Category: Updated Resources

Details of updated program resources available here.

The Fundamentals Posters

There are some aspects that you will see in Scouting and the program that are essential to achieving the stated goals of Scouting. They are what makes our program unique as a global Movement of young people and adult volunteers. We call these the Fundamentals of Scouting.

We have refreshed some of the posters that promote the Fundamentals.. You might recognise many of these from The Adventure Begins resource kit of a few years ago. Now they have been refreshed using the the current Scouts Australia branding, with updated program language, and are now available on the Program Resources site.

Check these out and perhaps put them up in your hall!

  • Australian Scout Promise and Law posters
  • The Purpose of Scouting poster
  • Scout Method poster
  • Community Involvement poster
  • Unit Councils poster
  • SPICES poster
  • Youth leading, adults supporting poster
  • A brand new Plan>Do>Review> poster
Page:Fundamentals
Tabs:Fundamentals
Scout Method
Promise and Law
SPICES
Plan>Do>Review>
Direct Links:Australian Scout Promise
Australian Scout Law poster
Combined Promise and Law poster
The Purpose of Scouting poster
Scout Method poster
Community Involvement poster
Unit Councils poster
SPICES poster
Youth leading, adults supporting poster
Plan>Do>Review> poster

Program Glossary Updated

A new and updated Program Glossary of Terms is now available on pr.scouts.com.au

This resource helps you to understand the language of the youth program and is worth having on hand as a quick reference guide.

This update makes a number of improvements:

  • New terms are added,
  • Old terms are removed,
  • Some terms are rewritten and clarified,
  • Newer program language is included,
  • Peak award names are updated; and
  • corrections are made in line with the document “How To Write The Language of the Program“.
Page:Other Resources
Tab:Scout Group
Direct Link:Glossary of Terms

Milestone reflection time? Don’t forget these resources.

When it comes time to reflect on the completion of a Milestone, it can be a bit tricky to know how to do this. We have some resources available to help Scouts with their reflection.

For each section you will find a resource that links the six SPICES areas and their I-Statements, with some questions you could use to encourage Scouts to think about their personal progression.

Although they all have been updated with current Scouts Australia branding, the content remains essentially the same, so if you already use these there is no need to download them again.

Page:Achievement Pathways
Tab:Reflection and Review
Direct Link:Joey Scout Milestone Reflection
Cub Scout Milestone Reflection
Scout and Venturer Scout Milestone Reflection
Rover Scout Milestone Reflection

SPICES Tools Updated

It’s important to recall the Purpose of Scouting:

The Purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

To support Scouts to develop in these areas of personal growth (also known as SPICES), there are some tools available.

Firstly, there is the SPICES I-Statements. These are the educational objectives of each age section, presented in the format of “I can…”

There is also the SPICES Review Tool. Patrols and Unit Councils can use this tool to review a program cycle and determine how well each of the SPICES has been implemented in the program.

Both have been updated, mainly with the new Scouts Australia branding. The Review Tool has some additional information that connects SPICES and Challenge Areas.

Find these resources here:

SPICES I-StatementsSPICES Review Tool
Page:FundamentalsFundamentals
Tab:SPICESSPICES
Direct Links:SPICES I-StatementsSPICES Review Tool

An Overview of How To Program

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.

You can find Programming Overview here:

PageThe Weekly Program
TabProgramming
Direct LinkProgramming Overview

Milestone Assisting and Leading – Some Examples

To help Scouts and Leaders understand more about assisting and leading for each Milestone level a series of resources have been created outlining a range of different scenarios for each age sections.

There is a document for each age section, and they can be found on the Achievement Pathways page, under the Program Essentials tab.

All age sections, except Scouts, have now been updated with some clarifications and new Scouts Australia branding. We’ll get the Scout section one out soon!

Achievement Pathways Factsheets Updated

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:

  • branding update
  • 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

The refreshed factsheets can be found on the Achievement Pathways page, under the relevant tab.

Supporting The Peak Award – Resources Updated

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:

New Ceremonies Guide

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.

You can find the Guide to Ceremonies in Australian Scouting on the Weekly Program page, under the Ceremonies tab. Or click here.

Printed copies of this guide will also shortly be available from the Scout Shop.

Special Interest Areas Project Resource Updates

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.

The Special Interest Area Flowchart and the Guide to Special Interest Areas can be found on the Achievement Pathways page, under the Special Interest Area tab.

SIA Flowchart

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