Archive for July, 2008

Last night I heard an interesting interview on the evening current affairs show, where the importance of music and arts in the curriculum was mentioned;

put the music back into primary schools
PM – Tuesday, 22 July , 2008 18:39:00

SIMON LAUDER: The director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute, Professor Barry McGaw, is overseeing the development of a national curriculum which will be limited to English, maths, science and history.

He says music should be on all state school curriculums and students who don’t have access to music lessons have been let down.

BARRY MCGAW: I think there’s sometimes too much pressure to do the obvious core, more instrumentally valuable things, and we talk too much about core skills in literacy and numeracy.

And there’s evidence sometimes that in more of the disadvantaged schools at primary level, they spend most of their time on literacy and numeracy and that’s not an appropriate use of time.

[MP3 File] Interview Available as an MP3 file

Would this also mean that Scouting programs and Scouts who don’t have access to music and arts in their activities have been let down? I would think so, and it seems that BP would think so as well;

Singing and acting are excellent for training in self-expression. Also they mean good team work, everybody learning his part and doing it well, not for applause for himself but for the success of the whole show. — Robert Baden-Powell

One of the Cub Scout Program Eight Areas of Growth is Creativity. Is creativity 1/8th of your program or are you focussing on the nut & bolts (knots & lashings) side of the Scouting skill set?

Over the last few years I have heard many complaints about Cubs/Scouts/Venturers who are involved in Gang Show and Showtime because they don’t have enough time for “Real Scouting“. Is this “Real Scouting” a balanced program or is is perhaps a little too skewed towards Outdoor Scouting skills because from the beginning Scouting was designed to have acting, singing, dances and plays in the program.

Just a thought: Are we letting down our Scouts with our programming?


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National Geographic has a series of survival guide videos up on their web site. I’m not sure how often you’ll have to deal with shark attacks or anaconda bites but they’re worth watching all the same.

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Survival Kit in a Tin

Be Prepared

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens. – Robert Baden-Powell

The challenge:
Build a practical survival kit in a tin small enough to take on activities with you.
What do you put in? What do you leave out?

Mini survival kits are survival kits which consist of those most essential outdoor survival tools and supplies which are the hardest to improvise or replace. A mini survival kit is intended to be carried along all the time and is usually designed to complement other survival tools carried along in a larger, separate bag. These kits may be referred to as BOATs, or Bug-Out Altoids Tins.
Many items included in such a kit are simply difficult if not impossible to manufacture or appropriate in real world survival situations. And as such a Mini kit of this nature is intended to; remain always upon ones person, be appropriate to all environments, and be a comprehensive kit. Such a kit should be a starting point complete in itself to provide basic survival needs. Other personal gear will primarily offer; additional serviceability and ease of use, but the Mini survival kit should provide for the basic needs of a survival situation, followed by self rescue, assistance, or a return to normalcy in optimum situations.

Survival Kit in a Tin

Survival Kits – just a bit bigger

What do you have in your kit?

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Info Book 2008

Infobook 2008

Info Book 2008 – Leader Informations & Resource Manual 2008 Edition. Available on-line from VicScouts.

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Saturday 2 August 2008
St Kilda Road Melbourne

One hundred years ago in 1908, Scouting started in Australia. Since then, millions of young men, women, boys and girls have been through Scouting movement in Australia. To celebrate our 100th Birthday, we are throwing a party! Scouts (VIC)

[PDF] Scout Street Party Notice [PDF]

Bring along your Pack and encourage families to attend. It will be a great day and an excellent way to celebrate 100 years of Scouting.
* FREE for all members
* Family Event
* Members can bring a friend

The Scout Street Party times are 6pm – 12 midnight;

  • Joeys and Cubs will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Scouts from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Fantastic Race 8:30 am Sat to 3:00pm Sun)
  • Venturers and Rovers from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Wear: Uniform during the day for the Fantastic Race with party gear and scarf for the Scout Street Party.

