Scouts Australia

SciScouts 2017: Environment - Trees, Bees and Seeds

SciScouts 2017 will be happening at Camp Cottermouth on 19 - 20 August during National Science Week. Over 1000 Scouts and Guides will have the chance to  participate in some awesome science activities aligning with the themes of the World Scout Environment Badge: clean water, natural habitats, minimising harmful substances, sustainability and natural hazards.

Bookings are essential, and will remain open until Friday 4 August, unless sold out prior!

Bookings are to be placed by Leaders, with one coordinator within your group/section to make your booking, taking note of required supervision ratios. Max. 50 tickets per transaction.

Parents are not to make individual bookings, unless arranged in advance. Please check with your child's section Leader and avoid making separate bookings to avoid double-ups. They might just need your gentle nudge to get your group's booking organised.

Cost: $5/youth member, $2/supervising adult to cover cost of badge and a small contribution towards costs. Plus a small booking fee of 30 cents/ticket and relevant credit card fees, the remainder of the costs will be covered by National Science Week and Southern Cross Community Support grants. No refunds after the close of registrations (refer to FAQs - Refund policy).

Joeys/ Cubs/ Pre-Junior Guides/ Junior Guides

  • Saturday 19 August
  • Registration from 11:00 am, activities from 12.00 pm until 4:30 pm
  • Required supervision ratio of 1 Leader/Adult Helper (with WWVP card) for every 6 youth members
  • SOLD OUT, waiting list now in place:

Scouts/ Venturer/ Rovers Guides /Senior Guides/ Olaves

  • Sunday 20 August
  • Registration from 8:00 am, activities from 9.00 am and until 1:30 pm
  • Scouts and Vennies will need a required supervision ratio 1 Leader/Adult Helper for every 12 youth members
  • Leaders can book now:

Scheduling: All groups will be allocated a schedule to make sure everyone has a great time and gets the chance to experience each of the five WSEB topics. Our activity partners include the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Mulligan’s Flat Nature Reserve, ACT RFS, ACT SES, ANU Fenner School of Environment, ANU Research School of Earth Sciences, ANSTO Feather Map, Questacon Maker Project, ACT Environment H2OK Program, ACT Waterwatch, ACT Landcare, Tree Detectives and more!

Any further questions

Please check the FAQs below, otherwise please contact:

Kate Lehane

Branch Activity Leader - Special Projects

Scouts ACT


Call: 0413 482 123


Refund policy

No refunds will be given after the close of registrations Friday 4 August, unless by application to the Event Organiser due to exceptional circumstances.

What safety gear is needed?

All required safety equipment will be provided. All participants are required to wear sturdy closed shoes for safety. Bring along a warm jacket (essential) and rain coat if required.

Will we need to complete Activity Forms for this activity?

Yes, Leaders will need to prepare and distribute their own Activity forms, a copy of the risk assessment will be distributed to Leaders.

Will there be an activity badge?

There will an activity badge for all participating youth members, supervising Leaders/Adults and volunteers.

Is full uniform required?

Uniform can be worn but is not essential, but group scarves are for identification. 

Can my youth member bring along non-Scouting friends?

Due to the expected popularity of the Saturday session, no tickets will be available for sibling/friends or for extra parents who are not directly supervising youth members. We may be able to offer tickets to friends of non-Scouting friends of members, for the Sunday as long as they come along as part of as organised group.

What food will be available?

A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available for sale, or you can bring along your own packed lunch to have during your allocated break. A coffee van will also be available on site.

How does SciScouts integrate with the Scouting program? A supporting program resource booklet is being produced that will provide inspiration and instructions for more fun during your weekly sessions.

  • Joeys who attend, can use it to work towards their Environment Challenge and/or World Scout Environment Badge.
  • Cubs who attend will meet the requirements of Part A of the WSEB, and then will need to follow-up by participating in a small environmental project of up to 5 hours, such as National Tree Day (30 July), Clean Up Australia Day (March), or joining in with a local Waterwatch or Landcare project.
  • Scouts who attend will being able to count the 5 hours towards their part A requirements, and will need to follow-up by developing and implementing a small environmental project of up to 10 hours with their Troop, or with a local Waterwatch or Landcare project.
  • Venturers/Rovers Come along to gain more inspiration on what you can achieve with your own award scheme projects. A list of service opportunities for Venturers and Rovers to assist in running the event is available via Keep an eye out for details on more in-depth Environment courses.

Groups that work towards the WSEB will need to purchase the badge separately, RRP $2.95.

Can interstate Scouts and Guides attend?

Yes, interstate visitors are more than welcome to attend if they are prepared to travel. Please contact for further details regarding booking of camping or cabins at Camp Cottermouth. Cabin accommodation will be prioritised for visitors travelling more than 1.5 hours to join us. Additional accommodation fees will apply. And yes, we already have keen Scouts wanting to join us from Sydney and the South Coast. Others are more than welcome to camp.


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