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Scouts | Terrain Update – October 2021

As part of the ongoing commitment to Scouts | Terrain, there are two streams of work that will happen from time to time, resulting in releases of differing natures.

The first of these is an ongoing time allocation, per month, that enables background work to occur in the form of support and maintenance. Each month, this might look slightly different, and some items will be fixes to specific user issues, whilst other items might be more wide-ranging. It is more efficient for any of these fixes to be grouped for testing and release, so whilst work is steadily occurring, we won’t always see evidence of this on a routine basis.

The second stream of work is a concentrated stint of development work, with the potential to occur once each year. This will see significant enhancements to, or adjustment of, a feature (or multiple features) as a result of user feedback.

At the end of October 2021, we should see the release of the first block of development work from our first concentrated stint. This has been focused on improvements and additions to the Programming area of the system, although will have benefits beyond programming.

Check out the update foreshadowing this release here.

Reasonable Adjustments And The Achievement Pathways

Recently a Scouts Australia webinar was held to support Scouts, Leaders, and Unit Councils to understand ways in which the program, and especially the Achievement Pathways, can be adjusted to support all young people to be able to be successful in their personal progression.

Scouting is an inclusive, values based Movement. Our membership is open to all young people and adults who share the fundamental values of the Scout Movement.

Scouts Australia approved a new Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Standard in Aug 2020. This reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that Scouting is truly open and accessible to all, better reflecting the composition of our communities.

A copy of the content of the webinar is now available, which in conjunction with the sections of the Program Handbook titled Access and Inclusion, will help you to support your Scouts with disabilities to be able to participate, to assist, and to lead across the whole program.

You can find the reasonable adjustments webinar content here:

Page:Achievement Pathways
Tab:Program Essentials (although it applies to all levels of the mountain)
Direct Link:Reasonable Adjustments Webinar

Scouts | Terrain Update – Sep 2021

As part of the ongoing commitment to Scouts | Terrain, there are two streams of work that continue to update and improve the system – monthly support and maintenance plus an annual development sprint, as detailed in previous updates.

This month, there are a few items that have been bundled together from work that has occurred in the last month from the support and maintenance stream. Some of this is addressing bugs, and other aspects are maintenance to continuously improve the system.

Check out the full update here.

Leadership Role Descriptions

The role descriptions for Unit Leaders, Project Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, and Assistant Patrol Leaders in each section have been updated in the last two months.

These new files provide examples and guidance regarding these roles that can be used directly by, Units or used to inspire your own variants.

  • Joey Scouts – Patrol Leader
  • Cub Scouts – Unit Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Scouts – Unit Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Project Patrol Leader
  • Venturer Scouts – Unit Leader, Project Patrol Leader
  • Rover Scouts – Unit Leader, Project Patrol Leader

You can find these resources in the Patrols and Units tab of the Fundamentals page.

Program Essentials Factsheet – Aug. ’21 Update

The Program Essentials Factsheet has been updated to provide additional clarification and clarity regarding aspects that have been of recent confusion.

Explicitly, this now provides guidelines regarding how participates, assists and leads might apply at overnight experiences, with other sections, and at major events.

Find the updated guide here:

Page:Achievement Pathways
Tab:Program Essentials
Direct Link:Program Essentials Factsheet

Scouts | Terrain Update

As part of the ongoing commitment to Scouts | Terrain, there are two streams of work that will happen from time to time, resulting in releases of differing natures.

The first of these is an ongoing time allocation, per month, that enables background work to occur in the form of support and maintenance. Each month, this might look slightly different, and some items will be fixes to specific user issues, whilst other items might be more wide-ranging. It is more efficient for any of these fixes to be grouped for testing and release, so whilst work is steadily occurring, we won’t always see evidence of this on a routine basis.

The second stream of work is a concentrated stint of development work, with the potential to occur once each year. This will see significant enhancements to, or adjustment of, a feature (or multiple features) as a result of user feedback.

This month, there are quite a few items that have been bundled together from work that has occurred in the last two months from the support and maintenance stream. Some of this is addressing bugs, and other aspects are maintenance to update program additions or changes.

Check out the latest update here and here.

How To Prepare A Scouts’ Own

The World Organization of the Scout Movement tells us that a Scouts’ Own is a gathering of Scouts. This can be in small or large groups. In smaller groups, Scouts are able to get involved, share their experiences, and see that spirituality is something that affects them and gives meaning and direction to their lives. In large groups Scouts can enjoy a collective experience, perhaps celebrating the shared values of Scouting and the impact this has on their lives.

A Scouts’ Own is an activity that helps us reflect on our connection with nature and the world around
us. We reflect on our place in the world and with our community. Scouts’ Owns are one way in which we can develop spirituality, however they are not religious services or observances.

Use this resources to help you create your own Scouts’ Own for your Unit, Patrol, or a larger gathering of Scouts. It has helpful hints about planning, doing, and reviewing your Scouts’ Own program, and includes information about how they can be incorporated into the Achievement Pathways.

Page:Weekly Program
Tab:Programming
Direct Link:Preparing A Scouts’ Own

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!

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