About Our Group

Welcome to the 1st Beechworth Scout Group!

By joining our Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts or Venturer Scouts you will become involved in the World Wide Brotherhood of Scouting, with over 26 million members throughout the world. Scouting is the world’s biggest youth organization and is found in over 200 countries.

Principles

The principles of Scouting are expressed by a Promise and Law appropriate to each section (Page 9). The Promise and Law provide moral and ethical targets and a foundation for a responsible role within the wider community.

The Aim

The Aim of the Scout Association of Australia is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in today’s society as responsible citizens.

History Of Scouting

baden=powellScouting is a Twentieth Century movement. It has survived World Wars, sweeping social changes and the challenges of rival youth movements to become the world’s strongest youth movement. It does this by placing the needs of the young people first – needs for adventure, comradeship, for a sense of service, in a program that can adapt to change.

The Founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell (known later in life as BP), was born in 1857 in England. He lived a busy and adventurous life, and as a boy spent most of his spare time in open air pursuits, hunting in the woods, joining his brothers in expeditions by land and in their boats.

During his time in the Army, he had tried out his ideas about training soldiers in “Scouting”. He set these ideas down in a book called “Aids to Scouting”, which was used as a textbook for many years. During a siege at Mafeking, BP was most impressed with the way boys performed ancillary tasks in the defense of the town.

Later he was encouraged to set down his views on how he would apply Scouting to the training of boys. First he conducted an experimental camp in 1907 on Brownsea Island off the Dorset Coast of England, and here with some 20 boys and suitable adult leaders, BP taught the boys what he meant by Scouting. The camp was a great success, and Baden-Powell set down his experiences in a book called “Scouting for Boys”.

By 1908 Scouting had spread across the globe to Australia, New Zealand and India. The 1st Beechworth Scout Group began its life at the Beechworth Memorial Hall in Ford Street on July 4, 1925, with much fanfare. A great deal of interest was immediately apparent with numbers rapidly increasing.

The 1st Beechworth Scout Group moved to its current premises on the corner of Church and Finch Street Beechworth in 1961. We continue to use BP’s aims and principles to offer fun, exciting and fulfilling programs for all youth sections.

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