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Chief Commissioner visits Air Activity Centre Print E-mail

Our Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP expressed his delight at attending the Air Activities Day on Sunday 30 April. The day coincided with visiting Groups from 2nd Panamia and Greenwich/Wollstonecraft, who in addition to undertaking flights over the local countryside, also completed a badge course, undertook an informative aerodrome walk, 'flew' flight simulators and enjoyed a well-earned BBQ lunch.

The Chief Commissioner enjoyed a short flight with Cubs Zoe and Remy from the Greenwich Wollstonecraft Scout Group, which was piloted by Angela Williams, the Safety Manager for the Air Activity Centre.

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"It was terrific to see the excitement on the faces of all the Cubs as they prepared for their flight," Neville said.

"I congratulate the AAC on contributing such exciting and diverse activities as part of our Scouting program.

"I am most impressed that the Centre takes our aircraft to other parts of the State, offering similar opportunities to youth from the country regions. This is an important initiative which ensures our Movement remains inclusive and accessible to all,” he added.

Following his visit, Neville wrote to all AAC volunteers, congratulating them on their contribution to Scouts NSW and thanking them for giving up their time for the benefit of our youth members.

Gang Show Season 2017 Print E-mail

Gang Show 2017 is set to hit the stage in coming weeks, with rehearsals in full swing and gangs in Albury, Hornsby, Cumberland, Kirrawee and the Central Coast all promising their best performances yet!

Albury Gang Show will kick off its 52nd Season with ‘The Internet is Down’, promising a performance that will get you singing, dancing and laughing in your seats. Show dates are 7.30pm Friday 16th June, and 1.30pm and 7.30pm Saturday 17th June, at the Albury Entertainment Centre. For more information and bookings, call 0447 409 658 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Following on from last year's stellar season of sold out shows, Hornsby Gang Show is promising to take you on ‘The Ride of Your Life’. The show will be set in an amusement park, with the ups and downs of each ride providing an analogy on life. Eight performances are scheduled to run at the Barker College Leslie Theatre from Friday 30th June to Saturday 8th July. To book tickets and seats online, follow the links at

Cumberland Gang Show’s 2017 show, ‘Live, Laugh, Smile’ will be showing at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta from Friday 7th July to Saturday 15th July. The show is all about living for the moment, laughing at the memories we make every day, putting a smile on your face and believing in yourself. With six musical mini-stories and an original song to be performed by the younger cast members, the show is one you don’t want to miss. For more information, and to book your tickets, visit

Kirrawee Gang Show is back with a new show in a new venue! The show will be held at the Rockdale Town Hall from Tuesday 11th July to Saturday 15th July, with the venue’s concert style seating bringing you closer to the action than ever before. The show is guaranteed to get you laughing, singing and maybe even crying, so visit to avoid missing out!

Central Coast Gang Show will present their 32nd season at The Laycock Street Theatre from Thursday 13th July to Saturday 15th July. This year’s program will take you around the world, and promises a lot of singing, dancing, comedy skits, lighting effects, fantastic costumes and brilliant scenery. For show details and to purchase tickets, please visit

Book Your 2017 Snow Trip Today! Print E-mail

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The 2017 Ski Season may be kicking off on the 9th June, but it is not too late to arrange your Group Snow Trip or family ski holiday. The Alpine Centre at Jindabyne still has places available in the Tony Balthasar Lodge, which is the perfect base for groups wanting to come to the Snowy Mountains and experience skiing, snowboarding or cross country skiing for the first time.

Families looking a comfortable, spacious and warm place to stay during their ski holiday will enjoy the privacy of the Fred Read Cottages, each with three bedrooms, central gas heating and scenic views over Lake Jindabyne.

The Alpine Centre team is offering a discount for all Scouting members, and is happy to arrange equipment, clothing and discounted Lift and Lesson packages.

Contact the team now on 6456 2433 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Introducing New State Commissioners Print E-mail

The Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new State Commissioners, following a comprehensive merit selection process. Meg Cummins will take on the State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment) role, while Stan Prout steps in as State Commissioner (Air Activities).

Meg Cummins, State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment)

Meg became a member of Scouts at the age of 7 at 1st Keiraville. She progressed through the Sections, achieving the Peak Awards for each and is now a Rover at 1st Austinmer. Meg is in her 3rd year of National Youth Council, has been an active member of the NSW State Youth Council and Youth Environment Teams, and is currently the State Coordinator for the You+Lead Course. She is also a facilitator for the Youth Program Review.

