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Scout Unit 2019

posted May 31, 2020, 12:54 AM by Group Leader
2019 was another great year for Mount Stuart Scout Unit.

Australian Scout Medallion
Lily earned her Australian Scout Medallion, the peak award in Australian Scouting.

Unit Numbers
Our Unit numbers peaked around 29 Scouts in five Patrols during the year to finish the year year with 20 Scouts. Seven of these Scouts moved up to Venturers with only two leaving due to conflicts with other activities.

One result of the Linking of so many experienced Scouts to Venturers was the average age of our Scouts dropping from around 13 to around 12, which has had an effect on our youth leadership abilities. We are actively working on mentoring and guiding the new, younger Unit Council to take ownership and leadership of the Unit.

Pioneer Group – National Scouting Program
Our transition of Programs as a Pioneer Group for Tasmania has gone well. Whilst we have been getting our heads around the current program for Scouting across Australia, we experienced a decrease in badges earned, but that has turned around with many of our Scouts getting sleeves full of badges. We even have a few within reach of completing the peak award of the section, Australian Scout Award (previously the Australian Scout Medallion).

Scout Adult Leadership
Ed served as Scout Leader (SL) this past year, with Ian serving as Asst Scout Leader (ASL), and Jodie joining the Unit as an ASL. Greg served as a uniformed Adult Helper. 

To start 2020, we have had a shift of adult leaders with Ed moving into the Group Leader (GL) role and so dropping back from SL to ASL, and Ian moving back into the role of SL. We continue to have additional support from Jodie as a capable and friendly ASL, Greg as Adult Helper, and Jonathan as an ASL when his many other Scouting roles allow him to.

The Unit had a very active year! Highlights include:
  • Scout Guide Regatta
  • ANZAC Vigil and City of Hobart Parade
  • Wellington District Activities
    • Founder’s Day Swimming Carnival (won Scout trophy!); Navigation Challenge Camp (Activity Patrol); District Camp; District Showtime; Scout Leadership Camp
  • OAS Area – training and awards
    • Camping; Bushwalking; Bushcraft; Paddling – Kayaking; Cycling, MTB; Vertical – Climbing, Abseiling; Aquatic – Swimming, snorkelling; Boating;
  • Unit Hike Camp – The Lea
  • Aboriginal Education on Native Flora and Fauna; Bush Tucker and Bush Cooking
  • First Aid and CPR training
  • Bushcare activity every Term
Scout Unit in 2020
2020 has seen a great regular turnout of Scouts for both hall nights as well as activities. We recently had 15 scouts attend the annual Scout Guide Regatta at Snug camping for 3 nights and experiencing an amazing array of activities. Every one of our Scouts tried something they had never done before and acquitted themselves admirably.

Looking to the year ahead, the Unit appears to be growing again with 12 Cubs likely to Link up to Scouts during the year and only a couple of Scouts scheduled to Link up to Venturers. Our District activities are consolidating and growing with the District Navigation exercise planned to occur, and the introduction of a ‘Snow Camp’ in the Rover’s Ben Lomond hut ‘Carr Villa’ in August. Our Unit Council is also getting more involved in planning and ideas with more involvement as they gain confidence in their abilities.

Thank you, also, to all the parents who have supported their youth by transporting, encouraging, participating and reinforcing the Scouting values.