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Baden Powell Scout Centre Activity Sessions Print E-mail

Are you looking for an activity day in which you learn interpersonal skills and develop positive peer relationships that you will find useful for your Groups?

Then look no further!

The Baden-Powell Scout Centre can offer a tailored activity day to suit your required outcomes. Qualified Activity Instructors will ensure that the program is offered in a supportive and challenging way that will really test personal skills as well as fostering positive Team partnerships— in a challenge by choice setting.

The Centre itself is located in Pennant Hills which is conveniently located by road or public transport.

We would love to see you onsite soon!

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Night Activity Session

How does climbing through the trees via torch light sound or flying down the 100m fox with a glowstick lighting your way?

Sounds pretty exciting!

Why not consider booking in for a session of a night time activity which can be run during the same hours as your normal meeting time! Sound good? All you have to bring is your head torch and yourselves!
Night time activities include

  • High Ropes
  • Crate Stacking
  • Leap of Faith
  • Flying Fox
  • Rogaining

Example night time program:

  • 6.45pm: Arrive, Welcome and Site Orientation
  • 7-8.45pm: Adventurous activity
  • 9pm: Debrief and depart

*program can be tailored to your needs

For more information and to book your activity session contact:

Baden-Powell Scout Centre
Ph: 02 9484 2278
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Address: Pomona St, Pennant Hills. NSW

Air Activity Update Print E-mail

Air Venture January 2017

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The first Air Venture Flying Camp for 2017 took place from Sunday 22nd to Saturday 28th January with 8 budding pilots (6 boys and 2 girls) and 9 instructors participated. Unfortunately due to weather conditions not all allocated hours could be flown but in addition to theory studies students were kept occupied with a number of activities. Owing to their dedication and effort made to study, all students passed their theory test for their first solo and can use the balance of their remaining hours at their leisure to achieve that exhilarating and unforgettable feeling of achievement. A very special thanks to a dedicated group of volunteer flight instructors and Air Activity Centre members who tirelessly made it all happen.

The camp is growing in popularity with places being booked well in advance. Keep an eye out here for future dates.

Activity Flying Days

The first half of the year is well under way with bookings having been received from a number of Groups. At the time of writing (15th January), the following days are still available:

  • February: 11, 12, 26
  • March: 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • April: 1, 2, 29, 30
  • May: 6, 7, 21, 27, 28
  • June: Fully booked

Get in early before these days are booked out! Bookings are also open for semester 2 2017.

And, just when you thought the year couldn’t get any more exciting ... we have two Country trips scheduled!

  • 10-11 June in Young with approximately 200 to fly
  • 24-25 June in Casino with approximately 80-120 to fly

Remember ... if you are in an area that cannot get to us - we will come to you.
Interested in looking for something different? Why not get involved with the Air Activity Centre. 

Assistance would be most welcome from the wider Scouting community especially on air activity camps.

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1st Cromehurst Special Needs Group award first Pioneer Cord Print E-mail

1st Cromehurst Special Needs Scout Group awarded its very first Pioneer Cord to Anton Terzarghi at its Christmas Party in December 2016.

Founded in February 1974, 1st Cromehurst has waited over 40 years to achieve this milestone. As part of his Pioneer Cord Anton ran a scout disco for the local scouts and raised money for the Troop. He was one of the four Cromehurst youth members who attended the Australian Jamboree in 2016, and was an integral part of planning the troop camp at Camp Kariong last August. Since joing Scouts in 2013 Anton has acheived great things and developed leadership skills. Anton will be one of our first Venturers when the Unit becomes operational.

The Pioneer Cord was given at 1st Lindfield Scout Hall, where 1st Cromehust meets, in the presence of State Commissioner for Special Needs, Mark Burfield, Regional Commissioner for Special Needs, Beth Mitchell, Ku-Ring-Gai District Commissioner, Allen Hyde and the past and present Leaders of 1st Cromehurst Scout Group.

Anton Terzaghi receives his Pioneer Cord Dec 2016

Chief Commissioner's Certificate Awarded to Kevin "Stack" Haycock OAM Print E-mail

On Friday 20 January NSW Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, travelled to Dubbo to meet with Kevin "Stack" Haycock OAM who is in ill health and unable to return to his home in Tamworth.

Stack has been a continuous Member of the Scouting Movement for 76 years, 66 as a leader. He has been a member of the Training Team for 53 years and a Leader Trainer for 51 years. His leadership roles included RC (ATD) Country Area, AC Northland, RC North West, State Commissioner Special Projects (National Indigenous Scout Program) and numerous other Commissioner responsibilities. He is now an Honourary Commissioner and a Branch Life Councillor.

In recognition of Stack's outstanding contribution to Scouting, the Chief Commissioner presented him with a framed Certificate of Appreciation which now adorns the wall of Stack's Dubbo residence.

Bruce Stewart, North West Region Chairman, Graeme Fordham AM, former North West Area Commissioner and Chief Commissioner and Roger Butler OAM, a former Region Commissioner of North West, travelled from Tamworth, Armidale and Moree respectively for the occasion. Stack's youngest son, Andy, was also preseent.

