About Scouts for Refugees

Scouts for Refugees was established by the Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP in 2018.

The Scouts for Refugees funding aims to give young people and families the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of Scouting, including meaningful connections with new local and national communities. New life, new friends, new to Scouts.

Who is eligible for Scouts for Refugees?

Grants can be requested for any young person, aged 5 to 18 years, who have sought refuge in Australia and are now residing in NSW, and will assist with the costs of membership fees, uniform requirements, equipment and activity fees.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible to apply, please click here.

100% of funds donated to the Scouts for Refugees are distributed to young people in need. Donations over $2 through Scouts NSW are tax-deductible.

Helping Young People who are new to Australia

Scouts NSW is inclusive, and our principals ensure ALL young people have the opportunity to become a Scout. Scouts for Refugees is a simple way for young people new to Australia to participate in the Scout Program.

The Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW, Neville Tomkins, said, "Scouts for Refugees is paving a way to reach out to those new to our local communities, who are less privileged than ourselves, and welcome them to the benefits of Scouting".

Family Support Fund

All young people deserve a chance to shape their own future, but sometimes families can find it difficult to make ends meet and need a little extra support. Scouts NSW’s Family Support Fund is available to families experiencing financial hardship to assist with affording the cost of Scouting.

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Scouts with Special Needs

Scouts NSW welcomes members with physical or intellectual disabilities, and are committed to delivering activities that empower them to do their best.

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