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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

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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.

Former 1st Putney Rovers Reunite After 40 Years Print E-mail


We think it's safe to say our Members make a lot of great memories in Rovers (and all the other Sections for that matter), but this especially rings true for the men who were part of the 1st Putney Rover Crew in 1976. 40 years later, they're still reminiscing. 

On August 21, 1976, the Rovers rode their 10 man bike from Sydney to Melbourne to raise money for the Microsearch Foundation. The Age newspaper even published a story about it (read here).


This year on the same date the "boys" got back on the bike and shared some old fond memories with one another. They certainly looked like they had a great time! 



Cub Scouts Celebrate 100th Birthday at Government House Sydney Print E-mail


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Sunday July 31 was a very exciting day for Cubs Scouts all across NSW, as they celebrated Cubs 100th Birthday at Government House in Sydney.

Up to 2,000 Cubs and Leaders attended the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic event, including Cub Packs from the Greater Western Sydney, Hume, Hunter and Coastal, Riverina, South Coast and Tablelands, South Metropolitan, Sydney North and The Golden West Regions.

At 10am all attendees met up at Scout Place at Circular Quay to begin their observation trail wide game around the city. They wandered around to different landmarks on their maps and saw some amazing sights along the way.

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Around noon the gates were opened and Cub Packs made their way into the grounds of Government House, where they sat down on the lawn to enjoy a packed picnic lunch. The Cubs were also treated to a tour of the inside of the building.

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We learned very quickly Cub Scouts sure aren’t camera shy (and neither are the Rovers!). Cubs and Leaders were very keen to get their faces behind some of our social media frames and had lots of fun posing and pulling faces.



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The day was also very special for Doug Menzies OAM, as he made his final formal speech as Chief Commissioner of NSW. 


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Soon after, Chief Scout and Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley addressed the crowd. Mrs Hurley led the Cubs in renewing their Cub Scout Promise before everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and shouted out 1 2 3 WOLF! Once the cake was cut, everyone got their own delicious cupcake to enjoy.

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As things wrapped up, Cubs went back out into the city to explore before heading back home.

While North Coast and North West Regions were unable to join us, they still created their own fun. North West Region held their Cub Scout Celebration in Tamworth on the same day, while North Coast held their own region CubBOOM event earlier this year.

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It was such a great day overall and we thank everyone for coming along to celebrate. We hope to see you all at our next big event – Cuboree 2017!


To see all the photos we took at the Cub Picnic, visit our Flickr page

The NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People Print E-mail


The NSW Government has announced its first three year whole-of-government Strategic Plan for Children and Young people, with a focus on providing opportunities for young people to thrive and have their voices heard in their communities. 

The initiative aims to help children and young people in NSW feel safe, connected, respected and healthy, and was put together after more than four thousand children and young people from across the state were interviewed and asked to express their views. 

The plan was officially launched on July 26, 2016 and will run until 2019. 

To find out more or download the NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People, head over to the ACYP website or ACYP Facebook page.

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