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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 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.



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).

Air Venture Flying Camp 2017 Print E-mail

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Are you a Venturer or Girl Guide interested in aviation? Want to work towards attaining your pilots licence?

Then why not consider attending the Air Venture Flying Camp.


Sunday 9 July 2017 - Saturday 15 July 2017


Scouts Australia NSW Air Activities Centre. Camden

What's Included?

  • Flying
  • Theory Training
  • Meals and Accommodation


For more information please download the following:

Scout Job Week 2017 Print E-mail

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This annual event is a proud Scouting tradition and in 2017 Scouts across NSW will once again show their community spirit by lending a hand in their local communities and undertaking various jobs for a just reward.

Scouts have the opportunity to learn new skills, interact with people in their local neighbourhood and raise funds for their Scout Group. All money raised stays with the local Group and goes towards updating equipment, refurbishing Scout Halls and funding future Scout activities.

Scout Job Week is the time to step up and be an active citizen in your community.

Register your interest today!

Cyclone Debbie Affects Scout Groups in the North Coast Region Print E-mail

Helping Scout Groups and Families Affected by the floods.

Due to the effects of Cyclone Debbie, six Scout Groups and their halls have been flood (or water) affected, to varying degrees.

Lismore, Chinderah, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, and Casino had experienced damage to their hall. Kyogle Scout Group does not have a hall, but they have had damage to their Group materials that were stored in the Council facility they share.

At this stage it appears the Lismore Scout Group has been most affected, with 15 inches of water through the hall.


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Scouts NSW also has several families who have had extensive damage to their homes.

There have been a number of requests from Scout Members who want to help either through a donation of professional services or through a monetary donation.

One inspirational Scout, Claire, from 1st Balmoral Sea Scout Group ran a fund raising campaign last year to assist Scout Groups in need. Her trivia night raised $1862! While some of the funds were allocated to a grateful Scout Group last year, she decided to allocate the remaining amount of $931 to the flood affected Scout Groups in Far North Coast. What an inspiration Claire is to all of us!

If you would like to find out how you can help or make a donation to help those Scouting Groups and Families affected by the floods, please fill out and follow the advice in the form below.


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2017 NSW State Konara Print E-mail


Joey Leaders and  assistants are invited to Scouts NSW State Konara!

27th May 2017 to 28th May 2017 at Glenfield Scout Camp

Please remember this is a training activity and therefore no Joey Leader should be out of pocket as the costs should be provided by your Groups.

Registrations are now open!

Cost: Early Bird - $130 Full Price $150

Early Bird prices closed on 29th April 2017 so register quick! 

Investment Committee Member – Under 30 Print E-mail
  • Candidates must hold Scout membership and be under 30 years of age
  • Experience or an interest in a financial field is essential

Scouts Australia NSW is seeking to appoint a new member under 30 to its Investment Committee.

Scouts Australia NSW is a not-for-profit youth organisation that engages and inspires young Australians to develop confidence, resilience and leadership skills within a fun, safe and secure environment.

The Investment Committee recommends actions and strategies related to the investment portfolio and appointment of investment managers.

The committee implements and monitors the investment objectives of Scouts Australia NSW, and monitors the performance of its investment managers.

The role

This is an honorary appointment for 3 years. Committee members attend (either in person or by teleconference) at least 4 meetings per year, held at Scouts Australia NSW State Office in Sydney Olympic Park or other locations as agreed. The committee reports at least 4 times per year to the Scouts Australia NSW Board of Directors.

The candidate

Candidates must hold Scout membership and be under 30 years of age.
Candidates must be able to attend 75% of all committee meetings.

To apply

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit
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 31 March 2017.

Welcome to our New Deputy Chief Commissioners Print E-mail

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Dear Scouting Community,

At the Chief Commissioner’s Council on 17 – 18 March 2017, I had the pleasure of introducing the five newly appointed Deputy Chief Commissioners (DCCs) and the Youth Commissioner to those attending the weekend meeting.

I am delighted to also introduce our new DCCs and Youth Commissioner to you. I am certain that you will be seeing more of their faces around the State over the coming months.

The DCC team started work on their portfolios immediately, and they are swiftly demonstrating that we all belong to One State, One Team – a United Team.

