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2016 Annual General Meeting Print E-mail

On Saturday, July 16, Scouts Australia NSW held its Annual General Meeting for 2016 at Baden-Powell Scout Centre.

This year’s event had a strong theme of thanks and acknowledgement, as the Board paid tribute to the AJ2016 Jamboree Executive Committee for their fantastic contribution to the 24th Australian Jamboree held in NSW this January.

Adult Recognition Awards were presented to Adult Members who have gone above and beyond in Scouting, which included the Meritorious Service Award, Silver Wattle, Silver Koala, Silver Emu and Silver Kangaroo. Adult Recognition Award recipients will be officially announced to the public on August 1.

Chief Commissioner Doug Menzies was farewelled at the State Annual General Meeting in July.

Most significantly, it was also a chance to farewell and acknowledge the contribution of Vice-President Alan Overton AM and Chief Commissioner Doug Menzies OAM. For their long-standing commitment, they were both presented with a framed scarf and plaque. Neville Henderson graciously accepted the gift on Alan’s behalf.

The AGM welcomed some new faces including General Manager Andrew Smith AM and newly appointed Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins AM, who will both be playing significant roles in the future of Scouts Australia NSW.

Following a ballot, it was announced The Hon John Price AM will fill the role of Vice-President, while Sarah Neill was elected as State Commissioner Guides NSW and ACT.

However on this occasion, The Board chose to accept a suggestion that the results of the direct vote for Life Councillor be announced at a later date.

Members of the Branch Council received the Annual Review and Financial Report for 2016. The Annual Review is available to download here.

The AGM concluded with a presentation to Doug Menzies OAM to signify his term as Chief Commissioner, and his wife Anne Menzies, for her support throughout the journey.

We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this Scouting year a success.

 
Container Deposit Scheme Update Print E-mail

Container Deposit Scheme Update

 

 

On 8 May 2016 the NSW Government announced its intention to pass legislation to establish a container deposit scheme to commence operation from 1 July 2017.  The NSW Government intention is to introduce a scheme similar to one that has operated in South Australia for several decades. 

NSW Government research indicates that approximately 160million containers are littered in NSW every year in bushland, creeks, rivers and the ocean.  Of these 44% are drink containers.

Scouts has been engaging with the NSW Government regarding this initiative given the opportunity for significant revenue generation for Scouts NSW and a profound contribution to improving our environment.

There are two main sources of value potential for Scouts NSW:

    1. Initial collection of containers by Scout Groups redeemed by Scouts NSW at a Scouts NSW (or other) collection depot (10c per container) with proceeds retained by the relevant Scout Group.
    2. Operation by Scouts NSW of depots to consolidate containers with revenue through a handling fee provided for each container by the Scheme Coordinator. 

General Manager, Andrew Smith is leading a project on behalf of the Board of Directors to establish the feasibility of Scouts NSW involvement in the scheme.  The feasibility study will generate a business case that looks at the costs, returns and risks of this opportunity.   He is actively managing and engaging with the State Government and other stakeholders to ensure that Scouts NSW is in a strong position to enter the market.

With the scheme already a huge success for Scouts South Australia, Andrew has visited collection centres in SA to gain further understanding of the inner-workings of this business and potential benefits for Scouts NSW.

Scouts SA, QLD and NSW are working collaboratively in this regard leveraging the considerable experience Scouts SA have accumulated in operating a Container Deposit and Recycling Business over several decades.

“This initiative has the potential to grow the revenue base of Scouts NSW in support of our great youth programs to young people State-wide,” Mr Smith said.

To ensure that the approach to government is consistent, Mr Smith is the authorised representative on behalf of Scouts to make representations regarding Container Deposit Business Development.

Regular updates will be provided as the project progresses.

 
Help to Improve the Volunteer Experience at Scouts Print E-mail

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Every Scouts NSW Adult Leader will be invited to participate in a survey of an important research project. Participating in this research is invaluable for Scouts NSW, moreover you can win prizes to do fun activities with your Scouts group.

