Contingent Leader Positions: Mongolia, New Zealand, USA

We’re currently accepting applications until 8 November 2015 for the following positions:

Contingent Leader: World Scout Jamboree 2019, USA

Contingent Leader: Asia-Pacific Jamboree 2017, Mongolia

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Rover Moot 2016  [READVERTISED]

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Jamboree 2017 [READVERTISED]



4 New International Opportunities

Are you the most Outstanding Scout in the Asia-Pacific Region – enter the competition, and travel to Korea if shortlisted. Information and Application.

Aged 18-25 and want to have your say on the future of Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region? Apply to be an Observer to the Regional Youth Forum in Korea! Info and Application.

Ready to lead Scouts overseas?

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Rover Moot, 2016. Info and Applications

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Jamboree 2017. Info and Applications

All applications close 3 June 2015, get in quick! Any questions, contact Andrew Cooper, Assistant International Commissioner.

VACANCY: Contingent Leader: Finland National Jamboree 2016

Scouts Australia is seeking a volunteer leader to fill the position of Contingent Leader to the 2016 Finland National Jamboree. Scouts Australia has received a number of expressions of interest from members, and is committed to sending a contingent to this event.


The event will be held in Southern Finland 20 July – 28 July 2016. More information is available on the website: . Generic information on the position of Contingent Leader is available on our website

Interested applicants are asked to submit a CV with Scouting and professional information, as well as a cover letter (maximum of one page) outlining why they would like to apply for this position, and any relevant experience. Applications must be submitted via email to Andrew Cooper, Assistant International Commissioner,  by 25th January 2015.

Live it, Love it, Scout it: 100 Years of Scouting in Luxembourg

Caitlin Wood

It was a whirlwind trip of Luxembourg that started with a 6-hour train ride from Kandersteg for Alison and I. When we arrived at Luxembourg train station we were greeted by the amazing Djuna, she was in charge of looking after all the Internationals. Djuna explained that the campsite was on the other side of the country, but like everything in Luxembourg only 30 minutes away. At the site we dropped off our packs and then had a tour of the site. We spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know the other Rovers and exploring the site. After dinner on our first night we went to the giant circus tent that had been donated to the event, for a movie night. I had sweet popcorn for the second time in my life; Australia you are missing out.

The next morning we met up with the other Rovers and went into the city for a scavenger hunt. It was all planned out with small tasks to complete and images to help guide you’re way though the city. One of the tasks was to see which group could knit the longest scarf. As there was only one of us in each group that knew how to knit I spent most of the day knitting my way around Luxembourg City. There is a big mix of architecture in the city, one minute we were walking through Roman ruins and then around the corner we were in the business district with brand new glass buildings. Just beautiful!! The scavenger hunt was a great way to see the city in the small amount of time we had. After dinner that night we headed back to the city for a night activity. We were all split into smaller groups of about 6 people. The first task was to fish plastic ducks out of the water fountain. On the bottom was letters that made up the name of your first destination. At the next place you had to then find an envelope that had a clue to the next place and so on. Some of the envelopes had games or tasks in them also. The final destination was by far the most exciting. There was a lady who played an old upright piano, you could hear the music from the street and it just drew you in. It appeared there wasn’t a song that she didn’t know. As soon as she heard that there were Australians listening she was off playing When The Saints Go Marching In and Down Under.

Today was our service day. We had a bit of a different project than all the other groups: make a throne for the camp Chief to ride into the closing ceremony on. It was a bit difficult communicating within the group as there were people speaking Luxembourgish, German and a bit of English but we got it done in the end. In the afternoon we had free time to do some of the activities that were on the site; go for a swim, complete the parkour course and heaps more. I went and did the glow in the dark body painting and got a photo taken under a UV light. That evening was the Holy Saints Festival and we got covered in powdered paint. It was heaps of fun and very messy. Dinner tonight was a traditional Luxembourgian Dish. It was called Kniddelen, it is flour dumplings in a creamy sauce with bacon. Very tasty!! After dinner we got into our uniforms for the closing ceremony. It was strange only knowing 40% of what was going on, as not everyone spoke English but that is just part of the adventurer that is International travel. As tonight was our final night before we left, Alison and I shared some Australian Icons in the form of clip-on Koalas and Kangaroos, always very popular.

