Scout Association of Australia
To contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Promise and Law, to help build a better world, where people are self fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
We achieve this by:
- Involving young people through their formative years in a non-formal education process.
- Using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent in his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive and committed person.
- Assisting them to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles as expressed in the Promise and Law.
The Aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and character development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as a member of their local, national and international community.
Brendan J Watson OAM
Brendan is currently the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria, appointed by the Chief Scout and Governor General of Australia in February 2014 for a period of 3 years.
Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria
The Chief Commissioner is the Chief Executive Scouter of Victoria responsible for all Scouting activities in the State. It is expected that the Chief Commissioner will provide the direction for the continued development of the Victorian Branch in a manner consistent with its Aims and Principles.
Scouts Victoria has a total membership of 16,000 Youth Members and 4,300 Leaders and adults. Youth membership has grown 24% over the last 7 years and continues to grow. It is financially secure and efficiently managed.
As with all other uniformed positions within Scouts Victoria, the position of Chief Commissioner is of a voluntary nature and the incumbent is not remunerated for the services provided.
Previous Scouting History
Managed the Nepal and Australia joint environmental project which saw the reforestation of a land slide area completed by Australian and Nepalese volunteers and paid staff. This included training of staff and volunteers for the programme. The programme was recognised by both Governments.
Organised, managed and ran a joint project with UNICEF, The Mongolian Scout Association and the Mongolian Children’s Fund utilising funding from AUSAID. The project was called the Global Development Village Caravan. This was a mobile youth health education classroom that travelled around the remote provinces of Mongolia educating approximately 9000 children about relevant health issues facing the local people. The strategic goals of the program were linked to combating the ever increasing child mortality rate. The program is still running today and has been a resounding success.
Organised and ran the 3rd Asia-Pacific Region Management Summit in Melbourne opened by His Excellency The Governor General of Australia, Sir William Deane. This strategic planning conference was attended by members from every country in the Asia-Pacific Region and lasted four days.
Instrumental in the organisation and management of sending groups to various events overseas. These international tours have included conferences and tours to over 20 countries on at least 15 separate occasions. This has also included the planning, preparation, briefing and training for well over 1000 young people and adult leaders
Worked with the UNTAET in East Timor as a consultant on youth development issues, meeting with the Deputy Force Commander and numerous Timorese and Australian Government Officials to provide a report for establishing the newest country in the world.
Management of the office, budget and staff for Scouts Australia International. This included special funds, staff abroad and in Australia (AYAD program).
Recruitment, selection, appointment, training and development of paid and volunteers staff from international projects.
Represented the Association at conferences abroad. Met with various Governments with regards service projects in numerous countries during tenure as International Commissioner.
Managed the Scout Student Exchange Project with a National Coordinator. The program links Scouts from Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan.
Chairman of the bid team for the Australian bid to host the World Jamboree, World Youth Forum and World Scout Conference.
Previously Branch Commissioner in Victoria heading up the celebrations for the Centenary of Scouting in 2007 and 2008, he lead the State to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in 2007 and then 100 years of Scouting in Australia in 2008. As Chairman of the organising committee he ensured that Founder's Day on 22 February 2007 was a day to remember. 12,000 Scouts converged on the City of Melbourne in Federation Square before following a Scout Tram along Swanston Walk and up Bourke Street to the steps of Parliament House then onto Treasury Gardens for a festival that lasted the day. It was as many people as attend a Jamboree on show for all of Melbourne to see. It was a truly spectacular way to kick off 2 years of centenary celebrations.
Brendan then became the Region Commissioner for Melbourne. As the Region Commissioner for Melbourne Region, Brendan managed and lead Scouting across the municipalities of Melbourne, Yarra, Boorondarra, Glen Eira, Stonnington, Port Philip and Bayside. He was instrumental in reopening a number of Scout Groups and establishing the largest Venturer Unit in Australia with more than 80 Venturers in a newly formed Catholic Scout Group. Brendan also supported the re-establishment of the Scout Group at the Victorian College for the Deaf on St Kilda Road, Carlton Scout Group and started the newly formed Melbourne Region as a centre for innovation.
In November 2013, Brendan was appointed Chief Commissioner Designate of Scouts Victoria to take up the role as Chief Commissioner from the 1st February 2014. Usually invested at Government House, Brendan chose to be invested with his newly appointed team back at the Heathmont Scout Group where he was a Scout, Venturer, Rover and leader.
Brendan Watson is now the Chief Commissioner of Victoria, leading the State to grow and develop Scouting throughout municipal Melbourne, surrounds and country Victoria.