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Welcome to Scouts Australia NSW!

As part of a worldwide organisation, Scouts Australia NSW engages and inspires young Australians to develop confidence, resilience and leadership. We are the best at delivering fun diverse programs that develop skills for life!

We’re incredibly proud of the positive impact we’ve made to millions of people over the past century. And our secret to success? We put the needs of young people first. Our youth-led, adult supported approach ensures our youth members are always at the forefront of our program.

Scouts are do-ers...
...and give-it-a-go-ers.

At Scouts NSW, we are committed to ensuring that Scouting is truly open and accessible to all children and young people. Our members come from all walks of life – all ethnicities, abilities, genders, religions and backgrounds. We’re diverse and inclusive, and proud of it. Scouts is available to:

All Ages

Scouting is all about providing equal opportunities for young people to grow and develop their full potential. From the time they start school, children as young as five can join Joey Scouts. Older children and young adults can join us along the way, even if they haven’t been involved in Scouting before. Adults aged 18 and above are welcome to lend a hand as uniformed Leaders/volunteers, or join Rover Scouts if you’re under 26. Here is a breakdown of each section:

  • Joey Scouts: 5 – 8 years
  • Cub Scouts: 8 – 11 years
  • Scouts: 11 – 14 years
  • Venturer Scouts: 14 – 17 years
  • Rovers: 18 – 25 years
  • Leaders: 18+

Click the links at the bottom of this page for more information on each section. 

All Genders

Girls have been part of Scouts NSW since 1981. In fact, more than a third of our members are female.

All Abilities

Scouts NSW welcomes members with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. While we do have a number of Groups who specialise in activities for Scouts with Special Needs, no matter which Group you’re in, we’ll do our best to make you feel welcome and included. We want to broaden our understanding of your everyday challenges, so we can help remove barriers and give you an environment where you can truly have fun and learn at your own pace.

All Cultural Backgrounds

Scouts come from many different backgrounds and cultures. Many Scouts were born overseas or raised by parents who’ve retained traditions from other countries. This diversity is what makes us special. It gives us the opportunity to learn about different cultures, languages and beliefs. Younger Scouts might start a conversation through tasting foods from different nations, while older Scouts are encouraged to appreciate social differences at a deeper level, preparing them for travel or career.

All Religions and Spiritualities

Scouts NSW welcomes members from all religions and spiritualities. While Scouting was founded on traditional Christian values, in the century since then we’ve continued to adapt and evolve to welcome all faiths. In fact, our Promise and Law reflects this.

Probably quite near you. Over 400 Scout Groups are scattered across NSW! Click here to find your local Scout Group, or click the “Find My Local Group” button at the right of this page.

There is a one-off joining fee of $55 and a $250 yearly State Membership Fee. In addition, there are some uniform and local Group fees.

Scouts NSW is proud to be a provider of the NSW Government’s Active Kids rebate. Parents and carers of school-aged children can receive two $100 Active Kids vouchers to go towards covering their Scouts NSW membership fees for the year. Families can apply for their first Active Kids rebate voucher and redeem the voucher with Scouts from 1 January. Families can apply for their second Active Kids voucher from 1 July. For more information about Active Kids, click here.

Scouting’s values are just as relevant today in helping children and young people grow to their full potential as they were in 1908.

Scouting develops and empowers youth by gaining life skills and a value system, based on the Scout Promise and Law, building a better world and playing a constructive role in society. Through fun, friendship and adventure, we provide children and young people the opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Try new things
  • Learn at their own pace
  • Challenge themselves
  • Discover adventure

A Resilient Youth Australia study has shown that young people participating in Scouts report higher levels of resilience when compared to their non-Scouts peers, and that they report an overall better life satisfaction. Read more here.

Only the widest range of activities of any youth organisation in Australia! Here’s just a sample of what Scouts do:

  • Outdoor Activities – Canoeing, kayaking and sailing | Hiking and camping | Rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning
  • Environmental Action – Landcare | Environment camps | Conservation activities | Clean-up campaigns
  • Helping Others – Fundraising for charities | Scout Job Week
  • Confidence & Leadership – Leadership camps | Scholarship programs | The Patrol System
  • Creative Skills – Performance (Gang Show) | Video | Photography and design

Wherever we go and whatever we do, Scouts NSW puts young people’s safety and wellbeing first. Our aim is to create a safe and secure environment where every child understands they have a right to feel safe.

Scouts NSW has a zero-tolerance policy towards abuse. Child Protection is our number one priority and is everyone’s responsibility.

At Scouts NSW:

  • All Leaders are thoroughly screened, undergo a NSW Police check, and must hold a valid, verified Working with Children Check.
  • Adult Leaders receive comprehensive, ongoing training across a range of subjects including leadership, WHS, and Child Protection.
  • At least one person trained in first aid attends all major events.
  • At least two adults are present at all meetings and events.
  • We will liaise with you to ensure we have the information necessary to cater for your child’s individual medical, physical and dietary requirements.

If you would like to read more about Safety in Scouting, please visit this page.

Why should the kids have all the fun?