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1st Keiraville Scout Group Turns 65 Print E-mail

Keiraville 65th bday

 

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For 65 years, the youth members of 1st Keiraville Scout Group have had fun and adventure hiking mountains, crossing rivers, flying, swimming, geocaching, learned about different cultures, talked to our veterans about history and helped to look after our environment. They have cooked, made art and craft, sang and danced, played music, helped people in need, and so much more.

1st Keiraville Scout Group has been a part of the Scouting community since 1952, inspiring hundreds of youth to develop confidence, resilience and leadership skills. To mark its 65th anniversary, the Group is inviting all leaders and youth members, both past and present, to join in on its festivities:

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: Keiraville Scout Hall, 15 Grey Street, Keiraville

Activities: Afternoon tea, Scouting history at Keiraville, Share your stories and Scouting activities

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Enquiries: Rod Cummins 0412 547 411

 
Scouts Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund Print E-mail

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On 19th September 2017, a major earthquake killed hundreds of people and caused catastrophic damages in Mexico City and the surroundings. Despite many being affected by the disaster themselves, over 4000 Scouts in Mexico took immediate actions to assist their community, turning the Scouts Mexico headquarters into a collection and operation centre, delivering food and drinks to rescuers, assisting with clearing rubble and encouraging blood donation.

Considering the magnitude of the damages, relief and recovery efforts will take time and will require significant resources to help the Scouts continue their support to the population and live their ideal of being always ready to serve.

Scouts Mexico has created a project on WOSM’s Scout Donation Platform to help raise funds to support their disaster relief. Scouts Australia has contributed to the fund on behalf of its members. Individuals can also make donations to the fund by clicking the button below:

 

Donate to Scouts Mexico's Earthquake Relief Efforts

 
Help Support the Roll Out of CareMonkey Print E-mail
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  • Help transform Scouts NSW
  • Support the roll out of a new software application
  • Fixed Term/Part Time (21 hours) 6-month contract

An exciting opportunity has become available in the Business Transformation Team at Scouts NSW State Office. This 6-month CareMonkey Project Support position is a great opportunity to enter the IT market.

As the CareMonkey Project - Service Desk Support Officer you will assist the team with the support, planning, implementation and roll-out of a new software application across the whole of Scouts NSW. You will have a strong customer service focus and be highly organised as customer service and support queries that arise from the project will be a key focus.

Key responsibilities:

  • Customer Support to all levels of the Organisation during rollout
  • Project Support, including planning and reporting.
  • Procedures and Training Support to create streamlined processes and effective user documentation
  • Vendor Communication
  • General Support of IT Team as required

Skills and experience:

  • Strong communication and problem solving skills
  • A friendly, helpful and team-driven approach
  • A high level of competence in the use of common computer systems and applications, sufficient to assist and guide other people in solving their IT problems
  • Hands on experience in a technical support capacity while supporting customers would be a great advantage.

You will be required to have a WWCC (for paid staff) and undergo a Police Record clearance.

Click here to download the Position Description.

If this sounds like you please email your resume and cover letter highlighting your strengths in line with the requirements mentioned above to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Applications close 26 September 2017. ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 
Is your Group or Activity Centre Getting the Best Available Energy Deal? Print E-mail

Is your Group or Activity Centre Getting the Best Available Energy Deal?  Is your energy contract up for renewal? 

Scouts NSW negotiated a great rate for Scout Groups.

Scouts NSW has an existing contract with Energy Australia with approximately 50 Groups already receiving this offer.  If your Group would like to join the existing contract and receive up to 19% discount on your energy, please follow the steps:

  • Compare your Group existing arrangements against the EA / Scouts offer including any penalties that may apply if they are exiting a current contract, to ensure they are aware if there is a benefit.
  • Forward your Group’s latest invoice to EnergyAustralia, who will role the site into the existing contract.
  • If you have questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at EnergyAustralia

If your Group or Activity Centre does join the Scouts NSW Multisite Agreement, please advise State Office Property Team once the joining is confirmed.  This will help Scouts NSW to continue to negotiate great rates for Groups.

