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Exclusive Offer for Scouts Print E-mail

Exclusive Offer for Scouts

Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute is a great introduction to opera for all ages. Directed by Julie Taymor (Disney’s The Lion King), this production is full of colourful, larger-than-life puppets, enchanting special effects and fantasy characters. This shortened version is performed in English and is designed to appeal to families and children over 8 years.

Exclusively for Scouts Australia NSW, Adults go at Child prices! Save up to $100 per ticket when you book with promo code SCOUTS at Offer does not include premium tickets. 

Puppet Workshops - 10, 15 & 17 January

In this workshop, children will explore puppetry techniques that Taymor used to create this visually stunning production of The Magic Flute. They will be assisted by Opera Australia’s expert puppeteers. Using supplied materials, participants will learn how to make their own fantastic puppets inspired by Flute characters.

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'Over the Edge' Building Abseil Print E-mail

‘Over the Edge’

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On 29 and 30 November an enterprising team of Scouts organised the inaugural Over the Edge fundraising event in Wollongong. Not only have they raised $10,000, but they have also done an exemplary job of promoting the positive media profile of Scouts – two very important goals.

Over the Edge was a challenge to local residents to abseil 45 metres down the side of the Wollongong City Chambers building. Among those who took the challenge were Ryan Park, Member for Keira; Gordon Bradbery, Lord Mayor of Wollongong; John Dorahy, Liberal councillor; and Melissa Russell of the WIN TV News team. Of course, Scouts of all ages put their rope skills on display too – and appeared much more confident than some of the guests, a point wryly noted by Melissa.

Donations were still rolling in at the time of writing, but the total was already nearly $10,000. This will help local Scouts attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.

Media coverage was excellent. Over the Edge was reported in the Illawarra Mercury. Click here to see the article.

Melissa Russell presented the story on WIN News, with short interview clips of Ben Low, Venturer Scout Leader with 1st Balgownie Scout Group; Aaron Wardle, Regional Commissioner for Venturer Scouts with Greater Western Sydney Region; and one of the young Scout participants.

The newspaper article and news clip were soon posted to Facebook.

The Facebook posts have already reached over 27,000 people, the great majority of whom are outside Scouting. This is far more than our usual reach through social media, and it demonstrates how effective the right material can be in propagating our positive message.

Several participants and onlookers at Over the Edge had cameras, and the organisers arranged for many of their pictures and videos to be deposited in a Google Plus folder. Click here to see the pictures. 

The use of Dropbox greatly simplified the process of collecting and distributing media to State and National offices for further promotion.

We would love to see other groups following this inspiring example by developing similar eye-catching events, engaging local media and well known personalities, and leading the way by making their own photography and video freely available for further promotion of Scouts. Scouts is such a good source of positive and interesting stories, and crowd-sourced marketing is definitely the way to go! That’s why it is such a joy to see a job so well done. Congratulations to all the team:

Organiser: Ben Low, VSL 1st Balgownie. 
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Rope Team: Will Alards, Activity Leader, 1st Kiama Scouts; Mick Fry, VSL 2nd Baulkham Hills, Rob Hatton, VSL 1st Austinmer; Greg Pearce, SCT Region Commissioner – Rovers; Mark Woodard, VSL 1st Keiraville and SCT RC Venturers.

Wollongong City Council and Building: Mason Burgess, Traffic Logistics, Wollongong; Mike Hyde, Director Infrastructure & Works; Ian Jenson, Engineering Manager Building Maintenance Units (Aust.) Mona Vale; David Peterson, Facilities Controller - CBD Assets.

Admin Team: Kerrie Latham SCT Region HQ, Heather Low, parent helper 1st Balgownie; Lisa Sheedy, Treasurer 1st Balgownie.

First Aid: Colin Thomson, St Johns.

BBQ Team: Tracy Grant; Kathy Patrick, Leader, 1st Balgownie; Sharon Rich; Alex Varga.

Photography/Video Team: Jon Bragg, Lesa Cockburn, District Leader, Southern Ranges, Zac Cockburn, Venturer, 1st Bungendore; Rob McKnight; Robert Sackett.

