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You’re invited to SUMMIT ’17 ... a learning and teaming experience for GLs and LICs Print E-mail

Summit 17

 

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Colleagues,

Since the beginning of 2017, I have taken part in many hundreds of formal and informal conversations with youth and adult members and supporters of Scouts in New South Wales. Being face-to-face with our membership and our supporter base has reinforced my belief that the Group Leader is a very significant member of the Group.

2017 is Year of the Group and Group Leader. While it was necessary for our team to devote a few months earlier in the year to rebuild a strong State leadership team, behind the scenes we've been developing our SUMMIT '17 concept, ready to roll out to Group Leaders and Leaders-In-Charge from right across our 10 Regions.

What is SUMMIT '17?

SUMMIT '17 is a professional development event for Leaders who hold the responsibility of managing a Group. It is a weekend dedicated to informing, enabling and empowering Group Leaders and Leaders-In-Charge so they are more confident and better able to address growth targets through retention and recruitment.

SUMMIT '17 will provide you the opportunity to:

  • hear from subject matter experts in the 'best practice' showcase
  • learn new skills in social media, managing change and securing media space
  • workshop complex issues that frustrate Group Leaders
  • discuss the most challenging situations with your peers and create the solutions we should roll out in NSW
  • make decisions and recommendations that will be taken to the State level for consideration and adoption
  • meet your peers from across the state
  • have fun and try something new in a safe environment

SUMMIT '17 will allow you to 'create your own adventure' so that you can benefit most from this development, training and personal growth environment.

There will be special guest speakers at the event to share their own leadership stories with you. The Hon Michael Baden Powell, grandson of our Founder, Lord Baden Powell, will be our Friday night guest speaker, and is happy to autograph any Scout books you bring along. On Saturday night, we will be joined by another high profile national identity.

When and where is SUMMIT '17?

Scouting does not stop at the Great Dividing Range. Our 415 Groups operate at all points of the compass in our state. Accordingly, we have decided that two separate events – both with the same agenda – will be held so that as many of our Group Leaders and Leaders-In-Charge are able to attend.

The first SUMMIT '17 will be held at Camp Kurrajong in Wagga Wagga on the weekend of 7-8 October, with attendees arriving from Friday 6 October. Accommodation will be provided for the first 100 registrants. Those not ‘bunking’ will be able to use the camping space on the site.

Our second SUMMIT '17 will be held on the weekend of 4-5 November at the Baden-Powell Scout Centre in Pennant Hills, again with attendees arriving from Friday afternoon. This location can fit 120 visitors to Sydney. Group Leaders and Leaders-=In-Charge who live locally may prefer to sleep in their own beds but will be included in the events starting from breakfast on Saturday and through until lunch on Sunday.

Which SUMMIT '17 will you attend?

You get to choose which weekend will best suit you. You might live in Cherrybrook or Armidale and want to go to the Wagga Wagga weekend. Or you might come from Dubbo or Murwillumbah and the Pennant Hills date better fits in with your calendar. The choice is yours. And the sooner you register your attendance, the more likely you are to get your preference.

What about transport?

I acknowledge that a weekend at a location possibly many hundreds of kilometres away is neither an easy or inexpensive thing. We are lucky that we can request financial assistance through the Benjamin Perry Thomson Bequest which provides funds "to assist with the training of leaders in or for rural areas in New South Wales". We are also working to secure a grant to keep participant costs to an absolute minimum.

This being the case, our organising team is investigating a couple of transport options for those Leaders who would have a lengthy and tiring journey if they were driving to the weekend location.

How will I know what sessions I want to attend at SUMMIT '17?

The proposed agenda is currently being developed and guest presenters and speakers confirmed. Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning will each kick off with a plenary session on three different topics and will be followed by breakout sessions. And we will close on Sunday with a panel session.

In July, you will receive a copy of the proposed agenda so you can select the sessions you wish to attend.

So, what do you need to do?

  1. Check your calendar to see which weekend – 7-8 October or 4-5 November – best suits you, then add a ‘placeholder’ to secure that date
  2. Look out for the formal invitations which will be emailed to you and accept the one for your preferred location
  3. Keep an eye on your email inbox for the agenda so you can register for the sessions you wish to attend
  4. Start thinking about your transport options for travelling to your preferred location – more information will be shared with you about this

I acknowledge that this is a lot of information. We will be sharing more with you as we confirm details.

