Urgent Scholarship Opportunity

Scouts Australia has just been invited to send 2 male Rovers (aged 18-23 years) to the 18th International Youth Gathering for Cultural Exchange, OMAN from 3-13th November 2015.

This has only just arrived, with applications closing soon for the scholarship on the 25th of September, so please see Information for instructions on how to apply.

Any questions, contact Neville Tomkins, International Commissioner, Scouts Australia.


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: http://www.roihu2016.fi/in-english . 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, int.assistancomm@scouts.com.au  by 25th January 2015.

Ticket to Life Joint Camp: A life changing experience for all

“However, nothing could prepare us for the amazing experience we were about to embark on”

Was what Faye had to say at departure before leaving for Manila in May this year.

She and other leaders and youth were off to the Ticket to Life Joint Camp in Manila, Philippines. Ticket to Life (TTL) is amazing program in Philippines that has Scouts from all across the Asia Pacific Region involved, helping street kids of Manila become connected with other youth through Scouting. The program empowers these kids to become part of their local community and create a brighter future for themselves.

The Kwago Patrol

The trip this year in particular was about bringing over supplies to the school that they attend and also taking them on a camp into the hills outside Manila. The camp was a great opportunity for the two groups of Scouts to become one and they did just that with Faye expressing it as “Laughter, learning, friendship, and just very good scouting took place during the next five days”. The group spend their days strawberry picking,  going on a ‘Amazing Race’ through the local, Baguio City. Climbing up and down stairs, sharing games, skits and exploring the city together. Before everyone knew the camp was over. But it left lasting impressions on everyone.

Arriving at the Village in a Jeepnee Strawberries

Not only was it great fun, they learnt so much from their exchange with the Filipino Scouts. Teaching all of them to respect each others different customs and the Australian Scouts being appreciative of the life they get to live in Australia. With Jane noticing the difference “Walking around the streets and seeing the poverty, families with children living and sleeping on the streets was very hard to take in and reminds us of how lucky we are to live where we do. But still no matter how sad the situation is these people are always smiling, waving hello, we have so much to learn from these people.”

Patrol Leader, being presented with the winning Patrol Award

This was not a once off trip, with further ongoing fundraising efforts continuing to pay so the Filipino kids can continue their education. Also including another massive trip that is occurring early next year with 30 of the Filipino youth (on their first overseas trip) coming from Manila to Perth. To join in on camp, getting involved in games and have further great cultural exchanges. The TTL team are always happy for more people to get involved to help support the project, which is having a huge impact on the lives of these kids.

And this is how some of the participants reflected on their trip:


“How do you truly put into words the amazing experiences that we have all shared together with these wonderful people. Their stories, songs, laughter, love of life will stay with me forever.”


“I made so many new friends and I have so many memories to share with my family and friends back home.  It was a great experience and I hope I get to see most of them next year.”

Check out the video of TTL for more information:

Scout Profile: Ali Firsuhan from Maldives

Each month International News profiles a Scout from overseas:

Ali Firsuhan, Maldives 

First Scout Promise: In 2004 at the age of 14.

Current Scouting role: I’m a Scout Leader at one of the local Scout Groups in Male’ (the capital city of Maldives) and also the Group Scribe at a community based Rover Crew.

In the real world: I work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives. It gives me nothing but happiness by working in the Government and well it provides the opportunity for me to live and work overseas.


Ali having some fun while working as a ‘Pinky’ at the Kandersteg Scout Centre

On Scouting crossing global borders: 

Scouting is an international movement that encourages meetings across cultural and geographical borders. It is about being with friends as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and other opportunities of life. An important part of Scouting is to meet and develop from the exchange with others from across the globe.

Scouting is my life compass; it has guided me to discover myself and try out many new activities un-common for the typical scholar. Scouting is inseparable; it will always be in my veins forever; the law, the motto, and the promise I vow to live up to for the rest of my life. Scouting truly is a movement with a mission for me. It is more than an organization; it is a way of life. It is what we say and do in the spirit of the scout oath and law. Scouting has always given me fantastic opportunities, that people who are not in scouts will never experience. It’s about having fun with good friends.


Best part of Scouting:

Scouting is one of the most rewarding and fun organizations that our children and youngsters can be part of. As I have to play different roles in Scouting, from which most responsible and challenging is being a Scout leader. I enjoy spending times with my Scouts. Sure, there are challenges being a scout leader. The weekly commitment to troop meetings, the one weekend a month and one week a year at camp, the challenge with helping reluctant or apathetic parents get involved. But the rewards are tremendous as well as I try in my small way to help build scouts into committed, responsible and successful men. Getting to see young people grow, learn and become responsible and active citizens is without doubt the coolest and most rewarding thing you can do.

