In the Australian Capital Territory, the trial of the New Youth Program is well underway, with Joey Scouts heading to the snow and achieving Stage 1 of the Alpine Outdoor Adventure Skills!
Only weeks after Scouts Groups in the ACT began Pioneering the New Youth Program, Joey Scouts hit the slopes, developing their skills in an alpine environment. The inaugural “Joey Scout Alpine Adventure Day” was held on Sunday 5th August at a small ski field just south of Canberra, with conditions perfect for snow play.
Over 180 Joey Scouts, their parents and adult Leaders started the day by tobogganing down the gentle slopes, the Joeys competing with their Leaders to see who could reach the bottom of the mountain the quickest! After this, the Joey Scouts tried their hands at making snowmen, even coming prepared with carrots for the finishing touch. Snow angels, snowballs and plenty of snow fights took place before a BBQ was cooked to warm them back up again.
After Reviewing > their adventure, the feedback from the Joey Scouts was unanimous – it was the “best day ever!” But mostly importantly, the snowy adventure was designed to contribute to the personal development of the young Scouts. Prior to the trip, the Joey Scouts learned about keeping safe in the snow, how to dress when in the snow, and what to take for a cold weather adventure. To celebrate this adventure, Joey Scouts that could demonstrate their development of skills in an alpine environment were recognised with an Alpine Stage 1 Outdoor Adventure Skills badge.