Your Regional Commissioners are aware of and support this professional development and training weekend and will be invited to attend, along with the District Commissioners from each Region, and some of our key people across the state.

Will it be all work?

The good news is that there will be time to relax and enjoy the weekend. There might even be some unexpected fun. But more about that closer to SUMMIT ’17.

Have a suggestion or want to ask a question?

If you have any suggestions you’d like to make for sessions, please send an email to Bel Francis, DCC (Growth Strategies and Group Support), and Dean Bassett, State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies), at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Yours in Scouting,

Neville Tomkins

 

Neville Tomkins OAM JP
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) 

 
Special Needs Conference 2017 Print E-mail

The annual Special Needs Conference is coming up in August, with the Special Needs Awareness Elective and Positive Behaviour Supports Elective open to all adults in Scouting and Guiding. Either or both Electives can be completed without attending the full Conference. There will be an alternative program for those who have already completed the Electives and do not wish to repeat them.

Date: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August 2017
Location: Baden Powell Scout Centre, Pennant Hills
Cost: $160, which includes the electives (below), all meals, overnight accommodation and handouts.

Day 1: Special Needs Awareness Elective

  • Saturday 5 August 2017, 9am-12.30pm
  • Baden Powell Scout Centre, Pennant Hills
  • Cost $25 includes morning tea and handouts.
  • L1 Application form available here.


Day 2: Positive Behaviour Supports Elective

  • Sunday 6 August 2017, 9am-12.30pm
  • Baden Powell Scout Centre, Pennant Hills
  • Cost $25 includes morning tea and handouts.
  • L1 Application form available here.

Lunch at 12.30pm is optional, and is available for an additional $18 each day.

Click here to complete your Activity Nomination (E1) form.

Applications close Friday 7 July.

 

 
State Adviser - Rovers Print E-mail

Position Description

Title: State Adviser Rovers
Short form: SAR
Reporting to: State Rover Council Chairman (State Commissioner Rover Scouts)
Reports: Region Adviser Rovers (one per Region)
Liaison: State Rover Council, State Rover Council Executive
Tenure: 3 years, reviewed annually.

Purpose of the position

The State Adviser Rovers is the volunteer member who reports to the State Rover Council Chairman and plays a key role in supporting the successful operation of the Rover Section at a State level. The role primarily provides advice to the State Rover Council Chairman in their role as the State Commissioner Rover Scouts and the main Rover contact and representative on the NSW State Team. In addition, the role provides advice to the State Rover Council and the State Rover Council Executive as and when requested.

WOSM and Scouts Australia recognises the importance of youth leadership. In the Rover Section, young adults are empowered to organise and operate their own Section from the local Crew level and all the way up to the National level. In supporting the successful operation of the Rover Section at a State level, the role will provide frank and fearless advice and support to the State Rover Council Chairman and with a focus on Youth empowerment should not directly operate or organise the Rover Section.

The position may be called upon from time to time by the State Rover Council Chairman to take on delegated work where a direct or perceived conflict of interest exists between the State Rover Council Chairman and the delegated work. In addition, the role will act as the main Adviser to the Chair of all State Rover Activities including Branch Moot, Snow Moot, Branch Ball and Bush Dance.

Responsibilities and Duties

While carrying out the responsibilities and duties of the role, the State Adviser Rovers will at all times uphold the purpose, principles and values of Scouts Australia, will adhere to the Adult Code of Conduct, will abide by WOSM, National and State policies and will behave in accordance with the Scout Law and Promise.

Rovers is a young adult section of the Scouting movement, open to males and females aged 18 – 25 and the final section in the Scouting educational programme. Rovers are people who meet regularly and participate in a wide range of challenging and interesting activities, whilst learning skills and making many friends. The State Adviser Rovers will play a key role in facilitating the development and growth of these future young leaders of Scouting as they progress through these formative years.

The State Adviser Rovers will have a strong knowledge of Rovering and ideally has prior experience in the leadership of Rovers as a member of the section. They will be a passionate advocate with boundless enthusiasm for the section and an ability to interact effectively with Rovers. In addition, they will be willing to travel across NSW and will already have, or commit to obtaining, a Rover Wood Badge.

