The Scout Award Scheme provides the main focus for Patrol and Troop activities and gives suitable recognition to Scouts for achievement. Following a Scout's Investiture, they complete the Scoutcraft Badge and then may earn Targets to become a Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer Scout.
The Scout Section Award Scheme includes a number of components:
- Scoutcraft Badge – facilitates entry into the Scout Troop and teaches or reinforces basic Scout skills.
- Target Badges – eight targets (campcraft, citizenship, air activities, construction, environment, water safety, emergencies or water activities) that provide the main source of program material and aim to encourage participation and develop basic skills.
- Proficiency Badges
- Patrol Activity Badges
- Cords – there are three cords which can be achieved on the progress towards the top Scout award.
- The Scout Leadership Course - designed to provide suitable leadership skills for Scouts with a practical hands-on approach.
- The Leadership Activity – allows a Scout to demonstrate significant personal development and an active leadership role.
- The Australian Scout Medallion - the ultimate Scout award.
For additional information visit the NSW Scouts Australia website
A full description and additional resources are available at the Patrol Tent Website
Leaders can also find further information on the Scouts Central Portal
Adventurer Journey Procedure (September 2014)
Role of the Troop Council, Scout Leader, District Scout Leader and Journey Advisors.
- Troop Council give approval to apply for the journey if they are satisfied the Scout is ready. They also review the Journey Log and include a letter of approval.
- Scout Leader (SL) is a main contact within the troop and can provide advice on equipment, menu, routes, and liaises with the District Scout Leader and Journey Advisor as needed.
- District Scout Leader (DSL) assigns a Journey Advisor, gives approval for the journey in conjunction with the Journey Advisor and Troop Leader. Also provides advice on equipment, menu, and journey. Checks completed log for completion and content and may advise on improvements. Liaises with the Regional Commissioner (Scouts), (RCS), regarding the approval/acceptance of the journey log. Keeps records of all journeys and reports current status in Region Mindari.
- Journey Advisor must be SIS Bushwalking Guide-Controlled, or Canoe Guide for canoe journeys, and gives advice on all aspects of the journey ‘to both the Scout and DSL and may provide a journey if one has not already been provided. Will meet with Scout to discuss journey preparations and requirements and assist in determining bushwalking/canoeing capability.
- RCS gives approval that the log and task has been satisfied. May call on anyone else to assist. Appoints Journey Advisors in consultation with Regional Commissioner (Activities).
- Scout discusses with Scout Leader and Troop Council desire to do the journey and obtains approval from Troop Council. May have initial discussion with District Scout Leader (DSL) and Journey Advisor.
- Scout and/or Scout Leader contacts DSL.
- DSL reviews request and, in conjunction with the Journey Advisor, determines Scout’s experience and suggests suitable hike. Once both are satisfied, approves hike to proceed and advises Scout and RCS.
- DSL and SL work with Scout to review progress and offer assistance where required.
- Scout does journey.
- Scout prepares draft Log for Scout Leader and DSL to offer any assistance or suggestions for improvement. Information on Patroltent on Log preparation should be reviewed.
- Scout presents log to Troop Council for approval who provide a signed statement which goes inside the Log.
- Scout/DSL submit log to RCS for approval
This information is taken from Patroltent.com as of July 2014. Consult with the website for the latest information here