Scouting began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment on Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys , based on his earlier military books. The movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout)

In 1907, a British Army Officer had an idea to form a club for young men based on good community values and his experiences in the Boer War. That Officer was Lord Baden-Powell, and that club is Scouts, which 100 years later is the world’s largest youth organisation and spans nearly every country.

Scouts Australia is the local arm of the movement and offers Scouting to the youth of Australia in 5 Sections:

  • Joey Scouts – 6 to 8 Year Olds
  • Cub Scouts – 8 to 11 Year Olds
  • Scouts – 10 to 15 Year Olds
  • Venturer Scouts – 14 to 18 Year Olds
  • Rover Scouts – 18 to 26 Year Olds

Scouting is based on the principle of allowing young people to grow into community-minded citizens by developing their Physical, Mental, Social, Spiritual and Emotional Skills and Values.

A lot has changed in 100 years from Baden-Powell’s first camp on Brownsea Island, England but one thing is for sure – No other Youth Movement is so well known or respected. In fact the Scout’s Scarf is one of the most instantly recognised icons in the world.

For more info on Scouting, visit the national Scouts website or the NSW Scouts website