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Adventurous Activities Workshops

Preparing for More Adventurous Scouting

In preparation for our new youth program launching next year, our National Workshops are helping to empower more adult leaders with the skills and knowledge to support a more adventurous Scouting experience.

With the new youth program placing an increased focus on outdoor adventure, the National Adventurous Activities Council is facilitating a number of upskill Workshops over the coming years to support the changing needs of our organisation. These Workshops are an engaging way for adult members and Rover Scouts who already have skills in the activity areas to further develop in a practical environment, while being supported by highly experienced Activity Leaders, Guides and Instructors.

If you are interested in one or more of these opportunities, please get in contact with the relevant Branch hosts.

National Sea Kayak (Easy to Moderate) Guide Development Workshop – QLD

When: Evening of the 28th of September to the afternoon of Monday the 1st of October 2018 (Queensland Queen’s Birthday Weekend)

Where: Bribie Island with accommodation available at Bribie Island Scout Den.

Arrangements for using Sea Kayaks can be made for participants flying, with airport transfers available from Brisbane Airport.

Assessments for the Level 1, Level 2 and Guide Sea Kayak will be offered but members will need some previous experience.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Pete Gould, Branch Commissioner – Adventurous Activities, Scouts QLD.

National Canyoning Workshop 2018 – NSW

Expressions of Interest are now open for a National Canyoning Workshop, being run by NSW Branch. This event will provide Scouting members with an opportunity to learn, develop, and demonstrate their skills in participating in and leading canyoning trips. The Workshop will focus on practical skills needed to take youth members canyoning, including:

  • Managing parties in challenging environments
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Navigation, equipment, and abseiling choices
  • Canyon safety and vertical rescue techniques.

When: 10th to 11th November 2018

Where: Mt Wilson (approx 1.5 hours west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains)

Cost: $20 (course admin fee)

Bring: Participants should be completely self-sufficient with catering, camping and canyoning equipment. (If you would like to attend, however will struggle to get your own activity gear interstate we may be able to support your needs if you let us know well in advance)

For more information or to register your interest, email Wal Waerner. Expressions of interest close 5thOctober 2018.

National School – Scuba and Snorkelling – Townsville

With the introduction of Scuba and Snorkelling in the new youth program, the ACT Branch is hosting a National School – Scuba & Snorkelling, which will take place based out of Townsville in July 2019 for skills development and recognition.

For those interested in working towards some of the VET qualifications that are needed for appointment as a Guide, or just looking to improve their snorkelling and scuba skills, this school is for you. Participants will also be involved in some citizen science (community service) by undertaking some of the GBR Marine Park Authorities “Eye-on-the-Reef” initiative.

It is anticipated that there will be capacity for roughly 20 participants. Participants will need to be self-funded and are responsible for their own travel to and from Townsville.

Dates: 6 to 14 July 2019

Registrations close: December 2018

More information: email John Pring at scuba@scoutsact.com.au.