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A Great Weekend At State Rally 2016! 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 first place in the competition. They were followed by ‘The Whovians’ from 1st Wangi Scouts in second place, and ‘Dayyym Mortdale’ from 2nd Mortdale Girl Guides who came third.

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.

 

 
Gone Fishing NSW Day Print E-mail

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The NSW Department of Primary Industries is inviting Scout Members to join in their free Gone Fishing NSW Day on October 16 2016.

Scout Groups will have the opportunity to go to fishing workshops and classes, watch fishing demonstrations, enter a casting competition and participate in a variety of fishing activities on the day in one of six locations across the State.

These include: 

  • Port Macquarie
  • Newcastle
  • Sydney
  • Lake Illawarra
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Dubbo

 

To find out more, download the Gone Fishing NSW Day flyer or visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

 
Join the Fight Against Graffiti this October Print E-mail

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Scouts Australia NSW has participated in Graffiti Removal Day over the past four years and in 2016 we’ve been invited to get involved in the fight against graffiti once again.

Thanks to the support of community organisations including Scouts, last year’s Graffiti Removal Day was a huge success with nearly 2000 volunteers removing 20,900 square metres of graffiti from over 450 sites in 56 local government areas across New South Wales. This mammoth effort saved the government and private property owners an estimated $1.4 million.

This is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for your community, so if you’re 12 years or older (this means Scout Groups, Venturer Units and Rover Crews) you should consider participating in this year’s event held Sunday, 30 October 2016.

 

How do I get my Group involved?

There are many ways to get involved in Graffiti Removal Day. You may choose to become a Local Government Area (LGA) Coordinator, Site Supervisor, Clean-up Volunteer or simply nominate a site.

Local Government Area (LGA) Coordinators will be responsible for identifying at least one clean-up site in their LGA, working in collaboration with local councils, property owners, government agencies, community groups, businesses and volunteers.

LGA Coordinators will develop site-specific project plans, manage volunteers, ensure the safety of participants, assist with local publicity, and collect data for the evaluation report. If you’d like to be an LGA Coordinator, please register before Friday, 19 August 2016. Training will be provided.

To assist with volunteer management, LGA Coordinators will appoint a Site Supervisor to organise and manage volunteers at each clean-up site. The Site Supervisor will be chosen from among the clean-up volunteers who register to participate in Graffiti Removal Day. 

Volunteers who just want to help remove graffiti will be able to register to participate in Graffiti Removal Day either through the website or by completing a registration form on the day.

Clean-up sites can also be nominated from Monday 22 August to Monday 3 October 2016 through the Graffiti Removal Day website.

 

To volunteer or nominate a site, head over to the Graffiti Removal Day website or call 1300 665 310.

You will then be contacted by the Graffiti Removal Day Volunteer Coordinator to learn the next steps.

 

Local Government Areas that need LGA Coordinators and Volunteers

Before registering for Graffiti Removal Day, please check if any of the following Local Government Areas are near you. These particular areas desperately need LGA coordinators and volunteers.

  • Auburn
  • Ballina
  • Bellingen
  • Bombala
  • Botany Bay
  • Bungendore
  • Canterbury
  • Cessnock
  • Cooma- Monaro
  • Corowa
  • Dubbo
  • Eurobodalla
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Hornsby
  • Kempsey
  • Kiama
  • Lake Macquarie ie Belmont, Charlestown, Morriset, Warners Bay area
  • Leichhardt
  • Lithgow
  • Port Macquarie Hastings
  • Queanbeyan
  • Snow Valleys
  • Upper Lachlan
  • Waverley
  • Wingecarribee
  • Woollahra

 

What are the benefits for getting involved in Graffiti Removal Day?

