|Dear Scouts, Leaders and Supporters,
In the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing more exciting news from across our State and some significant developments taking place nationally across Scouts Australia.
I hope you are getting a sense of momentum, as we introduce a wave of new opportunities to drive our growth and address member retention, lift our presence and increase our relevance across NSW. I’m really proud of the enthusiasm I’m seeing from the young people I meet about what the future for our organisation holds. I hope you also feel it’s a great time to be a member of Scouts.
In my travels this past month, I’ve had the privilege of meeting Scouts, parents and adult leaders across country and city groups, and I’ve sought feedback about the new Australian Scout Promise and Australian Scout Law, along with the preliminary thinking about the program changes we’re exploring, which will result in the new Youth Program. I’m reassured that the vast majority of you are confident we’re making good changes that will keep us relevant, inclusive and attractive to the diverse population of young people around our State. Thanks to you all for taking time to share your passions, your hopes and your experiences with me.
Posters displaying the new Australian Scout Promise and Law have been sent to every Group across the State, to assist with the transition process.
Since November 2016, teams from the national Youth Program Review have been running workshops across Australia. They’ve informed you through workshops, my Chief Chat, emails, our website and facebook, amongst many other channels. The nation-wide consultation around the key concepts is now closed. For those of you who were unable to attend a workshop, please check out the online resources, read the Handbook or apply to be a Pioneer group for the New Youth Program. You can contact Clair or Josh if you want to talk further at email@example.com.
The rich fabric of diversity across our NSW Scouts continues to inspire me. Last Saturday, Commissioners Belinda Francis, Sue Bartlett and I joined leaders and supporters from across the Hume region to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1st Canley Heights Vietnamese Scout Group. It is one of the real pleasures of my role that I can witness the level of community support for scouting – “it takes a village to raise a child”.
Finally, I’m pleased to let you know about a dedicated professional development event we’re hosting for all Group Leaders and Leaders-in-Charge at Wagga Wagga and at Pennant Hills in October and November. Called SUMMIT ’17, this event is designed to provide development and networking opportunities for our GL cohort and support them in growing and managing their Groups. An interesting and inspiring line up of presenters will share valuable insights over the 48 hours.
GLs, LICs and DCs and anyone acting in those positions is able to choose to attend either of the SUMMIT ’17 locations, regardless of where their home Group or District might be. The agenda and details have been shared this week. If you think you should have received an invitation, please contact your District or Region Commissioner or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out and About
I’ve shared some of the events I’ll be joining in the coming months below – please look out for me and say hello:
||Hunter and Coastal Region ARA presentations
||Sydney North Region ARA Presentations
||“Agoonoree on the Move”, Mt Keira Scout Camp
||Lone Scouts Annual Camp Dinner, Camp Canabolas
||SUMMIT ’17 – Wagga Wagga
||McHappy Day 2017
||NSW Spring Cycle
||The 60th anniversary of the first Jamboree on the Air
||SUMMIT ’17 – Pennant Hills
Our New Commissioners
I’m pleased to share some more appointments to our State team. Congratulations to all of our new State Commissioners. Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles.
- State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies): Dean Bassett
- State Commissioner (Communications and Marketing): Anthea Cudworth
- State Commissioner (Community Liaison, Diversity and Inclusion): John Pestana
- State Commissioner (Environment): Mitchell Hodgson
- State Commissioner (Special Needs): Mark Burfield
- State Commissioner (Creative Arts): Michael de Beer
- Assistant State Commissioner (Heritage): Joe Attard
- State Commissioner, Vocational Education and training (VET): Ryan Beeby
- State Commissioner, Major Events: Michael Wright
The Culture Steering Committee
The Culture Steering Committee has been confirmed as: Bel Francis (DCC – Growth, Strategies and Group Support), Elston Hynd (National Commissioner Adult Training and Development), Deborah Howlett (Chairperson – Greater Western Sydney Region) and Michael Pratt (Leader – Hunter and Coastal).
I have no doubt this group of considered, experienced people will be able to lead some excellent decisions and set the direction for the new positive and enabling culture for Scouts NSW. The Steering Committee will drive the Culture Taskforce, which involves two Working Groups: the first will focus on organisational culture, the other will focus on cultural diversity and inclusion.
Yours in Scouting,
|Neville Tomkins OAM JP
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