On Maldivian Scouting:

We have lot of pancake islands which are extremely flat and floating on the blue ocean where we can go for outings, camping’s etc. Direct access to the vast oceans allows us to run varieties of water activities on natural waters like float camping; you can also take a hike on the turquoise lagoons going from one island to another enriched by white sandy beaches. It’s a haven for water-based activities; swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing, boating etc. Gorgeous white sand beaches lead out to turquoise waters where colored fish dart in and out of the coral gardens.

Biggest challenge for Scouting today:

We in the Maldives, for us one of the huge challenge is having insufficient youth program. Future youth programme should develop “21st century” skills – in other words, we should be prepared for the challenges awaiting us in the 21st century, trained adults and leaders should be trained with updated tools responding to the current needs. The Youth Programme should remain in tune with evolving global societal realities, trends and technologies.The programme offered to Scouts around the world needs to clearly focus on delivering life skills that are compatible with the requirements of a 21st century society. We must empower our Scouts to put their “dreams into action in partnership with adults.” Leadership skills learned and developed in Scouting are imperative.

Report: Communications in the Asia-Pacific Region

Bogor, Indonesia

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Asia Pacific Region’s annual workshop on marketing and communications. It was a great opportunity to meet other keen Scouts from around the region, and to discuss how we can help to achieve the goal of growing Scouting from 40 million members to 100 million by 2023!

Bogor, Indonesia

How to make Scouting sexy was the (somewhat controversial) question asked to us by Mr Ong Hock Chuan, a former journalist and PR and communications expert. He reminded us that young people hold the key to it all. He also told us about some truly innovative social media campaigns. Have you ever heard of banana trophies? Check out Dole Banana’s campaign to see some really outside the box thinking!

One of my favourite sessions in the workshop was on crisis management. We had to work in teams and act as spokespeople for a made up crisis occurring at a local jamboree. It started off as a bridge collapse, and throughout the course of the afternoon escalated into a situation involving terrorism! Maybe not the most likely situation but definitely a great learning experience.

All in all the conference left me with a lot to think about – imagine if Scouting in Australia was an important part of schooling (like it is in Indonesia), or if it was featured 2-3 times per week in the media (which happens in Sri Lanka), could we have a celebrity spokesperson to represent Scouts (also in Indonesia)?

It was a great four days of networking, learning about Scouting around the Asia-Pacific region, and learning about the host country Indonesia. And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, create your profile on scout.org to join our permanent Jamboree!

Leah Gibson is a volunteer with the Marketing and Communications Team in Scouts Victoria, coordinating the peer-to-peer media program, and is also a Venturer Leader. 

JOTA-JOTI:Connect to the world this October!

Each year Scouts from around the world can connect and share experiences during Jamboree Over The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree Over The Internet (JOTI).  It’s happening again very soon – 18th and 19th October –  anywhere and everywhere in Australia you can be connected.

Get yourself and your youth members involved. It will bring a new, global perspective to Scouting and you’ll have fun at the same time. Learn about others Scouts’ weekly activities, camps, and adventures in the largest Scouting activity in world!


Each year it is amazing experience for all involved, and it is going to be even more special this year with a special broadcast from the Chief Scout of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), the Governor-General of Australia

You can integrate JOTA/JOTI as part of your weekly program, or even get involved from a camp you are already on! Queensland Branch has put together a brilliant guide how to prepare for the event you can find here. Plus information on how to sign up can also be found on the National website.

Check out this amazing video from Western Victoria on the activities they ran last year!

And the International Team would love to hear from you if you take part in JOTA/JOTI so please send us an email with pictures of you taking part!

Open Call: help the World Scout Committee

The 40th World Scout Conference in Slovenia set an ambitious level of work for the World Scout Committee to undertake. So, they need help.

In order to draw upon the full talent available in Scouting around the world, the World Scout Committee has issued an Open Call for volunteers to join working groups and taskforces to deliver specific projects, develop tools or review certain policies.

This is a very exciting opportunity for Scouts Australia members to use the skills they have professionally, or have developed through Scouting to contribute to our movement at the world level.

No promises of a grey uniform, but exciting work  awaits

No promises of a grey uniform, but exciting work awaits. Photo: Brendan Watson.

In order to prevent the World Scout Committee from being inundated with applications, Scouts Australia will be operating an initial screening process to assess suitability of applicants.

If you would like to nominate for the World Scout Committee Open Call, you will need to:

  1. Read the full WOSM Circular – available here
  2. Read the World Triennial Plan 2014-2017 – available here
  3. Submit an Expression of Interest to Scouts Australia through the online form by 12th October – available here

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Cooper, Assistant International Commissioner via email: int.assistantcomm@scouts.com.au