Leader, Rover, Venturer and Scout Helpers: Michael Barnes, RC Member support, SCT; Phil Crutchley; Alex Grant; Rhiannon Grant; Rhiannon Hughes; Rowan King; Ashton Low; Harrison Low; Haydn Low; Lachlan Moodie; Ebinee Rich; Nat Sadler, CSL, 1st Illaroo; Daniel Seddon-Powell; Aaron Senn; Alexander Senn; Leanne Senn, LIC Dapto; Logan Senn; Odin Senn; Riley Senn; Matthew Varga; Steven Varga.







Obituary: Honorary Commissioner Peter Docker Print E-mail

Obituary: Honorary Commissioner Peter Docker

Honorary Commissioner Peter Docker passed away on 14 September at the age of 87, having given over 55 years service to Scouts in NSW.

Having been a Cub, Scout and Rover at 2nd/3rd Lindfield, Peter started his service as a Leader by co-founding the Sea Scout Troop at his old Group. He then served as a Senior Scout Leader and Group Leader before moving to Branch HQ, where he became the first Branch Commissioner for Sea Scouts.  During his 7 years in this role he inaugurated the annual NSW State Scout Regattas, which included sailing, rowing, canoes, rafts. This event was not just for Sea Scouts, but for all Scouts, Venturers and Rovers.  These became major events in the Scouting calendar, with Peter as the major driving force, and had the wider effect of broadening water activities for all Scouts throughout NSW, a legacy which continues today.

He was also the prime mover in the creation of the State Water Activities Base at Woolwich, including convincing his neighbour, who was the CEO of Coca Cola in Australia, that sponsorship of the project by Coke would be a really good idea.

In 1971 the Chief Commissioner, Wal Pilz, appointed Peter as Assistant Chief Commissioner (Youth Program). For the next 7 years he oversaw the introduction of the most radical changes in Australian Scouting since its founding, The New Design. This was a complete revamp of all youth programs, including the introduction of Venturing to replace Senior Scouts, and the inclusion of girls in both Rovers and Venturers.  In 1978, with the New Design successfully implemented, he served a two-year stint as Branch Commissioner for Rovers.

Peter’s exceptional service was recognised by the award of the Medal of Merit, the Silver Acorn, and the bar to the Silver Acorn. After retiring from hands-on involvement in 1980, he continued to serve as an Honorary Commissioner –in all, more than 55 years as a Leader.

Scouts NSW would like to thank Peter for all his hard work and valued contribution to the Scouting movement over the last 55 years. 

GeoSnapShot - Fundraising Through Photography Print E-mail

Fundraising Through Photography 

Did you know you could fundraise from your next Scout event through photography sales with no cost and no hassle to you?

GeoSnapShot is a unique photography sales platform that enables the sale of photos from your event using your existing volunteer photographers.

More than likely you have your own volunteer photographers at your event but did you know there is now a unique photography platform that enables you to easily and safely share photos for free or sell photos from your event?

For more infomation about GeoSnapShot and how to get your Group involved click here


New Chief Commissioner of Australia Announced at NEC Print E-mail

The National Executive Committee welcomed Chris Bates, Chief Commissioner of Scouts South Australia, to the role of Chief Commissioner of Australia.  His term will begin on February 1, 2015.  Congratulations to Chris.


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Doug Menzies, Chief Commissioner, Scouts Australia NSW, congratulates ChrisBates on his appointment.


Expression of Interest - Kym the NSW Mascot Print E-mail

Kym, the NSW Mascot will be available to hire by Scout Groups, Districts and Regions for promotional events.

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The hire documentation is being reviewed - if your Group, District or Region is interested, please fill in the Expression of interest Form below and we will contact you once the forms are available.


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PLEASE NOTE: This Expression of Interest does not confirm your booking. This can only be confirmed after the hire forms are finished and sent to you to fill in.

