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Illaroo Scout Group Parent Information

 

Welcome to the Parent information section for Illaroo Scout Group. This section provides details on the different components of the group including applicable links to other sites. If you still have questions or require further clarification please refer to the other Scouting web sites or discuss with one of our Leaders. 

Scouting  (very brief history)

What is a Scout Group?

Parent Involvement

Becoming a Leader

Financial

Need to take some time off?

Uniform

Joining – how does it happen!

Joining Application

Term Programs

Operoo Activity Notifications and manual E1 Forms 

Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices

Injuries / incidents while on Scouting activities

Social Media Guidelines

Who are we?

Hall Hire

  

Links to other Scout Websites and information

Scouts Australia www.scouts.com.au

Scouts NSW Branch www.nsw.scouts.com.au

South Coast and Tableland Region www.sctscouts.org.au/

If you find a discrepancy between the above web sites and Illaroo web site, then take the above website as being correct and contact one of our Illaroo Leaders for further clarification (and to point out discrepancy).

  

Scouting

When Lord Robert Baden – Powell (or BP) returned from the Boer War, he found the youth of the British Isles playing games taken from a handbook he had written for army scouts.  BP was persuaded to rewrite his book and named it “Scouting for Boys”, and the Scouting movement began.  Scouting has spread around the world and is currently active in over 216 countries with more than 26,000,000 members.

Scouting is not affiliated with any particular religion, nor is membership of a church a prerequisite to joining the Scouting movement.

Originally a “boys only” organisation, the Scout Movement eventually expanded its program to include girls.                                                                                    

Our aim is to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of our young people so that they may take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens.

We achieve this through:

Scouting is a formula that has survived for 100 years!  The principles of Scouting are proving to be just as relevant today as they were when Scouting began in 1907.                                        

 

What is a Scout Group?

Scout Groups are formed and maintained by the community because parents believe in the benefits and teachings that Scouting has to offer and want to make it available to their children.

A full Scout Group consists of five Sections called:

Each Mob, Pack, Troop, or Unit is managed by a qualified Leader who is helped by qualified Assistant Leaders.  In the Joey Scout and Cub Scout sections, parents are encouraged to become Parent Helpers to support the Leader.  The Group as a whole is managed and guided by the Group Leader.  The Group Leader is supported by a committee of parents, ex-Scouts, and community members.

  

Parent Involvement

Scouting is a voluntary organisation and we rely heavily on parent support.  If you are not prepared to give this support, perhaps you should reconsider your decision to have your family join Scouts. The level of support given will depend on the individual circumstances of each family.

Regular help is needed for:

Current parent committee members attend monthly meetings to assist the Group Leader in the management of     the Group’s resources and may also be involved in planning social events for the group.  It is expected that every family will be represented at least once on the Group Committee during their child’s time in Scouts.

 

Becoming a Leader

Leader: Leadership is not for everyone, but if it interests you, please speak to any one of the Leaders.  They will tell you that they get just as much fun out of it as the kids, and a very real sense of achievement by doing something worthwhile for our young people and the community. 

Associate Leader:  An Associate Leader is a parent helper who has undertaken a subset of the same training courses as the Leaders, and wears the Scout uniform.

 

Financial

 A Scout Group is entirely self-funded. The expenses of a Scout group are various, including the cost of maintaining camping and other equipment in first class and safe condition, purchase of new equipment, hall maintenance, electricity, insurance, badges etc.  Leaders must ensure their qualifications are current in the activities in which they lead the youth, and these training costs are met by the Group. Note: the term ‘Scout’ below refers to youth members of any of the Scouting sections.

 

 

 

 

Bank Transfer

Illaroo Scout Group bank details for direct deposit (Westpac Bank)

BSB 032691 Account No 481152

Surname & Purpose as the Reference (SmithT2Fees or SmithCamp)

* If paying cash direct into bank, make sure they put your reference in (prefer Child's Scout number - ask Leaders if you don't know it) as well as send an email otherwise we won't know who payment is from

       

Active Kids Voucher (while Valid) 

You can use the Active Kids Voucher to pay term fees. Any credit from the term fee compared to voucher value will be credited to the following term.

Here is a link to the scout Active Kids Voucher info site which has info and other links. www.nsw.scouts.com.au/activekids/

Please remember there are 2 steps. 

  1. Apply for the active kids rebate (through the Service NSW online portal link). www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher
  2. When you get their voucher number emailed back to you, return to the Scout activekids site www.nsw.scouts.com.au/activekids/and click on ‘I am a current member of Scouts NSW’, and fill in the details and enter the voucher number

 

 

 

 

 

Need to take some time off?

 

 Uniform

 The current Scout uniform is a shirt with the sectional colour shoulders, plain dark blue shorts or long pants (can be purchased from local shops – not jeans) and a group scarf (the group scarf will be supplied by the Scout Group at the investment of the new Scout).  From the night that he or she is invested, your child will be expected to wear full uniform unless advised otherwise.  Uniforms are available from the Scout Shop at Port Kembla. Telephone 4274 – 1193 or Fax 4274 – 6334.  From time to time we have second hand uniforms available or we may be able to source them from another Group. Please ask your Leaders regarding this.

 

Joining – how does it happen!

 

 

Joining Applications

 Youth Step 1:

Complete the online Youth membership Application Form (Y1) at 

https://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/become-a-youth-member/

Youth Step 2:

When prompted to select a Scout Group, select  1st Illaroo

Youth Step 3: - CareMonkey activation

 

Adult Helper Application (A2) 

Leader Applications

 

Term Programs

 

Activity Notification Forms (Operoo and E1 Form) 

 For activities outside of the Hall, an Activity Notification Form is required.

 

Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices

 

 

Injuries / incidents while on Scouting activities

 

  

Social Media Guidelines

Please refer to Scouts Australia and Scouts NSW websites:

NSW Scouts Social Media Guidelines

Scouts Australia Brand Manual, Digital Guidelines & Logos

   

 

Who are we?

 Group Leader (some times referred to as Leader-In-Charge) – Overall responsible for running the group, makes sure paperwork is done, link between section leaders and group committee.

Joey Scout Leader – plans, organises and runs Joey section program with assistant leader(s) and parent helpers.

Cub Scout Leader – plans, organises and runs Cub section program with assistant leaders and parent helpers on request.

Scout Leader – plans, organises and runs Scout section program with assistant leaders.

Venturer Scout Leader – oversees and assists with the management of the Venturer Unit.

Committee Chairperson – Convenes and coordinates group committee activities.

Committee Secretary – Collects and distributes mail, deals with correspondence

Committee Treasurer – Oversees collection of fees, pays bills, oversees group and section funds

 

Hall Hire - Private use or other Scout Groups