Meg looks forward to the challenges that will come with being the State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment. She will network within NSW, Australia and the world to ensure Youth Empowerment is at the forefront of Scouting across NSW. The Youth Empowerment role holds many opportunities to inspire Scouts around NSW to be change makers, and work towards ensuring that Scouts Australia remains Australia’s leading youth movement.

Stan Prout, State Commissioner (Air Activities)

As the new State Commissioner (Air Activities), Stan Prout brings a wealth of aviation, management and voluntary experience to the Air Activity Centre. With over 40 years’ experience as an airline pilot (including 27 years as a Boeing 747 Captain, and 23 years involvement in aviation regulatory reform specialising in fatigue risk management), Stan is well respected within the aviation community. As a keen Cessna 172 pilot and aircraft owner himself, Stan is looking forward to working with the team of dedicated volunteers that help run the Scouts NSW Air Activity Centre at Camden Airport.

The Air Activity Centre has been in operation for over 45 years. With a fleet of four modern Cessna 172 aircraft, it has flown over 60,000 Scouting members and their families, and trained over 500 pilots. The Air Activity Centre exists to further the aims of Scouting in the development of life skills such as responsibility, leadership and teamwork through aviation related Activity Day programs for youth members, and flying training for Venturer age and adult members in Scout owned aircraft. If you have not been to the Air Activity Centre before, please visit for more information. Stan and the team look forward to welcoming you soon.

We record our congratulations, and special thanks, to Boyd Williams for his strong leadership of the Centre over the past 2 years.

We welcoming Meg and Stan to the State Team, and thank Boyd for his outstanding dedication to air activities for Scouts.

Announcement of Commissioners Print E-mail

Dear Fellow Scouters,

I am pleased to advise the outcomes of recent selection processes for Assistant Chief Commissioner and State Commissioner roles.

The selection process included state-wide advertisement, shortlisting and interviews. All applicants were assessed based on merit by a Selection Advisory Panel comprising three Scout Members, including a gender mix as well as a young person and a Regional Commissioner (as appropriate).

The outcomes are as follows:

  • State Commissioner (Cub Scouts): Wendy Warner
  • State Commissioner (Scouts): Chris Buggie
  • State Commissioner (Venturer Scouts): David Jacobs
  • State Commissioner (Program Implementation): Josh Andrews
  • Assistant Chief Commissioner (Adventurous Activities, Training and VET): Parrish Hull
  • Assistant Chief Commissioner (State Activities, Fellowships and Bases): Marion Fisher
  • State Commissioner (Adult Training and Development): Tarranne Bryan

Additionally, I would like to welcome Luke Saunders as the Branch Rover Council (BRC) Chair who is also appointed State Commissioner (Rover Scouts). I wish to acknowledge Liam Painter for the wonderful work he has done as BRC Chair.

New Commissioners

Wendy Warner, State Commissioner (Cub Scouts)

Wendy joined Scouting in 2004 with 1st Walcha and moved to be the Regional Commissioner Cub Scouts for the North West Region in 2010. In 2013 Wendy was appointed Deputy Regional Commissioner, and this year was appointed as Regional Commissioner Activities. Wendy has been actively involved in the State Cub Council for a number of years, has attended three Cuborees which included the role of Administration Director at the most recent Cuboree, and has represented NSW at National meetings.

There are exciting times ahead for the Cub Section as the Branch implements the New Youth Program, as the Cub Scout Section continues to evolve, and ‘Youth Leading Adult Supporting’ is implemented across the Section.

Chris Buggie , State Commissioner (Scouts)

Chris joined Scouting as a youth member with 1st Peakhurst where he also became a Scout Section Leader before moving to 1st Bangor. In 2015 Chris joined the NSW State Scout Team with specific responsibilities to further the engagement of Youth Members in areas such as Youth Forums, Youth Empowerment, advanced Youth Leadership Training, and was key to the successful integration of the State Scout Youth Council Executive Team into the State Mindari.

Chris has been actively involved at four Cuborees and five Jamborees, was a representative from NSW at a National Conference in 2016, and is also Warden at Cataract Scout Park.

The Scout Section has many opportunities ahead of it with implementation of the New Youth Program, further engagement of young people in the business of Scouting, and the challenges of retention. These are areas Chris is most passionate and excited about.

David Jacobs, State Commissioner (Venturer Scouts)

David joined Scouting as a youth member with 1st Kanwal where he followed right through to become a Crew Leader. David then trained as a Venturer Leader and some 7 years later was appointed as Region Commissioner Special Duties with interests in exploring the diverse world of entertainment.