Stack felt both humbled and honoured to receive the award, but also for the effort of his Scouting colleagues to travel to Dubbo to make it.

Stack Haycock presentation


Myths and Legends Cuboree Newsletter Print E-mail

The Official Cuboree Newsletter, The Legend, provides fun updates for all of the Packs and the Leaders.  You can download your copy here.

The Legend Issue 1

The Legend Issue 2

The Legend Issue 3

2016 Community Building Partnership Grants Print E-mail

Congratulations to the Scout Groups who have recieved funds in the 2016 Community Building Partnership Grants. Successful Groups are listed below.

1st Albion Park Scout Group
1st Austinmer Scout Group
1st Ballina Scout Group
1st Beresfield Scout Group
1st Blackheath Scout Group
1st Brush Park Scout Group
1st Budgewoi Scout Group
1st Bungendore Scout Group
1st Cherrybrook Scout Group
1st Collaroy Plateau Scout Group
1st Ermington Scout Group
1st Garden Suburb Scout Group
1st Green Valley Scout Group
1st Grose Vale Scout Group
1st Kellyville Scout Group
1st Leichhardt Scout Group
1st Little Bay Scout Group
1st Mt Colah/Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group
1st Mullumbimby Scout Group
1st Murrumbateman Scout Group
1st Picnic Point Scout Group
1st Putney Scout Group
1st Riverstone Scout Group
1st Teralba Scout Group
1st Wattle Grove Scout Group
1st Winston Hills Scout Group
1st Woolgoolga Scout Group
1st Yaralla Scout Group
1st Yaralla Scout Group
2nd Mortdale Scout Group
2nd/3rd Lindfield Scout Group
Air Activity Centre
Alexandria Scout Group
Bexley North Scout Group
Bundilla Scout Camp
Cardiff Scout Group
Glenrock Scout Camp
Glenfield Scout Camp
Murwillumbah Scout Group
Petersham Scout Group
Ryde Scout Group
South Coast and Tablelands Region - Lake Heights
Tamworth Oxley Scout Group
The Golden West Region - Camp Canobolas

From Our Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

There are many, many reasons as to why I am proud to be your Chief Commissioner.
Since my appointment, I have been privileged to meet over 1,000 leaders, some 2,500 youth and many hundreds of parents. I continue to be struck by the extraordinary dedication of our leaders the enthusiasm of our youth, and the hard work of our parents and supporters. Thank you to each of you!

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

In response to our submissions and our 6 December 2016 appearance, the Royal Commission noted the progress made by Scouts NSW to enhance our child protection arrangements and observed that we still have significant work to do. As your Chief Commissioner, the safety of our children, and youth, is my number one priority.

To further improve child protection, we have introduced a new framework, including an enhanced Child Protection Policy and Procedure. For full details, see below in this Bulletin.

For me, the best way to protect our youth is to empower them to protect themselves. Our youth have the right to feel safe. They also have the right to report. As well as embedding our new Child Protection framework, we will be working hard in the new Scout year to raise awareness amongst all our youth of their right to feel safe, and to report.

Our Board of Directors is providing strong leadership in Child Protection by adopting the Royal Commission’s 10 elements of “Creating a Child Safe Institution.”

Chief Commissioner’s Council Meeting

We had a highly successful meeting at the BP Scout Centre, Pennant Hills, 26-27 November, coinciding with the meetings of the State Youth Council and the Branch Rover Council.

One of the weekend’s many highlights was the Celebration Dinner on Saturday night, run by our youth, and with Michael Baden-Powell (our Founder’s grandson) as our guest speaker. I was especially impressed by the presentations by our State Youth Council, and representatives of our State Scout Youth Council, on how to further improve Scouting in NSW.

“Big Day Scout”

To further raise the profile of Scouting across NSW, and to recruit more youth and leaders, we will be writing to you shortly about a major event – Big Day Scout – in late 2017. You will have months of advance notice to plan your participation for this event, with lots of pleasant surprises in store.

Improved Governance

Your Board of Directors, under the leadership of our Chair, Kerry McGoldrick is to be congratulated for the enormous amount of work it is doing to improve Scouting through enhanced governance. Like us, all Directors are volunteers. The minutes of our meetings are provided to Branch Council for information, with all Directors endeavouring to get to as many State and Region events as possible to further improve communication and awareness.

NSW Cuboree

I congratulate all those who have worked hard to prepare for our 3-7 January NSW Cuboree. With over 3,500 youth and leaders in attendance, it promises to be a memorable event. I will be attending the whole event. If you are there, please introduce yourself. I would love to hear of your ideas as to how my leadership team and I can help to bring Scouting to more young people across our State.

Memorable Moments

Attending the 5th Bankstown (Muslim) Scout Group activities at their Multicultural Concert, and the 1st Canley Heights (Vietnamese) Scout Group camp (including to celebrate 85 years of Vietnamese Scouting in Australia), reminded me of the richness, and diversity, of our Scouting program. It was my privilege to attend their events, and I am proud of what our universal Scout program can do to develop the skills of youth from different backgrounds. Their activities also reminded me of the importance of families being involved in, and supporting, Scouting.

