Joey Scouts learn about sharing, caring, nature, and the world around them. Joey Scouts are given a sense of belonging and learn ways for creative expression. Most importantly, Joey Scouts are taught to care and share. The Joey Scout theme is 'HELP OTHER PEOPLE' (H.O.P)
Hop Into The Outdoors!
It's a big, fascinating world and Joey Scouts want to see more of it and learn more about it. We'll have special visitors who'll help Joey Scouts with nature knowledge and special displays and activities. We'll also find out more about our namesakes - the Joeys and Kangaroos of Australia - and other types of wildlife too.
Hop into adventure!
For a Joey Scout, life is exciting. At Joey Scout meetings we have exciting stories, activities and adventures of our own. We even go out on exciting trips to interesting places. Mums and Dads are welcome to come along with us too and help us make new discoveries.
The First Hop
Joey Scouts is the first step into the Scout Movement. Once a Joey Scout is old enough, they can move straight into the Cub Scouts, then the Scouts and later still into the Venturer and Rover Sections. Scouting is a world-wide organisation offering the opportunity for young people to discover the world beyond home and classroom, tapping the skills of others to learn, and passing that knowledge on to others. Joey Scouts is a great way to take that first step towards a code of living that helps young people grow into capable, self reliant individuals.
Fun in a Pack
You'll find there are somewhere around 24 boys and girls in your Cub Scout Pack. All of them are just like you. They all might have different interests and be good at different things, but they all want to enjoy themselves and have fun. Like you, they'll be learning new things each week and discovering how great it is to be a Cub Scout.
Fun in a Six
Your Pack will be divided into "Sixes", so named because each "Six" will have about 6 people in it. One of the first badges you'll put on your uniform is the colour patch of your Six.
Fun in the Outdoors
One thing we try to do a lot of in Cub Scouts is to get out and about in the outdoors. From part or full day activities to weekend camps like 'Pack Holidays', right up to Cuboree, where we go camping in tents for 5 days with thousands of other Cub Scouts just like you - but don't worry, you'll have your Leaders there to look after you so you'll be OK while you have tons of fun!
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Action you create
Scouts aren't told what to do by adults. Your Scout Leaders are there to help you and give you direction but you are involved in planning your activities and making decisions with the other members of your Scout Troop.
The Action of Achieving
Scouts can earn Target Badges on three different levels:
The Explorer Level: Add new skills at a higher level, such as: Exploring the bush - Helping in an emergency - Hiking at night - Building a flying fox! - Cooking - Flying.
The Adventurer Level: The highest level of Target badges, involving things such as: Light aircraft flights - Navigating by sun/stars - Survival camp - Building a suspension bridge - Rescues - Writing to a Scout pen-friend.
...and then the pinnacle..
The Australian Scout Medallion: This is the highest award in the Scout Section - something to aim for if you want to achieve highly.
There are also Proficiency Badges. These offer you an opportunity to pursue your hobbies and master new achievements in many challenging fields. It's a great feeling each time you earn a new badge because it shows others that you're capable of achieving your goals.
Venturers: Self reliance and new friendships
Becoming a Venturer develops your physical skills, plus you learn to meet challenges, deal with new situations and gain independence. You work alongside adults rather than being directed by them - drawing on their experiences and contacts to build the best program you can. You run it all through a Unit Council - where all the Venturers can have a say.
Being a Venturer also means that you recognise and develop the need for socialising with your friends in Scouting - through hikes, camps, service activities and barbecues - all of this helps build your Unit into a set of strong friendships that bring fun, satisfaction and achievement.
Venturers: Careers, Creativity and Community
Chosen a career and looking for assurance you've made the right decision? - or not sure what you're going to do? As a Venturer you can undertake nationally recognised qualifications. You will also be exposed to new skills and people that can help open your eyes to all sorts of job and career opportunities you might never have otherwise considered.
You can also focus on developing your creative side through things such as music, the stage, painting and writing, making films - again, use your imagination and then go and do it!
And if that's not enough, how about the feeling you'll get knowing that you're helping out and making a real difference in your community? You can learn about your community, how you fit into it and what you can do to help - both within Scouting and also within the outside community. Make yourself proud of what you do!
With higher achievements come higher awards. In Venturer Scouts you can start off by working on your Venturing Skills Award, where you'll work on Community Involvement, Adventurous Activities, Personal Growth and Leadership Development. Achieve here and you're setting yourself up well for.....
The Queen's Scout Award. In addition to the work undertaken for your Venturing Skills Award in your first year in Venturers, you can then undertake activity areas and a weekend Leadership Course to achieve this very special award - the ultimate achievement in Venturer Scouts.
Then, there's the social gatherings such as bush dances, cruises, nights out and gatherings called 'Moots'. You know how to enjoy life and this will help you do it.
Your Rover Crew might vary in size from a handful of members to 30 or more. You'll most likely be drawn from a number of Scout Groups and people 'off the street'. You really will build friends for life.
Of course, it wouldn't be Scouting if there wasn't a strong Service aspect. This might involve helping run Scouting activities or even becoming a Leader in other Sections, through to taking on projects to provide real help to the Community around you.
...and yes, just like all the other Sections, there's an Award Scheme in Rovers too.... in this case it's the highest Youth award in Scouting - the Baden-Powell Award - tons of hard work, but it's worth it.
It all adds up to a fantastic way to spend some time!