Who are we?
The Pelican Point Sea Scout Group is located at the end of Australia II Drive, next to the University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia. Formerly known as the 1st W.A. Troop Sea Scouts, the group has been in continuous operation since 1913 and over that period has helped shape the lives of hundreds of young people.
The group’s headquarters offer beach access to the majestic Swan River, with great views to the City. In support of our youth programme, the group operates and maintains a sizeable fleet of boats ranging from rowing tenders and specialised sail training dinghies through cruising yachts and motor launches.
SCOUTING continues in a new way
Our plans to accommodate COVID-19
In order to continue to deliver the sea scouting programme the leaders are currently working on ways to offer fun, worthwhile alternatives to face-to-face meetings. The content and methodology of scouting programs will remain the same—only the delivery will be different. Leaders are devising individual and patrol challenges, and will provide information and tasks to allow youth to complete badges and award activities. There will be competitions, quizzes and links relevant to our training goals. Youth are already leading the experimentation phase with patrols meeting together online to socialise and complete scouting tasks.
Resources are being sourced, collated and shared by leaders here and around the world. Sea Scouting will be a special focus in April with international involvement.
The following list includes some of the tools we hope to use:
Google classroom: an online space for delivering content in the form or links, written information and communications. Youth will also be able to upload videos and completed tasks. Most badgework support is being provided and assessed through Classroom. (Currently Joeys and Scouts have an operational Classroom, and a Cub one is being assembled.)
Jitsi: the video conferencing tool the Group is using. We have set up a dedicated Jitsi server. Which allows us a certain amount of extra control over a number of elements. Youth will not be able to enter the room before a Leader has opened it, so please be ready to join meetings a couple of minutes in advance, but don’t actually connect until the advertised start time.
Passwords will be distributed separately each week.
In order to use Jitsi
If you will be joining from a computer, you can click on the link you have been emailed, and it will open in your browser. (However it does not work in Safari, and does not play nicely with Firefox.)
If you will be joining from a phone or tablet, you will need to download the Jitsi Meet app in advance. When you go to join the meeting, you will need to insert the complete URL in, instead of just a room name.
If you have any issues with accessing these meetings, please contact your child’s Leaders so they can assist you!
Online scouting information
Further details will be coming out in the next few days but here are the tools we already have in place.
Reliable communication with our members is essential. Obviously email will be the primary pathway so if your preferred email details have changed, please update us. In addition, if you have a child in Scouts or Venturers who has an email address, they might like to pass it on to their Section Leader, so they can be added to the Section contact list, themselves.
We maintain a public facebook page; you can follow, and a closed facebook group; that parents can join (please do be sure to complete the questions when you ask to join, we do check those details against our list of members!) This is a good place to share photos of Scouting activities:-)
Additionally, if you are on Instagram, you might like to follow us there.
Help us to make online scouting a success
And finally, this is a good time to remind you that we’d appreciate all families completing the Family Involvement Form. if you haven’t already done so (or if your interests have changed:-) ). We anticipate that a number of our youth members may take advantage of this time of social distancing to work on some different badges, so we may be needing to find parents who are knowledgeable in some unexpected areas—and the Family Involvement Form helps us with that:-)
The Group offers all sections of scouting, catering for children from an age of 6 years through to young adults at 26 years with a particular focus on marine activities:
Volunteering and Donations
Our youth programme is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and financial donations from members of the local community. We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers – if you’re interested in contributing either in person or financially then see here.