SCOUTSAFE

The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is our number one concern and priority. It’s only natural that all Scout Leaders are carefully scrutinised. All of the 1st Kew Scout leaders have gone through rigorous background checks and careful training to ensure we support the Scouting Child Safe principles. All of the leaders have had a national police check, Victorian Government’s ‘Working with Children Check’ along with several personal, professional and scout references before undergoing an interview by a local community committee.

Plus we have to be on alert for any risks in our activities. While our youth members are busy pushing their boundaries, our Leaders are the extra eyes and ears that help keep them safe. This includes everything from menu supervision at camps to checking life jackets at water-based activities. It is compulsory for all 1st Kew leaders to complete the eLearning modules on Child Safe Scouting, Basic Scout Safe and WHS for Scouting. This is a non-negotiable requirement of Scouts membership, as keeping our members safe is a non-negotiable objective.

 

Find more information at: https://scouts.com.au/child-safe/

OURLEADERSANDCOMMITTEE

The 1st Kew Scout Group is led by our Group Leader (GL), Patrick Cuddihy. Patrick has been volunteer member for many years. The GL is supported by a parent committee, known as the Group Committee, chaired by an elected Group President. The Section programs are run by trained volunteer leaders. Like all Scout Groups we are self-funding.

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PATRICK CUDDIHY

Group Leader & Cubs Leader

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CHAMINDA RANASINGHE

Assistant Group Leader &

Joeys Leader

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MARGE CURRIE

Joeys Leader & Cubs Leader

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BUJ MARRIOTT

Cubs Leader

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DAVID GILBERT

Scouts Leader

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NICK MOLNAR

Assistant Scouts Leader

VOLUNTEERING

Even if you have never been involved before, you are never too old to join the adventurous life of Scouting! There are a number of ways adults can get involved in Scouting including Group Leaders, Activity Leaders and Group Council Members. Contact 1st Kew Scouts directly for more information.

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CHRIS MOLNAR

Venturers Leader

CAREMONKEY

CareMonkey is an online health form system that manages all health forms that are required for all out of hall experiences while participating in Scouts. Families are encourages to create a profile on the CareMonkey website.

COMMUNICATIONS

Each Scout family will be invited to subscribe to our 1st Kew Scouts email list to receive monthly newsletters about upcoming activities and challenges.

 

The 1st Kew Scouts closed FaceBook Group allows families to communicate with each other and our Leaders more immediately. Weekly updates are posted to this Group and families are encouraged to share their comments and photos too.

Flyers are also distributed to local schools to keep families and the community up to date on all our activities.

INVESTITURE

A short ceremony is held where each member is invested into the Scout Association by making the Scout Promise. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. At this time several badges and the Group scarf are presented. In Cubs this is the first time the Cub wears the full uniform and participates in the Grand Howl.

FEES

Our Group charges a one-off joining fee of $20 and an annual subscription fee to cover the annual Scout Association registration fees, expenses incurred through maintaining the Scout Hall and equipment, training leaders and out of pocket expenses for materials used in running the program. Youth members starting mid-year will be charged the relevant pro-rata amount. Children of Uniformed Leaders incur no annual subscription fee.

 

ANNUAL YOUTH SUBSCRIPTION FEES

1st Child = $350 

2nd Child = $250 

3rd Child = $250 

UNIFORMS

Once joining 1st Kew Scouts, your child will not be immediately required to wear their uniform until on the occasion of the investiture, a ceremony to mark full membership into the Scout Association.

 

Uniforms can be purchased online at the Scout Shop. In Cubs, your child will be called a ‘new chum’ and wear a white scarf until the investiture.

BADGEPLACEMENT

Each Mob or Group will undertake several activities and challenges that are specific to each age group encouraging each member to earn a badge in a fun yet meaningful fashion. Once awarded, these badges are then sewn onto the member’s uniform in a specific way.