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Scouts Australia National News - September 2017

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AJ2019 Registrations Open 1st October!

With applications opening just around the corner, the AJ2019 Team is getting really excited!

We are looking forward to sharing our planning and program ideas to the Contingent Leaders later this month so you will have some sneak peeks of activities coming to a road show near you. Watch this space!

Head on over to Facebook Page and like our page for updates, cool downloads, competitions and some footage of what’s coming up next.

Are you a Scout going to the Jamboree? We are looking for Scouts from each state who can send us regular videos of what they are doing in the lead up to AJ2019! Send us a video audition to for your chance to become a Jambassador.

Jambassadors will receive prize packs including an early edition Jamboree uniform and backpack.

Adult supporters can also check out the Volunteering Options brochure that will provide insight into the varied and exciting roles and opporutunitites at AJ2019. Download your copy here

See you at AJ2019!


Youth Program

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Australian Scout Promise and Law Resources Out Now!

Since the new Australian Scout Promise and Law were adopted in July, many Youth Members have reaffirmed or taken their Promise using the new wording.

To assist with the understanding and implementation of the new wording for the Australian Scout Promise and Law, Scouts Australia is excited to release a series of resources for our Youth Members, and their adult supporters. We’ve developed a suite of resources that help to facilitate discussions on the Promise and Law, understanding the “Internal Compass” and how to integrate the Promise and Law into your various Section Programs. There’s also an extensive Frequently Asked Questions that’ll help to answer any questions you or your Section may have. The resources can be downloaded from

Your Group will have been sent posters of the new Promise and Law. Additional copies of the posters are available from Scout Shop for $2 each (Promise and Law). We also have double sided full colour palm cards as singles for 50c or in packs of 50 for $9.95.

Free printable inserts of the Promise and Law pages for all the Section Record Books can be downloaded from


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Lead us Into the Future. Be a Pioneer.

Calling all Scout Groups! Scouts Australia is looking for Groups across the country to be the ‘Pioneers’ of our new and exciting youth program. Over three years ago the YPR (Youth Program Review) team began reviewing how to keep Scouting relevant for 21st Century Australians. From our research, we surveyed all members across the movement nationwide, to see what they wanted in Scouting.

Three years down the track, we have taken a new perspective on Scouting, incorporating core Fundamentals that stem from new and contemporary ideas of our members as well as the original ethos of Scouting – getting outdoors, being adventurous and becoming a global citizen.

If you want to help lead us into the future, your Scout Group should consider applying as a Pioneer Scout Group. More information, and how to apply can be found at Applications close soon!


National Youth Council

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Creative Media and Design Festival

As a Scout, do you know what the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are? The Scouts Australia National Youth Council (NYC) has launched a new initiative to help all Australian Youth Members to become familiar with these important United Nations goals which aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and create a better world for all.

The Scouts Australia Creative Media and Design Festival (CMD) will be run from the 11th of September to the 30th of November. The CMD Festival invites all Australian Scouts 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.

Delve into your imagination and use inspiration from any of the 17 goals to create something original and unique!



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World Jamboree Applications Opening Soon!

Are you looking for your first, or next overseas adventure? Applications to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America to be held in mid 2019 open in 10 days!

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!

Applications open on 1 October 2017 and 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!

Anyone aged 14 to 17 years (and have not had their 18th Birthday) as at the 21st July 2019 is eligible to attend as Youth Members. Rovers and Leaders are eligible to attend as Line Leaders or as part of the International Service Team.

For more information, head to or email


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Australian Scout Peter Blatch Re-elected to WSC

Congratulations to Australian Scout, Peter Blatch OAM, on his re-election to the World Scout Committee. Peter joins 11 other members from around the world, who were elected to the governing body of World Scouting at the 41st World Scout Conference at Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday 16th August. Over the next three years Peter, along with his colleagues, will implement the resolutions of the World Scout Conference and act on its behalf. Peter has held many significant roles in Scouting in Australia, including National Commissioner, Adult Development and Training, and is currently the the Deputy Chief Commissioner Youth Program in Queensland. Whilst elected as an individual, Peter’s re-election demonstrates the high level of engagement Australian Scouts have in international Scouting.



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Design the 2018 Scouts Australia Clean Up Australia Day Badge

Clean Up Australia Day 2018 is six months away, and you can have the opportunity to claim fame for the badge design! Last year's design by Kaaviyan from 1st Narre Warren North Scouts is now in the hands of 5000 scouts and leaders across Australia. Your design could be next.

Show your creativity by submitting a design which shows how Scouts keep Australia clean. When designing the badge 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

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

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


Scout Shop

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What to Look at When you are Buying a Self-Inflating Mattress

Bonded or non bonded? Polyurethane or PVC? Valve construction materials and caring for your camping mattress. There's lots to consider when looking to purchase or upgrade that thin layer of comfort between you and the ground on your next camping adventure. Our sleeping mat buyers guide will help you understand the differences and points to look out for. Take a read here.


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Fieldbook for Australian Scouting - Teach Yourself the Skills to take on new Adventures

How often do you look at someone's weekend and think "I wouldn't even know where to start to do something like that". Well, the answer is simple, start with the basics. The Fieldbook for Australian Scouting covers everything from reading a map, learning to use a compass, hike menus, how to set up a camp site, pack lists, preparation for weather conditions, rope skills, snow skills, boat skills, hiking advice, how to tie knots, and so much more.

In a world where Google has the answer to everything, we forget there are treasures like the Fieldbook around which has done the research for us and holds the key to gaining new outdoors skills. It's the textbook camping manual you can teach yourself to become a pro, or that you can throw into the car to use for emergencies (like when Scouts ask a question you have no answer to).

Most importantly, the Fieldbook is written by Scouts, for Scouts, so all the skills are relevant to our activities and consistent to the way we've been taught. The book uses images to clearly show techniques, and uses easy to follow step by step instructions to self-teach a new skill. Pick up your copy now, whether you're experienced outdoors, or not, you're guaranteed to learn something new!

To get your hands on a copy of the Fieldbook, head to

Article by Heather Porter from This Rambling Rover.


Lord Baden-Powell Society

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Providing Funding for Incredible Experiences

The Lord Baden-Powell Society has been able to contribute to Scouting thanks to our members and supporters for over 30 years. Our members and supporters are very generous when providing financial assistance so that young people may achieve their goals and reap the unique benefits from attending and participating at Major National and International Scouting Events.

The Society has committed a total of $30,000 to support Australian youth members who, without financial assistance would not be able to go to the 17th Australian Venture in Queensland in January 2018. The Venture will provide many with an invaluable opportunity to build self-reliance, a chance for adventure and many new friends.


Training and Scout Central


On 1st October 2017 Scouts Australia will release the update to the elearning training module Basic Core Fundamentals. Basic Core Fundamentals is one of a suite of Basic Core modules common to training for all our Adult Leaders. There have been a number of significant changes to the content of the module including the new Promise and Law, the Code of Ethics and the updated Code of Conduct. If you have previously completed this module you will still retain the credit, but please refer to the latest edition of Policy and Rules to ensure you are up to date with the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.

Badge Recording Functionality

Did you know that over 151,000 badges have been recorded as completed on Scout Central? Scouts Australia is now adding to the badge recording functionality. Soon you will be able to record when you have completed each requirement for each badge, and have this as an online record. The update is expected to be launched in mid October. You will receive notification that the function is available on your next login into Scout Central after launch.