THE RESEARCH PROJECT

Scouts Branches across Australia have partnered up with a research team from the University of Western Australia to find ways to attract and retain more adult volunteers to deliver Scouts youth programs. As volunteers across the country no doubt already know, developing effective recruitment, training and retention strategies is essential for Scouts organisations to continue to deliver quality youth programs. It is, however, challenging for non-profit organisations including Scouts to attract and retain a sufficient number of volunteers, resulting in wait lists of youth who would like to join the Scout movement.

Together with four Australian Scouts branches the UWA research team was awarded a large grant from the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Scheme to develop state-of-the-art recruitment, training and communications strategies to improve the engagement and retention of Scouts volunteers. The research will run for four years, during which time Scouts volunteers will be approached by the UWA team to participate in surveys or interviews with the researchers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The first survey will commence over the next two weeks and this will be the most important survey of the entire research project. We would like to urge you to participate, because more information will allow the research team to make better recommendations that allow Scouts to continue flourishing.

You will be emailed directly from the UWA team. Don't worry, Scouts NSW and UWA have signed a confidentially agreement to ensure that the data is used only for the purposes of the research project.  

If you agree to complete the questionnaires, we can provide you with some personalised feedback on your responses. For example, if you complete a personality questionnaire, we can tell you how you scored and give you some information about what your scores mean.

The most important aspect of this project is getting opinions from as many volunteers as possible. So, in addition to completing the questionnaires yourself, please encourage your fellow volunteers to do the same! Please talk to other volunteers about the project and encourage them to talk to other volunteers about it as well. Additionally, the Scout groups with a high participation rate will partake in a raffle to win a Woolworths group gift card for group activities! It is our hope that you will actively participate in these activities, which are likely to pave the way to better practices to create and manage a volunteer workforce across Australia’s Scouts Branches.

MORE INFORMATION

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

Thank you very much for your support!

 

Meet the Research Team!

Professor Marylène Gagné is an expert in volunteer and work motivation. Marylène is originally from Canada but moved to Perth in 2013 to escape the cold weather and to enjoy the famous Perth beaches. Marylène will be involved in the training and onboarding experiences of new volunteer recruits to ensure they feel well-equipped to deliver the youth programs and have a strong sense of belonging to the Scouts family.

Dr Patrick Dunlop and Dr Djurre Holtrop are experts in the areas of employee recruitment and selection.

Patrick grew in Perth and was a Cub Scout. Now he lectures in Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Djurre, also a former Scout, has recently moved to Perth from the Netherlands, where he completed his PhD studies.

For this project, Patrick and Djurre will develop tailored recruitment strategies aimed at attracting volunteers who share Scouts’ values and who would be likely to enjoy this type of volunteer work.

Dr Christine Soo and Prof John Cordery are experts in work design and strategic human resource management. Christine is originally from Malaysia but grew up and studied in Perth. She lectures in Organisational Learning and Strategy at the University of Western Australia. John is a leading scholar in the area of job design and team effectiveness. He was a Professor at the University of Western Australia before joining Curtin University as the Deputy Vice Chancellor. Christine and John will be involved in developing communities of practice that will enhance socialisation and knowledge sharing across Scout groups.

 
Ingleside Environment Centre Scout Fellowship Awarded Grant Print E-mail

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The Ingleside Environment Centre Scout Fellowship were very pleased to recently be awarded a Small Equipment Grant for Volunteers from The Department of Family and Community Services. 

With the grant they were able to purchase a new lawn tractor which will help the Fellowship with their environmental activities by using it to transport materials and tools. This will also save Ingleside Scout Camp on lawnmowing costs!

Every year the Australian Government gives out grants for a range of purposes to community groups, including Scouts. If you want to find out more about the grants available to you, head over to our Grants for Groups page.

 

 
Former 1st Putney Rovers Reunite After 40 Years Print E-mail

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We think it's safe to say our Members make a lot of great memories in Rovers (and all the other Sections for that matter), but this especially rings true for the men who were part of the 1st Putney Rover Crew in 1976. 40 years later, they're still reminiscing. 

