Group Leaders Reach the SUMMIT

The Group Leader and Leader-In-Charge are crucial positions in the Scouting organisational chart and, alongside having a fantastic program to deliver to our youth members, are key to the success of Scouts.

To support our GLs and LICs in their important task of managing a Group and to create a state-wide network for this cohort, a professional development activity - called SUMMIT ’17 – was held at Camp Kurrajong in Wagga in October and will be held at the Baden-Powell Scout Centre in Pennant Hills in November.

SUMMIT ’17 was a weekend dedicated to informing, enabling and empowering GLs and LICs, as well as District and Region Commissioners. The goal of SUMMIT ’17 was to provide the confidence, knowledge and tools to help them address growth targets through retention and recruitment of youth and adult members.

More than 50 people from as far away as the far north coast and the south coast converged on Camp Kurrajong in October and more than 150 people will be attending SUMMIT ’17 at Pennant Hills on the first weekend in November.

The agenda for SUMMIT ’17 provided the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, learn new skills in areas such as social media and managing change, provide guidance around member support and youth safety, hear the latest about the new youth program, and workshop some of the most challenging issues and frustrations that require focus from the State, Region and District leaders. And somewhere in the busy agenda, the attendees also had a lot of fun and made new contacts from right across the NSW.

Joining the attendees at SUMMIT ’17 was Michael Baden-Powell, grandson of our founder, and his wife, Joan, who attended many of the sessions and also delivered some special messages about the past and the future of Scouting.

At Wagga, the group was joined by Geoff Sheehan, Deputy Commissioner from Scouts ACT, along with Miriam Dayhew, Head of Campus from Charles Sturt University, and some impressive speakers from the Riverina.

In Pennant Hills the attendees will be joined by Brendan Watson, Chief Commissioner from Scouts Victoria, an assortment of experts, and guest speaker Andrew Lock OAM, who is Australia’s greatest mountaineer and is the only Australian to have summited all fourteen 8,000 metre peaks in the world, including Mount Everest – twice.

As well as the information shared during the sessions, all SUMMIT ’17 attendees were provided with copies of the presentations, a plethora of information written by successful leaders across NSW, and a SUMMIT ’17 badge which they can wear on their shirt to show they attended and have reached the summit of GL/LIC education.

For information on SUMMIT ’17, you can contact Bel Francis on or Dean Bassett on s

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