Although this is just a minor update – mainly just tidying up some of the program language, some typos, and updating the branding – we thought it was a good opportunity to remind you of the resource called Programming Overview, now updated on the Program Resources website.
All Scout programs should be adventurous, fun, challenging and inclusive for all Scouts involved. By following the programming model for each age section, young people are able to create a Scout program that is engaging and suitable for all members of the Unit or Patrol. Some Scouts may need support to contribute their ideas, and to deliver their ideas in the program.
This resource especially encourages you to ensure the Scout Method is prominent in your programs. The Scout Method is what ensures Scouting embraces non-formal education and learning, in order to achieve the Purpose and Mission of Scouting.
Do you need an overview of the big picture ideas of the new program?
Do you need something for your Group Council to flip through to see how everything comes together in the program?
Maybe you need something to share at your next District Training Meeting (Mindari etc.).
Or better yet, talking points for Unit Leaders, Patrol Leaders, and Unit Councils of all age sections.
Take a look at the resource called New Program Overview. This presentation style PDF breaks down the program into each of its elements so that you can talk through how it all works together. This takes you beyond just “the badges” (i.e. the Achievement Pathways) and into other important elements such as the role of the Scout Method, the importance of SPICES, how patrols work in each age section, and what is meant by “one program, one journey”.
There is even some background to how this new program came about, the burning issues, and the timeline of events leading up to its launch at AJ2019 (where you might remember info boards featuring this content).
A new series of resources has now been made available to guide your Unit Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Scouts, and suppoting adult Leaders to develop a unit code. There is a guide for each age section.
A Unit Code is a way of expressing how members of the Unit are going to act, what acceptable behaviour is, and how members will treat others and the space around them.
A Unit Code is about:
How members of the Unit behave and treat each other
Respecting our environment around us, including people, each other’s property and the natural environment
How to be resilient and courageous in challenging times
When creating your Unit Code, the Unit should also consider the Australian Scout Promise and Law and the symbolic framework of their section.
Once it has been created by the whole Unit, all Scouts and adult leaders then agree to follow the Code.
Your Unit should display the Unit Code in a creative way so it acts as a reminder to the members of the Unit. The Unit Code needs to be reviewed or rewritten annually by the whole Unit, to ensure it represents the needs of the current members.
The downloadable factsheets supporting the four main elements of the Achievement Pathways have been updated. You can now find updated factsheets for the Program Essentials, Outdoor Adventure Skills, Special Interest Areas, as well as the factsheet outlining the five peak awards.
Updates are minor. They include:
inclusion of Scouts | Terrain
some tidy up of text for improved clarity
language update, mainly around adventurous activities guidelines
update to unit management course or personal development course (rather than generic leadership course) for peak award requirements
We have made some updates to the documents known as “Unit Council Supporting The Peak Award”. The overall messages are the same, with some minor updates. They include:
Design and branding update
Language of the program updates
Clarification of how Special Interest Area projects can be completed as individuals or in patrols
Changes to the names of peak awards (where appropriate)
Updating to Personal Development Course or Unit Management Course requirements of the peak awards
Including Scouts | Terrain as a resource for Scouts to use
These guides are designed to help Unit Councils in each section support Scouts in their journey to the peak award.
You can find updated versions for Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Venturer Scouts. They are located on the Achievement Pathways page, under the Peak Award Resources tab. Or you can go directly to the resource page:
Finally, we are able to launch the new Ceremonies Guide for Australian Scouting!
Ceremonies help us mark important times in Scouting. We use a whole range of different ceremonies, and many of these will look different depending on where you are or who you’re with.
Ceremonies in Scouts Australia are adaptable and changeable. This book acts as a guide; it includes some key considerations for designing ceremonies, and some examples.
The features of your ceremonies and the way they’re run is mostly up to the youth members in your Unit, with adult support as needed.
This guide mirrors what is contained in the Program Handbook, along with additional guidance for adult ceremonies. If you already have the Program Handbook, you won’t need this as well, unless you would like a handy quick reference.
Two key resources for Special Interest Area projects have been updated.
The flowchart that helps Scouts Plan> their pathway to a great Special Interest Area project has been updated with new graphics and updated language of the program.
This resource provides a framework for Scouts to brainstorm possible project ideas. It starts with thinking about interests and strengths, and then to consider what could challenge that individual to know or do more with that interest. Finally, it gets the Scout to think about how they will go about it, and who they might need to support their project.
The ideas generated in this flowchart can then be used to complete the Special Interest Area planning sheet or the equivalent on Scouts | Terrain.
In addition, some clarifications and other updates to the overall guide to Special Interest Area projects has been updated. Updates include information about patrols working on a Special Interest Area project together.
Now available on the Scouts Australia Program Resources website (pr.scouts.com.au) is updated versions of the Peak Award Mountain Diagrams for each section.
These diagrams are updated to match the style of the Program Handbook, to include the new peak award badge designs, to add colour, and to provide additional summary information about the requirements of each part of the Achievement Pathways needed to complete the peak award for the section.
You could print these as large format posters and place them around your Scout hall.