On August 21, 1976, the Rovers rode their 10 man bike from Sydney to Melbourne to raise money for the Microsearch Foundation. The Age newspaper even published a story about it (read here).

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This year on the same date the "boys" got back on the bike and shared some old fond memories with one another. They certainly looked like they had a great time! 

 

 

 
McHappy Day 2016 Print E-mail
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McHappy Day will be held on Saturday November 12 this year to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families through Ronald McDonald House Charities. By participating you will be helping to raise funds for a great cause and your Youth Members can earn a blanket badge!
 
To get involved, simply fill out your details on this form, including the stores you would prefer to be placed at. Closer to the day you will be sent details of the event manager from the store you have been allocated to finalise details. 
 
Registrations close Monday September 12, 2016.
 
Please contact the Communications and Development Team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for further details.
 
Air Activity Centre Puts Grant Money to Good Use Print E-mail

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(AAC Staff Members receiving instruction on the use of the motorised aircraft tug)

 

The Scouts NSW Air Activity Centre (AAC) were recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Australian Government and have put it to good use, purchasing a motorised aircraft tug.

A tug was required to make it easier to move their four aircraft in and out of the hangar. After applying for the grant in December 2015 and hearing they were successful, the AAC proceeded to purchase the Key EZ Powertow tug powered by a Briggs and Stratton 4 stroke engine with an electric start.

It's always great to see Scout Groups and Activity Centres getting such good use out of their grants!

If you've got a grants success story and some pictures, send them through to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

 

 
A Night At the Museum For National Science Week Print E-mail

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How did your Scouts mark Science Week this year? One of our NSW Scout Troops organised an exclusive night at the Australian Museum, where they participated in the ABC’s Citizen Science project.

1st Balmain Scout Troop helped identify animals and birds from some of the 1 million images taken by automatic cameras located in bushland across Australia. The animals were lured by peanut butter, and their presence triggered the camera to take an image.

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It wasn’t necessary to use any sweet temptations to encourage the Scouts to get involved. By helping the ABC to work through hundreds of images, they demonstrated the power of citizen science!

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They were joined by Mark Speakman, the NSW Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage, and members of his department. The following day, Professor Mary O’Kane, the NSW Chief Scientist, told a breakfast meeting how jealous she was that they all earned their science badge!

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Award Ceremonies August 2016 Print E-mail

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(Recipients of Queen's Scout and Baden-Powell Scout Awards at Government House)

 

 

Congratulations are in order after 44 fantastic Scouts, Venturers and Rovers were recognised on August 13-14 for going above and beyond in Scouting. Over two award ceremonies, these individuals were presented with either a Queen's Scout Award, Baden-Powell Scout Award or Australian Scout Medallion.

On Saturday August 13, 21 Venturers received their Queen's Scout Award, and 2 Rovers received their Baden-Powell Scout Award at Government House. They were congratulated by Chief Scout and Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley.

 

Well done to the following Queen's Scout and Baden-Powell Scout Awardees:

  • Daniel Baber, 1st Turramurra - Queen's Scout Award
  • Tonia Brooks, 1st Avoca Beach - Queen's Scout Award
  • Alison Colgan, Belrose - Queen's Scout Award
  • Eleanor Crowther, 1st Caringbah - Queen's Scout Award
  • Bryce Dean, 1st Clovelly - Queen's Scout Award
  • Callum Firth, 1st Glossodia - Queen's Scout Award
  • Patrick Fordham, Epping - Queen's Scout Award
  • Dana Gill, 1st Byattunga - Queen's Scout Award
  • Michaela Harnett, 1st Byattunga - Queen's Scout Award
  • Thomas Keane, 2nd Sutherland (ARMCO) - Queen's Scout Award
  • Oscar Keating, 1st Seaforth - Queen's Scout Award
  • James Langford, 1st Turramurra - Queen's Scout Award
  • Abigail Leplaw, Dapto 'Westlake' - Queen's Scout Award
  • Lucie Malone, 1st Collaroy Plateau - Queen's Scout Award
  • Angus Mitchell, 1st Warners Bay - Queen's Scout Award
  • Andrew Munchenberg, 2nd St Ives - Queen's Scout Award
  • Ian Patterson, 1st Turramurra - Queen's Scout Award
  • Oscar Peterson, 1st Caringbah - Queen's Scout Award
  • Daniel Rotenstein, 3rd Rose Bay (Judean) - Queen's Scout Award
  • Timothy Ryan, 1st Clovelly - Queen's Scout Award
  • Mitchell Wassell, 1st Narellan - Queen's Scout Award
  • Alison Maynard, 1st Kentlyn - Baden-Powell Scout Award
  • Mitchell Rath, 1st Brush Park - Baden-Powell Scout Award

