SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2016 YOUTH PROGRAM Chris Wise Assistant Chief Commissioner A key part of Scouting is the Scout Method — the elements of the Scout Method when used together provide a rich, active and fun learning environment for our Youth Members. Over the last year the Scouts SA Youth Program team has worked to develop a program that utilises these elements of the Scout Method in order to provide the best possible Scouting experience for our young people. January this year saw our team come together for an important weekend of networking, learning and reshaping our focus on the Youth Program and supporting Mobs, Packs, Troops, Units and Crews across the State — important projects including reshaping our Program Support meetings and the role of our Program Advisers were successfully reviewed and continue to be implemented. These two projects were headed up by our Deputy ACC Youth Program Katie Williams and are just the start of a number of ‘mini’ reviews of our program to ‘get things right’. 17 THE SCOUT PROMISE AND LAW A pledge for one to do their best and live according to the values of Scouting. During 2015 we saw the development of resources to combat the issue of bullying. Tamra Enbom (PC Breaking the Cycle Bullying) has been working as part of a National team developing these resources which will be released during 2016. Kim Phillips has been appointed to the new role of PC Fundamentals working with a team to develop program ideas and resources to assist in the explanation and delivery of this important element of our program. LEARNING BY DOING Across our movement the concept of learning by doing is an important mindset. In many of the things we do as part of the program we encourage this. The Performing Arts team headed up by Cory Hawkless, BC Performing Arts sees three shows performed each year — Adelaide Gang Show, Comedy Capers Gang Show and Scout Shouts. These three shows provide our Youth the opportunities to develop their skills in a supportive, vibrant environment. Our young people work alongside adults to write scripts, create sets, music and skits in these different Performing Arts shows. THE PATROL SYSTEM The Youth Program team operate as a small team just like Patrols out in our sections across the State. Our Branch Commissioners develop small teams to provide support and leadership in all aspects of our Youth Program, modelling the behaviour and standards that an effective Youth Program should have. Our Branch Commissioners across all of our Youth Sections, Joey Scouts Peter Beaumont, Cub Scouts John Kalaitzis, Scouts Cherryl Brady, Venturer Scouts Natasha Wylie and Rovers Scouts Simon Frederick continue to lead their various teams in the work they do, while working together on cross section initiatives to promote linking and working together amongst the sections. SYMBOLIC FRAMEWORK Our symbolic framework provides a way to understand the values of Scouting through cohesive and fun activities. Scouting is an International movement and our own International team headed up by BC International Greg Warnes continues to bring International Scouting opportunities to our Branch with active work with Fiji Scouts rebuilding huts and undergoing training, attendance at World Scout Jamborees and representation of Members of our Branch at Asia Pacific Region events. PERSONAL PROGRESSION Opportunities for our Youth Members to progress, grow and develop have been many this year. Our Joey Scouts have earned a number of Joey Promise Challenge badges throughout the year. Our Cub Scouts strive for the Grey Wolf Award, testing their skills and leadership to achieve this award. At a Scout level the Australian Scout Medallion provides greater opportunities for leadership where our Patrol Leaders put these skills to the test. The Queen’s Scout Award provides our Venturers the opportunity to experience their own adventure and grow as young adults. The culmination of our Scout program sees Rovers strive for their Baden Powell Scout Award which completes the Scouting journey!
Scouts SA Annual Report 2016
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