Scouts is one of the best kept secrets for young people and no wonder! It is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia – not to mention the world – with thousands of boys and girls enjoying an almost unlimited range of activities. And there’s always room for more!
As a scout you’ll receive expert instruction in a wide variety of outdoor skills, together with the all important basic theory to make sure you don’t get lost and can deal with life’s emergencies.
You’ll go on camps with a few friends or join thousands of boys and girls for fun and adventure at a national Jamboree.
Your confidence will build and you’ll learn how to make decisions and work as part of a team. In a small group called a Patrol, an older, more experienced Scout will be your Patrol Leader and help develop your skills. Weekly meetings are held to build up skill levels, play games and have fun and plan for weekend adventures. You’ll quickly become familiar with equipment and the right way to use it.
The Patrol system means that everyone from the youngest to the Patrol Leader has a say and the Scout Leader is there to help make your dream activities a reality, while ensuring safety is always maintained. He or she will also guide you through the Scout Award Scheme, which recognises your own level off of ability and achievement. There are badges to be earned and you will learn skills that will stay with you for life – such as light weight camping and bush navigation, how to prepare and cook your own food, how to recognise the dangers of our environment including bush fires, how to be safe around beaches rivers and lakes and yes, how to tie some pretty useful knots.
But not everyone is looking for the outdoor buzz all the time. So Scouts have challenging activities linked with other internet and amateur radio, performance arts such as singing dancing and acting and awards linked to citizenship, community service and personal spiritual development.
Scouts are in every part of our Australian community, and it is not called the worldwide brotherhood of Scouting for nothing! Whatever cultural or religious background you come from, you will find a welcome at Scouts. Membership enquiries are also welcomed from those with intellectual or physical disabilities.
Scouting is definitely fun, and it also prepares you for life in the adult world by giving you responsibility for your own actions and progress. Your achievements will lay a foundation for your future success.
Source: Scouts Australia (NSW) Website
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