The State Adviser Rovers will assist the State Rover Council Chairman (State Commissioner Rover Scouts) in performing their role in five key areas:

  1. succession planning – facilitating stability and continuity during the annual executive changeover
  2. mediation and conflict resolution – assisting in the resolution of issues management in the Section
  3. youth leadership – promoting and facilitating Rovers leading Rovers across NSW
  4. collaborative teamwork – keeping in step with the strategic priorities for the Rover Section
  5. training facilitation – encouraging the completion of appropriate training to grow and develop Rovers

Selection Criteria

Interested candidates are invited to establish their claim to the position against nine essential criteria, as well as three desirable criteria:

Essential Criteria

  • Proven track record of, or demonstrable capacity for, the facilitation of youth leadership and development
  • Ability to facilitate the development of creative and innovative ideas for improving activity participation and trainingStrong organisation and communication skills through the use of modern
    technologies, social media and traditional methods
  • Demonstrated evidence-based judgement and accountable decision making
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Proven track record of effective teamwork among young adults 
  • Positive commitment towards the implementation of the NSW Rovers Strategic Plan 2016-2020
  • Wood Badge holder
  • Not a member of the Rover section in the twelve months preceding your application

Desirable Criteria

  • Extensive prior experience as a participant in the Scouting educational programme as a youth member and/or young adult
  • Commitment to obtaining a Rover Wood Badge within 18 months of appointment
  • Experience in leading or facilitating young adults at major events

Accountability

This position is strategically important for the Rover Section providing continuity and stability during the annual Executive handover. The position will be subject to a formal annual performance review with feedback provided for personal development.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuously build members' interest in Scouts.
  • Identify and assist co-ordinate influential champions of Scouts, particularly in the Regions, and form them into a team with a plan.
  • Ensure Scouts NSW website information that relates to Scouts is correct and reviewed regularly.
  • Attend and assess the effectiveness of Region and State events in fulfilling the goals of Scouts.
  • Maintain ongoing training.
  • Attend to other necessary functions and duties as requested.

To apply:

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit www.nsw.scouts.com.au

Applicants should send their expression of interest and CV to State Commissioner Rover Scouts, Luke Saunders at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications close 19 July 2017.

 
Assistant State Commissioner - Scouts (Strategic Development) Print E-mail

Position Description

Title: Assistant State Commissioner, Scouts (Strategic Development)
Short form: ASCS – SD
Reporting to: State Commissioner Scouts
Tenure: 2 years, reviewed annually.


Purpose of the position

The Assistant State Commissioner, Scouts (Strategic Development) is the volunteer member responsible to the State Commissioner Scouts (SCS) for:

  • Assisting in the delivery of the Scout Section Award Scheme, including quality of content and delivery, resourcing and support for the Section’s Line Leaders, monitoring of engagement levels, and compliance with 'Youth Leading, Adult Supporting'.
  • Assisting with the implementation of the transformation program in the Scout Section. Applying focus, support and compassion to bring this about, and ensuring delivery of a high-quality, engaging program.
  • Assisting to ensure cohesive delivery of the Youth Program. Maintaining, with the Youth Commissioner, an active Scout Section Youth Council to promote the voice of the Section and to develop leadership and meeting skills. Co-operating with the SC Group Support Strategies, to maximise opportunities to increase membership through retention strategies.

The role is required to take an active, strategic, relevant approach in the development and delivery of resources and programs to the Scout Section Program within NSW, and to continue the development of a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary Section.

The primarily focus is aimed at strategies to engage Leaders, specifically members of the State and Regional Mindaris, in the active delivery of the Scout Section Award Scheme focusing on engagement, technique and relevance to the age group of the Section Youth.

The secondary focus is aimed at developing and transferring to Regions the skills and techniques required to run the deliverables so that Regions can then deliver within their own Region.

 

Responsibilities and Duties

The ASCS-SD will assist the SCS in six areas:

1. Leadership

  • Be responsible for the Australian Scout Medallion Award (ASM) program, specifically the Scheme promotional collateral and administration of the Awards Ceremony.

2. Develop

  • Develop (with the State Commissioner – Scouts) and coordinate a proactive active roll-out plan and collateral for any Scout Section Award Scheme changes and updates.

  • Develop (with the State Commissioner – Scouts) a relevant format for State Rally.

