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The first blast of winter hit many of us by surprise and somewhat unprepared. Scouting though, as usual, took the opportunity as a reminder that there are activities we can do outdoors throughout the year.


Brian Farrelly, Branch Activity Leader for the Alpine Team ran an excellent 'Camping in the Cold' training course last weekend. Youth members and Leaders learned how to plan, prepare and enjoy winter Alpine camping experiences. Their next step is an overnight snow experience next month. It definitely sounds like fun!


The Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia, Phil Harrison, visited the ACT Branch to take part in the investiture of Dr Gareth Andrews and Dr Richard Stephenson into Scouts Australia by the Chief Scout of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor General of Australia on 27 May. These two will walk unassisted across Antarctica starting in October this year in an expedition titled The Last Great First. Scouts Australia is a community partner in this endeavour. This was followed by a dinner and presentation by the Doctors on that evening.


While in the ACT, Phil took the opportunity to visit several activities that showcased the breadth of what we do. 

On Saturday he congratulated and presented Ben Muller and Jacinta Henderson with his Chief Commissioners Commendation for the work they and their teams did in ensuring  that the 2019 CBR APR Moot succeeded, despite the atrocious environmental conditions it faced. He also presented David Cossart with a certificate of Good Service to Scouting in Asia and the Pacific.


He then visited the Scout Management course at Camp Cottermouth and joined them for their gourmet hamburger lunch. You may have seen pictures of these visits on the ACT Scouts Facebook page.


His next visit was to the Cub Scout Leader Palaver, followed up by a visit to Lake Tug Cub Scouts making damper, also at Camp Cottermouth. A quick trip to Mt Rogers Scout Hall saw him visit the cast and crew of this year's Gang Show to talk with them and see how the rehearsals followed. This year's Gang Show performances will be held at Hawker College from the 5 to 9 July and promises to be another blockbuster (get your tickets quickly... Again, out to Camp Cottermouth where the Cub Scout Campfire in full swing tested his resolve in a chilly Canberra evening (he had just come to the ACT from Cairns!). I thank all of those that he visited and talked with for their openness and engagement with Phil. I know he was impressed and very glad to have been able to visit us again. There are 4 photos attached which show the range of activities that he visited as well as one showing how he handled the cold.


It was a great pleasure to present Pat Boling, one of our previous Chief Commissioners, and now Child Protection Commissioner, with a Certificate to mark her more than 45 years in Scouting. She was, and continues to be an extremely valuable asset to the ACT Branch. Thank you and congratulations Pat. The presentation was made during her session to new Leaders on child protection during the Scouting Essentials course on 15 May. In the same vein, it is pleasing to note that our Venturer Section is working on the development of best practice guidelines for cross-sectional activities. This reflects  a wider national emphasis on youth taking the leadership in policies of this type that directly impact on themselves and is to be congratulated.


ACT Rovers held their 'SpyMoot' over the first weekend in May and continued to show both their unique Rover style and imagination with the range of activities. It was great to see Rovers from other Branches attend for a 'taste of Cottermouth'. There were some interesting themed costumes on display as well by the 150 attendees. Congratulations Shaylah for another successful Rover activity.


Much of the activity over the month happened at Camp Cottermouth and it is worthwhile noting that the Camp Cottermouth Committee has developed a  badge to celebrate the facility's 90th Anniversary. I am sure it will be very popular and suitably rare for those Scouters who collect badges! Speaking of  badges, the Scouts Australia Queen's Platinum Jubilee badge is an event badge which can be worn on the uniform and is now available online through the Scout Shop.


Anniversaries of all sorts are happening this year and Weston Scout Group celebrated their 50th in style as well with many 'old' members attending, as well as the usual Group members. You may have seen the pictures in the Canberra Times?


Our Annual General Council Meeting was held online on 26 May and I welcome new Branch Executive Committee members as well as thank those who are no longer members for their contribution to Scouting.


Last Friday I journeyed to Lake Tuggeranong Sea Scouts to present Sam Aspin with my Chief Commissioner's Award. This Award was made in recognition of her above and beyond efforts in introducing land-based Scouts to the joys of water-based activities. She tells me more is planned. Many thanks and congratulations Sam.


As a lead up to World Environment Day, seven Venturer Scouts from LTSS, Weston and Southwell joined a Lake Ginninderra Rover and several leaders in undertaking a Weeds of National Significance Survey near Woods Reserve. This is all part of the Namadgi Bushfire Recovery Project.


This newsletter is the last from me as my role of Chief Commissioner ends shortly. I thank all who have contributed and hope that you will all join me in welcoming the next ACT Chief Commissioner, Brent Juratowitch.


Happy Scouting!



Yours in Scouting,

Rick Goode 
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia - ACT Branch

89 Kitchener St, Garran ACT 2605 
T 02 6282 5211 M 0401 085 381 F 02 6260 5089

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