 

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(Recipients of Australian Scout Medallion at Hornsby RSL Club)

 

 

On Sunday August 14, 21 Scouts received their Australian Scout Medallion at a ceremony at Hornsby RSL Club.

 

Well done to the following Australian Scout Medallion Awardees:

  • Connor Caterson, 1st South Penrith - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Lochlan Fraser, 1st Emu Plains - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Lachlan Hibbard, 1st Hazelbrook - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Christopher Magro, 1st Quakers Hills-Doonside - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Flynn Campbell-Sheely, 1st New Lambton - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Alexander Czerwaniw, 1st East Gosford - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Joshua Ford, Maryland-Shortland - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Joshua Griffiths, Maryland-Shortland - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Robert MacDonald, 1st Ourimbah - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Giacamo Morello, 1st Ourimbah - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Carinya White, 1st Terrigal - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Isaac Clark, 1st West Wollongong - Australian Scout Medallion 
  • Emma Hutchison, 1st Warilla - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Sara Attard, 1st Oatley Bay - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Lachlan Cartwright, 1st Hurstville - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Aidan Hines, 1st Bangor - Australian Scout Medallion
  • William Bird, Normanhurst - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Jed Kohlmann, 1st Lindfield - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Charlotte Mason, 1st Balmoral - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Lucy Triantafilis, 1st Waitara - Australian Scout Medallion
  • Amelia Welsh - 1st Waitara - Australian Scout Medallion

 

Congratulations to all awardees, your hard work has definitely paid off! 

 

 

 
A Weekend of Time Travel at State Rally Print E-mail

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On August 5-7, more than 200 Scout Troops and Guide Units flocked to Glenfield Scout Activity Centre for a weekend of time travel at State Rally 2016.

It was an amazing turn out this year (maybe even the best yet!) with up to 950 Scouts and Guides and 275 Leaders, Rovers and Venturers showing up for their next camping adventure.  

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Over the weekend, Patrols participated in a range of activities across three Activity RAC’s, where they had a chance to learn and practice important skills, while also having fun.

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The ‘Back to the Future’ Activity RAC focused on science and fire. ‘The 70s’ base taught lessons on bullying, music and theatre. While the ‘Dark Ages’ RAC tested the patrols’ construction and first aid skills. Each RAC provided five 1 hour activities and Youth chose two from each. 

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Saturday night was buzzing with excitement as well, as Scouts and Guides got to pick between trying out the horizontal bungie or climbing wall, dancing the night away at the disco, or sitting back and relaxing while watching a movie or chatting around a fire.

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At the closing ceremony, Scouts met newly appointed Scouts Australia NSW Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM, JP who encouraged each Youth Member to participate in his ‘Chief Commissioner’s Challenge’ by recruiting four new young people to Scouting within 12 months.

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Neville also met with members of the State Scout Youth Council, who showed him around to each Activity RAC. He even got involved in a few of the activities.

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Congratulations to the ‘Quantum State’ Patrol from 1st Balmoral Scouts who claimed 1st place in the competition. They were followed by ‘The Whovians’ from 1st Wangi Scouts in 2nd place, and ‘Dayyym Mortdale’ from 2nd Mortdale Girl Guides who came 3rd.

Needless to say, it was a lot of fun for everyone!

For a full list of the State Rally 2016 results, visit the Patrol Tent website.

 
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