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Issue 21: 6 June 2019
In this issue: 
Message from the Chief

Annual Report Presentations

I have attended eight Annual Report Presentations (ARP) thus far and the standard is quite high with local and state political representatives having been invited, attending and speaking in glowing terms about Scouting. Most Groups are including their Youth Members in Sectional reports and I think it is just so powerful when Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts talk about what they like doing within their Sections. Some Groups record these comments on video for the ARP and that works well because of the ability to control volume.

Scouts Queensland statistics

We have been doing some work to develop and understand some of our statistics:

  • 232 Scout Groups with two more Groups likely in the next couple of months
  • 33 Districts with 6 more within Far North and Gold Coast by the calendar year end
  • 9600 Youth Members
  • 2052 Leaders
  • 899 adult members who are not Leaders
  • 693 Youth Program Supports
  • 750,000 volunteer hours per annum supporting Queensland communities
  • Estimated 250,000 people have been a member of Scouting in Qld

Public Supporter camping at Baden Powell Park

This issue has been around for 16 months now but we are very pleased to advise that we have had the first of a number of members of the public pay to become Supporters to enable them to camp at Baden Powell Park. This is bringing much-needed revenue in for the venue which has been operating at a loss.

Baden Powell Park Master Plan

Whilst on the subject of Baden Powell park, we have developed over the past 18 months a Baden Powell Master Plan that identifies some 27 precincts, names them, defines their use and the development over the next 5-10 years. This document has now been discussed with and copies provided to the Moreton Bay Regional Council. I know a couple of other campsites are starting to develop a master plan based on the BP Park template and I would encourage all other Campsite Committees to do likewise.

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

A third strategy with the Strategic Plan is to build a reserve for the redress scheme. I covered the issues in the Chiefs Newsletter 7 March 2019 and the significant change since then is that as an organisation we are now recognised as a participant within the National Redress Scheme. We are still hopeful about extracting some value from the redevelopment of the Queensland Scout Centre and have two arrangements being progressed. We are also progressing arrangements to sell the site of the Indooroopilly Scout Group and relocating them to a purpose build den on a suitable but lower cost within their catchment area.

Daryl G. Scott
Chief Commissioner

Scout Membership System (SMS) Scheduled Maintenance

We want to make you aware that this coming Monday and Tuesday (10-11 June) there will be scheduled downtime for approximately two days. We will be using this time to improve the infrastructure. The downtime could be shorter than expected and we will update on progress.

During this maintenance window, the SMS platform will be inaccessible and delivery of the automated emails will be paused. All operations around the platform will resume immediately after the maintenance window and we will notify on the website and Facebook page when complete.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. As always, if you have questions or issues please submit them to

Upcoming Dates - May/June
6 June - Queensland Day
27 June - Annual General Meeting, Queensland Scout Centre
29 June - Camp LUII, Venturer Scouts Rocky Creek Campsite
Tackle Cyber Bullying Grant
A new grants program has been announced to help tackle cyberbullying. This program provides a unique opportunity for young people aged 10-17 to apply for a grant of $500 or $1500 to develop and deliver an idea they have to help combat cyberbullying and encourage more positive relationships and behaviours. 

Young people interested in applying for a grant will need to be 'Sponsored' by Scouts Queensland. Please direct all inquires  to the Grants and Project Officer

For more details click here. Applications close 23 June 2019. 
Become an accredited First Aid Trainer for Scouts QLD
Scouts Queensland is currently looking for suitably qualified adult members to deliver and assess first aid training.
Scouts Queensland currently partners with Allens Training and to be an accredited trainer with Allens Training applicants will need to meet the requirements and follow the steps specified by clicking here.
EOI: Eprapah Campsite Management Committee

Expressions of interest are being called for all positions for the Eprapah Campsite Management Committee, duty statements are available by clicking on each title: 

The Campsite Management Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campsite within an overall framework provided by the Campsite Strategy Committee and in accordance with Q.B.S.I Section 12.3, which is available by clicking here. Written expressions of interest giving a brief outline of your experience and attributes relevant to the role, and experience both in and out of Scouting, plus the name of a supporting referee, can be forwarded to no later than close of business on the 5th July 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a face-to-face interview. 

District Commissioner Beauaraba

The Chief Commissioner is pleased to advise that Leanne Fitzgerald has accepted the appointment of District Commissioner (Beauaraba) as at June 1, 2019. This appointment reports directly the Region Commissioner (Darling Downs).

