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Lake Mungo Air Safari 2017 Print E-mail

The Lake Mungo Air Safari took place from Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September 2017, with members of the Activity Centre braving strong winds and managing schedule changes to enjoy an aerial adventure across the State. The group enjoyed the sights of Mount Canobolas, the Warrumbungles and Broken Hill, before flying into Mungo Lodge and the Mungo Lake National Park, where they went on a guided tour of the ‘Walls of China’ and the World Heritage-listed Lake Mungo. The group then ventured to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Machines Exhibition at the Temora Aviation Museum, before making their way back to Camden.  

A huge BRAVOOO to all the Air Activity Centre members who participated in the Air Safari, and thank you to the team at the Centre who made it possible!

Read more about the Safari here.

 
Help to improve the volunteering experience at Scouts Print E-mail

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Next week Monday (6th of November) every Scouts NSW Adult Leader and Helper will be invited to participate in a survey of an important research project. Participating in this research is invaluable for Scouts, moreover you can win prizes to do fun activities with your Scout Group.

THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Scout Branches across Australia have partnered up with a research team from the University of Western Australia to find ways to attract and retain more adult volunteers to deliver Scout youth programs. As you no doubt already know, bringing in new and retaining current volunteers is essential for Scouts to continue to deliver quality youth programs. It is, however, challenging for Scouts to attract and retain a sufficient number of volunteers, sometimes even resulting in wait lists of youth who would like to join the Scout movement.

The goal of our research is to help Scouts develop state-of-the-art recruitment, training and communications strategies to ultimately improve the attraction, engagement and retention of Scout volunteers. The project started last year and will run for three more years. During this time Scout volunteers will be approached by the UWA team to participate in surveys and interviews.

Last year’s annual volunteer survey was a great success thanks to many volunteers sharing their experiences and motivation. Based on your responses we informed all Scout Branches about ways to improve the volunteer experience. This year we would like to ask for your input again. What motivates you to volunteer for Scouts?

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Next week Monday (6 November 2017), this year’s survey will commence. We would like to urge you to participate, because more information will allow the research team to make better recommendations that allow Scouts to continue flourishing. The most important aspect of this project is getting opinions from as many volunteers as possible. So, in addition to completing the questionnaires yourself, please encourage your fellow volunteers to do the same! Please talk to other volunteers about the project and encourage them to participate too.

WHAT YOU WILL GET OUT OF IT
If you agree to complete the questionnaires, we can provide you with personalised feedback on your motivation, values and personality. For example, if you complete a personality questionnaire, we can tell you how you scored and give you some information about what your scores mean.
Additionally, we will give away prizes: Two $250 Woolworths group gift cards for group activities to two Scout Groups with a high participation rate!

MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please visit our project website www.uwascoutsresearch.com where you can meet the research team, get updates on the project and learn more about your personalised results. You can also find the report on the previous survey on our website. If you have any questions you can contact the research team directly via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you very much for your support!

 
Take Your Scouting Worldwide! Print E-mail

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It has been a huge few months in International Scouting. We had contingents of 100 Aussies head to the APR Jamboree in Mongolia, to the NORD Jamboree in Norway, and to the German Jamboree. We also had a record breaking 450+ Rovers travel all the way to Iceland for the World Rover Moot – joining 5000+ Rovers for an incredible fortnight of adrenaline and adventure, friendship and fun.

And the fun is only just beginning. There are some amazing opportunities currently open to explore the world, and experience the magic of International Scouting. New Zealand, Japan, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Ireland, the United States, and even the Baden-Powell Peak in Nepal - there is plenty of adventure in store for everyone all over NSW!

Applications are currently open to join the Australian Contingent to both the Nippon Jamboree 2018 in Japan, and the JamboRi 2018 in Ireland. National jamborees are an amazing chance to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, and you can guarantee that the 40+ Aussies at each event will be popular friends for everyone!  Tack on a Pretour in either Japan or Scotland, and you have yourself a memorable trip.  Now is the time to register!

The World Scout Jamboree 2019 in the United States is fast approaching too, and the Australian Contingent is waiting to hear from you!  500 Aussies have already signed up to make this the biggest WSJ Aussie Contingent ever – and there is plenty of room for more.  A World Jamboree brings together Scouts and Venturers from all over the globe, and will leave you with experiences and stories that you will never forget.  Activities by day, street parties by night; and new friends each and every day.  There is also a pretour exploring the US and Canada, to make the most of your airfare and extend the good times.

Rovers also have the chance to join the expedition to Baden-Powell Peak in the Nepalese Himalayas.  This boutique trip will feature an incredible 20 day trek, a push for the summit, views you can’t imagine, and a bond that you will never break.  It is adventurous Scouting at its best – with plenty of international sightseeing thrown in.  Don’t miss your chance to make history, and grab an iconic photo at 5,825m on BP Peak.

