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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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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.

SEAC 2016 Print E-mail

What a truly amazing State event was the State Environment Activity Camp (SEAC) 2016 held for the first time at Camp Coutts from 23-25 September,attracting a combined 170 participants from six Regions made up of 58 Cubs, 35 Scouts, 27 Venturers, 4 Rovers, and 46 Leaders coming from as far away as Byron Bay, Kyogle,and Burra.      

The NSW Youth Environment Team (YET) conducted a well coordinated selection of rotated Environmental team based activities which included;

  • The construction and plant out of a permanent Bush Tucker Trail
  • Varied Region, Koala and Climate Change presentations
  • Handling of live Australian birds, reptiles and animals
  • Stream water testing
  • SES and RFS onsite demonstrations
  • A great observation hike
  • Energetic Gang Show campfire entertainment on Saturday evening 

During the weekend Cubs & Scouts were able to complete part of the World Scout Environment Badge and the Venturers their Venturer Level Environment Tape.

Thanks to Paul Ellis and the Palm Catering Team who kept us extremely well fed.

On Sunday we were visited by our Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins and his wife Jenny who joined in the activities and were inspired by the level of true teamwork and commitment displayed congratulating the YET and other volunteers on the running of such a successful State activity.

Neville added that he wants to be present at SEAC 2017 which has a tentative date of  22-24 September, at Camp Coutts.Bryan Davison Region Commissioner, Sotuh Metropolitan, who was in attendance is also hoping to see SEAC back at Camp Coutts next year.  

A big thank you to my amazing Environment Team and to all the 170 participants who made SEAC 2016 such a success.

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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:


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.

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)

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-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

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.

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.

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