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2016 Coleman Backyard Campout Print E-mail

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The Coleman Backyard Campout is on again and YOU are invited to join in!

It's easy to get involved! Pitch your tent in your backyard and you'll be part of the event.

Over the last few years more than 4,000 Scouts and their families joined in camping out in their backyards or Scouts Halls as part of the Coleman National Backyard Camp Out.

After such a great response, we are calling for Scouts across NSW to register and take part in the fun all over again this year!

This is a great opportunity to have fun camping with friends and family in the comfort of your own backyard or Scout Hall, with the chance to pitch tents, play games and experience the great outdoors.


To register please fill in the form below:


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Commonwealth Redress Scheme a significant win for survivors Print E-mail

The Federal Government has announced its plans for a Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse which you can read here.

Scouts Australia has released a statement regarding the proposal which you can read here.

NEW: SAIT Qualification Pathway Flyers Print E-mail

The Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT) have recently released pathway flyers for the following qualifications:

  • Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation
  • Certificate II in Business
  • Certificate III in Business

For more information please visit the Venturer Qualification and Leader Training pages.

Wanted: State Scout Leader Digital Communications Print E-mail
  • Creatively engage Scout Section Members via digital media
  • Three year volunteer appointment to the State Scout Team
  • State-wide responsibility within the Scout Section
  • Immediate start

The Scout Section, Scouts Australia NSW, seeks an active and articulate digital media-savvy communicator who can energise, inform and entertain Scouts across NSW.

The Role
The objective of the role is to reach all NSW Scout Section members through the media and channels they already use. The position reports directly to the State Commissioner Scouts. There is potential for expansion of the role for the right person.


A full outline of the position, responsibilities and how to apply is avaliable here. (PDF 313 KB)

Agoonoree travelled through time this September! Print E-mail

Agoonoree Dr Who

The annual Agoonoree was held at Glenrock Scout Centre near Newcastle, 23-26 September 2016.
With over 180 Scouts, Guides and Helpers attending, this year was a hit with the “Time Travellers” theme capturing everyone’s imagination.
Those attending enjoyed a great range of activities including six on-site bases (Dr Who, Caveman, Pirates, Retro tie-dyeing, Science/Space and Indigenous activities), an off-site scavenger hunt around Newcastle East, a mini-Olympics and beach walk, and in the evenings a "disco through the ages", campfire and movie.

Daniel Rotenstein receives Queen's Scout Award Print E-mail

Daniel Rotenstein with his Queen's Award

On the 13th of August, Daniel Rotenstein of 3rd Rose Bay (Judean) Scout Group was presented with the Queen’s Scout Award, the highest youth achievement award in Scouting. The award was presented by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) at Government House Sydney. 

In his response, Daniel informed the audience how Scouting has helped him with confidence and personal growth, and how being consistently challenged enabled him to set and achieve goals. 

On Sunday 18 September, Daniel was honoured at a function held at a very packed Bondi Scout Hall.  Speakers spoke enthusiastically of Daniel’s achievements in studies, leadership, goal setting, personal growth and perseverance across all areas, including Scouting.  Representing the Scouts NSW Air Activity Centre, Leon Harris presented Daniel with a Certificate of Achievement. 

Guests in attendance included:

-Gabrielle Upton, State MP for Vaucluse (also representing the Federal Member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turbull PM)

-Local Councillors Leon Goltsman (Waverley) and Greg Leventson (Woollahara)

-Bryan Davison, Regional Commissioner, South Metropolitan Region Scouts

-Peter Jamieson, Region Commissioner-Scouts, South Metropolitan Region

-Tom Wolf, Region Commissioner-International, South Metropolitan Scouts

-Ben Politzer, District Commissioner, Fairfax District Scouts

-Wesley Browne OAM, King's Scout and Patron of 3rd Rose Bay (Judean)

-Leon Waxman, Group Leader of 3rd Rose Bay (Judean)

plus leaders of 3rd Rose Bay (Judean)

-Local spiritual leaders and Daniel's School Principal Mr David Pitcairn of Reddam House also attended and spoke.

Daniel is also a member of the Scouts NSW Air Activity Centre, where he is currently training for his private pilot’s licence. With a keen interest in flying and aviation in general, Daniel’s goal is to join the RAAF. 

To find out more about the 3rd Rose Bay Judean Rovers, please visit

Scout Environment Weeks 2016 Print E-mail

The National Annual Scout Environment Weeks will held over the full Month of September!

Scout Environment Weeks are a simple, yet highly effective concept to encourage Scouts to learn more about our environment and be active locally, whilst working towards some of many environmental Scouts awards.

To participate in Scout Environment Weeks with your local Scout Group there are three simple criteria:

  • Scout Environment Weeks activities are to be conducted within the month of September
  • All participants must complete a minimum of 4 hours which will contain education or training and a practical work component
  • All activities should be conducted within a 50km radius of your formation's regular place of meeting

The 2016 Scout Environment Weeks Badge will be issued following completion of your environmental activity and the State Environment Weeks Activity Registration Form being filled out and sent to the NSW State Office, addressed to Bill Pickering.

All applications close on October 17, 2016.

Upon verification the badges will be forwarded by post to the nominated contact address before November 21, 2016.

Scout Groups Enjoy a Scenic Flight Over Cessnock Print E-mail


On Saturday August 21, three Scouts NSW aircraft were flown from Camden Airport to Cessnock Airport, where 9 Scout Groups enjoyed a spectacular scenic flight over the local area.

70 Scouts from Cessnock City, Kurri Kurri, East Maitland, 1st Paterson/Bolwarra, 1st Branxton-Greta, Singleton, 1st Beresfield, 2nd Thornton and 1st Telarah attended on the day and even got to use the wonderful facilities from Hunter Valley Recreational Flying Club, which included their flight simulator.

Overall it was a fantastic day for all.

Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) Eco Fair 2016 Print E-mail

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Taronga Zoo is inviting Scout Groups to attend the Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) Eco Fair this September.

The event will run from September 28-29 (next school holidays) and will include stalls, activities and competitions all with a focus on conservation and sustainability. It's a great chance to learn something new and even teach and inspire others!

Download the YATZ Eco Fair Invite 2016 for further details or contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please register your interest by Monday September 5, 2016.


Neville Tomkins OAM, JP: Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia NSW Print E-mail

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Neville Tomkins OAM JP has hit the ground running since he was welcomed as Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) on 1 August, 2016.  He has greeted the NSW Scouting community with contagious enthusiasm and expressed his vision for creating a stronger performing Branch and empowering our youth.

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