Yours in Scouting,

Neville Tomkins

Neville Tomkins OAM JP

Chief Commissioner

Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) 

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DCC (Growth, Strategies and Group Support)

DCC Profiles web BF I was a bit of a tomboy and, in my youth, an excellent asset to any team in a dirt-clod fight. I was never a Scout but after being part of Scouting, I wish that was an option for me when I was growing up in the 1970s.

My introduction to Scouting began in 2006 when my husband volunteered me as the Public Relations Officer for our local Group, where our sons were new members. A few months later I was asked to consider taking on the position of Group Leader. I held this position for six years until I transferred to the position of Assistant Scout Leader.

I took part in my first Australian Jamboree in 2010 as a member of the NSW Contingent Media team. I enjoyed the experience so much, in 2013 I attended my second Jamboree but this time as the NSW Contingent Director of Media and Promotions.

The time I spent in 2011 and 2012 travelling around the state and promoting the Jamboree was a wonderful experience and allowed me to see the depth and commitment in both our Adult and Youth membership across the Regions. Following AJ2013 I moved to the position of Assistant Regional Commissioner (Scouts) in Greater Western Sydney. Compared to many other Leaders, my length of time in Scouting may seem brief however I make up for that with the enthusiasm I have for working with Leaders and Youth to help Scouting grow and succeed in NSW.

I am a country girl at heart – and always will be – being born and raised in Murwillumbah on the far north coast of NSW. I moved to Sydney in 1987 after meeting my husband, James, on a cruise ship. Not only am I fortunate to marry the best man I know; we have two wonderful sons – Callum and Darcy. While one of our sons no longer lives at home, the other has informed us that he will live with us until he is 45 years old so we feel very ... er ... lucky.

My professional experience has included positions focused on Australia, Asia Pacific and globally, in financial services, technology services, and now in the higher education sector. While my background is mostly in marketing and communications, I am currently employed at the University of Sydney in the role of Organisational Engagement Specialist which allows me to enjoy an interesting mix of organisational and cultural change, corporate communications, branding, event management, script writing, coaching and mentoring. My hobbies include fishing, craft and baking. I am also proud to say I am a cat person.

I am energized by seeing others succeed, and I believe that we have two ears and only one mouth to allow us to listen. I commit to listening to our community so that I can help with the future growth and success of Scouts in NSW.


DCC (Youth Program)

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Born in New Zealand and immigrating to Australia January 1999, my wife Robyn and I have lived on the North Shore with our son Aaron ever since.

We own our own technology business focusing on application software and services to our clients across five Australian States focusing on Financial Lending and Funeral Systems software. Aaron is in his 4th year at University doing an Honours Degree in Interior Architecture.

Previously he has been a Cub, Scout, Venturer and a young Leader. Between us we have five other children who live back in New Zealand and Samoa...looking after our Grandchildren.

Photography and trains are my pastimes and interest areas, when I get the chance! Holidaying and staying somewhere nice is our special time which Robyn and I look forward to each year.

My own Scouting journey includes Cubs and Scouts as a youth member and Scout Leader in New Zealand, a Scout Leader, District Scout Leader, District Commissioner, Region Commissioner (Scouts), Deputy Region Commissioner and most recently State Commissioner – Scouts.

Attending ten Jamborees - two New Zealand, six Australian, two International, five Cuborees, many State Rallies and ScoutHikes have been a massive buzz for me along with the numerous other special events and opportunities. During this journey I have met many wonderfully passionate, dedicated Leaders, and an ever increasing number of Youth Members who have had their lives energized through their own Scouting achievements.

The opportunity ahead is exciting! We are at the crossroads in Scouting as we are facing a lot of competition from other organisations and pastimes. Over recent years we have seen a new approach, really a rebuild, to address the challenges of attracting new Youth, retaining existing Youth and positively helping them once they have joined the Movement to get the most out of Scouting.

I am looking forward to continuing to be part of this exciting organization as the future continues to develop.


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I started my Scouting Career as a Cub at 1st Kirrawee Cub Pack, and then moved quickly onto 2nd Sutherland (Armco) Scout Group where I was a Scout and am currently the Scout Leader. I transferred to 1st Caringbah Venturers and achieved my Queen’s Scout Award in 2013 and then continued on to my current position as a Rover with 1st Caringbah Rover Crew. As well as being a Scout Leader, I am the Adviser to the State Youth Council (SYC).