Rovers can also celebrate their centenary in 2018 by helping grow Scouting in Mongolia through the Mongolia Aid Project, visiting The Netherlands and Germany through Roverway 2018 and participating in the 76th New Zealand Rover Moot. 

Finally, Iluminate 2019 will see the return of the super-popular New Zealand Venture.  After record-breaking 2013 and 2016 events and rave reviews, the 2019 edition promises to be another incredible trip.  Join Venturers from across the country, from across New Zealand and beyond for two weeks of incredible adventure, rich Maori culture and the breathtaking kiwi scenery. Adrenaline activities that you cant do anywhere else, and the freedom to choose your own adventure.  Applications will open in early 2018, and it’s sure to be another popular trip!

For more information and to lodge your application head to:

 
Group Leaders reach the SUMMIT Print E-mail

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The Group Leader and Leader-In-Charge are crucial positions in the Scouting organisational chart and, alongside having a fantastic program to deliver to our youth members, are key to the success of Scouts.

To support our GLs and LICs in their important task of managing a Group and to create a state-wide network for this cohort, a professional development activity - called SUMMIT ’17 – was held at Camp Kurrajong in Wagga in October and will be held at the Baden-Powell Scout Centre in Pennant Hills in November.

SUMMIT ’17 was a weekend dedicated to informing, enabling and empowering GLs and LICs, as well as District and Region Commissioners. The goal of SUMMIT ’17 was to provide the confidence, knowledge and tools to help them address growth targets through retention and recruitment of youth and adult members.

More than 50 people from as far away as the far north coast and the south coast converged on Camp Kurrajong in October and more than 150 people will be attending SUMMIT ’17 at Pennant Hills on the first weekend in November.

The agenda for SUMMIT ’17 provided the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, learn new skills in areas such as social media and managing change, provide guidance around member support and youth safety, hear the latest about the new youth program, and workshop some of the most challenging issues and frustrations that require focus from the State, Region and District leaders. And somewhere in the busy agenda, the attendees also had a lot of fun and made new contacts from right across the NSW.

Joining the attendees at SUMMIT ’17 was Michael Baden-Powell, grandson of our founder, and his wife, Joan, who attended many of the sessions and also delivered some special messages about the past and the future of Scouting.

At Wagga, the group was joined by Geoff Sheehan, Deputy Commissioner from Scouts ACT, along with Miriam Dayhew, Head of Campus from Charles Sturt University, and some impressive speakers from the Riverina.

In Pennant Hills the attendees will be joined by Brendan Watson, Chief Commissioner from Scouts Victoria, an assortment of experts, and guest speaker Andrew Lock OAM, who is Australia’s greatest mountaineer and is the only Australian to have summited all fourteen 8,000 metre peaks in the world, including Mount Everest – twice.

As well as the information shared during the sessions, all SUMMIT ’17 attendees were provided with copies of the presentations, a plethora of information written by successful leaders across NSW, and a SUMMIT ’17 badge which they can wear on their shirt to show they attended and have reached the summit of GL/LIC education.

For information on SUMMIT ’17, you can contact Bel Francis on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dean Bassett on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Guides for Nominating a Person for an Award within the Order of Australia Print E-mail

The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. Nominations are encouraged from all members of the Australian public. The Scouts NSW Civil Awards Committee has prepared a number of guides to assist individual Members and Regions in the securing of awards within the Order of Australia. These guides can be accessed below:

 
A Brand New Scouts NSW Website - Coming Soon! Print E-mail

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The brand new Scouts Australia NSW website is coming soon! The newly revamped site boasts a fresh new look, interactive features and accessible information to support our vision to be seen as the pre-eminent youth organisation in New South Wales.

The website will be used as the primary information portal to drive membership growth by engaging prospective families and their children looking to join Scouts . It will provide a comprehensive introduction to Scouting, highlighting the Promise and Law, and the unique learning and development opportunities available through the youth program. Through the website, prospective families will be able to learn about each youth section, uncover volunteer opportunities, find their local Scout Group and access all the details necessary to begin their Scouting journey.

The new website has been structured to ensure it is simple to navigate, and that all information on how to get started at Scouts, either as a youth or adult member or supporter, is just a few clicks away. 

All State Forms, ScoutLink information, Policies, Resources, Promotional Order Forms and Grant Opportunities have been migrated to the new website for current members to access. 

Highlights of the new website include:

  • An interactive Group Search function to simplify locating and contacting Scout Groups 
  • A comprehensive Events Calendar which allows you to import events into your own Google Calendar
  • Interactive online submission forms for reporting Child Protection and WHS matters.