  • Provides an ideal opportunity to clean up graffiti from your hall at no cost
  • Clearly demonstrates that graffiti is not acceptable in your community
  • Removal of graffiti improves the environment visually
  • A ‘no graffiti environment’ provides an increased feeling of safety and therefore more likely to attract new members to your Scout Group.
  • Painting out graffiti is a common task that can be undertaken by all adults
  • Provides an ideal opportunity for youth to learn the skills of painting
  • Can be made into a fun social activity – put on a simple BBQ
  • Removal of graffiti can provide an opportunity to be included in badge-work
  • Graffiti Removal Day can be used for pre and post event publicity/promotion for your organisation in the local community
  • Rapid removal of graffiti is the best form of defence against further long term attacks

 

Do we need to supply our own materials?

Most material and equipment for Graffiti Removal Day 2016 will be supplied by major sponsors including Dulux, Selleys and Smart Graffiti.

These are supplied in pre-packaged kits. There are two types of kits, “Paint” and “Graffiti removal solution”.

The paint kit contains paint brushes, paint rollers and trays, paint tin openers, bucket, scourers, rags, rubbish bags, gloves, overalls and paper towels.

The graffiti removal solution kit contains removal liquid, rags, gloves, scourers, safety glasses, overalls, rubbish bags, bucket and paper towels.

 

 

We strongly encourage you to join in the fight against graffiti – register today!

For further information visit the Graffiti Removal Day website or call 1300 665 310

 

 

 
Out and About 2016 Print E-mail

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We're inviting all Cub Packs across NSW to get 'out and about' this year at Taronga Zoo!

We share some common ground with Taronga Zoo, who are also celebrating their 100th birthday in 2016. Naturally this piece of information (along with the obvious Cub animals connection) made Taronga Zoo the perfect venue to bring our Cub Scouts together for Out and About 2016.

To get involved in Out and About 2016, simply book your Cub Pack in for a day at the zoo on any of these dates:

  • 15-16 October, 2016
  • 22-23 October, 2016
  • 29-30 October, 2016
  • 5-6 November, 2016
  • 12-13 November, 2016
  • 19-20 November, 2016
  • 26-27 November, 2016

 

Prices:

  • $16.10 per cub
  • $32.20 per supervisor
  • 1 free supervisor for every 10 paying cub

 

A booking is required for the specific date of arrival and as Taronga do not send out invoices, payment in one total amount on the day will be required.    

To receive the rate offered, please mention you are booking as part of the Scouts Australia NSW Cub Centenary celebrations.

All bookings are required by email only to the reservations email address below. 

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Also, don't forget to order your Out and About badge from your Region Commissioner Cub Scouts!

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

 

 
Korimul Gang Show 2016 Print E-mail

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Over two big nights, Korimul Gang Show will finish up the 2016 Gang Show season in style!

Korimul Gang Show is produced by Scouts and Guides from the Illawarra region and they have been hard at work putting together song and dance routines, comedy sketches and other performance pieces. You can head over to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre on August 26-27 to see what they can do.

Performance times:

Fri 26 Aug 7pm
Sat 27 Aug 2pm & 7pm

Ticket prices:

Adult: $30 
Child U13: $23 
Student: $25 
Conc Pen/Sen: $24 
Group 10+: $22.50 

(Single tickets booked online or by phone incur a $6.80 fee per transaction).

To book tickets visit the Merringong Theatre Company website.

 

 

 

 
Cub Monday - July Posts Print E-mail

In July we had quite a few interesting Cub Scout flashbacks to reflect on, and there was also no better way to end the month than with the Cub Centenary Picnic at Government House Sydney! (click here to read more).

Here are our #CubMonday social media images for July.

 

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Fun in Cubbing - A Book For Nine Year Old Cubs - published 1972.

 

July 11th, 2016

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Now You Are a Cub - A Book For Eight Year Old Cubs - published 1972

 

July 18th, 2016

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Wolf Cub Pocket Six Roll and Subscription Book - published 1972

 

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A photo of Cub Scouts - date unknown. 

 

 

 

 
A Final Flight as Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

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Doug Menzies OAM and his family visited the Air Activity Centre for a final flight as Chief Commissioner on Sunday 24 July 2016. They were joined by Andrew Smith, newly appointed General Manager of Scouts NSW.