The fantastic race will start in each Region and will finish in Melbourne. After the race, we will host a street Party, the likes of which Melbourne has never seen before. We hope to have 20 – 30 thousand members and supporters involved in what will be an enormous event. It is anticipated that the street party will be held on St Kilda Road outside the Arts Centre, we are still liaising with Vicroads, the Victorian Police and Melbourne City Council to host this event on St Kilda Road at the conclusion of the
Fantastic Race.
Scouts (VIC)

Party includes:

  • Bands
  • Street Performers
  • DJ
  • Activities
  • Rides and Entertainment


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Planet Ark’s National Tree Planting Day
Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:00am to 1:00pm

National Tree Day is Australia’s biggest community tree-planting event. Since Tree Day started in 1996 more than 1.5 million volunteers have planted over 11.5 million native trees and shrubs!
Join us again this year on National Tree Day – Sunday, 27 July 2008 and Schools Tree Day – Friday, 25 July 2008 (plus a range of additional dates) to help make the event even more successful and help save and enhance our environment.

Organisation: Nillumbik Shire Council
Site Address: 1459 Main Road, Research Vic 3095

Nearest Cross Street: Troodos Rise
Site Reference: Melway 22,F2

Directions: At the entrance to Research Park adjacent to Swipers Gully Creek on Main Road, Research.

Suitable for Children: Yes
Accessible for disabled: No

Notes about the day for Volunteers:
Please wear appropriate clothing (hat, long sleeved shirt and long pants recommended), sunscreen, gloves and sturdy footwear.

The following will be provided: Tools and equipment for planting, Watering cans / buckets, Drinking water, Snacks, Refreshments, BBQ

Activities that will take place on the day:

  • Tree Planting
  • Plant Propagation
  • Bush Regeneration
  • Ground Preparation / Mulching
  • Site Maintenance & Weed/Pest Control

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Cubs badge crime prevention honour [1]
Release date: Wed 2 July 2008
Last updated: Wed 2 July 2008

Victoria Police recognised future crime preventers this week when one of the first cub packs in Australia was awarded the first Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) badge.

An initiative of Scouts Australia, Neighbourhood Watch and Victoria Police, the NHW badge has been designed to teach young cubs how to be safe at home and to introduce them to the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

“This initiative has been carefully co-ordinated to ensure that every will be awarded the badge by their local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator who will also talk about personal safety and the work of NHW” Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Hastings said.

The introduction of the NHW badge for cubs is the first step in establishing a link between Scouts Australia, Neighbourhood Watch and Victoria Police.

Scouting has a long history in assisting young people to become responsible members of society and Neighbourhood Watch is always looking for new volunteers of all ages to become active members of the community.

This year, Neighbourhood Watch celebrated 25 years of service to the community and currently has 22,000 volunteers across the state of Victoria.

“We hope that by introducing children to NHW at an early age, we may be able to encourage them to participate in the NHW scheme and become future crime preventers,” Mr Hastings said.

From Australian Scout August 2008 (page 5);

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Badge

Two of the tasks in each category (A, B and C) to be completed.

A: Investigate
1. What telephone number do you ring when there has been an accident/incident?
2. What are the main household security issues you should be aware of?
3. What are your personal safety issues you need to be aware of?

B: Skill
1. Use the fluro pen (or engraver under adult supervision) to mark your mother/father’s or guardian’s drivers licence number onto your TV, bike, computer(s) and any other items of value.
2. Take aphoto of your items. Download photos onto your computer and then onto a DVD or floppy disk and place somewhere for safe keeping. (If there is no computer at home, write them in a book.)
3. Briefly explain what NHW does and how it can benefit yourself as a CUb or Scout.

C: Activity
1. Get your local NHW co-ordinator (Police member) to talk to you about NHW.
2. Organise with your local NHW co-ordinator (Police Officer) to attend your Pack and present the Pack with their NHW badges.

For B:2, I think CD’s or thumb-drives might be a bit more practical than using floppy disks 😉

[1] Cubs badge crime prevention honour (2008-Jul-02) [Victoria Police]

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