Examples of assisting and leading (in the Scout section)

Now available for download is a resource that gives some examples of assists and leads in Challenge Areas for for the Scout section. This one now completes the set of assisting and leading examples for all five sections.

To help Scouts and Leaders understand more about assisting and leading for each Milestone level, this resource has been created outlining a range of different scenarios.

Page:Achievement Pathways
Tab:Program Essentials (you can find the other sections here too)
Direct Link:Examples of assisting and leading in the Scout section

System Upgrade! (especially for your Apple device)

Good news for users of Apple devices (and some Windows PCs too).

For a long time it appeared that Apple devices – iPad, iPhone, even Macs – were quite often (but not always!) having troubles downloading PDFs from the Program Resources site. Figuring out why required a lot of debugging, testing, inquiring, error logging, analysing, and testing again. Eventually we got to the bottom of it and the fix required a change of underlying servers.

So, today (Monday 25th January 2021), we transferred the production pr.scouts.com.au environment to a new setup and it appears to have gone well.

Apple users: you should now be able to easily download any resource from pr.scouts.com.au!

Bonus: The site has gotten just a little bit faster too!

Thanks for your patience and the feedback on this problem. We hope it is now fully resolved.

Please, if you have feedback or you are experiencing any problems, please do use the Feedback form.


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

Scheme-To-Pathways Converter Updated to v3.6

The converter has had some updates made to it, partly based on user feedback. Main changes are:

  • Updated the names of peak awards
  • Added the option to include peak awards from past sections a Scout has been in
  • Corrected a few updates to language of the program
  • Added link to Scouts | Terrain on the front page

You can make your own conversions from the old award schemes to the new Achievement Pathways at s2p.scouts.com.au

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
Direct Links:SPICES I-StatementsSPICES Review Tool

A History of Australian and World Scouting

A helpful new resource is now available on the Program Resources website. While it is time to look to the future, to move forward as a movement, you might be interested to know where Scouting has come from. What can we learn from the rich history of our Movement?

For over a century, Scouting has been developing young people around the world using its unique methods. Read this resource to get a glimpse of the history of Scouting, and how our founder captured the imagination of boys to form their own patrols in the early 20th Century and began this World Movement.

Take what you like from it. Dip into parts of the last 110+ years you might be interested in, or read the whole lot!. Some Scouts might be interested, others not at all. This is compiled to help anyone interested piecing together a picture of how this movement grew and evolved. You can use it for Intro to Scouting or Intro to Section, or it might help a Scout with a Special Interest Area project or an adult leader with their Wood Badge project.

This version of our history pulls together information from a variety of reliable sources. It was developed from articles provided mainly by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), The Scout Association (UK), The Scout Association of Australia, Mr Neil Westaway (former Chief Commissioner of Australia), the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and Eduard Vallory’s fascinating book that explains the largest movement on the planet, “World Scouting: Educating for Globa Citizenship” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

This history starts off at the very beginnings of the Scout Movement, and then follows the initial
growth of World Scouting, eventually focusing mainly on the downs and ups of Australian Scouting.

You can download this History of World and Australian Scouting here:

PageOther Resources
TabScout Group
Direct LinkHistory of Scouting

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
Direct LinkProgramming Overview

All About The Scouts Australia Youth Program

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).

Access the Program Overview resource here:

TabFundamentals of the program
Direct LinkNew Program Overview

Developing Unit Codes

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.

To find the resources:

TabPatrols and Units
Direct LinkJoey Scouts
Cub Scouts
Venturer Scouts
Rover Scouts