Policy and Rules, one of the key foundation documents of Scouts Australia, has been updated with some significant and exciting changes for Scouts Australia.
Key amendments approved by the Scouts Australia National Executive Committee, include:
Excitingly for Groups, enrolment of 5-year-old Joey Scouts who are in full time formal education can now occur, and 18-year-old members completing Year 12 can hold their transition from Venturer Scouts to Rover Scouts until the completion of Year 12. While some Branches may not immediately be adopting this policy, a selection of Groups have successfully trialled the concept of 5-year-old Joey Scouts. Transition ages for some members will also change.
The revised ages and transition points (in summary) are:
Members should await further instructions and clarification from their Branch regarding the implementation of these changes. Full implementation of this policy should have occurred by the conclusion of January 2019.
Acting Chief Commissioner of Australia, Phil Harrison, emphasises:
Current youth members should not be placed at a disadvantage with these changes, and they have no impact on the age-eligibility criteria already published for the 26th Australian Jamboree (AJ2019).