Leanne joined the Scouting Movement as an Adult Helper with Blackwater Scout Group in 2013 and has been the Group Leader for Chinchilla Scout Group since 2016.

I trust that you will join us in wishing Leanne all the best in her new role.

District Commissioner Tyakunda

The Chief Commissioner is pleased to advise that Daniel Ferri has accepted the appointment of District Commissioner (Tyakunda) as at June 1, 2019. This appointment reports directly to the Region Commissioner (Brisbane North).

Daniel joined the Scouting Movement as a Scout with Moggill Scout Group in 1991 and has almost 9 years of service to the Scouting Movement as a Leader. Daniel has held several different appointments including Venturer Scout Leader, and Assistant District Commissioner.

I trust that you will join us in wishing Daniel all the best in his new role.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund – New Round Announced

To increase access to funding, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund have announced that they will be introducing 5 funding rounds starting from the 2019–20 financial year, beginning with Round 102 (closing 31 August 2019).

These will be the new closing dates each year:

28 February (29 February in a leap year)

30 April

30 June

31 August

31 October

Tales from our Heritage

In March 1937, Queensland Branch commenced publishing a monthly magazine for members which continued for many years until this current weekly electronic Chief’s Newsletter.  Starting with the “Totem”, the magazine had several name changes over the years but they all contained items of interest for Leaders and Youth Members.

In the January 1938 edition of the Totem, there is an article about the origin of the chariot which is still a popular inter Six and Patrol construction and race game.  In 1925, the first Cub Commissioner for Queensland introduced these Chariots at a Cub Rally in Brisbane.

For the full story and many more stories and program ideas, check out the online magazines “Totem” and “Queensland Scouter”.

Scouts Queensland Heritage Team

Basic Training Seeonee Park

On the weekend of 1st and 2nd June 2019, eleven Leaders attended their Basic Practical Training Course held at Seeonee Park, Rockhampton. Course Participants attended from the Rockhampton area, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Mackay for the course, which is a great effort in travel time, plus put in a great effort over the weekend. 

This course trialed a combination course of section leaders and the weekend included all basic outdoor skills such as setting up a campsite, camp cooking and activities. 

Click here to read more.

EOI: Employment Opportunity - School Holiday June/July 2019

Expressions of interest are sought from Leaders who wish to be part of the team running School Holiday Programs over the June/July school holidays.

Programs are likely to run at BP Park (outside of Triple S) and/or Karingal Campsites. Programs will include Abseiling, Climbing Wall, Canoeing, Paddling, Swimming, Bushwalking, Camp craft and Performing Arts.

Casual employment is being offered to suitably qualified Members.
These programs provide the opportunity to promote Scouting to the community with the goal of participants joining Scouting within their local community.
To be eligible you must have completed basic training, or hold a Wood Badge, or hold an appointment as an Adventurous Activity Leader.
Send your resume in an email to

Geoff Doo
Deputy Chief Commissioner (Development)

Wood Badges and VET Qualifications

Congratulations to the following people on their achievements:
Wood Badge Issued:

Jessica Zyle, Joey Scout Leader Gumdale Scout Group
Melissa McLaron, Cub Scout Leader Edmonton Scout Group
Ann Caldwell, Cub Scout Leader Kirwan Scout Group
Shannyn Wheatley, Scout Leader Charters Towers Scout Group

Certificates Issued:
Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation
Kathryn McKenzie
Russell Jensen

Certificate II in Business
Albert Michell

Training Calendar 

Courses Closing 14th June 2019
6111903 Tuesday 2th July 2019 Child Safe Scouting Officer QSC
5501906 Friday 5th July 2019 LOA Basic Cairns

Courses Closing 21st June 2019
5301906 Friday 12th July 2019 Basic – Venturer Scouts BP Park
5201907 Friday 12th July 2019 Basic - Scouts BP Park
5001907 Friday 12th July 2019 Basic - Joey Scouts BP Park
5101907 Friday 12th July 2019 Basic – Cub Scouts BP Park
5501907 Friday 12th July 2019 Basic - LOA BP Park
5011904 Friday 12th July 2019 Advanced – Joey Scouts Wyper Park – Bundaberg
5111904 Friday 12th July 2019 Advanced – Cub Scouts Wyper Park – Bundaberg
5211904 Friday 12th July 2019 Advanced – Scouts Wyper Park – Bundaberg
5311909 Friday 12th July 2019 Advanced – Venturer Scouts Wyper Park – Bundaberg
5511904 Friday 12th July 2019 Advanced - LOA Wyper Park – Bundaberg

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