Australia Day Honours 2018: Concord scouts stalwart praises scouting’s values, contributions

THERE will always be a need for the values of scouting and the contribution scouts make to the community, said Australia Day award winner Bob Baker OAM of Concord.

Mr Baker has served as Honorary Commissioner and was Chief Director of the 22nd Australian Jamboree from 2006-2011 and a Deputy Chief Commissioner. He also holds Scouts Australia’s Silver Kangaroo Award, presented to him in 2008.

“I’m very proud of what scouts have achieved and my hope for the future is that the Scouts will adapt and modify to meet community standards without losing our core values and our identity,” he said.

“I believe one of the strong things about scouting is about scouts looking after themselves, learning skills and looking after one another.

“I’m proud of the teamwork in scouts; a scout patrol is a team of six and the leaders lead by example.”

Mr Baker was closely involved in the recent Centenary of World Scouting.

“There have been many highlights but the Centenary of World Scouting was a special highlight and we had 100 canoes row past Governor Marie Bashir in 2008,” he said.

“Because of the size and number of scouts involved this was certainly a highlight for me.”

Although large events such as jamborees feature strongly in Mr Baker’s career there are small but significant moments he cherishes.

“Some of my proudest moments are when I’m invited to a wedding of one of the scouts,” he said.

“I’m also proud of the way multiculturalism has worked out so well for us because scouts look after one another.

“It is respect for one another and acceptance of one another.”

Mr Baker was also awarded for his role as President of Sydney Kart Racing Club for 15 years and as an Active Member since 1986.