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Scouts | Terrain Development Update

Scouts Australia & Two Bulls have had some really busy weeks in development recently.

Check out our development update here (Click here!).

Here are some highlights:

  • Basecamp has been created. This is an exciting visual representation of the Achievement Pathways which members can interact with.
  • We welcomed our Digital Champions & user testers through a training session on the 14th June.
  • User Testing has commenced on the 19th June, and will conclude approx. 10th July.
  • Programming (being able to create a Unit’s program cycle) has been created. We will be making tweaks to this based on User Testing feedback & our team’s examination.
  • Two Bulls announced their partnership with Scouts Australia
  • Achievement Pathways content has been feature completed – we are now making tweaks to language, layout and age appropriateness
  • We have published a Scouts Australia news page containing exciting info about the system! (Website Link)

We are excited to share a development update – and looking forward to getting this system out there for all Scouting members.

Enjoy this update, and be excited for launch.

Check out the other sprint development updates in the Other Resources section of this site.

Special Interest Areas Planning Tools Updated

The Special Interest Area Planning Tools have been updated to correct a number of minor problems with the fillable PDF fields. These tools can be used by Scouts to support their Plan>Do>Review> of their Special Interest Area projects, and you can use these tools to electronically complete the planning and send to your Unit Council.

There are two version of the tool. One is for Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts, and the other is for Scouts, Venturer Scouts, and Rover Scouts.

You can find the tools on the Achievement Pathways page, under the Special Interest Areas tab.

These corrections were made thanks to a member using the feedback form to alert us to the problem! You can send your feedback too!

New Digital System Sprint Updates

We have now published each of the “Sprint Updates” for the new digital system coming online in July. The system has been under development since the end of 2019 and development has comprised of a series of “sprints” to create each of the different areas of functionality. You can read about each Sprint and the work that has been achieved surrounding each Sprint in the Sprint Updates. There are currently 8 Sprints reported on, with 10 planned in total.

Sprint Updates can be found on the Other Resources page, under the New Digital System tab.

You can also read the latest detail about the new digital system on the Scouts Australia website here.

Some Achievement Pathways Resource Updates

Three of our Achievement Pathways resources have had a makeover and have been updated. Changes include:

  • Scouts Australia branding update
  • Removal of the “Pioneers” and “draft” labeling
  • Terminology updates
  • Minor changes based on program tweaks and icon updates
  • Strengthening of Sustainable Development Goals in the program and Achievement Pathways

The resources updated are:

Head over to the Achievement Pathways page to find these resources.

S2P Converter Updated v3.5

The Scheme-To-Pathways Converter has been updated to version 3.5.

Changes are:

  • Clarified in the output that a Cub Scout can earn a Special Interest Area badge for both green and red Achievement badges of the same topic.
  • Added the new Scouts Australia SES badge for all sections.
  • Added the Walkabout and Campout badges for all sections.
  • Fixed a few typos.

The Converter can be accessed from the program resources website, or by going directly to s2p.scouts.com.au

While you’re there, check out the new S2P Stats page!

How To Write The Language of the Program

A new resource has been created, called: How To Write The Language of the Program.

When developing materials for the program, it is important to be consistent in the way in which we write about each of the elements of the new program. This could be when creating marketing materials, when creating new resources, or it could be when making activity flyers and programs for the family fridge!

To learn how to write the terminology correctly, please download this document. You can find it under the Fundamentals… tab on the Fundamentals page of the program resources website, or download directly from here.

We invite your feedback on this resource. Go to the feedback page to do so.

The Adventure Begins Resources Available Here

As the new youth program implementation is ramping up in 2020, complementary resources developed for the introductory program The Adventure Begins have been moved across to here, for your continued use in the new program.

For your reference, the resources that were originally written for The Adventure Begins have “(TAB)” included in their name.

You can now find the following resources from TAB:

  • Under the Fundamentals tab of the Fundamentals page:
    • Principles, Purpose, Mission Fact Sheet
    • Principles, Purpose, Mission Poster
  • Under the Scout Method tab of the Fundamentals page:
    • Community Involvement Fact Sheet
    • Community Involvement Poster
    • Section (Unit) Councils Poster
    • Section (Unit) Councils Fact Sheet for each age section
    • Youth Leading, Adults Supporting Fact Sheet
    • Youth Leading, Adults Supporting Poster
    • Youth Leading, Adults Supporting Booklet
    • Youth Leading, Adults Supporting Checklist for each age section

Outdoor Adventure Skills Changes

A new edition of the Outdoor Adventure Skills Progression Booklet is out now from the Scout Shop (or wherever you get your new program purchases)!

So what’s new? What’s changed? Well, take a look at the Outdoor Adventure Skills Change Log! You can download it from the Outdoor Adventure Skills tab of the Achievement Pathways page of the program resources site.

Did someone call for bell tents? No more!

Purchasing links for the Progression Booklet and other program items are under the Weekly Program page, in the Books & Badges tab.

World Scouting Resources

If you’re interested in some of the concepts that the program is built on, check out the new tab “World Scouting” in the Fundamentals page of the program resources site. You can look through these documents to understand some of the background to the design of the Scouts Australia youth program.

  • World Scout Youth Programme Policy
  • World Scout Youth Involvement Policy
  • The Essential Characteristics of Scouting Poster
  • Adults In Scouting World Policy

You can find out lots more about World Scouting by visiting the World Organization of the Scout Movement at scout.org