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2016 Community Building Partnership Grants Print E-mail

Congratulations to the Scout Groups who have recieved funds in the 2016 Community Building Partnership Grants. Successful Groups are listed below.

1st Albion Park Scout Group
1st Austinmer Scout Group
1st Ballina Scout Group
1st Beresfield Scout Group
1st Blackheath Scout Group
1st Brush Park Scout Group
1st Budgewoi Scout Group
1st Bungendore Scout Group
1st Cherrybrook Scout Group
1st Collaroy Plateau Scout Group
1st Ermington Scout Group
1st Garden Suburb Scout Group
1st Green Valley Scout Group
1st Grose Vale Scout Group
1st Kellyville Scout Group
1st Leichhardt Scout Group
1st Little Bay Scout Group
1st Mt Colah/Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group
1st Mullumbimby Scout Group
1st Murrumbateman Scout Group
1st Picnic Point Scout Group
1st Putney Scout Group
1st Riverstone Scout Group
1st Teralba Scout Group
1st Wattle Grove Scout Group
1st Winston Hills Scout Group
1st Woolgoolga Scout Group
1st Yaralla Scout Group
1st Yaralla Scout Group
2nd Mortdale Scout Group
2nd/3rd Lindfield Scout Group
Air Activity Centre
Alexandria Scout Group
Bexley North Scout Group
Bundilla Scout Camp
Cardiff Scout Group
Glenrock Scout Camp
Glenfield Scout Camp
Murwillumbah Scout Group
Petersham Scout Group
Ryde Scout Group
South Coast and Tablelands Region - Lake Heights
Tamworth Oxley Scout Group
The Golden West Region - Camp Canobolas

From Our Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

There are many, many reasons as to why I am proud to be your Chief Commissioner.
Since my appointment, I have been privileged to meet over 1,000 leaders, some 2,500 youth and many hundreds of parents. I continue to be struck by the extraordinary dedication of our leaders the enthusiasm of our youth, and the hard work of our parents and supporters. Thank you to each of you!

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

In response to our submissions and our 6 December 2016 appearance, the Royal Commission noted the progress made by Scouts NSW to enhance our child protection arrangements and observed that we still have significant work to do. As your Chief Commissioner, the safety of our children, and youth, is my number one priority.

To further improve child protection, we have introduced a new framework, including an enhanced Child Protection Policy and Procedure. For full details, see below in this Bulletin.

For me, the best way to protect our youth is to empower them to protect themselves. Our youth have the right to feel safe. They also have the right to report. As well as embedding our new Child Protection framework, we will be working hard in the new Scout year to raise awareness amongst all our youth of their right to feel safe, and to report.

Our Board of Directors is providing strong leadership in Child Protection by adopting the Royal Commission’s 10 elements of “Creating a Child Safe Institution.”

Chief Commissioner’s Council Meeting

We had a highly successful meeting at the BP Scout Centre, Pennant Hills, 26-27 November, coinciding with the meetings of the State Youth Council and the Branch Rover Council.

One of the weekend’s many highlights was the Celebration Dinner on Saturday night, run by our youth, and with Michael Baden-Powell (our Founder’s grandson) as our guest speaker. I was especially impressed by the presentations by our State Youth Council, and representatives of our State Scout Youth Council, on how to further improve Scouting in NSW.

“Big Day Scout”

To further raise the profile of Scouting across NSW, and to recruit more youth and leaders, we will be writing to you shortly about a major event – Big Day Scout – in late 2017. You will have months of advance notice to plan your participation for this event, with lots of pleasant surprises in store.

Improved Governance

Your Board of Directors, under the leadership of our Chair, Kerry McGoldrick is to be congratulated for the enormous amount of work it is doing to improve Scouting through enhanced governance. Like us, all Directors are volunteers. The minutes of our meetings are provided to Branch Council for information, with all Directors endeavouring to get to as many State and Region events as possible to further improve communication and awareness.

NSW Cuboree

I congratulate all those who have worked hard to prepare for our 3-7 January NSW Cuboree. With over 3,500 youth and leaders in attendance, it promises to be a memorable event. I will be attending the whole event. If you are there, please introduce yourself. I would love to hear of your ideas as to how my leadership team and I can help to bring Scouting to more young people across our State.

Memorable Moments

Attending the 5th Bankstown (Muslim) Scout Group activities at their Multicultural Concert, and the 1st Canley Heights (Vietnamese) Scout Group camp (including to celebrate 85 years of Vietnamese Scouting in Australia), reminded me of the richness, and diversity, of our Scouting program. It was my privilege to attend their events, and I am proud of what our universal Scout program can do to develop the skills of youth from different backgrounds. Their activities also reminded me of the importance of families being involved in, and supporting, Scouting.

We have every right to be proud of our youth members, especially those achieving their Section’s top awards. What a memorable occasion it was for me to attend the Queen’s Scout presentation of 2nd Baulkham Hills. Five Queen’s Scouts from the one Group at the same time was impressive! These are the future leaders of Scouting NSW, and our local community. 

