those wanting to up skill before the renew is due.

December 2017 1st Email Reminder Members that completed WHS and Childsafe in 2014 will receive reminder emails to renew these modules. They will have 12 weeks to complete from the first email.
January – February 2018 Additional reminders emailed Branches will be reviewing reports that list members that are yet to renew and Branches will be asking members to explain why this has not occurred.
March 2018 Any member that has not renewed will be suspended Potentially membership terminated.

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New Adventurous Activities Modules on eLearning - Bushwalking, Abseiling and Paddling

A number of new and updated eLearning modules for Adventurous Activities will be released on 1 November 2017.

AA BUSHPLAN has been renamed as ‘Bushwalking Skills’ and will include a series of short video clips, illustrating some of the essential skills required for Bushwalking activities.

The new AA ABSEIL ‘Abseiling Skills’ module will provide youth and adult members with the background knowledge required for safe and fun abseiling activities. Members undertaking Level 1 abseiling training will be required to complete this module before attending the face to face practical skills training course.

In the same way, the new AA PADDLE ‘Paddling Skills’ module provides the background knowledge required for safe and fun canoeing and kayaking activities. Members undertaking Level 1 canoeing and/or kayaking training will be required to complete this module before attending the face to face training course.

In addition, a set of new, simplified “assessment of proficiency” workbooks will be available with the new Abseiling and Paddling modules.

The benefit of these new modules and workbooks will be that more time will be spent on Level 1 Courses participating in the activity, and less time in theory sessions or completing workbooks.

The new AA ABSEIL and AA PADDLE modules also provide an excellent general purpose resource for all members who want to find about more about these activities, or update their general knowledge.


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