Scouts Australia launches its own Scout Wiki …connecting Leaders around Australia!
Be Prepared for New Adventure as Scouts Australia moves to the next stage in its digital strategy, launching a new Scout Wiki on Scout Central, to harvest and share over 100 years of collective Leader experience.
A wiki, derived from the Hawaiian word meaning ‘fast’ or ‘quick’, is a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in a collaboration with others. The Scout Wiki has been created to engage Scouts Australia’s members, encouraging them to share their Scouting knowledge by contributing to a valuable Scout community resource.
With information spanning across everything related to Scouting, from how to toast a marshmallow to tips on running or operating at a Jamboree, this Scout Wiki will become a valuable reference resource as well as an important collaborative capture of the experience and knowledge of all our talented Leaders. This tool will help generations of Scouting members, both now and in the future, to better understand Scouting.
The Scout Wiki located in Scout Central or at http://wiki.scouts.com.au, already contains some core information on the different elements of Scouting. There are however still many sections which have purposely been left blank to encourage Leaders and members to jump in and complete them. These links have been highlighted in red. There are also endless opportunities to edit current or create new links, sub headings and sections.
Steve Tyas led Scouts Australia’s National Resource Team in developing content for the Scout Wiki. He said, “The Scout Wiki is unique because it belongs to us as an organisation. We wanted to have a single area where the general Scouting population can store their collective knowledge and understanding of what it is to be a Leader or Scout and contribute to a body of work that is about Scouts Australia. The great thing about the Scout Wiki is that it is accessible by anyone with a Scout Central registration. We encourage our members to update the Wiki with content and interact with their peers through sharing knowledge. There are many places on the Scout Wiki with gaps of information which we are hoping that Leaders will be able to fill in. So if you know something about Scouting, put your page up and other people can either add to it or learn something new.”
The Scout Wiki is just the next stage of Scouts Australia’s Digital Revolution in the online and mobile sphere, aimed at making Scouting better, more efficient and effective for Leaders and youth around Australia.
Scout Wiki: http://wiki.scouts.com.au