Scouts Australia: Are we Ready?

Mr Jeffrey Lehrer1
1Scouts Australia, , Australia


The last five years has seen Scouts Australia undertake an entire review and redevelopment of the Scouts Youth Program, the first full review since the 1970s and this has resulted in some significant changes.

As an education movement that uses the outdoors to provide opportunities for growth and development, following the words of the founder Lord Baden-Powell Scouts Australia looked Far and Wide, which resulted in a new component of the Youth Program that is a structured approach to the development of Outdoor Adventure Skills which is now being implemented nationwide.

Being a community organisation who are actively involved in wider outdoor community consultations including the newly released Outdoor Leadership qualifications and the Australian Adventurous Activity Standards, Scouts Australia have been looking Up and Out at what is occurring elsewhere and how does that impact on the implementation of the Outdoor Adventure Skills component of the Youth Program.

Having looked Far and Wide and created a new and exciting program and looked Up and Out to ensure that Scouts Australia meets community standards, then came the hardest look of all. Scouts Australia looked internally at the existing policies and training to prepare adult volunteers to support the Outdoor Adventure Skills component of the new program.

Existing policies and structures were based on practices that existed prior to the release of the new Scouts Australia Youth Program, prior to the release of the new Outdoor Leadership qualifications, prior to the release of the new Australian Adventurous Activity Standards. Are we ready and how do we communicate that was the unfolding adventurous learning journey.

Jeffrey Lehrer has a long affiliation with the outdoor education sector and is currently employed by Scouts Australia managing the Scouts Australia Institute of Training and voluntarily is a Scout leader and the Chair of the Sport and Recreation Industry Reference Committee.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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