Scouts Australia NSW Social Media Guidelines Print E-mail

Social Media

One of the most common and powerful methods of communicating with youth members and leaders is through social media platforms.  Scouts Australia NSW has a guideline for the use of social media on their website and all leaders, youth members and parents should be familiar with it. The guideline can be accessed on

Scouts Australia NSW has an official Facebook page, and various Scout Groups and Regions also have a Facebook page. Scouts Australia NSW supports these methods of communication but expects its members to use social media in a responsible way and in accordance with all policies and the Code of Conduct.

Tips to remember when using or creating social media platforms

  •          Facebook requires all users to be at least 13 years of age.
  •          Parents should be informed if Youth Members are being encouraged to connect with a Scouts Facebook page.
  •          There should be at least two adult administrators who have access to the login, password, and facilitation of the account.
  •          Members should never give out personal information about Members to anyone on Facebook.

Two deep leadership also applies to social media.

Adult Members should not engage in one-on-one discussions with young people online or via telephone, for example through emails or Facebook messaging, instant chatting, Skyping, texting or telephone conversations. This is the same as going into a private room with a young person and closing the door. All electronic communication between adult Members and Youth Members should be public (e.g. the Facebook walls of a Scout Group or Section). If a circumstance does arise where an adult Member needs to communicate with a Youth Member electronically, the communication should always include at least one other adult Member or parent.

 Scouts Australia NSW strongly recommends that adult Members not be Facebook friends with Youth Members.[1]


Regional Member Support Person

A Members Support Leader backs up the Region Commissioner and can assist the Region, Group or individual Leader. They have varied skills gained from personal experience along with Scouting skills built up through training and working directly with the State Members Support Team.

The NSW State Members Support team strongly encourage Regions to appoint someone in to this role. They become a valuable asset to the Region Commissioner and great support to the Region.

For further information, please contact NSW State Commissioner or Assistant State Commissioner for Member support.

David Marston and Jill Pretty Your State Members Support Team

Contact via the state Office 029735 9000 or David 0420 305 515

[1] Scouts Australia NSW guidelines Social Media

Scouts Australia NSW appeared before the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Print E-mail

Click here to read more. 

Letter from the Chief Commissioner – Royal Commission Releases First Case Study Report Print E-mail

Dear Members of Scouts Australia,

I am taking this opportunity to speak with all members of the Scouting Community about the incredibly important matter of child safety and welfare.

Just a few days ago the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse submitted its first case study report – looking into systems and circumstances that were in place when Steven Larkins, who was a Scout leader during the 1990s, abused children. Even after Scouts had lodged a report with police, Larkins went on to work as the CEO of the Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Service and in 2012 he was found guilty of a number of charges in court.

In review of the Larkins case and in particular the child protection system that Scouting had in place during the 1990's, the Royal Commission’s Report found that we did not have an adequate system in place.  Scouts agree with the Report’s findings in this regard.

As noted in the Report, Scouts changed its procedures and by 2000 the Scouts’ Behaviour Management Procedure had altered to require the immediate suspension of an adult member who was the subject of serious allegations without investigating the matter beforehand.

Today, a specific step-by‐step process is used to respond to child abuse allegations. In cases of criminal abuse it includes a complete suspension of the accused adult member and immediate reporting to police and/or other relevant external child protection authorities. Scouts encourages an environment which fosters the immediate reporting of any abuse, and recognises that any delay in reporting can have an impact on everyone involved, especially the victims.

Scouts has zero tolerance for any form of child abuse.  It does not conduct any type of investigation for allegations of criminal child abuse and hands any concerns directly to the police for full, professional investigation.


Royal Commission has Scouts Australia's full support Print E-mail

Scouts Australia welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement of the Royal Commission's terms of reference and the appointment of six highly regarded Australians as commissioners.

The six commissioners provide the necessary diversity of experience to deliver a meaningful and thorough approach to achieving the Royal Commission Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's objective - to effect national changes to the systems which protect children.

Scouts Australia has zero-tolerance for abuse of any kind, and we will work closely with the Commission to share all records and information in order to achieve this crucial objective.

Scouts Australia has established the Royal Commission Advisory Committee, led by Chief Commissioner Reg Williams, that includes representatives from Scouts' youth, state and territory leadership. For more information please click here.

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