April 2016


Australian Contingent to the Norwegian National Jamboree – Position Vacant


Do you want to become a member of the dynamic team leading the Australian Contingent to the next Norwegian Jamboree in 2017? Why not express an interest in the opportunity to develop our contingent and particularly our youth participants so that they gain the best international Scouting experience possible while at the same time going North – above the Arctic Circle and to the land of the midnight sun. The next Norwegian Jamboree (“Landsleir”) “Nord 2017” will take place in Bodø, Nordland county in Norway from 1 July to 8 July 2017. Read more…


Changes to Police Check Procedure for new and transferring Adult Members

The WA Police have recently changed their requirements for running police checks for volunteers. All new membership applications (A1 forms) must now have a copy of one primary and one secondary form of ID attached. If the applicant cannot provide these, they will need to attach copies of 3 secondary forms of ID. For a complete list of accepted forms of ID, click here. Change of Service forms for people moving into a new Group or Formation (A2 and A3 forms) must also have copies of these types of ID attached.
Applicants who have changed their name (e.g. through marriage, divorce, or legal name change) will also need to provide a copy of their name change documents. People changing roles but staying within the same Group do not need to submit copies of ID. Group and Formation Leaders, please make sure you see the original documents and attach copies of them to the new membership or change of role forms for people in your Formation. Any forms submitted without the required ID copies will not be processed until these copies are provided to Branch.

Cub Scitech Night 2016

Are you a Cub Leader or Cub Parent? Cub Scitech Night 2016 is just around the corner!
In July, Cub Scouts WA hires the entire Scitech Discovery Centre in West Leederville, for a night of learning (science) by doing! No niggling public to contend with, just Cubs having fun! 
Please see the MyScout Calendar for details and a copy of the registration form or click here, and for more information you can find a copy 
of the flyer here


Calling all Leaders and Rovers – Climb Mt Kilimanjaro 

Who’s up for a challenge to climb the highest free standing mountain in the world? Waylen Bay Sea Scouts have risen to the challenge with 3 Leaders committed and in training. Join Chil, Arrow and Oo to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in November 2016! This trip will raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research as well as be an absolute blast with a great group of people. Please watch this short video information pack.
Dania Carson, Kate Jenkin and Margot Whittington have all been affected by Prostate Cancer. They either know someone living with, a survivor of or have lost someone to the disease. So when the opportunity came to combine an adventure with raising awareness for a worthy cause they jumped at it. For more information on how to take up the challenge, support the challengers, or donate please email margot@theriverofmoney.com 

Enduro 2016

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!!


Incident Reports

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

The Joey leader conference is being held at Vasse Campsite, 236 Caves Road, Siesta Park, Busselton (280 km south west of Perth via Old Coast Rd). It will be free of charge; however, if you book and do not attend your Group will be charged $30.00. For more information click here.

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

Come along and enjoy the activities that MAC has to offer between May 21st and September 10th. For more information on dates and prices click here


Manjedal Price Increases 

There have been rumours that prices for Groups at Manjedal Activity Centre (MAC) have increased unreasonably. Accommodation and activity prices have remained stable in previous years and have only slightly increased in 2016 to cover outgoings. Charges associated with the mobile climbing wall and inflatable challenges have actually decreased for Groups in the metro area, and despite not receiving any Government subsidies, MAC is still cheaper than other campsites. For full list of prices click here.
There is much to do at MAC to improve amenities and facilities and your understanding and support would be very much appreciated in regards to rectifying some of the neglect that has occurred.


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.

Click here for more information and to get started on your mountain bike adventure contact Colin Chaytor on 0403 431 308 or via email at precisionlock@iinet.net.au


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.