Chief Chat – Founder’s Day 2018

Dear Scouts, Leaders and Supporters,

Founder's Day is a very special day in the scouting calendar. From wide games in the bush to city adventures to parties in our local halls, Scouts are marking the birth of our founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, and celebrating 110 years of scouts in Australia.

Scouting is such a wonderful organisation. Every day, we are inspired by the opportunities it offers young people across our vast State. We are firmly committed to widening our reach and giving even more youth the chance to get involved.

That's why we've launched the Family Support Fund.

This new Fund gives those families from financially disadvantaged backgrounds a little extra support to enable their kids to participate in a local Scout program. Grants are available to young people aged 6 to 18 years, and last for up to 12 months.

The Fund will assist with the cost of purchasing a Scout uniform, paying their membership fees, or helping towards the cost of outdoor activities such as camping, bushwalking or rock climbing. The Fund is also available to Rovers and trainee Youth Leaders who are not yet financially independent and in genuine need of financial assistance.

RFBI with Neville Tomkins and Kerry McGoldrick

Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM JP and Chair Kerry McGoldrick with the Directors of the Royal Freemason's Benevolent Institution

Our sincere thanks to Royal Freemason's Benevolent Institution for contributing to the Fund through a generous donation. We're incredibly proud of being able to announce this initiative to all our Scouting members on Founder's Day, giving more young people the chance to learn leadership and team building skills, and build their personal confidence and resilience.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their tremendous contribution to our organisation. As a volunteer, you should know you are a very special person. Every hour, every conversation, every offer of help you give makes a difference. Your contribution will never be forgotten.

If you'd like to find out more about the Family Support Fund, and find out how to help someone apply, go to ‘Information for Applicants'.

If you’d like to make a donation to the fund, please contact the Scouts NSW State Office on 9735 9000. Donations through Scouts NSW of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Kind regards,

Neville Tomkins

Neville Tomkins OAM JP
Chief Commissioner

Kerry McGoldrick


Andrew Smith AM


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