CAN/AUS: Group support structure
Sarah Jones (sarah.jones@SAWASDI.APANA.ORG.AU)
Mon, 30 Nov 1994 21:56:14 +1030
>In Australia we have a district structure to support the leaders. This is
>made up of a District Commissioner, District Cub Leader, District Scout
>Leader, And if there are enough venturers in a district there is a District
>Venturer Leader. Most groups don't have joeys yet so the joey leader
>support is run at the area or region level (area/region = about 10 to 20
>districts - the next level in the hirarchy)
Well, I did not see the whole of this orgional post (we didn't get Scouts-L for
about 4 days here), I would like to point out that is not nation waide here in
Australia. Only in the Eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria and
possialbe Queensland. In the rest of the country, we simply do not have enoung
districts to support Areas. In fact, here in South Australia, Areas were
abolished back about the mid 1980's. There were 4, but now we all go via our
district staff then to Branch (state) Headquaters.
It just takes out that middle man approch and means that information gets
passed down quicker (well at least that is how it seems) I guess I am also at a
advantage in that Alan is a Commisioner and I usssually know as much, if not
more that my district leader for Cubs does...
As a result of this, every district has a section Leader for all sections from
Joeys to Venturers. Rovers do not as we come under the control of Branch Rover
Council and do it that way. Once again, we do not have the population the
Eastern States do. In some ways this I belive can be a bonus as it means if I
have a problem at Rover leve at a state level I can quite easily talk to the
guy "offically" in charge at HQ, rather thango via Area or region.
Just as a mater of interest, they are called, District Joey leader etc It may
be sstating the obvious for some poeple here, but it pays to make sure everyone
>Rovers are the same as joeys due to lack of numbers so they have an area
>rover council run by the rovers.
Refer to above.
PL> Rover support seems to be mostly run at Quebec Rover
PL> RoundTable level though, because there aren't usually many
PL> Rover Crews in one district.
Same here in SA, TAS and WA.
Sorry about this. I just wanted to show the many way things get done here and
that just because it gets done on the Eastern Seaboard, does not mean that it
done nation wide. It is a Branch thing and it works for them. Unfortuantly, it
doesn't work here.
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