3. Inspire

  • Promote the Australian Scout Medallion program within the Regions to achieve 45 plus Awardees at each Awards Ceremony.

  • Assist maintain the Patrol Tent website as a strategic tool to inform Scout Section Leaders and Scouts with relevant information about the Section and its activities.

4. Engage

  • Take an active role in the implementation of the Scout Award Scheme and the Youth Program Review.

  • Take an active role in the Australian Scout Medallion program, specifically promotion and the Awards Ceremony.

5. Resilience

  • Accept the challenge to make every action a step further towards the goal of being in a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary section.

6. Confidence

  • Attend meetings, Mindaris and Councils (as required) to maximize the success of the assigned areas of responsibility and the Scout Section as a body.

 

Selection Criteria

Applicants are invited to establish a claim to the position on the basis of nine essential criteria:

  • Ability to contribute productively to a framework set by others.
  • Sound, evidence-based judgment and accountable decision making.
  • Proven, successful track record of effective teamwork among adults and youth.
  • Proven track record of proactive and results orientation.
  • Enthusiasm for the new strategic direction of Scouts NSW, including the Strategic Plan 2016-2018 and the Chief Commissioner's seven Strategic Priorities.
  • An appropriate fit with the new, positive and enabling culture of Scouts NSW.
  • Wood badge holder (or willing to complete during the early part of the tenure).
  • Completed Leader of Adults Training (or willing to complete early in the tenure).
  • Have at least five (5) years’ experience in the Scout Section.

 

Accountability

This position is important to Scouts NSW and it is essential that the ASCS-SD creates the change we want to see. Therefore, a strong achievement orientation is required. The ASCS-SD will be assessed on the results they achieve. Assessment will include formal annual performance reviews.


Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuously build members' interest in Scouts.
  • Identify, assist and co-ordinate influential champions of Scouts, particularly in the Regions, and form them into a team with a plan.
  • Ensure Scouts NSW website information that relates to Scouts is correct and reviewed regularly.
  • Attend and assess the effectiveness of Region and State events in fulfilling the goals of Scouts.
  • Maintain ongoing training.
  • Attend to other necessary functions and duties as requested. 

 

To apply:

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit www.nsw.scouts.com.au

Applicants should send their expression of interest and CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications close 21 June 2017.

 
Assistant State Commissioner - Scouts (Youth Program Development) Print E-mail

Position Description

Title: Assistant State Commissioner, Scouts (Youth Program Development)
Short form: ASC S – YPD
Reporting to: State Commissioner Scouts
Tenure: 2 years, reviewed annually.


Purpose of the position

The Assistant State Commissioner, Scouts (Youth Program Development) is the volunteer member responsible to the State Commissioner Scouts (SCS) for:

  • Assisting in the delivery of the Scout Section Award Scheme, including quality of content and delivery, resourcing and support for the Section’s Line Leaders, monitoring of engagement levels, and compliance with 'Youth Leading, Adult Supporting'.
  • Assisting with the implementation of the transformation program in the Scout Section. Applying focus, support and compassion to bring this about, and ensuring delivery of a high-quality, engaging program.
  • Assisting to ensure cohesive delivery of the Youth Program. Maintaining, with the Youth Commissioner, an active Scout Section Youth Council to promote the voice of the Section and to develop leadership and meeting skills. Co-operating with the SC Group Support Strategies, to maximise opportunities to increase membership through retention strategies.

The role is required to take an active, hands on, relevant approach in the development and delivery of resources and programs to the Scout Section Program within NSW, and to continue the development of a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary Section.

The primarily focus is aimed at engaging Scouts in Scout Section specific deliverables i.e. State Scout Youth Council (SSYC), Advanced Scout Leadership Course (ASLC), Australian Scout Medallion (ASM), and the Award Scheme in general, etc., at State and Regional events/forums/levels.

The secondary focus is aimed at developing and transferring to Region Section Leaders, the skills and techniques required to facilitate the deliverables so Regions can manage the resources and programs themselves.

 

Responsibilities and Duties

The ASCS-YPD will assist the SCS in six areas:

1. Leadership

  • Be responsible for the continued development, success and running of the State Scout Youth Council in conjunction with the Youth Commissioner and State Commissioner Scouts.
  • Be responsible for the continued development and success of the BSLC and ASLC programs.

