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A Scout Promise and Law for all Australians

22 Jun 2017

The attached letter has been sent out today to all Scouts Australia members to introduce the proposed Promises and Law for Scouts Australia moving forward, to be put to our national Council for adoption in July 2017.

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Scouts SA 2017 AGM

28 Apr 2017

Friday July 28 2017 at the Scout Deck, Titanium Security Arena.

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Caremonkey Mobile Health & Safety

26 Apr 2017

Scouts SA is starting trials of an online application called Caremonkey. Find out more here

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Adult Recognition Award nominations

23 Nov 2016

Awards nominations for recognition of Good Service to Scouts Australia are now open

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Your Ideas for 2017!

28 Apr 2016

The Scout Program is Youth Led, Adult Supported. We're after your ideas for 2017!

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Research Project

IMPROVING THE VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE AT SCOUTS

 

Scout Branches across Australia have partnered up with a University of Western Australia research team to find ways to attract and retain more adult volunteers to deliver Scout Youth Programs.

As Scout organisations across the country would know, developing effective recruitment, training and retention strategies is essential for non-profit organisations to deliver quality youth programs. Non-profit organisations such as Scouts often struggle to attract and retain a sufficient number of volunteers, resulting in wait lists of youth who would like to become Scouts.

Prof Marylene Gagne, Dr Patrick Dunlop, Dr Christine Soo and Dr Djurre Holtrop from the UWA Business School and the School of Psychology, along with Prof John Cordery from Curtin University, will provide their expertise to improve recruitment and retention at Scouts for the next four years.

Together with Scouts SA, Scouts WA, Scouts VIC and Scouts TAS, they have been awarded a $590,000 grant from the Australian Government to develop new state-of-the-art recruitment, training and communications strategies to improve the engagement and retention of Scout volunteers. This work will be underway from now until 2019.

We will soon have a project website where you can meet the research team, get updates on the project, and learn more about your personalised results. When this is setup, we will share the details with you.

For now you can contact the research team via scoutsresearch-psy@uwa.edu.au

 

Engaging Adult Leaders - UWA Survey

Scout Branches across Australia have partnered up with a research team from the University of Western Australia (UWA) to find ways to retain and attract more adult volunteer members.

Very shortly every Scouts SA Adult Member will be invited to participate in a survey of an important research project which will be sent by email. Participating in this research is invaluable for Scouts SA; moreover you can win prizes to do fun activities with your Scout Group.

For more information, visit the project website here where you can meet the research team, get updates on the project and learn more about your personalised results. You can also contact the research team directly by email at scoutsresearch-psy@uwa.edu.au.
 

 

 

Help to improve the volunteering experience at Scouts

During September 2016, Scouts SA Adult Leaders will be invited to participate in a survey of an important research project. Participating in this research is invaluable for Scouts SA, moreover you can win prizes to do fun activities with your Scout group.

Help to improve the volunteering experience at Scouts

In the next few days every Scouts SA Adult Leader will be invited to participate in a survey of an important research project. Participating in this research is invaluable for Scouts SA, moreover you can win prizes to do fun activities with your Scouts group.

THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Scouts Branches across Australia have partnered up with a research team from the University of Western Australia to find ways to attract and retain more adult volunteers to deliver Scouts youth programs. As volunteers across the country no doubt already know, developing effective recruitment, training and retention strategies is essential for Scouts organisations to continue to deliver quality youth programs. It is, however, challenging for non-profit organisations including Scouts to attract and retain a sufficient number of volunteers, resulting in wait lists of youth who would like to join the Scout movement.

Together with Scouts VIC, Scouts WA, Scouts SA, and Scouts TAS, the UWA research team was awarded a large grant from the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Scheme to develop state-of-the-art recruitment, training and communications strategies to improve the engagement and retention of Scouts volunteers. The research will run for four years, during which time Scouts volunteers will be approached by the UWA team to participate in surveys or interviews with the researchers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Very shortly, the first survey will commence and this will be the most important survey of the entire research project. We would like to urge you to participate, because more information will allow the research team to make better recommendations that allow Scouts to continue flourishing.
If you agree to complete the questionnaires, we can provide you with some personalised feedback on your responses. For example, if you complete a personality questionnaire, we can tell you how you scored and give you some information about what your scores mean.

The most important aspect of this project is getting opinions from as many volunteers as possible. So, in addition to completing the questionnaires yourself, please encourage your fellow volunteers to do the same! Please talk to other volunteers about the project and encourage them to talk to other volunteers about it as well. Additionally, the Scout groups with a high participation rate will partake in a raffle to win one of the two $250 Woolworths group gift cards or even a $500 Scout Outdoor Centre voucher! It is our hope that you will actively participate in these activities, which are likely to pave the way to better practices to create and manage a volunteer workforce across Australia’s Scouts Branches.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please visit our project website www.uwascoutsresearch.com where you can meet the research team, get updates on the project and learn more about your personalised results. You can also contact the research team directly via scoutsresearch-psy@uwa.edu.au.

Thank you very much for your support!


Meet the Research Team!
Professor Marylène Gagné is an expert in volunteer and work motivation. Marylène is originally from Canada but moved to Perth in 2013 to escape the cold weather and to enjoy the famous Perth beaches. Marylène will be involved in the training and onboarding experiences of new volunteer recruits to ensure they feel well-equipped to deliver the youth programs and have a strong sense of belonging to the Scouts family.

Dr Patrick Dunlop and Dr Djurre Holtrop are experts in the areas of employee recruitment and selection.
Patrick grew in Perth and was a Cub Scout. Now he lectures in Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Djurre, also a former Scout, has recently moved to Perth from the Netherlands, where he completed his PhD studies.
For this project, Patrick and Djurre will develop tailored recruitment strategies aimed at attracting volunteers who share Scouts’ values and who would be likely to enjoy this type of volunteer work.

Dr Christine Soo and Prof John Cordery are experts in work design and strategic human resource management. Christine is originally from Malaysia but grew up and studied in Perth. She lectures in Organisational Learning and Strategy at the University of Western Australia. John is a leading scholar in the area of job design and team effectiveness. He was a Professor at the University of Western Australia before joining Curtin University as the Deputy Vice Chancellor. Christine and John will be involved in developing communities of practice that will enhance socialisation and knowledge sharing across Scout groups.

Scouts Branches across Australia have partnered up with a research team from the University of Western Australia to find ways to attract and retain more adult volunteers to deliver Scouts youth programs. As volunteers across the country no doubt already know, developing effective recruitment, training and retention strategies is essential for Scouts organisations to continue to deliver quality youth programs. It is, however, challenging for non-profit organisations including Scouts to attract and retain a sufficient number of volunteers, resulting in wait lists of youth who would like to join the Scout movement.