Basic Outdoor Skills – last chance

Basic Outdoor Skills (BOS) Workshops

Saturday 20th March 2021

Sunday 21st March 2021


Keith Gallard is running the final 2 one-day BOS workshops -

  • Basic Outdoor Skills, where existing leaders can attain their BOS qualification
  • Required by all section leaders from Joeys up to venturers and probably rovers under new program
  • Not applicable to new trainee leaders, they need to complete new adult training program.
  • Location – 3rd Mortdale Scout Hall and surrounding bushland

Limited numbers due to COVID-19 – the first 18 complete applications to Sue Morris will be sent details and E1 form.


Cost $10 – Region Office will invoice the Scout Group.

You must have completed your e-learning “e-Scouting Adventure” – note many of the modules have a pre-quiz that will allow you to skip through if you show sufficient knowledge of the content.

  • BYO lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
  • Tea/coffee available
  • Fridge and microwave available.

These are the final 2 one-day courses – after this you will need to do a whole weekend course as per new adult training program, so get in quick.

Registration and enquiries – send an email to Sue Morris, who is co-ordinating this course – as soon as possible.


Mental Health First Aid – 10/11 April


10th and 11th April

Heathcote Scout Camp

This 14-hour course run over two days teaches adults how to provide Mental Health First Aid to adolescents.

  • Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported.
  • This course can be very helpful to you as Leaders providing you with skills to assist youth who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
  • Look at it as  your “standard” first aid is first aid for the body, this is first aid for the mind
  • View the MHFA Flier for more information about the training.


The Course will be presented in South Met on the 10th and 11th April.  Follow the link to register below.

  •  When:  Sat 10th April 2021 (9am) to Sun 11th April 2021 (4pm) – non-residential, so you get to go home for the night
  • Where: Heathcote Scout Camp 2 Freeman Rd, Heathcote NSW 2233 - Heathcote Directions
  • Cost: Leader  $100.00
  • Capacity: Maximum 20 people
  • Due to COVID-19 this course is non-residential
  • Due to COVID-19 we ask you to bring your own food – morning and afternoon tea, lunch, any snacks and drinks
  • Tea and coffee will be provided


Coordinator: Anne-Marie Templeman


There will be other courses to follow, dates and venues to be advised.


Activities Team – Term 4 Program

South Met Activities Team Program

Term 4 – 2020

Our Activities team is fresh and ready to bring some training, skills and fun to our leaders and youth.

Click here for the Program of Activities – Term 4 – 2020

Note a few things -

  • Most activities and training will entail a cost, we aim to keep it as low as we can. Invoices will be sent from Region Office to participants to avoid any handling of cash by our Activities Team
  • We are constrained with numbers by COVID limits, so will accept a  maximum of 4 people from any Group/Troop/Unit. Others may go onto a waiting list to see our numbers at closing date and may  be invited to join in
  • This plan is just that – our plan going forward. Applications will be posted here on this website for each activity as soon as we can.
  • There will be a Basic Outdoor Skills workshop on 5th December – we will prioritise scout and venturer trainee leaders who need to complete this to attain their COAL. After that we will prioritise those leaders who have completed their e-learning – e-Scouting Adventures. There will be more courses/workshops run in 2021
  • All activities will be BYO food and drinks, hand sanitiser etc to stay within COVID-safe guidelines

Click here to fill out an Expression of Interest – let us know which activity you would like to attend –

  • You will be notified whether or not you can be invited to that event. We have limits of numbers, so will send an E1 form and invoice to those who can attend, and let everyone know about more activities as soon as we can. Remember there are limits of numbers from any group, any numbers over will be added to a waiting list.

Enquiries -

  • Keith Gallard   -
  • Chris Ward       -

Boree Regatta 2020 – COVID Alternative

Boree Regatta – COVID alternative

Details are here for Boree Regatta – COVID-style!

Check out the handbook for fun activities.  I hope you can make use of the options to support your Unit program.

There also seems to be a little confusion.  Hopefully we can answer a couple of your questions here.

Can we order more badges?

  • Yes you can, so long as you have them ordered and paid for by the 31st October.
  • Badges are only being made to order so there will not be spares if anyone misses out.
  • Final numbers are NOT required before 30th September.

Do we have to have final numbers by 30th September?

  • No you don’t.
  • We have asked for you to send us back the Expression of Interest so we can send you the Wide Game after that date.
  • The Wide Game and final details for the knotting challenge will only be sent to those who are interested, so we are not bombarding people with unnecessary ‘junk mail’.

Included with the Wide Game instructions will be a form where you can list the participants so we can track how much interest there has been, and report to both organisations about the success or not of this.

