“Scouting is an investment for stronger and more resilient individuals, and a stronger and more resilient society.”
- Andrew Condon
Colonel Andrew Condon, the current CEO of Sydney Legacy, was the Commander of the Australian Defence Force Joint Task Force which in July 2006 evacuated over 5,000 Australian nationals and 1,500 approved foreign nationals from Lebanon during the 34-day war between Hezbollah and Israel. In the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his achievements as Commander for this operation.
Andrew was a Scout for five years as a member of 1st Yenda Cubs and 2nd Griffith Sea Scouts. He became involved primarily through the encouragement of both parents and said the things he most enjoyed about Scouting were sailing camps, learning new skills in an outdoor environment, and navigation activities/challenges.
The skills he learnt through Scouting – problem-solving, a greater ability to cope with new and changing situations, personal resilience, team work and leadership, planning and thinking ahead, and understanding personal strengths and weaknesses – have assisted him in his 26-year career with the Australian Army.
Since joining the Australian Defence Force in 1982, Andrew has undertaken operational deployments and international travel to New Zealand, West Germany, UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Iraq, Timor, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt/Sinai, Sudan and Japan. He was a Battalion Commander from 2001 to 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Master of Science (Operational Research) degree.
Andrew believes that Scouting offers young people opportunities to broaden their life experience, do different things, practice and develop teamwork and leadership skills in a non-competitive environment, be challenged, and make new friends.
“Scouting is an opportunity to develop young people within a framework of positive values. The personal development opportunities are broad, community based, and offer something for young people across a spectrum of talents and interests,” Andrew said.