It was a fantastic trip of Luxembourg and I don’t think we would have been able to include so much in the time that we were there if we visited on our own. A Big B.R.A.V.O to everyone involved.

Live it, Love it, Scout it.


Contingent Leader Announcement: 73rd New Zealand Rover Moot

Belinda Layson, NSW, has been announced as the Contingent Leader to the 73rd New Zealand Rover Moot.

Named the She’ll Be Right Moot, the event will be held in Karamu, just out of Hamilton on the North Island of New Zealand from the 2nd – 6th April 2015.

Belinda has already commenced planning and is looking forward to taking a record number of Australian Rovers to New Zealand for the adventure!

More information is available from the Moot Website. For those interested in joining the Moot, or assisting Belinda with the planning, they can drop her an email.

Contingent Leader Appointment: BP Scout Peak Expedition

Scouts Australia is excited to announce that Calista Beck, ACT, has accepted the position of Contingent Leader to the 2015 BP Scout Peak Expedition in Nepal.

This will be the first time in many years that Scouts Australia has sent an expedition party to summit the historic peak named after the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell. BP Scout Peak is 5,826m high, and is located in the Langtang Region north of Kathmandu.

BP Scout Peak

BP Scout Peak

The proposed expedition will take around 14 days, including 8-10 days of trekking and 1-2 days of climbing. Not all participants will have to summit the peak, with opportunities to trek into base camp, and undertake service opportunities at nearby Kakani Scout Training Centre.

It is anticipated that those participating in the climbing aspect of the BP Scout Peak Expedition will attend the Alpine/Winter School held Late 2014, and have be able to demonstrate appropriate climbing skills.

Calista is busy putting together her Contingent Team, so get in touch on if you’re interested in attending the event.

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.

Contingent Leader Appointment: 13th New Zealand Venture, January 2016

Scouts Australia is delighted to announce that Phil Britt, Victoria, has accepted the position of Contingent Leader to the 13th New Zealand Venture to be held in Rotorua, January 2016.

The New Zealand Venture is a premier event on Scouts Australia’s international calendar. The last time the event was held in 2013, over 500 Scouts Australia members travelled overseas – that meant organising transport, food, and activities for a contingent larger than the Australian Olympic team!

Phil was the Deputy Contingent Leader for the 2013 event, but looking forward he says, “I’ve got a personal goal to make sure we get as many Scouts Australia members overseas as possible” 

“The New Zealand Venture is a great opportunity to introduce our youth members to international travel – they can make new friends, learn new skills, and experience more of the world around them.”

Phil will soon be putting together his contingent team, so if you’re interested in helping plan and run this adventure, contact Phil on 0418 528 521 or via email.

More information on this event will be released later in 2014.

Scouts Australia Delegation: 12th World Scout Youth Forum, Slovenia, August 2014

The World Scout Youth Forum is a gathering of youth members from National Scout Organisations around the world who come together to discuss Scouting and its future. The forum allows young people to make recommendations on the direction of Scouting to the World Scout Conference and World Scout Committee.

Chief Commissioner Reg Williams announced Scouts Australia’s delegation to the 12th World Scout Youth Forum to be held in Slovenia, 4-7 August 2014.

Delegate:        Andrew Cooper, Assistant International Commissioner

Delegate:        Christina Neilsen, Candidate, Youth Adviser, World Scout Committee

Observer:       Ryan Beeby, Chair, National Rover Council

Observer:       Alison Millward, Kingsford Smith Rover Crew

Observer:       Jonathon Morey, Chair, National Youth Council

The delegation will crowd source ideas and facilitate discussion on this blog and social media before, during, and after the event. Stay tuned for more info.

  • Find out more about the forum at the website.
  • Contact the delegation by email.