It is always a privilege to have inspirational youth part of Scouting. One such person is Jaycob Andrews, a PL from 1st Batemans Bay Scout Group. Already facing many health and physical challenges, and reliant on a wheelchair, Jaycob was recently airlifted to the Westmead Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment. During my visit, Jaycob shared with me how important Scouting was for him, and how grateful he was for his outstanding Leaders. With 9 Scouts (both boys and girls) under his leadership, I am delighted to see what Scouting can do for Jaycob.

1st Cherrybrook Scout Group, with 130 youth, 22 leaders, and a strong Group Committee, reminded me of what is possible, through strong leader recruitment and a supportive parent committee. What can we do to help your GL and DC to grow leader numbers and create strong Group committees?

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Country Regions

Our country regions need all the support we can give them. To this end, we will be establishing a Working Group in the new year to look at how we can best assist them.

I very much look forward to my visit to The Golden West (late January), the Riverina and to the North West Region again in the new year. I also hope to meet many youth and Leaders at the Hunter and Coastal Region Corroboree.

Adult Recognition

Everywhere I visit Groups and activities across our State, I meet Leaders and Supporters who have dedicated substantial amounts of time, and really made a difference to our youth through their contributions.

No doubt you know many such volunteers. But have they been recognised recently through our Scouts Australia Adult Recognition Awards (ARA) scheme?If not, I urge you to consider nominating them for an award. If they have already been recognised, I urge you to consider nominating them for the next level of award (if eligible).

Nominations for the 2017 Adult Recognition Awards are now open. To nominate, please contact your Region Office for more information.

Thank you

Scouts NSW would not have the membership, and the quality Scout program, were it not for you – our volunteers. Thank you! I am deeply, and personally, indebted to each one of you. We are also indebted to our professional staff – in State Office, Regional Offices, our Activity Centres and our campsites, for your continued commitment and passion for Scouting.

I also thank my Chief Commissioner’s Council members, each of the Region Commissioners, our Board of Directors, Board Committees and Branch Council for their tremendous commitment to Scouting.

My wife, Jenny, and I wish each of you and your families, the very best for the festive season.

Neville Tomkins OAM, JP
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia (NSW Branch)




Rover Crew Reunion Print E-mail


On 10 September 2016 there was a Reunion held at Kariong Scout Camp, NSW, for members of 1st Burns Bay and Lane Cove District Rover Crews. 

This Rover Crew was in existence from 1958 to 1998 and met in the hall that is now known as 1st Lane Cove Scout Hall.

An absolutely fantastic and magical day was held by all at the Reunion. Of the 60 people that attended were 40 Ex Crew Members which included 14 Ex Crew Leaders, 9 Baden Powell Awardees and 1 Ex Crew Advisor. It was amazing to see so many people that had possibly not caught up with each other for approximately 30 years. There were attendees from each of the four eastern Australian States and the ages of the attendees spanned the forty years of the Crew’s existence. Everyone brought lots of memorabilia and photos so there was lots of reminiscing and catching up.

Thank you so much again to everyone who attended and made the day so wonderful – whether from near or far – thank you so much again.

MEMBER OFFER - Cataract Scout Park Print E-mail

Are you looking for an exciting adventure for you Scout Group or section? Look no futher that Cataract Scout Park! A special offer is available now for Members so experiences some of the best Cataract has to offer.

A detailed breakdown of the package is available here.

Remember to get in quick this offer is only available until March 2017

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Scouts Australia’s National Child Protection Policy Print E-mail

Scouts Australia’s National Child Protection Policy
One Approach for All Australian Scout Members

Scouts Australia has merged all Branch-based child protection policies into a single National policy to ensure consistency and clarity of our zero-tolerance approach to child protection.

This new National policy describes several areas of child protection including strategies for prevention; dealing with reports of abuse; training of all Scouting adults with regards to child protection; and the ongoing education of both adults and youth members. From all the different State and Territory legal requirements, Scouts Australia has selected the highest standard to apply in our new comprehensive National policy.

All State and Territory Branches agreed on four key child protection principles:

  • All adults in Scouting must report incidents to the appropriate authority
  • Any report will be responded to quickly and positively
  • There will be no delay, and strict steps must be followed
  • Investigations are not conducted locally - there is an escalated process

The independent, not-for-profit child protection organisation Child Wise has accredited the policy and has closely assisted Scouts Australia through its development. Child Wise will continue to work with Scouts Australia to ensure the policy and its underlying Scout Branch frameworks remain at best practice levels across Australia.  

The new policy was approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Scouts Australia in November 2016. During the next few months all training materials and handbooks across every Branch and Group will be updated. All Leaders, parents, volunteers and participants in Scouting must follow the new National policy.

To ensure that every Scouting member plays their part in providing the safest possible environment for all children, please read the summary page here and download a copy of the full policy here.

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

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