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The Lord Baden-Powell Society
What are the key things that a young Scout will learn and experience at an Australian Jamboree or Venture? Is it leadership, independence, resourcefulness or survival? Or perhaps it’s a combination of all of these qualities plus many more, like social interaction, care, respect and appreciation of others.
There’s no one right answer, of course! However, as many former Scouts will know, attending a national Jamboree or Venture is one of life’s first big adventures, and a pivotal experience in a young Scout’s development.
Working in Patrols, learning by doing, meeting new people from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and living by the Scout Law over a sustained period are the essential ingredients for a life changing experience.
Each year the Lord Baden-Powell Society appeals to Scouting supporters and others to donate to the Jamboree Appeal. All funds raised go directly to financially assisting Scouts in need to attend the experience of a lifetime – an Australian Jamboree or Venture.
In 2009 the Lord Baden-Powell Society financially assisted 87 Australian Scouts to attend AJ2010, the 22nd Australia Jamboree. However, in these tough economic times, the Society received hundreds of applications for financial assistance and many worthy Scouts missed out due to their financial circumstances and our limited funds.
So the Society has set an ambitious target of assisting 250 Scouts financially so they can attend the next Australian Jamboree in Queensland in 2013.
Our 2010 and 2011 appeals raised just over $100,000 so we are on the way to achieving our goal. However, the 2012 appeal still needs to bring in $50,000 to enable us to send 250 Scouts in need, to the Jamboree. So please donate today and remember all donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated, whatever the amount.
Axl, Northern Territory
Soon after I decided to go to AJ2010 we found out that my mum had cancer. I thought I couldn’t go, but thanks to the Lord Baden-Powell Society I could. It was the trip of a lifetime. My New Zealand mate James and I shared a tent which was really cool. The best activities were the Sydney tour, caving, using the Jaws Of Life with Police Rescue, and the Australiana Village where I did quoits, gold panning and boat making.
A big thank you to the Society, and I would like to donate my $30 I didn’t spend back to the fund. I am now linking to Venturers and in the future I will always TEST MY LIMITS...
I would firstly like to thank you, the Lord Baden-Powell Society, for helping me with my finances towards AJ2010. I am very grateful that you decided to choose me as one of the few lucky Scouts who received this help. My confidence has definitely gotten a lot stronger since Jamboree and it has really helped my social skills with other people. I have a lot of respect for our Leaders who were great role models for our Troop. I am sure it will help me to be a better and more organised Patrol Leader. I also met a lot of Scouts from other places and made some great friends.
It has taught me to give everything a go even if it seems scary or impossible! Thank you again for giving me this fantastic opportunity and it is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Where do I begin to tell you about the best summer of my life? Going up in the sky abseiling, getting down in the muddy pipes at Challenge Valley, chilling out with friends, badge swapping, meeting people from around Australia and even from around the world. We went and played laser tag out in the bush, something I would never have done otherwise! We got to go rock climbing up steep cliffs, and learned about our great leader Lord Baden-Powell while also learning about different Scouting things like Morse code and pioneering.
I am so happy I got to go! Thank you from one of the happiest Scouts in the world!
Thank you for your help in getting me to the 2010 Australian Jamboree. I had so much fun meeting heaps of new people and being in the cast of Gang Show. My Patrol and I did many activities and my favourites were the water slides and giant swing.
I had a fantastic time and Mum said I grew up a lot. Thank you very very much!