SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2017
LEADER IN CHARGE
The Boating Team continue to progress
with the delivery of training in areas such
as Rowing, Sailing and Power Boats.
Our Optimists sailing program has been
very popular with 65 Cubs, Scouts and
Venturers participating. This class of boat
allows for a more hands on approach
for our Youth allowing Cubs, Scouts and
Venturers forming a two person crew using
the Optimists to develop and improve their
The Boating Section took part in the Murray
Floatfest. This activity as a weekend full of
great activities such as Sailing, Canoeing,
Climbing wall as well as many more great
activities. 220 Youth, 36 Adult Members
as well as 26 Adventurous Activity Leaders
took part in this activity.
Thanks to our Canoe, Climbing and
Boating Sections for their great support
with this activity.
In order to drive growth, the former BC
Boating Jeff Playfair appointed an ABC
Boating – Training and an ABC Boating-
Youth. This was to drive training through
a difficult transition and expand youth
activities in small boats.
Training was expanded to include
Venturers and our first Sailing camp
was inaugurated. 8 Venturers attended
and completed all 5 units required for a
sailing Level 2 endorsement. Five of these
Venturers have contributed to support
sailing activities as Youth Leaders to
Five Optimist dinghies were purchased
to offer sailing at the Glenelg Adventurous
Activities Centre. This activity has been
considered to be in workshop. The
Optimists are popular with young Scouts
and have been supported on water by
Venturers in Kayaks.
Our partnership with Henley Sailing Club
and the Mirror Association has been
steadily growing. We currently have 7
available Mirrors now and we have seen
mixed attendance to sail days. Our largest
number was 40 youth members.
Goolwa to Clayton was well attended
with some 50 youth members. A risk
assessment was used for the specific
venue and modifications were required
to the events traditional roll out in order
In order to reinvigorate our regatta a
series of meetings occurred to consider
partnering with Float Fest. In the end it was
accepted that we would partner with Float
Fest and hold off on our regatta. Over 300
members attended Float Fest and we are
well situated to relaunch a new Regatta
based on the structures we developed at
Moving forward we are looking to revitalise
interest in Seahaven as a campsite and
fund raise for two jet boats to better serve
our power support requirements.
We will also look to building up our
number of endorsed Leaders as well
as a Level 3 sailing program.
• Assisted with the planning and approval
of two remote area bushwalks.
• Continued Support for the Operation
Flinders Trailblazer Challenge (nine
years of involvement)
• Provided the training and mentoring of
three Leaders for Snow Venture.
• Planned and ran the hike component
of Easter Venture.
• Provided competent and qualified
Queen’s Scout examiners.
• Assisted in the review of the South
Australian Adventurous Activity Standards.
John Litvan will be stepping down as
Branch Commissioner Bushwalking and I
would like to take this opportunity to thank
him for all his great work and commitment
during his term.