In addition to implementing the New Youth Program, priority areas include the continued evolution of the Venturer Scout Section, development of a Youth Development Leadership program for Venturers, implementation of ‘Youth Leading Adult Supporting’ across the Section, and introduction of the You+Lead Leadership Program.

Luke Saunders, State Commissioner (Rover Scouts)

Luke began his Scouting journey as a Joey Scout in 1998 and has been involved ever since. Luke enjoys participating in a World Jamboree and an Australian Jamboree. Luke has been an active member of the Branch Rover Council since 2015 and in April 2017, was elected the BRC Chair. Luke is also a committee member of the State Insurance Committee, the State Scoutsafe Committee, the Scouts NSW Chief Commissioners Council and the Branch Council.

Josh Andrews, State Commissioner (New Program Implementation)

Josh joined the Scouting movement in 2004 with Normanhurst Cub Scout Pack and has not looked back since. He is currently a Rover Scout in Sydney North.

Scouting has been part of Josh's entire life. He loves that Scouts gives young people countless opportunities to learn new skills and explore new places. Josh is excited by this chance to work with Youth and Adult members across the State, learning and exploring the New Youth Program — so we can take modern Scouting to new heights together!

Parrish Hull, Assistant Chief Commissioner (Adventurous Activities, Training and VET)

Parrish's adult Scouting roles saw him start in the Scout section of 2nd Caringbah in 1998, then moving into roles with South Metropolitan Region in Resources and Activities in 1993. Parrish took on leadership of South Metropolitan Region as Region Commissioner in 2005, holding this important role until 2014. Since then Parrish has held State roles in Adventurous Activities and Training. He is an active member of Kirrawee Gang Show, and holds a variety of activities qualifications across Bushwalking, Water Activities, Abseiling, and Flying Fox. Parrish is a member of the Scouts NSW Training team.

Marion Fisher, Assistant Chief Commissioner (State Activities, Fellowships and Bases)

Marion is a well known Leader in Scouting, across Venturers, Activities and Fellowship. Marion started in Scouting in 1994 with 2nd Clovelly Cub Scouts, before moving to Randwick and Kingsford Venturer Units. Since then she has held Region Activity and State Activity roles, as well as Youth Programme. Marion is an active member of the Southern Cross Adventurous Activities Fellowship. Marion is a long time Dragonskin supporter, and a regular trainer in Abseiling, Caving and Bushwalking for the wider Scouting community.

Tarranne Bryan, State Commissioner (Adult Training and Development)

Joining the Joey section of 1st West Tamworth in 1992, Tarranne has also spent time in the Cub Scout section. She started working with the State Training team in 2002 as a PLA, then an ALT in 2004. Tarranne has played an important role in North West Region, holding the Joey Scout, Member Support, and AT&D Region roles between 2003 and 2013. Taking on the Assistant State AT&D role in 2013, Tarranne then took on leadership of the State Training Team in 2015, and continues to hold this role.



I wish to acknowledge the great contribution of the following who are retiring from their roles or have been appointed to new roles:

Tricia Shaw

Tricia has provided over 50 years’ service to Scouting in NSW. She was appointed as the Branch Commissioner (Cub Scouts) on the 18th July 2011. In 2011, Tricia was the Deputy Chief Director of the 4th NSW Cuboree. In 2012, she successfully organised and ran the 1st NSW State Palaver, a fun filled training weekend for Cub Leaders. In 2014, Tricia once again took on the role of Deputy Director of the 5th NSW Cuboree and in 2015 successfully lead her State Seeonee team in holding the 2nd NSW State Palaver. Tricia is currently preparing for a State Conference for District Cub Scout Leaders to be held at the end of June. Tricia will progressively hand over her responsibilities to Wendy Warner.

Randall Jones

Randall has provided over 24 years’ service to Scouting in NSW. He was appointed as the Branch Commissioner (Scouts) on the 12th March 2013. During this time, Randall played an important NSW State role at the 23rd Australian Jamboree and was the NSW contingent leader at the 24thAustralian Jamboree in 2016. He was also a Director at the 5th NSW Cuboree in 2014 and Camping Director at the recent 6th NSW Cuboree in 2017. On the 14th March 2017, Randall was successful in gaining the role of Deputy Chief Commissioner (Youth Program).

Phil Crawford

Phil has provided over 20 years’ service to Scouting in NSW. He was appointed as the Branch Commissioner (Venturer Scouts) on the 18th July 2011. Whilst completing this role over the past 6 ½ years, Phil has played an integral role in the Queen Scout Award presentation ceremonies held at Government House Sydney. Phil was also on the Executive Organising Committee for the 1st National School in Adventurous Activities held in 2014.


