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Scouts SA Annual Report 2016

SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2016 ADVENTUROUS SCOUT Activities John Lowrie Assistant Chief Commissioner The Adventurous Scout Activities Team provides very affordable opportunities for fun and adventure filled activity experiences to as wide a range of Scouting youth as possible. Our Team has now grown to 13, with the introduction of the Cycling and Survival Sections. We all remain very passionate, competent and committed activity teams delivering amazing adventurous activity experiences all over the state. We pride ourselves in having Skills Specific specialist trained Scout Activity Leaders who ensure these activities are delivered safely to, if not exceeding the National Safety Standards. The ASA are intended to challenge skills, interest and passion for adventure and responsible risk taking that are often pursued by youth into their adult lives. The Adventurous Scout Activity sections continue to deliver Nationally recognised Outdoor Recreation courses in areas such as Archery, Bush Walking, Canoeing/Kayaking, Caving, Cycling, and Rock Climbing. Thank you yet again to all the Activity Leaders of the Adventurous Scout Activity Teams. Your ongoing commitment to your specialist training and program enhancement is outstanding and is a critical part of the Scout program. Here are some highlights for the 2015/16 Scout year from each of our teams: 19 AIR ACTIVITIES CENTRE: SCOUT GLIDING CLUB Colin Turner Branch Commissioner • 525 Scout flights were completed. • 25 groups enjoyed the centre. • Introduced new “in-house” bouldering wall. Thanks to Hallett Cove Venturers for all their hard work with building this wall. • Started the purchase of a new engine for our Super Dimona last year as the old engine has reached the 12-year change over date. Expect the new engine change over to be underway very soon. A 9-month exercise. • Will be recovering the fuselage of one of our aircraft this year and conducting a 50 year airworthiness survey on it at the same time. A big job. • In October this year we will be flying to Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula for a weekend to fly Eyre Peninsula Scouts. • Totally booked out for the rest of this year with 19 groups booked between now and Christmas. ARCHERY Derek Roath Branch Commissioner • 1233 youth have participated. • New Tag Archery program. • We have travelled far and wide to deliver our program. • Continue to offer individual sports badge through Archery. • Train Archery Instructors to a Nationally recognised standard. BOATING Jeff Playfair Interim Branch Commissioner • The Boating Team in SA is responsible for running water based activities and training in sailing, rowing and power boating for all Members of the Association, manage the use of Seahaven training facility at Outer Harbour and maintain standards in the Scouts SA Boating fleet. • The Boating Team are moving forward with training, developing courses that bring us in line with National Scout qualifications and also meet South Australia’s requirements with our Patrol Boats. • A new class of sailing boat (Optimists) has been introduced to the Boating program allowing a more hands on approach for our Youth. These boats will allow Cubs, Scouts and Venturers to form a two man crew and use the new “Optise” to develop and improve their sailing skills. BUSHWALKING John Litvan Branch Commissioner • Assisted with the planning and approval of remote area bushwalks. • Continued Support for Operation Flinders Trailblazer Challenge (8 years of involvement) • Provided the training and mentoring of Leaders for SnowVenture. • Plan and run the hike component of Easter Venture • Provided competent and qualified Queen Scout examiners. • Reviewed bushwalking courses to align with Outdoor Recreation requirements (SIS10.) CANOE SECTION Jeff Playfair Branch Commissioner • Conducted 25 “Come and Try” sessions for over 400 participants. • Supported Scout level training trips including Blanchetown, Chowilla, Loch Luna, trained 35 SA Leaders and Venturers in Canoeing/ Kayaking and have undertaken


Scouts SA Annual Report 2016
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