2. Develop

  • Coordinate the development and successful implementation of the Regional Scout Youth Council and associated tools to enable the Region to operate effectively.
  • Coordinate the development and successful embedding of the BSLC and ASLC programs and associated tools into the Regions.

3. Inspire

  • Promote the Australian Scout Medallion program within the Regions to achieve 45 plus Awardees at each Awards Ceremony.

4. Engage

  • Take an active role in the implementation of the Scout Award Scheme and the Youth Program Review.
  • Take an active role in the Australian Scout Medallion program, specifically promotion and the Awards Ceremony.

5. Resilience

  • Accept the challenge to make every action a step further towards the goal of being in a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary section.

6. Confidence

  • Attend meetings, Mindaris and Councils (as required) to maximize the success of the assigned areas of responsibility and the Scout Section as a body.

 

Selection Criteria

Applicants are invited to establish a claim to the position on the basis of nine essential criteria:

  • Ability to contribute productively to a framework set by others.
  • Sound, evidence-based judgment and accountable decision making.
  • Proven, successful track record of effective teamwork among adults and youth.
  • Proven track record of proactive and results orientation.
  • Enthusiasm for the new strategic direction of Scouts NSW, including the Strategic Plan 2016-2018 and the Chief Commissioner's seven Strategic Priorities.
  • An appropriate fit with the new, positive and enabling culture of Scouts NSW.
  • Wood badge holder (or willing to complete during the early part of the tenure).
  • Be within 15 years of the Youth Section’s upper age
  • Have at least five (5) years’ experience in the Scout Section

 

Accountability

This position is important to Scouts NSW and it is essential that the ASCS-YPD creates the change we want to see. Therefore, a strong achievement orientation is required. The ASCS-YPD will be assessed on the results they achieve. Assessment will include formal annual performance reviews.


Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuously build members' interest in Scouts.
  • Identify and assist co-ordinate influential champions of Scouts, particularly in the Regions, and form them into a team with a plan.
  • Ensure Scouts NSW website information that relates to Scouts is correct and reviewed regularly.
  • Attend and assess the effectiveness of Region and State events in fulfilling the goals of Scouts.
  • Maintain ongoing training.
  • Attend to other necessary functions and duties as requested.

 

To apply:

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit www.nsw.scouts.com.au

Applicants should send their expression of interest and CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications close 21 June 2017.

 
Chief Commissioner visits Air Activity Centre Print E-mail

Our Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP expressed his delight at attending the Air Activities Day on Sunday 30 April. The day coincided with visiting Groups from 2nd Panamia and Greenwich/Wollstonecraft, who in addition to undertaking flights over the local countryside, also completed a badge course, undertook an informative aerodrome walk, 'flew' flight simulators and enjoyed a well-earned BBQ lunch.

The Chief Commissioner enjoyed a short flight with Cubs Zoe and Remy from the Greenwich Wollstonecraft Scout Group, which was piloted by Angela Williams, the Safety Manager for the Air Activity Centre.

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"It was terrific to see the excitement on the faces of all the Cubs as they prepared for their flight," Neville said.

"I congratulate the AAC on contributing such exciting and diverse activities as part of our Scouting program.

"I am most impressed that the Centre takes our aircraft to other parts of the State, offering similar opportunities to youth from the country regions. This is an important initiative which ensures our Movement remains inclusive and accessible to all,” he added.

Following his visit, Neville wrote to all AAC volunteers, congratulating them on their contribution to Scouts NSW and thanking them for giving up their time for the benefit of our youth members.

 
Gang Show Season 2017 Print E-mail

Gang Show 2017 is set to hit the stage in coming weeks, with rehearsals in full swing and gangs in Albury, Hornsby, Cumberland, Kirrawee and the Central Coast all promising their best performances yet!

Albury Gang Show will kick off its 52nd Season with ‘The Internet is Down’, promising a performance that will get you singing, dancing and laughing in your seats. Show dates are 7.30pm Friday 16th June, and 1.30pm and 7.30pm Saturday 17th June, at the Albury Entertainment Centre. For more information and bookings, call 0447 409 658 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Following on from last year's stellar season of sold out shows, Hornsby Gang Show is promising to take you on ‘The Ride of Your Life’. The show will be set in an amusement park, with the ups and downs of each ride providing an analogy on life. Eight performances are scheduled to run at the Barker College Leslie Theatre from Friday 30th June to Saturday 8th July. To book tickets and seats online, follow the links at www.gangshow.com.

