Our youth program is re-imagining Scouting for the 21st century. But what’s changing, and what should we expect when the old meets new?
This new program is being progressively implemented across Australia. As we see, hear and discuss the changes, there’s some important differences to be aware of.
When Old Meets New compares our old ways of doing things with the approach of the new youth program.
This poster has previously been viewed at major events and on the Scouts Australia website. Now you can download it here and put it up in your hall or meeting space!
The poster is available in the Scout Group Support tab, on the Other Resources page.
It would complement nicely the Elements of the Program Poster, also found under the Scout Group Support tab.
Resources on pr.scouts.com.au/terrain/ are being updated as we start to bring on more users, and new features begin to appear.
You can find them in the User Guides tab of the Scouts | Terrain page.
Newly added resources include:
- How to install Scouts | Terrain to your device
- How to propose an idea in Scouts | Terrain
- How to plan an activity in Scouts | Terrain
- How to navigate the Outdoor Adventure Skills
- How to enter a Special Interest Area project for Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts
- And in the Videos Guides tab, the Guide to the Outdoor Adventure Skills in Scouts | Terrain
The three most recent Scouts | Terrain development updates are now available for download. These were also distributed directly through branch teams and shared on the Scouts Australia Scouts | Terrain User Community Facebook group.
These include the most recent update from Sunday (22 August).
Find these updates under the System Development tab on the Scouts | Terrain page.
Some additional resources have now been made available for Scouts | Terrain. They are:
- Guide to using Scouts | Terrain in different languages
- Pioneer Tracker Data Export Instructions Video
- Scouts | Terrain Data Input Wizard Video
You can find these on the Scouts | Terrain page.
Finally released is the new uniform diagram showing the layout of badges on youth members’ uniforms. This replaces all other versions, although there is plenty of time to transition. You can find the new diagram under the Group Support tab on the Other Resources page.
Direct download from this link.
In order to better organise badges in a logical way, to enhance the visual appeal of the uniform celebrating the individual achievements of each Scout, and to better align space on the uniform shirt for youth members of all ages, we undertook a review of the entire uniform layout and badge designs, based on the program’s symbolic framework of one program, one journey.
There was also a very strong desire from the Scouting community to enable all peak awards a Scout has achieved, to be worn on the uniform at once. This also created a need for a redesign of the overall badge design and uniform layout.
This new layout can be implemented over the following three years or so. It would make sense to allow Scouts to start using it once they have progressed to the next section, or earlier if they prefer. New members should go straight to this layout. In other words, there is no need for Scouts to change the layout that they currently have on their uniform until they move to the next section.
Along with the new layout are redesigns of the Additional Award badges, the Unit Leader badge, the Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader scarf slides (patrol member role identifiers), and the patrol identity scarf slider. New designs are now becoming available for purchase from the national Scout Shop, or from your Branch’s supplier.
You will notice that the uniform layout is organised into three themed panels:
- Right Sleeve – My Identity – recognises where you do most of your Scouting, and the additional awards you have achieved.
- Left Sleeve – My Journey – celebrates and recognises your growth across the Achievement Pathways, mainly Outdoor Adventure Skills, Special Interest Areas, and your peak awards.
- Front Panels and Scarf – My Involvement – recognises your active involvement in the program, including the Program Essentials Milestones, major events, patrol identification, and your formal leadership roles.
The National Operations Committee approved the new layout and badge designs earlier this year.
We have now made available some initial Scouts | Terrain user guides. You can find guides on:
- How To Import Data
- How To Navigate the Members Table
- How Setup Scout Groups (Units and Patrols)
- Pioneer Tracker Export Instructions
These new guides can be found on the Scouts | Terrain page, under the User Guides tab.
Some updates have been made to the peak award notification forms. These forms are used to notify your branch/state office of a Scout who has completed their peak award in any section, and would like for their achievement to be recorded and the award to be sent out.
The main changes are an update of the email addresses for each branch to which you send the form, and the updated names of the peak awards.
The notification forms can be found on the Achievement Pathways page, under the Peak Awards tab.
pr.scouts.com.au now features a dedicated page for Scouts | Terrain resources.
This page will grow with resources as documentation, guides, and videos become available.
And don’t forget to join us in the Scouts | Terrain User Community Facebook group, to join in discussions and obtain peer support using this brand new digital programming and record keeping system.
Video recordings of the webinars developed for our early adopters are now available in the dedicated new Scouts | Terrain page.
It is important to note that from feedback and what continues to be developed, Scouts | Terrain has already evolved and will continue to evolve from what can be seen in the videos. This means that the final product will be even better than what you see here!
Another change is the name. You might see “Traverse” on some screens. This was a possible name but it couldn’t be used in the end.
Read more about Scouts | Terrain here.
Finally, get yourself into the Scouts | Terrain User Community Facebook Group to discuss and learn more about Scouts | Terrain!
An updated edition of the Special Interest Areas Planning Tool for Joey and Cub Scouts is now available!
The key change is that the PDF is now fillable.
You can find the tool in the Achievement Pathways page, under the Special Interest Areas tab.