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Former 1st Putney Rovers Reunite After 40 Years Print E-mail


We think it's safe to say our Members make a lot of great memories in Rovers (and all the other Sections for that matter), but this especially rings true for the men who were part of the 1st Putney Rover Crew in 1976. 40 years later, they're still reminiscing. 

On August 21, 1976, the Rovers rode their 10 man bike from Sydney to Melbourne to raise money for the Microsearch Foundation. The Age newspaper even published a story about it (read here).


This year on the same date the "boys" got back on the bike and shared some old fond memories with one another. They certainly looked like they had a great time! 



Cub Scouts Celebrate 100th Birthday at Government House Sydney Print E-mail


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Sunday July 31 was a very exciting day for Cubs Scouts all across NSW, as they celebrated Cubs 100th Birthday at Government House in Sydney.

Up to 2,000 Cubs and Leaders attended the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic event, including Cub Packs from the Greater Western Sydney, Hume, Hunter and Coastal, Riverina, South Coast and Tablelands, South Metropolitan, Sydney North and The Golden West Regions.

At 10am all attendees met up at Scout Place at Circular Quay to begin their observation trail wide game around the city. They wandered around to different landmarks on their maps and saw some amazing sights along the way.

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(Cub Scouts waiting eagerly to enter the grounds)


Around noon the gates were opened and Cub Packs made their way into the grounds of Government House, where they sat down on the lawn to enjoy a packed picnic lunch. The Cubs were also treated to a tour of the inside of the building.

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We learned very quickly Cub Scouts sure aren’t camera shy (and neither are the Rovers!). Cubs and Leaders were very keen to get their faces behind some of our social media frames and had lots of fun posing and pulling faces.



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The day was also very special for Doug Menzies OAM, as he made his final formal speech as Chief Commissioner of NSW. 


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Soon after, Chief Scout and Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley addressed the crowd. Mrs Hurley led the Cubs in renewing their Cub Scout Promise before everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and shouted out 1 2 3 WOLF! Once the cake was cut, everyone got their own delicious cupcake to enjoy.

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As things wrapped up, Cubs went back out into the city to explore before heading back home.

While North Coast and North West Regions were unable to join us, they still created their own fun. North West Region held their Cub Scout Celebration in Tamworth on the same day, while North Coast held their own region CubBOOM event earlier this year.

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It was such a great day overall and we thank everyone for coming along to celebrate. We hope to see you all at our next big event – Cuboree 2017!


To see all the photos we took at the Cub Picnic, visit our Flickr page

The NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People Print E-mail


The NSW Government has announced its first three year whole-of-government Strategic Plan for Children and Young people, with a focus on providing opportunities for young people to thrive and have their voices heard in their communities. 

The initiative aims to help children and young people in NSW feel safe, connected, respected and healthy, and was put together after more than four thousand children and young people from across the state were interviewed and asked to express their views. 

The plan was officially launched on July 26, 2016 and will run until 2019. 

To find out more or download the NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People, head over to the ACYP website or ACYP Facebook page.

Stan Bales Award and NSW Rover Recognition Award Recipients Print E-mail

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We are so proud of our Rovers and their consistent effort to help out at many of our Scouting events (including the Cub Centenary Wide Game and Picnic on the weekend) and in the community.

Some fantastic individuals in particular have been recognised for their great work, earning the 2016 Stan Bales Award and the new NSW Rover Recognition Award.


The 2016 Stan Bales awardees are:
Adam Butler
Luke Pullan
Mitchell Rath
Jamie-Leigh Ride


The NSW Rover Recognition Award 2016 awardees are:
Angus Boxall
Andrew Wallace
Craig Davis
Daniel Brown
Jack Temisgian
Jasmine Rothwell
Keith Critcher
Liam Pullan
Madeline Kayess
Madeleine Picard
Paul Ommundson
Simone Haider
Tristan Haider


To learn more about NSW Rover Awards, visit the NSW Rovers website or Facebook page.

2016 Adult Recognition Awards Print E-mail

Three Hundred and twenty seven Adult Members of Scouts Australia, New South Wales, were honoured by the Chief Scout of Australia, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) in the annual Adult Recognition Awards for good service, part of The Scout Association's observance of the founding of Scouting at the first Scout Camp held at Brownsea Island in the UK on 1 August 1907.

Board Announces Appointment of New Scouts Australia NSW Chief Commissioner Print E-mail

The Chief Scout of Australia has appointed Mr. Neville Tomkins OAM Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia NSW. His appointment commences on 1 August 2016.

Neville brings considerable depth of Scouting experience to the role.

He held the role of Chief Commissioner of the ACT Branch for nine years and for the last six years has been the International Commissioner for Scouts Australia.