Cumberland Gang Show’s 2017 show, ‘Live, Laugh, Smile’ will be showing at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta from Friday 7th July to Saturday 15th July. The show is all about living for the moment, laughing at the memories we make every day, putting a smile on your face and believing in yourself. With six musical mini-stories and an original song to be performed by the younger cast members, the show is one you don’t want to miss. For more information, and to book your tickets, visit www.gangshow.asn.au.

Kirrawee Gang Show is back with a new show in a new venue! The show will be held at the Rockdale Town Hall from Tuesday 11th July to Saturday 15th July, with the venue’s concert style seating bringing you closer to the action than ever before. The show is guaranteed to get you laughing, singing and maybe even crying, so visit www.kirraweegangshow.com.au/tickets/ to avoid missing out!

Central Coast Gang Show will present their 32nd season at The Laycock Street Theatre from Thursday 13th July to Saturday 15th July. This year’s program will take you around the world, and promises a lot of singing, dancing, comedy skits, lighting effects, fantastic costumes and brilliant scenery. For show details and to purchase tickets, please visit www.centralcoastgangshow.org.

 
Book Your 2017 Snow Trip Today! Print E-mail

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The 2017 Ski Season may be kicking off on the 9th June, but it is not too late to arrange your Group Snow Trip or family ski holiday. The Alpine Centre at Jindabyne still has places available in the Tony Balthasar Lodge, which is the perfect base for groups wanting to come to the Snowy Mountains and experience skiing, snowboarding or cross country skiing for the first time.

Families looking a comfortable, spacious and warm place to stay during their ski holiday will enjoy the privacy of the Fred Read Cottages, each with three bedrooms, central gas heating and scenic views over Lake Jindabyne.

The Alpine Centre team is offering a discount for all Scouting members, and is happy to arrange equipment, clothing and discounted Lift and Lesson packages.

Contact the team now on 6456 2433 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Introducing New State Commissioners Print E-mail

The Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new State Commissioners, following a comprehensive merit selection process. Meg Cummins will take on the State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment) role, while Stan Prout steps in as State Commissioner (Air Activities).

Meg Cummins, State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment)

Meg became a member of Scouts at the age of 7 at 1st Keiraville. She progressed through the Sections, achieving the Peak Awards for each and is now a Rover at 1st Austinmer. Meg is in her 3rd year of National Youth Council, has been an active member of the NSW State Youth Council and Youth Environment Teams, and is currently the State Coordinator for the You+Lead Course. She is also a facilitator for the Youth Program Review.

Meg looks forward to the challenges that will come with being the State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment. She will network within NSW, Australia and the world to ensure Youth Empowerment is at the forefront of Scouting across NSW. The Youth Empowerment role holds many opportunities to inspire Scouts around NSW to be change makers, and work towards ensuring that Scouts Australia remains Australia’s leading youth movement.

Stan Prout, State Commissioner (Air Activities)

As the new State Commissioner (Air Activities), Stan Prout brings a wealth of aviation, management and voluntary experience to the Air Activity Centre. With over 40 years’ experience as an airline pilot (including 27 years as a Boeing 747 Captain, and 23 years involvement in aviation regulatory reform specialising in fatigue risk management), Stan is well respected within the aviation community. As a keen Cessna 172 pilot and aircraft owner himself, Stan is looking forward to working with the team of dedicated volunteers that help run the Scouts NSW Air Activity Centre at Camden Airport.

The Air Activity Centre has been in operation for over 45 years. With a fleet of four modern Cessna 172 aircraft, it has flown over 60,000 Scouting members and their families, and trained over 500 pilots. The Air Activity Centre exists to further the aims of Scouting in the development of life skills such as responsibility, leadership and teamwork through aviation related Activity Day programs for youth members, and flying training for Venturer age and adult members in Scout owned aircraft. If you have not been to the Air Activity Centre before, please visit www.flyscouts.com.au for more information. Stan and the team look forward to welcoming you soon.

We record our congratulations, and special thanks, to Boyd Williams for his strong leadership of the Centre over the past 2 years.

