It is with great respect that the State Scout Council would like to announce that there is a new name for Youth Forums “wat-pu-tjara”.
We are grateful to the Dja Dja Wurrung community, located in the Bendigo area, for gifting Scouts Victoria with the word “wat-pu-tjarra”, which means join together/meet together in the Dja Dja language. When using the word, it should be acknowledged that the word is specific to the people of Dja Dja Wurrung and won’t always be of the local language.
State Youth Forum
The State Youth Forum is conducted every year in August and draws on scouts from around the state to come together to discuss issues affecting the scout section at a local through to state level. The scouts often also put up ideas for new badges, events and policies. Some of these things over the years have been things like where the scout craft badge and cords should be worn, an easier way to find camp sites, the miniature badges over the scouts left hand pockets and the state wide camp BayJam which over 600 Scouts and Leaders attended in January 2015, and over 1200 Scouts and Leaders attended in January 2018. 2021 will be even bigger – thanks to the input and feedback from our youth forums.
Due to the change the ever-changing situation we find ourselves in during 2020 the State Youth Forum has been postponed until further notice. Once we have further information on when and how it will be held we will let you know.
Region Youth Forums
Participants at Region Youth Forums will elect who represents them at the State Youth Forum.
Region Youth Forum Dates:
Region Youth Forums are proceeding at this point in various forms. They are happening online, in person or with a mix of both depending on restrictions and requirements in each region. We will provide information about Region Youth Forums as we get details confirm.
2020 Region Youth Forum dates will be available as they’re confirmed. Click on the below links to send an email to express your interest.
If you are interested in attending your Region Youth Forum, please select your region above to email your Region Scout Commissioner to express your interest.