 
Welcoming our Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Manager and Head of Business Transformation Print E-mail

Scouts NSW welcomed three new managers who will support Scouts NSW as it implements its strategic direction. Please join us in welcoming them to their new roles.

Mark Katz, Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Katz is a CA qualified CFO with over 20 years’ experience in commercial and financial management who has led Finance teams across numerous global markets in the Technology, Financial services and travel industries in Australia and South Africa.

Mark has deep knowledge and experience gained with global iconic brands including American Express enabling the restructuring and integrating of financial departments and divisions, identifying problem areas and implementing efficient systems and solutions.

Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand.

   
Jane Siebum, Head of Business Transformation

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Jane joins the team after working with organisations such as the Department of Education and Training, TAFE NSW, and Volkswagen Financial Services. She brings deep experience in leading large scale business and IT programs of work that have led to major business transformation through changes in processes and technology.

For more than five years Jane also ran her own retail / wholesale business detailing with retail and trade customers in the building supply arena.

She has deep knowledge in stakeholder engagement, communication, government liaision and networking, relationship building, and fostering the talent in young people, the disadvantaged and those needing to be heard.

In the not for profit sector, Jane has held Board positions and senior leadership roles in a volunteer capacity for organisations such as WIPAN, Bowen Pastoral Agricultural Society, and the Bowen Housing Group.

Jane is committed to the values of organisations like Scouts NSW. “My goal is to incorporate my corporate knowledge and experience with my community and social conscious in an organisation that will deliver outcomes that are charitable and sustainable.”

   
Jay Mendoza, Commercial Manager

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Jay has been a CPA for over 20 years. His career highlights include the CFO role with Goodwin - a community based NFP Aged Care provider in Canberra, over 15 years in commercial accounting roles in tourism and hospitality, and in the marketing professional services sector in Sydney, and he has also led the reporting and strategy function of a major bank in the South Pacific region.

Jay‘s work experience includes valuable experience in helping organisations get better value and optimising resource utilisation. He has been a volunteer religious education coordinator and educator in his local church. Jay was also was a Cub Scout in his youth.

 
Scouts Get Active in 2018! Print E-mail

Scouts NSW will be an eligible provider of the Active Kids Rebate Program announced by the NSW Government as part of its 2017-18 budget this year.

From 1 January 2018, families with children in Scouts from Kindy to Year 12 can apply on-line for a $100 voucher per child per year to go towards Membership Fees. The program will continue for the next four years. What a great way to start the Scout year!

“Participation in Scouting leads to a lifelong love affair with the outdoors and an active lifestyle. Many former Scouts continue to enjoy outdoor activities such as bushwalking, canyoning, abseiling and canoeing. This program will support many of our families across NSW and I am delighted that we will be an eligible provider,” said Neville Tomkins OAM JP Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner.

“Scouting unlocks the inner adventure in young people and gets them outside to explore fun, healthy activities. This voucher program will help reduce the financial burden on families who want their children to enjoy the Scout program, ” said Scouts NSW CEO Andrew Smith AM.

Scouts NSW is working closely with the Office of Sport on the most effective way to implement the program and integrate it as seamlessly as possible so that Scouts families can redeem their vouchers easily.

The NSW Government expects to finalise details of how the scheme will operate by November and Scouts NSW will inform Groups as soon as that information becomes available.
You can also find out more by visiting the NSW Government’s Active Kids website.

 
It’s a Game Changer – CareMonkey to be Rolled Out to all Scout Groups Print E-mail

Following a successful trial, the Scouts NSW Board of Directors approved the roll out of CareMonkey for all Scout Groups in NSW. The project team will work closely with the CareMonkey Working Group to introduce and roll out the online solution which will help Scouts NSW meet its strategic objective to reduce the amount of time Leaders and families have to spend on administration of Scouting.

CareMonkey will support Scouts NSW reduce the amount of paper forms and increase the capacity to manage and communicate with families at a local level. The greatest impact on families will be the reduction of having to fill in a paper E1 form for Group activities.

Leaders can easily generate E1 forms and families can quickly provide permission via a website or mobile device with a click of a button.
Families can keep individual Members’ medical profiles and emergency contact details up to date.