Amongst the new features, the website also contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to foster integrated communication across all Scouts NSW digital platforms. 

The website will be a key communication tool with frequent updates to the content and helpful information, articles, youth opportunities and positions vacant to ensure all visitors have a very informative and user-friendly online experience as we continue to grow Scouting across New South Wales.

 

 
Register Now for Corroboree 2018! Print E-mail

The Corroboree is a five day standing camp run by Hunter & Coastal Region for Scouts. It is being held at Tocal Agricultural College in the Hunter Valley. The camp is based on the patrol system with Troops camping Jamboree style across several sub-camps, with Scouts and Leaders being fully catered for.

Hunter and Coastal Troops are to be formed on a district basis, using Jamboree style dining areas, using patrol tents for Scouts.

Scouts from other Regions will be formed into Patrols and buddied-up with Hunter & Coastal Troops to experience the Corroboree Camp.

Activities will commence on Thursday 18 January, and will include exciting bases and commercial activites, as well as a Bivouac overnight hike, where scouts will bring a day pack, small tarp and poles to sleep in their Hutchie.

Venturers are invited to attend Corroboree as helpers on the Venturer base activity. They will camp (in hike tents) & eat at the Venturer sub-camp.

Apply Now!

KEY DATES:

August 2017 Applications Open on-line
26 November 2017 Applications Close on-line
3 December 2017 Deadline for Application forms to the Hunter & Coastal Region Office
16 January 2018 Activity & District Leaders move in for Corroboree
17 January Scouts & Leaders move in for Corroboree
21 January Corroboree finishes

COST:
$230.00 for Scouts
$190.00 for Leaders, Rovers & Venturers.

Leader weekend only attendance is $150.00

APPLICATION PROCESS:
All Scouts and Leaders are required to register on-line via the ‘Patroltent’ Website.

Applications opened early August 2017. It goes without saying that all Scouts & Leaders must be registered members as recorded on the Scoutlink system,  as current members to attend Corroboree.

Once Scouts & Leaders register online, the application document will need to be printed.  The completed application form is to be given to your Scout Leader who will sign the form, then collectively forwarded to:

H&C Region Office
PO Box 191
Wallsend NSW 2287

EVENT ORGANISER:
Bruce Leverton,
Region Commissioner – Scouts
Hunter & Coastal Region
Ph: 0431 376 259
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1st Keiraville Scout Group Turns 65 Print E-mail

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For 65 years, the youth members of 1st Keiraville Scout Group have had fun and adventure hiking mountains, crossing rivers, flying, swimming, geocaching, learned about different cultures, talked to our veterans about history and helped to look after our environment. They have cooked, made art and craft, sang and danced, played music, helped people in need, and so much more.

1st Keiraville Scout Group has been a part of the Scouting community since 1952, inspiring hundreds of youth to develop confidence, resilience and leadership skills. To mark its 65th anniversary, the Group is inviting all leaders and youth members, both past and present, to join in on its festivities:

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: Keiraville Scout Hall, 15 Grey Street, Keiraville

Activities: Afternoon tea, Scouting history at Keiraville, Share your stories and Scouting activities

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Enquiries: Rod Cummins 0412 547 411

 
Scouts Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund Print E-mail

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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.

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.

Scouts Mexico has 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 to the fund by clicking the button below:

 

Donate to Scouts Mexico's Earthquake Relief Efforts

 
Help Support the Roll Out of CareMonkey Print E-mail
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  • Help transform Scouts NSW
  • Support the roll out of a new software application
  • Fixed Term/Part Time (21 hours) 6-month contract

An exciting opportunity has become available in the Business Transformation Team at Scouts NSW State Office. This 6-month CareMonkey Project Support position is a great opportunity to enter the IT market.

As the CareMonkey Project - Service Desk Support Officer you will assist the team with the support, planning, implementation and roll-out of a new software application across the whole of Scouts NSW. You will have a strong customer service focus and be highly organised as customer service and support queries that arise from the project will be a key focus.

Key responsibilities:

  • Customer Support to all levels of the Organisation during rollout
  • Project Support, including planning and reporting.
  • Procedures and Training Support to create streamlined processes and effective user documentation
  • Vendor Communication
  • General Support of IT Team as required

Skills and experience:

  • Strong communication and problem solving skills
  • A friendly, helpful and team-driven approach
  • A high level of competence in the use of common computer systems and applications, sufficient to assist and guide other people in solving their IT problems
  • Hands on experience in a technical support capacity while supporting customers would be a great advantage.

You will be required to have a WWCC (for paid staff) and undergo a Police Record clearance.

Click here to download the Position Description.

If this sounds like you please email your resume and cover letter highlighting your strengths in line with the requirements mentioned above to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Applications close 26 September 2017. ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 
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