We welcoming Meg and Stan to the State Team, and thank Boyd for his outstanding dedication to air activities for Scouts.

 
Announcement of Commissioners Print E-mail

Dear Fellow Scouters,

I am pleased to advise the outcomes of recent selection processes for Assistant Chief Commissioner and State Commissioner roles.

The selection process included state-wide advertisement, shortlisting and interviews. All applicants were assessed based on merit by a Selection Advisory Panel comprising three Scout Members, including a gender mix as well as a young person and a Regional Commissioner (as appropriate).

The outcomes are as follows:

  • State Commissioner (Cub Scouts): Wendy Warner
  • State Commissioner (Scouts): Chris Buggie
  • State Commissioner (Venturer Scouts): David Jacobs
  • State Commissioner (Program Implementation): Josh Andrews
  • Assistant Chief Commissioner (Adventurous Activities, Training and VET): Parrish Hull
  • Assistant Chief Commissioner (State Activities, Fellowships and Bases): Marion Fisher
  • State Commissioner (Adult Training and Development): Tarranne Bryan

Additionally, I would like to welcome Luke Saunders as the Branch Rover Council (BRC) Chair who is also appointed State Commissioner (Rover Scouts). I wish to acknowledge Liam Painter for the wonderful work he has done as BRC Chair.

New Commissioners

Wendy Warner, State Commissioner (Cub Scouts)

Wendy joined Scouting in 2004 with 1st Walcha and moved to be the Regional Commissioner Cub Scouts for the North West Region in 2010. In 2013 Wendy was appointed Deputy Regional Commissioner, and this year was appointed as Regional Commissioner Activities. Wendy has been actively involved in the State Cub Council for a number of years, has attended three Cuborees which included the role of Administration Director at the most recent Cuboree, and has represented NSW at National meetings.

There are exciting times ahead for the Cub Section as the Branch implements the New Youth Program, as the Cub Scout Section continues to evolve, and ‘Youth Leading Adult Supporting’ is implemented across the Section.

Chris Buggie , State Commissioner (Scouts)

Chris joined Scouting as a youth member with 1st Peakhurst where he also became a Scout Section Leader before moving to 1st Bangor. In 2015 Chris joined the NSW State Scout Team with specific responsibilities to further the engagement of Youth Members in areas such as Youth Forums, Youth Empowerment, advanced Youth Leadership Training, and was key to the successful integration of the State Scout Youth Council Executive Team into the State Mindari.

Chris has been actively involved at four Cuborees and five Jamborees, was a representative from NSW at a National Conference in 2016, and is also Warden at Cataract Scout Park.

The Scout Section has many opportunities ahead of it with implementation of the New Youth Program, further engagement of young people in the business of Scouting, and the challenges of retention. These are areas Chris is most passionate and excited about.

David Jacobs, State Commissioner (Venturer Scouts)

David joined Scouting as a youth member with 1st Kanwal where he followed right through to become a Crew Leader. David then trained as a Venturer Leader and some 7 years later was appointed as Region Commissioner Special Duties with interests in exploring the diverse world of entertainment.

In addition to implementing the New Youth Program, priority areas include the continued evolution of the Venturer Scout Section, development of a Youth Development Leadership program for Venturers, implementation of ‘Youth Leading Adult Supporting’ across the Section, and introduction of the You+Lead Leadership Program.

Luke Saunders, State Commissioner (Rover Scouts)

Luke began his Scouting journey as a Joey Scout in 1998 and has been involved ever since. Luke enjoys participating in a World Jamboree and an Australian Jamboree. Luke has been an active member of the Branch Rover Council since 2015 and in April 2017, was elected the BRC Chair. Luke is also a committee member of the State Insurance Committee, the State Scoutsafe Committee, the Scouts NSW Chief Commissioners Council and the Branch Council.

Josh Andrews, State Commissioner (New Program Implementation)

Josh joined the Scouting movement in 2004 with Normanhurst Cub Scout Pack and has not looked back since. He is currently a Rover Scout in Sydney North.

Scouting has been part of Josh's entire life. He loves that Scouts gives young people countless opportunities to learn new skills and explore new places. Josh is excited by this chance to work with Youth and Adult members across the State, learning and exploring the New Youth Program — so we can take modern Scouting to new heights together!