Group Leaders can see at a glance those members who are attending Activities and access attendees’ current Care Plans with ease if required.

It’s a game changer for Scouts NSW. Of the 20 Groups who participated in the trial, 80% of Group and Section Leaders surveyed said they were Very Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied with CareMonkey. 95% of families surveyed would recommend CareMonkey as a product for all Scouts NSW members.

Implementation will kick off in October and continue over the next six months. Keep your eye on the Scouts NSW website to find out more about how your Group can sign up for CareMonkey.

 
Call for Nominations – Scouts Australia National Council Print E-mail

Scouts Australia NSW is Seeking Expressions of Interest for Two National Councillor Roles

Scouts Australia NSW Branch (Scouts NSW) is looking for two people to become members of the National Council.

This role involves attendance at the National Council meeting(s) when hosted in Sydney and either attending at your cost or providing a proxy to an attending delegate when the meeting is held interstate.  National Councillors are expected to vote on issues affecting the national body of Scouts Australia.

This is a volunteer position for 1 year.  Councillors are endorsed by the NSW Board of Directors and are voted in to the National Council the AGM prior to their appointment.

Candidates under the age of 30 are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this role, please complete the application form, providing a short statement outlining why you wish to undertake this role, including any experience or skills that you have and a copy of your resume. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check.

Nominations are to be to be submitted no later than 3:00pm Friday 29th September 2017.

 

 

 
State Commissioner - Adult Training and Development Print E-mail

After 5 years in the role, our current SC AT&D, Tarranne Bryan is stepping down from the SC AT&D role. Thank you Tarranne for your effort and work in the role. As a result, we’re looking for someone to take on this important position.

With a New Youth Programme coming, expanded Activities training, and a bunch of other things happening in Scouts NSW in the next couple of years, this role would suit someone who thrives on change and challenge. You’ll be working with an awesome team of Trainers, RCs AT&D, Activities, and Youth Programme people, providing leadership, mentoring, motivation and direction across the state of NSW.

Interested? Apply by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications should address the criteria in the position description below. Applications close Sunday 1 October, 2017.

 

Position Description - State Commissioner Adult Training and Development

Title: State Commissioner Adult Training and Development

Short form: SC AT&D

Reporting to: Assistant Chief Commissioner Adventurous Activities, Training, and VET

Reports: Appointed Assistant Leader Trainers and Leader Trainers.

Liaison: - Region Commissioners, Adult Training & Development - State Commissioner VET (Youth and Adult) - State Commissioner Adventurous Activities Training (Youth and Adult)

Tenure: 3 years, reviewed annually.


Purpose of the position

The State Commissioner Adult Training and Development is the volunteer member responsible to the Assistant Chief Commissioner Adventurous Activities, Training, and VET for the implementation of National Curricula for Business Training for Adult members. The SC AT&D will assist in the implementation of strategic improvements to grow the richness, appeal, relevance, consistency and quality of training across NSW (particularly in country Regions). This will need detailed planning, preparation, ensuring courses are adequately staffed, quality assurance, and quantified measurement of results using a “Plan, Do, Review” attitude. This requires driving for change and preparing Scouting membership so that everyone understands and embraces the idea of change.

The SC AT&D responsible for the implementation and delivery of the National Curricula and its policies for Adult Training & Development. Interacting with other State Commissioners (across Training and Activities), the need for clear and concise communication and cooperation is essential, to ensure a uniform and united State position on training for all stakeholders. This role will need strong leadership to drive a new culture of change and provide new opportunities with Instructors now forming part of the training team. Reviewing existing procedures, policies and team will be required to accommodate and re-position NSW Training to be at the forefront for future growth as a service function to Scouting.

The SC AT&D will drive and lead a dynamic team of ALTs, LTs, and RCs AT&D, to provide the optimum environment for nurturing training of Adult from all walks of life, so their experience are positive, motivating, and provide them with enthusiasm to deliver the best possible program to our youth members.

Supporting new leaders through a sometimes-complex system can be challenging, providing them with local support network, resources and current information on training is vital, in ensuring positive outcomes for new leaders joining the movement is achieved.

