Scouts Australia Qualifies Members in Industry Recognised Outdoor Rec skills!

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Almost 130 Scouts (aged 15-25) and Leaders from around Australia are still reveling in the valuable industry recognised qualifications in Outdoor Recreation gained at Scouts Australia's first ever National Adventurous Activities School at Cataract Park, NSW a few weeks ago.

Phil Harrison, Deputy Principal of Adventurous Activities at the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT) said the school was unique as it was the first of its kind to involve members of Scouts Australia from every state and territory, in industry recognised training through courses like abseiling, bushwalking, canoeing, canyoning, caving and sailing. He added the school also held vast opportunities for career development in outdoor recreation.

"Scouts Australia as a training organisation has SIS20210 Certificate II, SIS30410 Certificate III and SIS40310 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in scope. That means we can deliver accredited training and full qualifications to our members in these areas. So a lot of the people here at the national school have the opportunity to come away at the end of two weeks, with an industry recognised qualification in Outdoor Recreation. Today, within the broader outdoor industry, there is a growing need for qualified staff and many employers are struggling to find people who have the qualifications and the experience to fulfil these roles. Scouts Australia is providing a unique opportunity for our members to gain a national qualification, which if they so choose could lead to direct employment in the outdoor industry.”

David Walsh, who ran the National Adventurous Activities School on behalf of SAIT, said the response had been overwhelmingly positive for the event, with demand for the courses far outstripping current resources. 

“We can't keep up with the demand of people who would like us to run these courses at this point in time. And certainly with public Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) scaling back many of their courses for Outdoor Recreation, I see there's a niche market for Scouting in this particular area. This is because there are a lot of outdoor companies looking for skilled people at the moment. This particular program will up skill Scouts with employment prospects for the future."

Chantele Cowley from Darwin looking to expand her skills in Scouting and Outdoor RecreationFifteen year old Chantele Cowley from Darwin who attended the course, certainly felt the same way. 

"Outdoors is my passion. I've been in Scouts for five years now and I just want to expand my skill set and eventually create a career in the outdoors industry. The great thing about this course is it is getting me started. It has not only given me skills but has also been an excellent opportunity for me to network, as there are so many amazing members of Scouts who are industry experts."

Scouts Australia will be organising numerous National Adventurous Activities courses throughout the year to up skill its members with these qualifications. The next national school, Horizon, will be held between April 5 to 11 in Victoria, with a focus on developing advanced skills in bushwalking. In July, the ACT Branch will host an alpine winter school at the Jindabyne Adventure Base in NSW, focussing on activities like cross country skiing, snow camping, snow shoeing and ice climbing. This will be a particularly exciting course as Scouts Australia's National Ambassador, Andrew Lock OAM, who has climbed all 14 of the world's 8000 metre peaks, will be conducting training in ice climbing for members. The Western Australian and Tasmanian Branches are looking at the possibility of national sailing schools in 2015.

Today, through Scouts Australia, the opportunities for members to advance skills and gain industry recognised qualifications in Outdoor Recreation are endless.


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