In 2010, Neville received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the community, particularly his youth leadership roles in the Scouting movement and in 2015 was awarded the Silver Koala.

Until recently, Neville was a First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Defence and served in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service for 25 years.

Congratulations Neville!  Stayed tuned for more information about Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner.

ScoutLink Update July 2016 Print E-mail

Automated e-mails

For Group Leaders: When a Youth Member is transferred into your Group, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of the pending transfer. When you next log in to ScoutLink, you’ll be able to Accept or Reject the transfer.

For Parents: When your child is transferred to a new Group, an email will be sent to the email address on your child’s records. You will receive the following e-mails:

  • If the “Transfer To” Group is known, you will be notified once the transfer has been accepted by the destination Group
  • If the “Transfer To” Group has not been indicated, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to indicate your intended Group, or whether you would like to resign. The email provides you with a contact email address to provide those details to.
  • After 6 months, the Youth appointment will be resigned and you will receive a ‘Termination of Appointment” email.

Email My Invoice

As a Group Leader / Formation Administration Officer, you can now have your quarterly invoice emailed to you when it is generated.

Go to your Formation Summary, and scroll down to ‘Account Details’. Select the ‘Edit’ button  and once the pop-up opens up, go to the ‘Other’ tab and select ‘Email Invoice’ as indicated below.



Please note that the Invoice will only be sent to you once at the time it is generated – on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October respectively. 

Andrew Smith Newly Appointed General Manager of Scouts NSW Print E-mail



Andrew Smith was welcomed to the Scouts NSW family on 9 May by former Acting Chief Executive Rosalie Batistoni. Concurrent with his appointment the Scouts NSW Board has changed the title of the position from Chief Executive to General Manager.  

Andrew joins Scouts from a 36 year distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy.  His naval service included three operational deployments to the Middle East and exchange postings to the United Kingdom and United States.  

Andrew has held a number of recent senior executive positions in Defence in General Management, IT Program Management and Logistics. He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has MBA, MSci and BComm degree qualifications. 

He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and the opportunities these provide for youth development. He is looking forward to meeting with as many of our Members as possible - please give him a warm Scout welcome.

Expression of Interest - Kym the NSW Mascot Print E-mail

Kym, the NSW Mascot will be available to hire by Scout Groups, Districts and Regions for promotional events.

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The hire documentation is being reviewed - if your Group, District or Region is interested, please fill in the Expression of interest Form below and we will contact you once the forms are available.


Expression of Interest for Kym the NSW Mascot
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PLEASE NOTE: This Expression of Interest does not confirm your booking. This can only be confirmed after the hire forms are finished and sent to you to fill in.

Scouts Australia NSW Social Media Guidelines Print E-mail

Social Media

One of the most common and powerful methods of communicating with youth members and leaders is through social media platforms.  Scouts Australia NSW has a guideline for the use of social media on their website and all leaders, youth members and parents should be familiar with it. The guideline can be accessed on

Scouts Australia NSW has an official Facebook page, and various Scout Groups and Regions also have a Facebook page. Scouts Australia NSW supports these methods of communication but expects its members to use social media in a responsible way and in accordance with all policies and the Code of Conduct.

Tips to remember when using or creating social media platforms

  •          Facebook requires all users to be at least 13 years of age.
  •          Parents should be informed if Youth Members are being encouraged to connect with a Scouts Facebook page.
  •          There should be at least two adult administrators who have access to the login, password, and facilitation of the account.
  •          Members should never give out personal information about Members to anyone on Facebook.

Two deep leadership also applies to social media.

Adult Members should not engage in one-on-one discussions with young people online or via telephone, for example through emails or Facebook messaging, instant chatting, Skyping, texting or telephone conversations. This is the same as going into a private room with a young person and closing the door. All electronic communication between adult Members and Youth Members should be public (e.g. the Facebook walls of a Scout Group or Section). If a circumstance does arise where an adult Member needs to communicate with a Youth Member electronically, the communication should always include at least one other adult Member or parent.

 Scouts Australia NSW strongly recommends that adult Members not be Facebook friends with Youth Members.[1]


Regional Member Support Person

A Members Support Leader backs up the Region Commissioner and can assist the Region, Group or individual Leader. They have varied skills gained from personal experience along with Scouting skills built up through training and working directly with the State Members Support Team.

The NSW State Members Support team strongly encourage Regions to appoint someone in to this role. They become a valuable asset to the Region Commissioner and great support to the Region.

For further information, please contact NSW State Commissioner or Assistant State Commissioner for Member support.

David Marston and Jill Pretty Your State Members Support Team

Contact via the state Office 029735 9000 or David 0420 305 515

[1] Scouts Australia NSW guidelines Social Media

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