Parrish Hull, Assistant Chief Commissioner (Adventurous Activities, Training and VET)

Parrish's adult Scouting roles saw him start in the Scout section of 2nd Caringbah in 1998, then moving into roles with South Metropolitan Region in Resources and Activities in 1993. Parrish took on leadership of South Metropolitan Region as Region Commissioner in 2005, holding this important role until 2014. Since then Parrish has held State roles in Adventurous Activities and Training. He is an active member of Kirrawee Gang Show, and holds a variety of activities qualifications across Bushwalking, Water Activities, Abseiling, and Flying Fox. Parrish is a member of the Scouts NSW Training team.

Marion Fisher, Assistant Chief Commissioner (State Activities, Fellowships and Bases)

Marion is a well known Leader in Scouting, across Venturers, Activities and Fellowship. Marion started in Scouting in 1994 with 2nd Clovelly Cub Scouts, before moving to Randwick and Kingsford Venturer Units. Since then she has held Region Activity and State Activity roles, as well as Youth Programme. Marion is an active member of the Southern Cross Adventurous Activities Fellowship. Marion is a long time Dragonskin supporter, and a regular trainer in Abseiling, Caving and Bushwalking for the wider Scouting community.

Tarranne Bryan, State Commissioner (Adult Training and Development)

Joining the Joey section of 1st West Tamworth in 1992, Tarranne has also spent time in the Cub Scout section. She started working with the State Training team in 2002 as a PLA, then an ALT in 2004. Tarranne has played an important role in North West Region, holding the Joey Scout, Member Support, and AT&D Region roles between 2003 and 2013. Taking on the Assistant State AT&D role in 2013, Tarranne then took on leadership of the State Training Team in 2015, and continues to hold this role.

 

Acknowledgements

I wish to acknowledge the great contribution of the following who are retiring from their roles or have been appointed to new roles:

Tricia Shaw

Tricia has provided over 50 years’ service to Scouting in NSW. She was appointed as the Branch Commissioner (Cub Scouts) on the 18th July 2011. In 2011, Tricia was the Deputy Chief Director of the 4th NSW Cuboree. In 2012, she successfully organised and ran the 1st NSW State Palaver, a fun filled training weekend for Cub Leaders. In 2014, Tricia once again took on the role of Deputy Director of the 5th NSW Cuboree and in 2015 successfully lead her State Seeonee team in holding the 2nd NSW State Palaver. Tricia is currently preparing for a State Conference for District Cub Scout Leaders to be held at the end of June. Tricia will progressively hand over her responsibilities to Wendy Warner.

Randall Jones

Randall has provided over 24 years’ service to Scouting in NSW. He was appointed as the Branch Commissioner (Scouts) on the 12th March 2013. During this time, Randall played an important NSW State role at the 23rd Australian Jamboree and was the NSW contingent leader at the 24thAustralian Jamboree in 2016. He was also a Director at the 5th NSW Cuboree in 2014 and Camping Director at the recent 6th NSW Cuboree in 2017. On the 14th March 2017, Randall was successful in gaining the role of Deputy Chief Commissioner (Youth Program).

Phil Crawford

Phil has provided over 20 years’ service to Scouting in NSW. He was appointed as the Branch Commissioner (Venturer Scouts) on the 18th July 2011. Whilst completing this role over the past 6 ½ years, Phil has played an integral role in the Queen Scout Award presentation ceremonies held at Government House Sydney. Phil was also on the Executive Organising Committee for the 1st National School in Adventurous Activities held in 2014.

 

Wal Waerner

Wal has been in Scouting now for 35 years. During that time Wal has been a Cub Scout Leader, an Activity leader, eventually moving into the Region Commissioner Activities role for South Coast and Tablelands Region. He moved back to Sydney 16 years ago, and took on the RC ATD role in South Metropolitan Region. He was appointed into the role as Branch Commissioner Rovers in 2011. Wal enjoyed working with Rovers, where youth led, adult supported is very much a positive reality.


We will be inviting Tricia, Randall, Phil, Wal, Liam and partners to join us at an upcoming function so we can formally thank them and their families for their wonderful contribution.

I ask you to join me in congratulating our new appointees, and in thanking our outgoing Commissioners.

With best wishes

Yours in Scouting,

Neville Tomkins

 

Neville Tomkins
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia (NSW Branch).

 
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