Youth Program – Showing Early Promise

As we’re getting ready to open applications to Groups interested in kicking off the new Youth Program in 2019, there’s been great feedback from our early Groups of Pioneers!

The ability to offer a program that transitions seamlessly between sections, and the exciting new experiences available to younger members have been the highlights.

Our Joeys at 1st Berowra have grown in confidence as they take on the challenge and adventure of the new youth program,” is an example of the positive feedback we’re receiving.

All Joeys have been excited about the prospect of being involved in the planning of the term programs, organising themselves in patrols on a weekly basis, assisting and leading the opening and closing ceremonies, games and activities,” Wendy Game told us earlier this week.

Programming with the Challenge Areas has been working a treat, resulting in some well-balanced programs, and the level of youth leadership even at a Unit Council has stepped up”, added Emma Watson from Carlingford Cubs.

“The New Youth Program has brought a refreshing change of program for our Unit. Thanks to the Challenge Areas, we are doing more with the  wider community and connecting with our creative sides in new ways.

The Special Interest Area projects are providing us with opportunities to pursue new interests within Scouting, especially for one Rover; Courtney Bicknell who recently took on the challenge of building a bike or trailer for one of the Cub Scouts so they could join the Cub Scout Bike Hike day. This was a great success and we are excited of the additional ties across the Sections that this program brings,” said Hugh Crawford – Berowra Rover Unit Leader.

All Groups across the State continuing to get involved in “The Adventure Begins” resources including adopting Councils in all Sections, using the SPICES and Plan>Do>Review> more actively.

The Youth Program Transformation Team, led by Clair Udy, is continuing to help each Group progress steadily through the steps, aiming to complete the transition for a group over the course of 12 to 18 months. It is the aim of the Branch to have all groups operating on the Scouts Australia New Youth Program by December 31 2021

More information about the Program and transition to it for your Group will become more available over the following six months.

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