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An Air Activity Centre Investiture Ceremony was included as part of the Opening Flag Ceremony for the 1st Roselea Scouts and 2nd Kellyville Guides Activity Day. During the ceremony, the Chief Commissioner presented four existing Scouts Australia members, David Hird, Gary Wilson, Kevin Tuck and Mike Barr with their Air Activity Centre scarves and badge sets.

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Three new members of Scouts Australia, Angela Williams, Graham Godwin and Rolf Cetinski were also invested. All seven now hold the appointment of Activity Leader Air.

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Air Activity Centre scarves and badge sets were also presented to dual members, Rosita Van Looy (Eastwood-Marsfield Scout Group), Benjamin Meldrum (1st Cherrybrook Scout Group) and Graeme Craig (1st Cobar Scout Group).

 
Scouts and Venturers from South Met Participate in National Tree Day Print E-mail

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On Sunday July 31, while Cubs were out celebrating their Centenary, a bunch of Scouts and Venturers from the South Metropolitan Region were hard at work in their local communities, planting trees for National Tree Day.

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Around 20 Scouts and Venturers from 1st Haberfield, 2nd Enfield and 3rd Summer Hill (Trinity Grammar) got their hands dirty at a site in Haberfield.

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Scout participation in the activity was coordinated by James Hull, Venturer from 1st Haberfield and Youth Leader at 3rd Summer Hill. 

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Great job, guys! 

 

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Cub Scouts Celebrate 100th Birthday at Government House Sydney Print E-mail

 

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Sunday July 31 was a very exciting day for Cubs Scouts all across NSW, as they celebrated Cubs 100th Birthday at Government House in Sydney.

Up to 2,000 Cubs and Leaders attended the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic event, including Cub Packs from the Greater Western Sydney, Hume, Hunter and Coastal, Riverina, South Coast and Tablelands, South Metropolitan, Sydney North and The Golden West Regions.

At 10am all attendees met up at Scout Place at Circular Quay to begin their observation trail wide game around the city. They wandered around to different landmarks on their maps and saw some amazing sights along the way.

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Around noon the gates were opened and Cub Packs made their way into the grounds of Government House, where they sat down on the lawn to enjoy a packed picnic lunch. The Cubs were also treated to a tour of the inside of the building.

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We learned very quickly Cub Scouts sure aren’t camera shy (and neither are the Rovers!). Cubs and Leaders were very keen to get their faces behind some of our social media frames and had lots of fun posing and pulling faces.

 

 

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The day was also very special for Doug Menzies OAM, as he made his final formal speech as Chief Commissioner of NSW. 

 

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Soon after, Chief Scout and Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley addressed the crowd. Mrs Hurley led the Cubs in renewing their Cub Scout Promise before everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and shouted out 1 2 3 WOLF! Once the cake was cut, everyone got their own delicious cupcake to enjoy.

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As things wrapped up, Cubs went back out into the city to explore before heading back home.

While North Coast and North West Regions were unable to join us, they still created their own fun. North West Region held their Cub Scout Celebration in Tamworth on the same day, while North Coast held their own region CubBOOM event earlier this year.

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It was such a great day overall and we thank everyone for coming along to celebrate. We hope to see you all at our next big event – Cuboree 2017!

 

To see all the photos we took at the Cub Picnic, visit our Flickr page

 
The NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People Print E-mail

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The NSW Government has announced its first three year whole-of-government Strategic Plan for Children and Young people, with a focus on providing opportunities for young people to thrive and have their voices heard in their communities. 

The initiative aims to help children and young people in NSW feel safe, connected, respected and healthy, and was put together after more than four thousand children and young people from across the state were interviewed and asked to express their views. 

The plan was officially launched on July 26, 2016 and will run until 2019. 

To find out more or download the NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People, head over to the ACYP website or ACYP Facebook page.

 
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