Responsibilities and Duties

While carrying out the responsibilities of the role, the SC AT&D will always uphold the purpose, principles and values of Scouts Australia, will adhere to the Adult Code of Conduct and Ethics, will abide by WOSM, National and State policies and will behave in accordance with the Scout Law and Promise. Importantly, the SC AT&D will comply with, and ensure the implementation of all applicable legislative and statutory regulations. The SC AT&D will appreciate the importance of appointment reviews and be instrumental in ensuring their implementation across the State.

The SC AT&D will manage a quality curriculum that ensures Training delivers relevant and first class adult and youth development and education programs as defined by the needs of the Youth Programme. The SC AT&D will be proactive in relation to the New Youth Programme and its implementation. He/ she will have a sound understanding of Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT), as well as the operations of the Youth Councils (Scout, Venturer Scout) and the Branch Rover Council.

It is the goal of the Chief Commissioner, the DCC Team, and the Board of Directors that Scouts NSW develops a culture of openness, inclusiveness, genuine teamwork and mutual assistance. All senior positions, including the ACC & SC positions, will be both responsible and accountable for the generation and maintenance of this culture.

Further background information about the responsibilities of the SC AT&D position is available from the Assistant Chief Commissioner Adventurous Activities, Training, and VET.


Selection Criteria

You are invited to establish your claim to the position based on eight essential criteria, as well as mandatory qualifications:

Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Proven record of accomplishment of, or demonstrable capacity for, senior leadership and the effective implementation of significant organisational change.
  • Ability to develop creative and innovative ideas for improving activity participation and training.
  • Sound, evidence-based judgement, and accountable decision making.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and teams.
  • Proven, successful record of accomplishment of effective teamwork among adults.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of proactive and results orientation.
  • Enthusiasm for the strategic direction of Scouts NSW, including the Strategic Plan 2016-2018 and the Chief Commissioner's seven Strategic Priorities.
  • An appropriate fit with the positive and enabling culture of Scouts NSW.

Knowledge and Experience

  •  Sound knowledge of Leader Training processes, including an understanding of Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and requirements. Experience in a broad range of activities, as well as an understanding of the Scouts Australia Institute of Training.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 years’ Leader of Adults experience in Scouting with at least 1 year operating at a Senior State or Region level.
  • Desire to be appointed as an Assistant Leader Trainer or Leader Trainer.
  • Completed the requisite training as required for the position and hold a Wood Badge.
  • VET Sector experience, or deemed equivalent (desirable).\

Accountability

This position is strategically important to Scouts NSW, with a strong achievement attitude required. The SC AT&D will be assessed on the results they achieve. Assessment will include formal annual performance reviews. The strategic performance indicators that apply to this position include:

  • Leader Training completion rates: Basic and Advanced training, increase completion rates to prior year (target is all 100% Basic completed in 1 year, 100% Advanced complete in 3 years) of commencement
  • Cert III and Cert IV completion rates by Adults members increase by >10% to 2016
  • Accredited Activities qualifications gained by NSW members, with 300 leaders holding Guide, or higher, qualification by end of 2018.
  • Team leadership: Training Team engagement, effectiveness, and structural optimisation.

 

For further information and background, please contact the DCC AT&S.

 
Marketing Assistant Print E-mail

Position Description

The Marketing Assistant is responsible for supporting the growth and development of membership and the implementation of various marketing activities.
  
Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning, implementing, and evaluating targeted marketing strategies to facilitate membership acquisition
  • Support marketing campaigns and programs
  • Assist in maintaining and developing social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Provide regular analysis and reporting
  • Administrative and general operational duties to support Marketing and Communications team  

Skills and Attributes

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in marketing or a minimum 2 years’ experience in the field.
  • Experience in development and implementation of marketing campaigns
  • Experience in digital marketing campaigns, website management and social media accounts
  • Computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Office and WordPress CMS
  • Strong oral and written communications skills

Culture

Positive and enabling, supportive and friendly. 
  
Benefits 

  • Broad role, learn on the job
  • Good work life balance

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on an immediate basis.

 
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