Wal Waerner

Wal has been in Scouting now for 35 years. During that time Wal has been a Cub Scout Leader, an Activity leader, eventually moving into the Region Commissioner Activities role for South Coast and Tablelands Region. He moved back to Sydney 16 years ago, and took on the RC ATD role in South Metropolitan Region. He was appointed into the role as Branch Commissioner Rovers in 2011. Wal enjoyed working with Rovers, where youth led, adult supported is very much a positive reality.

We will be inviting Tricia, Randall, Phil, Wal, Liam and partners to join us at an upcoming function so we can formally thank them and their families for their wonderful contribution.

I ask you to join me in congratulating our new appointees, and in thanking our outgoing Commissioners.

With best wishes

Yours in Scouting,

Neville Tomkins


Neville Tomkins
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia (NSW Branch).

Air Venture Flying Camp 2017 Print E-mail

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Are you a Venturer or Girl Guide interested in aviation? Want to work towards attaining your pilots licence?

Then why not consider attending the Air Venture Flying Camp.


Sunday 9 July 2017 - Saturday 15 July 2017


Scouts Australia NSW Air Activities Centre. Camden

What's Included?

  • Flying
  • Theory Training
  • Meals and Accommodation


For more information please download the following:

Scout Job Week 2017 Print E-mail

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This annual event is a proud Scouting tradition and in 2017 Scouts across NSW will once again show their community spirit by lending a hand in their local communities and undertaking various jobs for a just reward.

Scouts have the opportunity to learn new skills, interact with people in their local neighbourhood and raise funds for their Scout Group. All money raised stays with the local Group and goes towards updating equipment, refurbishing Scout Halls and funding future Scout activities.

Scout Job Week is the time to step up and be an active citizen in your community.

Register your interest today!

Cyclone Debbie Affects Scout Groups in the North Coast Region Print E-mail

Helping Scout Groups and Families Affected by the floods.

Due to the effects of Cyclone Debbie, six Scout Groups and their halls have been flood (or water) affected, to varying degrees.

Lismore, Chinderah, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, and Casino had experienced damage to their hall. Kyogle Scout Group does not have a hall, but they have had damage to their Group materials that were stored in the Council facility they share.

At this stage it appears the Lismore Scout Group has been most affected, with 15 inches of water through the hall.


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Scouts NSW also has several families who have had extensive damage to their homes.

There have been a number of requests from Scout Members who want to help either through a donation of professional services or through a monetary donation.

One inspirational Scout, Claire, from 1st Balmoral Sea Scout Group ran a fund raising campaign last year to assist Scout Groups in need. Her trivia night raised $1862! While some of the funds were allocated to a grateful Scout Group last year, she decided to allocate the remaining amount of $931 to the flood affected Scout Groups in Far North Coast. What an inspiration Claire is to all of us!

If you would like to find out how you can help or make a donation to help those Scouting Groups and Families affected by the floods, please fill out and follow the advice in the form below.


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2017 NSW State Konara Print E-mail


Joey Leaders and  assistants are invited to Scouts NSW State Konara!

27th May 2017 to 28th May 2017 at Glenfield Scout Camp

Please remember this is a training activity and therefore no Joey Leader should be out of pocket as the costs should be provided by your Groups.

Registrations are now open!

Cost: Early Bird - $130 Full Price $150

Early Bird prices closed on 29th April 2017 so register quick! 

Investment Committee Member – Under 30 Print E-mail
  • Candidates must hold Scout membership and be under 30 years of age
  • Experience or an interest in a financial field is essential

Scouts Australia NSW is seeking to appoint a new member under 30 to its Investment Committee.

Scouts Australia NSW is a not-for-profit youth organisation that engages and inspires young Australians to develop confidence, resilience and leadership skills within a fun, safe and secure environment.

The Investment Committee recommends actions and strategies related to the investment portfolio and appointment of investment managers.

The committee implements and monitors the investment objectives of Scouts Australia NSW, and monitors the performance of its investment managers.

The role

This is an honorary appointment for 3 years. Committee members attend (either in person or by teleconference) at least 4 meetings per year, held at Scouts Australia NSW State Office in Sydney Olympic Park or other locations as agreed. The committee reports at least 4 times per year to the Scouts Australia NSW Board of Directors.

The candidate

Candidates must hold Scout membership and be under 30 years of age.
Candidates must be able to attend 75% of all committee meetings.

To apply

For more information about Scouts Australia NSW please visit
Applicants should send their expression of interest and CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications close 31 March 2017.

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