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“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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Two reports have been released that are foundations of our future work. We ask that you read the reports from cover to cover to both understand the context of the research completed and to appreciate the background for the final recommendations.
Across the Scouting community will be a variety of opinions about this research. That’s normal, the research and findings probably wouldn’t be good if it didn’t create some debate and discussion!

YPR Outsourced Research (2014-Aug-08)

Some thoughts:

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Small single burner butane stoves have become very popular in camping kits due to their ease of use and low purchase price, in fact many of us probably have one (or two) stowed away – possibly in the back of their 4WD. Having become somewhat ubiquitous, how safe are they?

The first thing is to check the stove has an Australian Gas Association (AGA) compliance sticker/logo, if it doesn’t have the sticker it is not compliant for use in Australia … toss it and get one that is compliant.

Given general safety procedures such as cooking outdoors in well ventilated areas and not using hot plates or pans that cover the entire stove (overlapping the canister flap) what else should we be looking out for to avoid explosions?


In the September 2013 edition of Exceed (the Pajero 4WD Club Vic magazine) there was an article that flagged an important element of safety with the Butane cans. (Partially reproduced in the club forums)

The CRV (Countersink Release Vent) is a Butane can safety feature that allows gas to vent through the perforations in the can rim when extreme heat or pressure is too much. Non CRV cans will exploded with damaging results.
The CRV approved cans are identified by their certification marked on the can and packaging (certification and compliance of either EN417 or UL147B) they also have a light blue colour rim.

FIG: CRV (top) vs Non CRV (lower) Butane cans

FIG: CRV vs Non CRV Butane can

Having checked the stock in our Venturer Den, only 1 can in 5 was a CRV can. This situation has now been rectified and we will only purchase and use cans with the CRV certification.

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Areas of Personal Growth (AoPG)

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

In recent years a sixth area has been added CHARACTER, so the acronym has now become SPICES.

S Social:
Area of development: Social Nature

Having a sense of belonging in a group, through friendship and interaction. Developing an understanding of social issues in my communities, and recognising my responsibility to appreciate cultural diversities.
Having fun.

Acquiring the concept of interdependence with others and developing one’s ability to Co-operate and lead.

P Physical:
Area of development:Body

Understanding my body and my physical capabilities, while developing skills through appropriate physical challenges.

Becoming responsible for the growth and functioning of one’s own body.

I Intellectual:
Area of development: Intelligence

Having the ability to create ideas, leading to a plan of action and carrying it through to its conclusion using common sense. Being able to plan and analyse and take on board the consequences of my actions.
Having the ability to understand how a team works, and my role within it. Having the ability to evaluate a situation and follow instructions as appropriate.

Developing one’s ability to think, innovate and use information in an original way to adapt to new situations.

C Character:

Area of development: Character Development
Accepting myself and recognising my own potential for growth and what it is I can become.
Developing myself in a manner consistent with a set of values and with mutual respect and understanding for others.

Recognizing one’s responsibility towards oneself and one’s right to develop, learn and grow in search of happiness whilst respecting others. Learning to assert oneself, make one’s own decisions, set aims and identify the necessary steps to achieve them.

E Emotional:
Area of development: Emotions

Having the confidence and security to be aware of and express my emotions, and to understand and accept them. Learning how to deal with situations and people I meet every day while having respect for other people’s emotions and being aware of the impact of my actions.

Recognising one’s own feelings and learning to express them in order to attain and maintain an inner state of freedom, balance and emotional maturity.

S Spiritual:
Area of development: Soul

Having an understanding and acceptance of myself and my value as a unique human being, and an equal acceptance of the value of others. Having respect for myself and others and the world in which we live. Having a sense of responsibility for my environment and my place in it. Developing a personal awareness of a higher being and an expression and exploration of a faith.

Acquiring a deeper knowledge and understanding of the spiritual heritage of one’s own community, discovering the Spiritual Reality which gives meaning to life and drawing conclusions for one’s daily life, whilst respecting the spiritual choices of others.

[1] Understanding The Scout Method and the Areas of Personal Growth | A Guide for Venturer Scout Unit Councils [Sydney North Region Scouts]

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Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a cub scout leader, talked with the killers and kept her nerve as one of them told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight.”
Mrs Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was one of the first people on the scene after the two Islamists butchered a soldier in Woolwich, south-east London, on Wednesday. She was photographed by onlookers confronting one of the attackers, who was holding a bloodied knife.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett was a passenger on a number 53 bus that was travelling past the scene. She jumped off to check the soldier’s pulse.
“Being a cub leader I have my first aid,” she said. “So when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident. Then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse.”

— ‘You are going to lose’: mother tells attackers to drop weapons after London killing (2013-May-23) [The Age]

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Cub Scout Leader and real hero. Went to give first aid and then engaged with the attacker.

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Youth Programme is the totality of what young people do in Scouting (the activities), how it is done (the Scout method) and the reason why it is done (the purpose)

Totality: Youth Programme covers the complete span of a young person’s experience in the Movement. It is a progressive process of education and personal development.

What: Youth Programme encompasses all activities in which young people in Scouting take part. They must be attractive and challenging to young people.

How: Youth Programme, fundamentally, uses the Scout method in carrying out its activities.

Why: Youth Programme is the means of achieving the purpose of Scouting, based on its fundamental principles.

Adopted by the 32nd World Scout Conference, Paris, 1990

[1] WOSM World Programme Policy (PDF)
[2] WOSM Educational Objectives of the Scout Movement (PDF)
[3] WOSM Adults in Scouting World Policy (PDF) 17MB

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For those who had placed the bet on the 25 arriving before the 20; you win.

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