Fiji’s First Rover: South Australia starts a new tradition.

South Australia have kicked off the next stage in their partnership with the Fiji Scout Association.

By investing the first Fijian Rover Scout after assisting the Fiji Scout Training Team deliver a training course in the country, South Australian Rovers Dylan Hunt, Gemma Wood, and Jack Caddy, along with Branch Commissioner – International, Greg Warnes, have started a new Scouting tradition.

This year, Fiji Scout Association will celebrate its centenary, but 100 years after Scouting came to the country, there is still plenty of opportunity to offer young people in the country more.

Scouting in Fiji is part of the school system. Scout leaders are school teachers, and once young people leave school, their Scouting journey often ends. By training young people in the basics of Rovering, Scouting in Fiji has become a school and community based organisation, able to reach more Fijians and bring them the skills for life that Scouting offers.

South Australia discovered that offering training to leaders and Rovers, in conjunction with the Fiji Scout Training Team, was the best way of helping the Fiji Scout Association to achieve its goals after an extensive consultation process.  This process started after a reconnaissance mission by South Australian leaders in 2013, and included working with Libby Davison, an Australian Scout and Australian Youth Ambassador for Development working in Fiji.

For South Australian Rover Dylan Hunt, the partnership with Fiji means a two-way exchange. Discussing the Australian Contingent to the Fiji Centenary Jamboree in August, Dylan said, “Australian Scouts will be in Troops with Fijian Scouts. It’s a unique cultural experience, and the Scouts will show each other how they camp, cook, and Scout in their home countries.”

After watching the newly invested Fijian Rover go on to invest the next 6 Rovers, each from a different district of Fiji, Dylan was able to reflect on what the two way exchange meant for him, “we’ve been reminded why we’re Scouts. Why it’s important to give our time and exchange knowledge with our cultures and new friends.”

“Fiji reminds us of the Scouting fundamentals. No matter where we are in the world, there are people that live by the same ideals and values, and that want the best not only for their own communities, but for the rest of the world.”

 

Scouting Profile: Patrik Hedljung from Sweden

Each month, International News profiles a Scout from overseas…

Patrik Hedljung, Sweden

First Scout Promise: 1984, age 10

Current Scouting Role: Challenger (Venturer) Scout Leader, and Leader Trainer.

In the real world: Leadership development consultant

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Patrik is well known for his role developing values-based leadership courses in the Nordic countries, and in his former role as Director of Global Projects for the World Scout Bureau, Central Office.

On values based leadership:

Is knowing what you want and living as you teach. It’s a process of learning about yourself as a leader, what your strengths and weaknesses are, your core values, and how you want to express those through behavior. As a leader you are the most important tool in exerting leadership over yourself and others. That tool needs constant fine tuning and the sooner you can start that process the better. Think of it as your inner compass. We want you to discover and develop your own values and we believe that if you get a chance to do that in a supportive and trusting environment, those values will be aligned with our Scout values.

On the most rewarding part of Scouting:

Getting to see young people grow, learn and become responsible and active citizens. Without doubt the coolest and most rewarding thing you can do.

On a funny Scouting memory:

When I was 12 we were at camp and I decided to sleep in a hammock. My leaders started swinging the hammock so that I would fall asleep like a baby. The whole thing ended when one of the ropes came loose and I flew into the water 3 meters away – still in my sleeping bag.

On Swedish Scouting:

Very, very lengthy discussions. We are a consensus driven country and so everyone has to agree with every decision – all the time. We also have a strong focus on gender awareness which I’m quite proud of.

On the biggest challenge facing Scouting today:

The biggest challenge is staying relevant in a way consistent with our ideology. It’s easy to offer fun activities for kids with an attitude of ”if it isn’t fun, it isn’t Scouting”. But it’s also true that if it’s only fun it isn’t Scouting.

 

International Program Idea: Finland’s Fire Race

How do you assess bushcraft? The Scouts and Guide of Finland have a special game to assess fire lighting.

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Each patrol has a fire drum, and equal fire lighting resources – paper, wood, matches, sand/water safety buckets. Place the fire drums in a line, with a safe distance between each one, and string a length of twine 1.5m above the fire barrels. The fastest patrol to build a fire will break the twine indicating a winner.

Got a great program idea from overseas? Let us know!

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Top 5 Photos: EntertainMoot, 72nd NZ Rover Moot

Australian Rovers undertook the annual pilgrimage over Easter 2014 to attend the New Zealand Rover Moot. Here are the Top 5 photo highlights of the Moot and Post-Moot Adventure.

We’ll be advertising the position of Contingent Leader to the 2015 New Zealand Rover Moot soon… stay tuned on this blog for more information.

World Scout Jamboree: Planning in Japan

The countdown to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan is well and truly underway with Aaron and Nicola representing the Australian Contingent at the first Head of Contingent meeting in Japan.

Aaron Wardle, Contingent Leader, NSW, said “the event was a great opportunity for all countries to learn more about the latest preparations by the Jamboree Organising Committee to ensure a successful event is held in 2015.”

Aaron with Finnish Contingent Leader Mikko during the visit to the Jamboree site.

Aaron with Finnish Contingent Leader Mikko during the visit to the Jamboree site.

“We were able to visit several of the attractions and accommodation venues that will be used by the Australian Contingent – the Scouts of Japan are going to put on a good show!”

Nicola and Aaron with the Jamboree Mascot

Just before jetting out, Aaron was able to confirm that 2015 will be biggest contingent Australia has ever sent to a World Jamboree, “we’re delighted that over 340 youth members and leaders will be attending the biggest event on the Scouting calendar.”

Even as the excitement grows, Aaron and Nicole were able to assure us that everything is coming together well.

Contact Australian Contingent Leader to the World Scout Jamboree 2015, Aaron Wardle.