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

Program Language Guide Updated

The guide to how to use and write the terms and other language of the Scouts Australia program has been updated.

In version 2, the most significant addition is the language of Scouts | Terrain.

There are also some other clarification and tidy ups throughout the document.

It is recommended that if you are developing resources, communications, documents, training modules, etc., about the program, that you use this to guide your writing.

Page:Fundamentals
Tab:Fundamentals of the Program
Direct Link:The Language of the Program

Programming Page Re-org

We have taken some time to reorganise the programming resources page on pr.scouts.com.au. Previously called “The Weekly Program”, it is now changed to simply “Programming”. It appears as Programming in the menus too.

Resource tabs have been rearranged to more logically organise the resources on the page as well.

Finally, the Plan>Do>Review> resources have been moved from the Fundamentals page to the Programming page.

The direct URL is now pr.scouts.com.au/programming/ and the old URL will also automatically redirect you to the new address if you have used it elsewhere.

(Bonus Fix: Have you been having some problems with the search? We think it’s working a bit better now!)

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.

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