At the end of this month Neville Tomkins who has been serving as the International Commissioner for Scouts Australia over the last 6 years will finish up in this role. He has seen a amazing amount of changes over that time and some impressive highs as he strived to making the vision “every youth member of Scouts Australia to have an international experience” a reality. From everyone who has been involved or participated in International Scouting over the last 6 years, we say thank you for Neville’s’ efforts and grateful for the time and effort he has committed to the movement.
Once a year, everyone involved in giving Australian Scouts an international experience come together to develop new and exciting ideas to have all youth enjoying international Scouting.
This year they met in chilly Canberra and heard from each other what has been done to develop amazing overseas experiences, getting more international flavours in everyday meeting nights around the country and the excitement that happens on JOTA/JOTI weekends.
Youth members on the team debated “Youth run, adult supported Scouting – what more can, and must, we do in International Scouting”, Contingent Leader spoke about the excitement of upcoming trips and we all got a jolt of energy on the possibilities of International Scouting.
We were invited to the Indian High Commission to exchange our experiences of Scouting, we also visited the Timor Leste Embassy in celebration of the continuing relationship that ACT and Australian Scouts have with growing their movement.
In July last year, Port Cygnet Joey leaders Annastasia Bedford and James Doyle, along with Tarran Bedford, a Rover Scout and Cygnet resident, flew to Azerbaijan to join an international service team for the third annual Azerbaijani scout camp ‘Wonderland’.
They were part of a service team comprised of eight Azerbaijani Scouts and one Mexican Scout, facing the job of designing and constructing ablution blocks, a kitchen, shower blocks and bunk beds for 300 scouts and leaders. Ali, an Azerbaijani Scout and one of the service team, was skilled at construction, able to nail a bed together at an astounding pace, though even with his talent they only just managed to finish the work on the morning the Scouts arrived.
Additional volunteers arrived from Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan to assist with activities throughout the week long camp.