Scouting Fundamentals

The Aims, Mission, Principles and Methods of Scouting

In this section we will introduce to you to the many facets that make Scouting the largest youth organisation in the world.

Scouts Australia is committed to the fundamentals of Scouting that have been in practice over the last 100 years. The Mission Statement for Scouting in Australia clearly identifies what it defines as the core outcome to be expected through participation in Scouting programs.

In conjunction with the Aims and Principles of Scouting we have a “what”, a “why” while Scouting Methods are the “how” of Scouting. These are vital and integral to how each Scout Group in Australia provides its service.

Please use these links to explore these areas further.

The Scout Promise and Law

Making the Scout Promise and understanding the Scout Laws are integral to participation in Scouting and getting the most out of this experience. How the Scout Promise and Laws are used in Scouting is looked at in the FAQ’s section of the website, but here is a link to them.

Religion and Scouting

Another element that is integral to Scouting is that of religious observation and obligation. When Scouting began, the majority of youth members participated in recognised religions as part of their lives. Religious observances would occur at Scouting activities and events particularly on Sunday mornings while on camp.

Today, religion is experienced in many ways and is generally seen as a more private observation. While religious observations can still take place at camps or other events, we generally observe our thanks for our experiences through a Scouts Own.

We must also, within our programming, use opportunities to discuss religion and religious or spiritual beliefs, for youth members to try and define their own beliefs, and to better understand other religions to promote tolerance.

Please use the link to access Scouts Australia’s Religious Observation policy.

Uniforms and Scouting

Uniforms are integral for all members to gain a sense of belonging and identity.

It is expected that the uniform or Scout shirt is kept clean and in good order.

Badges are to be sewn on as soon as possible. Badges are pinned onto uniforms when they are earned, but can easily fall off if not attended to in a timely fashion.

The colour of the shoulder panel identifies the section that the member is a part of and is discussed further in the Uniform Requirements document attached.

For more information regarding badges etc, please the FAQ’s and Other Cool Stuff sections of the website.

For easy access to the placement of badges please follow this link:

Age Ranges and Program Delivery

Scouting can be a part of a young person’s life for nearly 20 years if they begin in Joeys and go all the way through to Rovers. This can obviously have a significant impact on their whole lives and can be seen as an enormous responsibility for Leaders!

Program delivery is set to focus on the skills and abilities of a particular age range. Delivery starts with Joeys at six years with high Leader/ Joey ratios and programs that are themed, have a big range of smaller activities within the theme.

For Cubs, ratios between Cubs and Leaders expands a little, programs go for longer, are more complex and Cubs begin to have some input into what they might like to have as activities.

For Scouts the Leader ratio again goes up, session are again longer and Scouts are more involved in program development but support, guidance and instruction is still generally provided by the Leader. Leadership for the Scouts is implemented through the Patrol System.

Venturers are self guided through their time in this section. Responsibility for the care and function of the unit is put in their hands with support from the Venturer Leader.

Rovers are almost completely autonomous and bring to culmination all of the skills, abilities and experiences they have accrued through their time in Scouting. They are still provided with guidance though, through the support of a Rover Advisor.

This delivery method is discussed further in the attached document:

More information can be obtained from the “What to Expect from Each Section” area of the Website.

Adults in Scouting

Without adults in Scouting, we couldn’t have Scouting! There are many reasons why adults become Leaders within the Scout Movement. Many Leaders come to Scouting in response to wanting their children to participate in Scouting. Many come from having participated in Scouting themselves as young ones and want their children to have the same opportunities.

In all instances they will have had to make a commitment to the Group they choose to be a part of in the following ways.

A Mutual agreement is signed that signifies a commitment between the Adult and the Group to undertake the necessary training within a set time period, to best be able to fulfill the Leadership role.

They also commit to following a Code of Conduct as an Adult (of any role), within Scouting. Please follow this link to the Code of Conduct for Adults in Scouting.

Leaders also have a Duty of Care that they commit to providing. Details can be found about this by following this link.

Abbreviations

During your interaction with Leaders within the Scouting movement, you will often hear abbreviations being used to identify any number of other personnel.

Please use this link to find out what these abbreviations mean and who they belong to!

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