Enquiries -


Venturer Leadership Course – 17 Oct 2020

Venturers  –  Leadership  Course  –  17 October 2020

Where : 3rd Mortdale Scout Hall – Glen Road Oatley – where it meets Cromdale Street

When : Saturday 17th October 2020

Cost : $25.00

Closing Date – 5th October 2020 unless it closes earlier if the course is full – No Late Applications Accepted

Submit E1 form to South Metropolitan Region Office by the closing date – you will be sent an invoice for the course fee

Team building, problem solving, decision making and understanding of different Leadership styles are some of the benefits of attending this course.  Whether to help you in your role in your Unit Council, assist with your part time job or to provide a solid foundation for your future career, this course is an excellent investment of your time in Scouting.  A fair degree of maturity is required of those applying for this course and it is not unreasonable to expect applicants to have some experience in the Venturer Unit and should have at least have completed their Venturer Skills Award.

Note -

  • A minimum age of 16 is preferred for this course. Applications for younger venturers will require the leader to contact Keith, and will go onto the waiting list until after closing date. If there are places left, you will be advised.
  • Applications are open from 5th September 2020.
  • Application will close 4pm 5th October.  No late applications will be accepted. Course will close early once all places are filled.
  • This course has a maximum number due to hall capacity limits due to COVID-19. A limit of 4 per Venturer Unit will be set to enable the maximum opportunity for all Units to attend.  Applications above that will be placed on a waiting list till closing date.  If there are still vacancies at that stage additional invitations will be issued.
  • Full Uniform is essential, Bring your Venturer Record Book, pen and notebooks.
  • Full course information will be provided within the acceptance e-mail, read the E1 form carefully.
  • Note this is usually a full weekend course. You will have a full day face-to-face on the Saturday, then you will need to complete the practical activity at your home Scout Group with a younger section and have the leader provide feedback to the course leader. One further online meeting will complete the course.

Application form -

  • Click here for E1 Vent Leadership Course 2020
  • Once completed E1 form is received at Region Office, you will be emailed an invoice for the course fee.

Note -

  • As part of the Leadership experience, the venturer should apply for this course themselves and make their own enquiries – not parents or leaders.

Enquiries : Keith Gallard,  Region Commissioner Venturers,  ph 0407 950 012

Peak Awards during COVID-19 period

Modifications to Peak Awards during COVID-19 period

Please see the attached Modifications to Peak Award Requirements for each Section to be put into effect immediately.


Note -

  • We are waiting on the BRC to confirm the Rover requirements.
  •  These documents are constructed from the National Requirements and in line with the National Modifications released late last week.
  •  These modifications will cease when Federal, State or Territory Government social distancing rules have been retracted.

Important to note, there are to be NO LOCAL MODIFICATIONS to these.

Thank you for all you are doing during this Scouting @ Home period which is providing continuity to the lives of our members during this COVID-19 Pandemic.


Enquiries – email to or to Region Office

Cub Day Out – 22 March **POSTPONED

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Completing the trifecta of cancelled Cub Events this year, Cub Day Out has been POSTPONED til later in the year.

Everyone will be aware of the current evolving situation regarding COVID-19.

  • I have had a good number of messages of concern in the last couple of days in relation to the current situation in the community regarding Covid 19.
  • This feels to be the appropriate decision for our cubs, leaders and parents.


Our gathering would be of around 300 people, and we would be mostly walking around the city in smaller groups and coming together at the beginning and end.

So we are not subject to the current guideline of cancelling a large event.

But people have expressed their concern around acting with caution, and advice from government sources is changing almost daily as the situation evolves.

It has been decided to postpone until later in the year, and to make this decision today rather than possibly a few days out from the event.

Hopefully this will help the many parents who were starting to ponder whether or not to allow their cub to attend.


Scouts NSW is providing us with regular updates on what Covid 19 means for scouts.

They have a place on their website that is regularly updated from Department of Health information -


All payments will be refunded to the scout groups, and the badges ordered will be used later in the year when the date is re-scheduled.

Thanks for your understanding, this has been a very odd year for cub scouts so far.

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Theme                  “Harbour Views”

When                   Sunday 22nd March 2020   -   9.30am to 2.30pm in the city

Where                  Circular Quay/The Rocks/Sydney Harbour/Milsons Pt

Who                     Registered cubs, new chums, leaders, youth helpers, parent helpers as required

How Much          Cubs/Leaders/Youth helpers/Parent helpers/Others $5  -  Cubs, Leaders, Youth Helpers receive a badge

Badges                 Extra badges $4 each

Closing date       4pm Friday 13th March 2020 – payment and Pack Registration at Region Office

See the attached skeleton E1 Cub Day Out 2020 - add your pack’s details to it before distributing as an E1 or Caremonkey notification.

Registration form – click here for 2020 Cub Day Out Registration Form - apologies for the delay in getting it here.

So get your cubs signed up and coming along!

Please let me know if your Group will not be attending, so I can confirm numbers.

Enquiries – Jan Mulheron

  • Region Commissioner Cub Scouts
  • Email
  • Phone 0407 247 560