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Since the beginning of 2017, I have taken part in many hundreds of formal and informal conversations with youth and adult members and supporters of Scouts in New South Wales. Being face-to-face with our membership and our supporter base has reinforced my belief that the Group Leader is a very significant member of the Group.

2017 is Year of the Group and Group Leader. While it was necessary for our team to devote a few months earlier in the year to rebuild a strong State leadership team, behind the scenes we've been developing our SUMMIT '17 concept, ready to roll out to Group Leaders and Leaders-In-Charge from right across our 10 Regions.

What is SUMMIT '17?

SUMMIT '17 is a professional development event for Leaders who hold the responsibility of managing a Group. It is a weekend dedicated to informing, enabling and empowering Group Leaders and Leaders-In-Charge so they are more confident and better able to address growth targets through retention and recruitment.

SUMMIT '17 will provide you the opportunity to:

  • hear from subject matter experts in the 'best practice' showcase
  • learn new skills in social media, managing change and securing media space
  • workshop complex issues that frustrate Group Leaders
  • discuss the most challenging situations with your peers and create the solutions we should roll out in NSW
  • make decisions and recommendations that will be taken to the State level for consideration and adoption
  • meet your peers from across the state
  • have fun and try something new in a safe environment

SUMMIT '17 will allow you to 'create your own adventure' so that you can benefit most from this development, training and personal growth environment.

There will be special guest speakers at the event to share their own leadership stories with you. The Hon Michael Baden Powell, grandson of our Founder, Lord Baden Powell, will be our Friday night guest speaker, and is happy to autograph any Scout books you bring along. On Saturday night, we will be joined by another high profile national identity.

When and where is SUMMIT '17?

Scouting does not stop at the Great Dividing Range. Our 415 Groups operate at all points of the compass in our state. Accordingly, we have decided that two separate events – both with the same agenda – will be held so that as many of our Group Leaders and Leaders-In-Charge are able to attend.

The first SUMMIT '17 will be held at Camp Kurrajong in Wagga Wagga on the weekend of 7-8 October, with attendees arriving from Friday 6 October. Accommodation will be provided for the first 100 registrants. Those not ‘bunking’ will be able to use the camping space on the site.

Our second SUMMIT '17 will be held on the weekend of 4-5 November at the Baden-Powell Scout Centre in Pennant Hills, again with attendees arriving from Friday afternoon. This location can fit 120 visitors to Sydney. Group Leaders and Leaders-=In-Charge who live locally may prefer to sleep in their own beds but will be included in the events starting from breakfast on Saturday and through until lunch on Sunday.

Which SUMMIT '17 will you attend?

You get to choose which weekend will best suit you. You might live in Cherrybrook or Armidale and want to go to the Wagga Wagga weekend. Or you might come from Dubbo or Murwillumbah and the Pennant Hills date better fits in with your calendar. The choice is yours. And the sooner you register your attendance, the more likely you are to get your preference.

What about transport?

I acknowledge that a weekend at a location possibly many hundreds of kilometres away is neither an easy or inexpensive thing. We are lucky that we can request financial assistance through the Benjamin Perry Thomson Bequest which provides funds "to assist with the training of leaders in or for rural areas in New South Wales". We are also working to secure a grant to keep participant costs to an absolute minimum.

This being the case, our organising team is investigating a couple of transport options for those Leaders who would have a lengthy and tiring journey if they were driving to the weekend location.

How will I know what sessions I want to attend at SUMMIT '17?

The proposed agenda is currently being developed and guest presenters and speakers confirmed. Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning will each kick off with a plenary session on three different topics and will be followed by breakout sessions. And we will close on Sunday with a panel session.

In July, you will receive a copy of the proposed agenda so you can select the sessions you wish to attend.

So, what do you need to do?

  1. Check your calendar to see which weekend – 7-8 October or 4-5 November – best suits you, then add a ‘placeholder’ to secure that date
  2. Look out for the formal invitations which will be emailed to you and accept the one for your preferred location
  3. Keep an eye on your email inbox for the agenda so you can register for the sessions you wish to attend
  4. Start thinking about your transport options for travelling to your preferred location – more information will be shared with you about this

I acknowledge that this is a lot of information. We will be sharing more with you as we confirm details.

Your Regional Commissioners are aware of and support this professional development and training weekend and will be invited to attend, along with the District Commissioners from each Region, and some of our key people across the state.

Will it be all work?

The good news is that there will be time to relax and enjoy the weekend. There might even be some unexpected fun. But more about that closer to SUMMIT ’17.

Have a suggestion or want to ask a question?

If you have any suggestions you’d like to make for sessions, please send an email to Bel Francis, DCC (Growth Strategies and Group Support), and Dean Bassett, State Commissioner (Group Support Strategies), at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Yours in Scouting,

Neville Tomkins


Neville Tomkins OAM JP
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) 


Scouts NSW

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