Top Honours for our Local Scout Leaders

Two local Scout Leaders have been awarded for exceptional and long service to Scouting.

Phillip Ward OAM of East Ryde Scout Group was presented with the ‘Silver Kangaroo’ (pictured left) and Ken “Freckle” Paton OAM with the Silver Koala.

Local Scout Leaders awarded for service to youth Adult members of Scouts Australia have been honoured by the Chief Scout of Australia, the Governor-General, His Excellency, the  Honourable Sir Peter  Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) in the annual Adult Recognition Awards for Good Service.

Presentations for Scouts Sydney North Region were made last Sunday at Lane Cove Scouts headquarters by Region Commissioner Randall Jones.

Pride of place was East Ryde’s Phillip Ward – “One Tonner” – a longtime Group Leader who was awarded the Silver Kangaroo.

Rovering to Centenary Success

SEPTEMBER 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Rover section of the Scouting Movement, established by Robert Baden-Powell in the United Kingdom in 1918.

One hundred years on, Rovers remain an integral part of Scouts Australia, offering young men and women aged 18-25 a vast range of activities and opportunities.

In 1918, Baden-Powell wished to expand Scouting to young men who wanted to do more than what was possible for younger Scouts. He encouraged Rovers to develop themselves, undertake adventurous activities, and also provide service to the community and the younger sections of Scouting.

He later published the best-selling book “Rovering to Success”, which provided wise advice to young men of the time, but also became the foundation of Rover ideals and practice.

In 2018, Rovering continues to be strong and active across the northside and significantly, the first Rover in this country is believed to have been from Chatswood. Eric Booth was returning from the First World War, became a Rover in the UK in 1918 and given the task of bringing Rovering to Australia.

The section grew quickly here and across the world, and has evolved greatly over the subsequent one hundred years.

Rovering was originally described by Baden-Powell as “a ‘brotherhood’ of the open air and service” and the spirit of this is still the foundation of the section today.

Female membership was welcomed from the early 1970s and Rovers fully run their own section and continue to enjoy a healthy mix of adventure, fun, and giving back to their community, and the other sections of Scouting.

Courtney Turner, 22, Chair of the Sydney North Rover Council said “Being a Rover has given me some incredible experiences, great friendships and a load of fun.

Last year I was among 460 Australians who took part in a worldwide gathering of almost 5,000 Rovers in Iceland, an opportunity I never thought I’d have. I’ve also really developed my leadership skills.”

Today’s Rovers are young men and women who come from all walks of life and backgrounds and have not necessarily participated in Scouting before.

Local “Crews” generally meet weekly and co-ordinate a wide variety of outdoor activities such as camping, bushwalking, caving, abseiling and skiing, as well as social activities and community service projects.

There are many Rover Crews across Sydney’s northside, that always welcome new members. For more information, visit or find Sydney North Region Rovers on Facebook.

Imogen, 10, gets award for outstanding achievement (TWT on the spot PHOTO)

Imogen sets a first for 1st Boronia

AT the family campfire in December last year, a Scout at 1st Boronia Scout Group encouraged everyone to set themselves goals as the first step in achieving them.

They then asked if anyone would like to share their goal with the group.

Ten-year old Imogen stood up and said that she would like to attain EVERY achievement badge available to Cub Scouts.

Imogen had already earned the Grey Wolf Award – the highest achievement in Cub Scouts – and so was used to working hard to achieve her goals.

However, of the 34 potential achievement badges she had earned 15, leaving her the challenge of 19 badges to complete in only six months before she moved up to Scouts.

And that’s exactly what she did, with the updated tally now showing she has earned all 34.

The Achievement Badges cover a wide range of categories and demonstrate the breadth of Scouting endeavours.

They are split into four categories: Arts & Literature; Nature, Science & Technology; Sports & Recreation and Our World.

For Arts & Literature, Imogen’s activities ranged from visiting art galleries, learning to make something out of wood (including the correct use and care of tools) to taking photographs and performing a musical instrument.

The nature category is the largest and includes gardening, bushcraft, codes and signals as well as learning about the weather and outer space.

She learned about local birds and animals and then mastered basic technology sending emails, researching scouting and improving skills by playing her favourite games.

Imogen undertook beginner sailing courses, went canoeing and invited her uncle fishing as part of her Sports category.

In addition, she discovered a real love of cycling and managed to get some training in for the school athletics carnival.

Our World saw Imogen learning about what it means to be a citizen, improving her first aid skills and learning about other cultures.

In addition, she planned an overnight adventure via public transport and took her grandmother and sister on the expedition with her.

On a recent Monday night, Imogen was given the opportunity to be ‘Akela’ for the day and planned her final cub scout meeting.

She incorporated many of her favourite activities including cooking pizza in a milk carton, laying capture the flag and racing chariots made with wood and rope.

At the end of the evening, Imogen was presented with a special trophy to celebrate her amazing achievement.

It just goes to show – if you set your mind to it, you can do anything.

Well done Imogen!

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