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Scout Compass of Discovery Unveiled as Scouts abseil down AMP Tower
On the 19th of September, amid Scouts abseiling down the AMP Tower, Scouts Australia and the City of Sydney unnveiled a new artwork at Scout Place in Circular Quay, celebrating the Centenary of Scouting promoting adventure and encouraging responsible risk taking.
Titled Windlines: The Scout Compass of Discovery, the sculpture features a five metre tall weather vane above a giant compass and map embedded in the ground at Scout Place, Circular Quay.
The art work created by Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford contains riddles related to some of Sydney’s most naturally beautiful areas embedded in the paving of the 16 points of the compass, each accompanied by their direction and distance from Scout Place. Commissioned by Scouts Australia and the City of Sydney and funded by entrepreneur Dick Smith and his wife Pip, this monumental masterpiece dedicated to Scouting was unveiled by Sydney City Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP, Scouts Australia National President Major-General Michael Jeffery and the artists.
Alongside the unveiling, Scouts kept with their motto of 'be prepared...for new adventure' with 15 members of the Scout movement abseiling down the 115 m high AMP Tower. Scout Leader Peter Moore who led the adventurous descent said, "The young guys love this sort of stuff. It's a long way down for them and you get a spectacular view of the Harbour".
Entrepreneur Dick Smith said: "Scouts had the most incredible affect on my life, because they taught me responsible risk taking."
As well as Windlines: Scout Compass of Discovery, Dick and Pip Smith's 2008 donation of $1 million has also been used to develop a variety of special projects in all States and Territories to promote responsible risk taking in Scouts.
“I want Scouts to promote responsible risk-taking amongst young people because as a nation we are ensuring our kids grow up in strait-jackets, where they take no risks.
As a boy, I enjoyed camping and climbing in Scouts. I accept there is going to be a risk involved but Scouts are best placed to help manage that risk and now, more than ever, we need to stop wrapping our kids in cotton wool and let them discover their true potential. It is hard as a parent and grandparent but we have to stop ‘helicoptering’ (hovering over) our children and grandchildren and allow them to have adventure in their lives, expanding their horizons by accepting an element of risk.”
Dick Smith, quoted in ‘No More “Cotton Wool Kids” Dick Smith promotes responsible risk taking’, Lord Baden-Powell Society Newsletter for Members, #31, May 2009, p.5