Australian Contingent to the Norwegian National Jamboree – Position Vacant
Changes to Police Check Procedure for new and transferring Adult Members
Cub Scitech Night 2016
Calling all Leaders and Rovers – Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
Start getting those Enduro registrations in! Cost for Cubs is $200. Venturer helpers, Rovers, Leaders and Volunteers cost is $100. Cub registration forms can be found here, Venturer Registration forms here, and Adult registration forms here
Registrations close 5pm Friday the 29th July so make sure you register ASAP to ensure you don’t miss out on what will be an amazing 3 days of fun and adventure!!
Please note that there have been a couple of changes to the Incident Report Form (I2) to reflect Faye Lund’s new contact details and the need for two signatures from the same person. You can find the updated form on MyScout or by clickinghere
Joey Leader Conference
Lone Scout Groups
Please find a poster attached here about joining a Lone Scout Group. You are encouraged to print and distribute them to parents or family members to help promote the Lone Scout Section.
Manjedal Activity Days
Manjedal Price Increases
Next Regional Chief Commissioner - Perth South Region
Congratulation on Jo Meuli being appointed as the next Regional Chief Commissioner for Perth South Region of Scouts WA.
In addition to the announcement on Facebook this evening, attached here is what has been sent to all Perth South Region Group Leaders, District Commissioners and Regional Commissioners, and here is a short version of Jo’s considerable Scouting CV.
21st New Zealand Jamboree - Australian Contingent
Currently there are fifteen Scouts and Leaders from WA that have commenced an application to attend the 21st New Zealand Jamboree at the end of this year. Join them as they take the Australian Contingent to the beautiful South Island of New Zealand for a unique Jamboree experience.
Australian applications are now open via https://registrations.international.scouts.com.au and will close at the end of May 2016. All of the details on how to apply are here and read the Australian Contingent Newsletter here for more information.
Painting Party MAC
It was a big job but the staff of BHQ answered the call for volunteers along with the De Saxe, Turner and Klopper families for two weekends in a row. Sanding, patching, removing stickers, pulling up carpet, carting TVs and debris away and fixing skirting before the painting began!
Many thanks to James Maughmer who organised it all and spent many evenings of hard slog as well. We are looking forward to welcoming a volunteer Caretaker who will take as much pride in the upkeep of the freshly painted and cleaned house as the surrounding MAC grounds.
Click here to see the “before” photos and stay tuned for the “after” photos.
Rogaining Event 2016
Another successful event, this time held at Fred Jacoby Park near Mundaring Weir. This is an opportunity for Scouts, Guides and others to put their map and compass skills to the test and navigate over unfamiliar bushland to find 40 control points in the 5 hour time limit.
The change of name from Orienteering to Rogaining did not appear to deter people. By definition Orienteering is the following of a set course with teams leaving at timed intervals where as Rogaining is a mass start with teams choosing their own route to find as many of the control points in a set time. This Scout & Guide event is a typical Rogain.
The weather was perfect, a slight drizzle at the start to dampen the ground then perfect the rest of the day for the 250 competitors spread over the 60 teams in all 7 categories.
The course was easier than normal with 33 teams finding all 40 control points and achieving the maximum 1000 points. Well done to those teams but also well done to all scouts and guides having their first attempt at Rogaining. See the attached spreadsheet for a full list of teams, CP’s found and results. Well done to all winners.
Please find Teams Scores attatched here
My thanks again to Waylen Bay Rover Crew for putting the event together and we hope that you all enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you again next year. We may even see you at the other Scout premier event – NIGHTHAWK in August.
Scout Store Competition for Cubs - Win an IPad Mini
As you may have seen in the past few weeks, there have been some other Scout Stores that have been set up around the country to provide badges and uniforms and such. Western Australia has one of these, and when members buy things from other stores, the money goes to the branches and is used to fund Scouting there. We would prefer to keep the funds in WA and benefiting WA Scouting and WA Youth Members.
In last Scout@Info we opened a competition for Cub Scouts to design an A3 Poster encouraging people to shop at the WA Scout store (either online or at the physical shop at Branch HQ). The prize for the competition is an iPad Mini. It is open to Cub Scouts and it closes the 20th May 2016. Click here to see the application form and for more information.
Cub Leaders please encourage your Cubs to enter.
Scouts WA Mountain Bike Team (ScoutsWAmtb)
The Scouts WA mountain bike team is available to provide the Scouts of Western Australia all they need to know to go mountain biking in a fun and safe way. There are purpose built mountain bike trails in the Perth hills and all over the state, the use of these trails is free so once you have the right know how and correct riding gear together it is a cheap and fun activity to do.
Swan Tiki 2016 Review
On 20 March 2016, 500 Scouts had a great time racing down the Swan River in Bayswater for Swan Tiki. Click here to read the review from the event coordinator, Ginny Forster (Smokey).
Top Youth Awards - By the Book
In August 2015, Scouts WA lead the way in Australia with the introduction of ‘Awards by the Book’ to standardise the requirements for the top youth awards.
The only exception was the Scout Skills Course that was already in place in WA for the top Scout Section award prior to the introduction of the Australian Scout Medallion (ASM). At that time, I gave an assurance that the requirement would be removed should the Scout Skills Course not be picked up as part of the National Youth Program Review.
At its 1-2 April meeting, the National Operations Committee adopted a paper Top Awards – By the Book, which Scouts WA endorsed. At the same meeting, an outline for the Youth Program Review was also endorsed and discussions with the Youth Program Coordinating Team indicated that a Skills Course would not be linked to the peak award for the Scout Section. Accordingly, the Scout Skills Course as a requirement for the ASM in Western Australia is immediately removed. The removal of this requirement is not retrospective and those Scouts booked onto the 29 April – 1 May Course will not be eligible for a refund.
A revised Chief Commissioners Directive is attached that also includes minor changes regarding the other top awards in line with National policy.
Youth Helper Course
Are you interested in becoming a Joey, Cub or Scout Leader when you turn 18? Do you already volunteer your time as a mentor or helper with one or more Youth sections? Are you aged 13 – 17? If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, consider joining in the next Youth Helper Course on 19 June 2016. Click here for the flyer.