We have every right to be proud of our youth members, especially those achieving their Section’s top awards. What a memorable occasion it was for me to attend the Queen’s Scout presentation of 2nd Baulkham Hills. Five Queen’s Scouts from the one Group at the same time was impressive! These are the future leaders of Scouting NSW, and our local community. 

It is always a privilege to have inspirational youth part of Scouting. One such person is Jaycob Andrews, a PL from 1st Batemans Bay Scout Group. Already facing many health and physical challenges, and reliant on a wheelchair, Jaycob was recently airlifted to the Westmead Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment. During my visit, Jaycob shared with me how important Scouting was for him, and how grateful he was for his outstanding Leaders. With 9 Scouts (both boys and girls) under his leadership, I am delighted to see what Scouting can do for Jaycob.

1st Cherrybrook Scout Group, with 130 youth, 22 leaders, and a strong Group Committee, reminded me of what is possible, through strong leader recruitment and a supportive parent committee. What can we do to help your GL and DC to grow leader numbers and create strong Group committees?

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Country Regions

Our country regions need all the support we can give them. To this end, we will be establishing a Working Group in the new year to look at how we can best assist them.

I very much look forward to my visit to The Golden West (late January), the Riverina and to the North West Region again in the new year. I also hope to meet many youth and Leaders at the Hunter and Coastal Region Corroboree.

Adult Recognition

Everywhere I visit Groups and activities across our State, I meet Leaders and Supporters who have dedicated substantial amounts of time, and really made a difference to our youth through their contributions.

No doubt you know many such volunteers. But have they been recognised recently through our Scouts Australia Adult Recognition Awards (ARA) scheme?If not, I urge you to consider nominating them for an award. If they have already been recognised, I urge you to consider nominating them for the next level of award (if eligible).

Nominations for the 2017 Adult Recognition Awards are now open. To nominate, please contact your Region Office for more information.

Thank you

Scouts NSW would not have the membership, and the quality Scout program, were it not for you – our volunteers. Thank you! I am deeply, and personally, indebted to each one of you. We are also indebted to our professional staff – in State Office, Regional Offices, our Activity Centres and our campsites, for your continued commitment and passion for Scouting.

I also thank my Chief Commissioner’s Council members, each of the Region Commissioners, our Board of Directors, Board Committees and Branch Council for their tremendous commitment to Scouting.

My wife, Jenny, and I wish each of you and your families, the very best for the festive season.

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




Rover Crew Reunion Print E-mail


On 10 September 2016 there was a Reunion held at Kariong Scout Camp, NSW, for members of 1st Burns Bay and Lane Cove District Rover Crews. 

This Rover Crew was in existence from 1958 to 1998 and met in the hall that is now known as 1st Lane Cove Scout Hall.

An absolutely fantastic and magical day was held by all at the Reunion. Of the 60 people that attended were 40 Ex Crew Members which included 14 Ex Crew Leaders, 9 Baden Powell Awardees and 1 Ex Crew Advisor. It was amazing to see so many people that had possibly not caught up with each other for approximately 30 years. There were attendees from each of the four eastern Australian States and the ages of the attendees spanned the forty years of the Crew’s existence. Everyone brought lots of memorabilia and photos so there was lots of reminiscing and catching up.

Thank you so much again to everyone who attended and made the day so wonderful – whether from near or far – thank you so much again.

MEMBER OFFER - Cataract Scout Park Print E-mail

Are you looking for an exciting adventure for you Scout Group or section? Look no futher that Cataract Scout Park! A special offer is available now for Members so experiences some of the best Cataract has to offer.

A detailed breakdown of the package is available here.

Remember to get in quick this offer is only available until March 2017

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Cataract Offer



Scouts Australia’s National Child Protection Policy Print E-mail

Scouts Australia’s National Child Protection Policy
One Approach for All Australian Scout Members

Scouts Australia has merged all Branch-based child protection policies into a single National policy to ensure consistency and clarity of our zero-tolerance approach to child protection.

This new National policy describes several areas of child protection including strategies for prevention; dealing with reports of abuse; training of all Scouting adults with regards to child protection; and the ongoing education of both adults and youth members. From all the different State and Territory legal requirements, Scouts Australia has selected the highest standard to apply in our new comprehensive National policy.

All State and Territory Branches agreed on four key child protection principles:

  • All adults in Scouting must report incidents to the appropriate authority
  • Any report will be responded to quickly and positively
  • There will be no delay, and strict steps must be followed
  • Investigations are not conducted locally - there is an escalated process

The independent, not-for-profit child protection organisation Child Wise has accredited the policy and has closely assisted Scouts Australia through its development. Child Wise will continue to work with Scouts Australia to ensure the policy and its underlying Scout Branch frameworks remain at best practice levels across Australia.  

The new policy was approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Scouts Australia in November 2016. During the next few months all training materials and handbooks across every Branch and Group will be updated. All Leaders, parents, volunteers and participants in Scouting must follow the new National policy.

To ensure that every Scouting member plays their part in providing the safest possible environment for all children, please read the summary page here and download a copy of the full policy here.

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