Scouts

For boys and girls between 10 - 14 years old

What to expect from Scouts

Scouts are aged between 11 and 15 years. The principle system of management for Scouts is that of the Patrol System. This is a group of up to six Scouts within the Troop, with a range of years of service and experiences with the most experienced Scout the Patrol Leader.

In this system the younger Scouts are taught primarily by those who have achieved competency in this learning previously. Scouts come in, learn, improve and become competent with their knowledge and skills, then they being to pass it onto the next “generation”.

The Scouts have a green Record Book. This is a record book that indicates the experiences and learnings of a Scout. Pages 1 – 17 provide information on such things as the Scout Law and Promise, a summary of the Award Scheme and the pathway through this award scheme, badge positions etc.

The next section looks at the Target badges. With this series, the Pioneer level is the learning phase, the Explorer level is where consolidation of learning occurs with some skills being passed on to more junior Youth members in a supervised environment to help them achieve their Pioneer levels.

The Venturer level is where a wide range of experiences and learning culminate in a confident position. This is also where the qualities of strong personal identity and leadership qualities present themselves.

The majority of this work is covered over the course of a “normal” Scout program. It is also possible that a great deal of this work can be undertaken by the Scout outside of the group experience.

It is expected that one level of these Target series should be completed in each year that the Scout attends.

Scout Proficiency Badges

The yellow section of the record book covers badges that can be earned outside the normal Scout Program and are oriented to expanding existing interests and tempting them to try new things.

There is only one level associated with the proficiency badges. Each badge contains three sections. Section A is the investigation phase or learning about a specific proficiency. Section B is usually applying this learning to a new skill and Section C is applying the learning and new skills to a relevant activity.

For a Scout to have these interests recognized, they need to provide evidence that they have met whatever elements of each section they have chosen to address. This can be done by:

  • Discussing the requirements with the Leader or a designated badge “examiner”,
  • Getting a letter from a Teacher or Sports Coach,
  • By writing a small sentence or two in their own words and handing this “report” to the Leader,
  • Presenting findings to the Group when possible.

The badge will then be signed off in the book and the badge presented when on Parade at the end of a Scout night.

The final section is for those with advanced experiences, skill and personal ambition.

It is important that Scouts review this book regularly. They are expected to take responsibility for their record books by –

  • Bringing them to every Scout session. They have been provided with a dilly bag – this is what it is for.
  • Bring learnings and experiences to the attention of Leaders to have these achievements signed off.
  • Nominating sections of badgework that could be undertaken by the Group as a whole.
  • Partaking in all events, programs and activities as elements of badgework may not always be clearly visible to the Scout at the time.

Major Events for Scouts

Each year there are several events held at a District or Region level that Scouts can participate in. A leadership course is used to enhance their leadership skills as well as being confident with their abilities and knowledge.

Jamboree of the Air / Internet is an annual event that puts Scouts into contact with other Scouts from all over the world on a specific weekend that is celebrated on an International level.

Jamboree of the Trail is another international event and we celebrate it in May where as a Group, we have each section out and about doing hikes. We then come together at a property in Wooragee where we learn about the other sections of Scouting within our Group, involve family as much as possible, a great big bonfire, and a great dinner!

There is usually a camp for Scouts that are 13+. At this camp they are really pushed to their limits and this is usually the camp the younger Scouts most want to go to!

The first weekend of the September School holidays is when Cohen Shield is held. This is a competition camp where they are faced with a range of activities derived from their badgework requirements that have a time limit and a scoring system. Patrols must work as a team to achieve the best outcomes with pennants awarded for the different levels of success.

There are also several hikes held during the year that our Scouts can participate in if they wish. One is the Bakery to Bakery – Beechworth Bakery to Yackandandah Bakery. This is always well attended.

Scouts spend at least twelve months preparing for the event of their time in Scouts – the Jamboree. This is a twelve day event that is held in January every three years and can be held almost anywhere in Australia. The most recent Jamboree was held in January 2013 in Maryborough, Queensland. The next Jamboree will be held in January 2016 at Cataract Park, near Sydney.

Scouts arrive from all over Australia and many other countries from around the world on the day of the opening parade. Scouts are responsible for the set up and the maintenance of their camp and for all catering throughout the event. By using the Patrol System (which is fundamental to Scouting), they are expected to navigate their Patrols to each activity base whether onsite or offsite and maintain clear and concise contact with Troop Leaders. The Leadership comes from within the Patrol.

Scouts come back from this event with a very clear understanding of what they can achieve with the skills they have learnt. Parents usually notice significant changes in their Scouts when they return home!

In the January prior to a Jamboree year, there is also another preparation event that has been initiated by the Scouts own Youth Forum. This camp is called Bay Jam and will occur each three years to give Scouts six nights under canvas and Jamboree like activities participated in by small Patrols, in preparation for Jamboree.

Meet the Leaders

Bunyip

Paul Bosanko a.k.a. Bunyip

Bunyip is the primary Leader of both the Joey Scouts and the Cub Scouts. Bunyip became a Leader for the newly formed Joey Scouts for 1st Beechworth Scout Group, in 2009, to support his son’s participation in the program.

Find out more about Bunyip
Eagle

leader-eagleHelen Leek a.k.a. Eagle

Helen identifies her best experience to date as going to Cuboree 2014 and seeing the Cubs trying amazingly new and different things.

Find out more about Eagle

Meeting Structure

The 2 hour meetings are usually structured as follows:

  • Parade
  • Game
  • Activities – theme/badgework based
  • Clean up
  • Game
  • Parade

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