Most recently, I ran the highly successful Super Saturday at AJ2016 and attended the 1st Australian Contingent to Kandersteg International Scout Centre.

I am now planning to take my Youth Members back in 2018 to experience a wonderful international adventure BP set up for us. Since being involved in Stage 3 of the Youth Program Review (YPR), I have taken aspects of the YPR back to my Group and District.

Scouting taught me the foundations to life. It has given me ability to think clearly and practically when approaching any situation as well as the ability to be organised. These skills have given me the capacity to share and showcase “Learning by doing” to Scouts across the State through the SYC. These skills matter to our youth members and help them become responsible citizens as members of their local, national and international communities.

In between Scouting I work as a Program Manager in the Customer Experience Team for Woolworths. I also plan to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business and go onto complete an MBA.

I believe the Youth Commissioner needs to be a touch-point for all decisions made in Scouts NSW, to ensure that the voice of our Youth Members is heard. So you will see me out and about in your Regions!


DCC (Child Protection, Support and Compliance)

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Unlike some, I discovered Scouting relatively late in life, initially as a committee member when my son joined 1st North Turramurra Cubs. By the time he wanted to go up to Scouts there was no leader and only eight Scouts, so in conjunction with a mother whose family have become some of our closest friends, I agreed to commence training as a Leader. That was 25 years ago – how time flies!

Five years later, when the Troop had grown to 32 and another leader had volunteered to assist, I transferred to a District role, originally helping with Adult Training and Development, before taking on the role of District Commissioner for Ku-Ring-Gai.

After four years supporting 16 groups, I was privileged to spend some great time with one of my best mates Rohan Reynolds helping the Scout Section in Sydney North Region. During this period I gained Flying Fox qualifications (a very popular activity at the Ku-Ring-Gai Fair), and was heavily involved with ScoutHike. Along the way, I earned Wood Badges both in Scouts and Leader of Adults and attended my first four Jamborees: in Perth, Springfield, Cataract and Woodhouse in the Adelaide Hills.

In 2004 I took up a position as Assistant Branch Commissioner Member Support working closely with Dr Warwick Bateman. I have held positions on the Scoutsafe Committee and Audit and Risk Committee, as well as retaining links with my local Group (as Chair and Deputy Chair and sometime assistant Joey Scout Leader).

When Warwick retired in 2010, I was appointed as Assistant Chief Commissioner (Issues Management) which was redesignated as Deputy Chief Commissioner in 2015 when the position took on additional responsibilities in response to the Royal Commission.

During this whole period I have been selflessly supported by my lovely wife Julie who in 2010 when our local group was in need, took up the challenge by commencing her training and establishing a Joey Mob.

In my paid employment I have worked as a solicitor for more than 35 years, the last ten with the NSW Police Force. I am an accredited specialist in Personal Injury Law and currently manage the Insurance Law Team, although for eight years I managed the Employment Law Team where I gained extensive knowledge of Administrative Law and, in particular, Privacy, Discrimination and Disciplinary law and processes. I have completed mediation training and have postgraduate qualifications in Governance.

I am thrilled to be involved with Scouting in this watershed moment when we have a great opportunity both to refresh and revive our movement. I believe that we will not go far wrong if we look to the words of our founder:

“Hold the Patrol Leader responsible for everything good or bad that occurs in his Patrol. They must put responsibility on him, let him do his job, and if he makes mistakes let him do so, and show him afterwards where he went wrong – in this way only can he learn. Half the value of our training is to be got by putting responsibility on young shoulders”.

Apparently a Youth leading, Adult supporting Movement is not such a novel concept after all!


DCC (Program Transformation)

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 I became a member of the Movement in 2001 and throughout the last 16 years I have held many leadership roles from Patrol Leader at my Scout Troop on the Tilligerry Peninsula in Port Stephens, through to the 2015/2016 Branch Rover Council Chair.

My current appointments include being an Assessor on the National Training Team, a State Adventurous Activities Guide and an Assistant Scout Leader at Peats Ridge on the Central Coast. I really enjoy seeing my Scouts achieve goals and work as a team as I did in my time as a Youth Member.

I believe the Scouting Movement enabled me to develop Leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment with Youth Leading and Adults supporting me through the Scout Program and beyond.

