SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2017
Conducted 42 “Come and Try” sessions
for over 540 participants.
• Supported Scout level training trips
including Blanchetown, Chowilla,
Loch Luna, trained 35 SA Leaders and
Venturers in Canoeing/Kayaking and have
undertaken an RPL program for Leaders
with existing canoeing qualifications.
• Assisted Scout Groups and Activity
Centres with technical advice and the
maintenance of the canoe survey register,
now a legal requirement. Presently there
are 400 Scout craft on the Canoe register.
Caving continues to be a very popular
activity. The introduction of a caving
proficiency camp at Naracoorte Caves
has proven to be a great initiative and
has introduced many Scouts to Caving.
• Four Scout Caving Proficiency weekends
this year, taking approximately 120 Scouts
+ Leaders caving.
• Caving trip on the Nullarbor for 10 days
over the school holidays.
• Two Venturer Caving Weekends - one to
the Flinders Ranges and the other to the
Volcanic Caves of Western Victoria. In total
we took about 25 Venturers underground.
• We also ran a caving activity at Super
Splash, where a further 100 Venturers
caved at Punyelroo.
• We held another two training caving
weekends for Scout Caving Group
Leaders. One at Wee Jasper (NSW) with
the Greater Western Sydney Region
caving team, and the other being a
navigation and Search and Rescue
Exercise at Corra-Lynn Cave.
• A group of 15 Venturers, Rovers and
Scout Caving Group Leaders took part
in a Canyoning Expedition to the Blue
Mountains in early 2017. This week long
trip also included three training days prior
to the main event.
We continue to improve our skill sets
through further training such as remote
area first aid course participation. These
courses deliver a higher level of first aid
competencies that equip our Activity
Leaders for any situation.
Matthew Brinkley has stepped down as
Branch Commissioner Caving and I would
like to take this opportunity to thank him
for all his great work in getting this section
to the terrific position it is now in.
The Scout Radio Activities Team has
recently been revamped and is now
delivering electronics based activities as
well as the radio based activities.
The Electronics Team are still responsible
for all communications and equipment
support to major Branch events together
with bringing electronics and radio based
programs to youth members.
Communications support to events
included; Easter Venture, NONT (Night