During my week, I spend my time as the Assistant Manager of the Baden-Powell Scout Centre at Pennant Hills in charge of all Adventurous Activities on site as well as program camps. My love of the outdoors started with my time as a Youth Member in Scouting, and I have turned it into my career completing a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation in 2010 and since then, working for several outdoor education companies from Newcastle to the Southern Highlands and everywhere in between.

My focus will be on the New Scouts Australia Youth Program and to lead the implementation across the State. Working together with the DCCs, State and Region Commissioners, will ensure that all NSW Members are informed at all stages of the process and well prepared for the new Youth Program. Open communication is key to the success of the Program and to support growth of our State.


DCC (Activities, Training and Support)

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 I am the husband of a very patient and wonderful woman named Catherine, and we have four children ranging in age from 22 to 16 (two girls, two boys). They have all been through Scouting, though only my youngest is currently in Venturers, with Rover related recruitment going on with the others.

We live in Heathcote, in southern Sydney, which is a great location for getting out and about into nature. I work at Energizer (located in Sydney Olympic Park), in Supply Chain looking after Australian and New Zealand operations. From an education perspective I have an MBA, and also a Bachelor of Science degree (in geology and geography).

I have been in Scouting now for 35 years. I started Cub Scouts at 1st Yaralla Sea Scouts, eventually moving during the Scout section to 1st Figtree, near Wollongong, after my family moved. My Venturer years were with Figtree, where I gained my Queen’s Scout Award. Venturers was also my first taste of Rock Activities, where I enthusiastically got into abseiling and caving. I spent Rovers as a member of Figtree Rover Crew, which expanded my activity experiences even further. During that time I had been a Cub Scout Leader, and then an Activity leader, eventually moving into the Region Commissioner Activities role for South Coast & Tablelands Region. I moved back up to Sydney 16 years ago, and took on the RC AT&D role in South Metropolitan Region for a number of years. I moved into my recent role as Branch Commissioner Rovers in 2011. I’ve really enjoyed working with Rovers, where youth led, adult supported is very much a positive reality.

I have kept current with adventurous activities, and continue to actively participate in, and hold qualifications for, abseiling, caving, canyoning, bushwalking, canoeing, kayaking, and SCUBA. I have been an active member of the Scouts NSW Training team for just over 15 years, currently as a Leader Trainer. I recently gained my Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation through SAIT, it was great to get an externally recognised qualification through Scouts.

Outside of Scouting my hobbies cover what I have listed above, plus geocaching, exploring Australia, and cooking as non-Scouting extras. My new role gives me the opportunity to do more activities, all around NSW, with Scouts from around the State.

I’m really excited about my new role; it gives me the chance to further support Scouting and the Youth Program in this important area. And with the positive changes coming with YPR, it is critical that all facets of Activities and Training supports the change and the outcomes.






YPR Concept Workshops Print E-mail

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The National Youth Program Review (YPR) is currently in the concept consultation stage. Under the direction of the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Program Transformation) the Scouts NSW YPR Team are facilitating workshops across the State. 

The Purpose of the Workshops

  • To build awareness and foster an understanding of YPR New Program Concepts.
  • Engage members with the YPR concepts, unpack those concepts, provide feedback and contribute to the continued development of the key concepts.
  • Challenge thinking through hearing the responses of other participants and to unpack their own thoughts.
  • Provide genuine opportunities to contribute to the further development of the new program through:
    • Answering open-ended questions exploring different aspects of what’s presented
    • Describing what you like about what’s presented
    • Make suggestions for what could be added, removed, or changed
    • Completing an online survey after attending the workshop

Workshop Dates and Information

Workshops are 4 hours long and open to all Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Leaders, Group Support Members and Fellowship. 

If you have any questions or to organise a workshop in your local area please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To attend a workshop please fill out the form below. Please note availability is first come first serve basis due to venue constraints.

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Current Workshop Schedule

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11th August Friday HC 6.00pm - 10.00pm Tuggerah Lakes Scout Hall
12th August Saturday SCT 9.30am - 1.30pm Batemans Bay Scout Hall
12th August Saturday Hume 12 noon - 4.00pm 46 Broughton St Campbelltown
15th August Tuesday SN 6.30pm - 10.30pm Frenchs Forest Scout Hall
16th August Wednesday GWS 6.30pm - 10.30pm Penrith Scout Hall


New Workshops are currently being scheduled.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to register your interest.

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