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International Women’s Day

Julia Miller – QLD

For International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the stories of women in Scouting and the contribution they make to our movement. Julia Miller is one.



Deputy National Commissioner – Youth Program


Queensland Branch Youth Council, Cub Scout Leader

What Brought You Into Scouting?

I joined Scouting when I was 7. My Grandfather was a Scout leader / District Leader for many years. In fact, he is still involved today on a District Committee in QLD. His love and passion for the movement was instilled in me, and it was something I wanted to try. I’ve never looked back.

What Keeps You In Scouting?

The youth members at grass root levels. I wholeheartedly believe that young people who are members of Scouting develop into well rounded, responsible members of our community. I love watching young people come along each week to have fun, meet their friends and try new things. The joy on their faces, the curiosity and genuine interest in the program is something I always look forward too.

What’s the best thing you’ve done in Scouting?

Travelling to a huge variety of national major events and meeting so many like-minded, passionate and fun people. The plethora of opportunities and experiences provided at these camps have left behind memories that will last a lifetime.

  • National Jamborees
  • National Ventures
  • Mawson Scholarship in Leadership
  • QLD Agoonoree’s

Would you recommend Scouting to other women and why?

100%. Scouting has absolutely changed my life. It is through being a member of Scouts that I have met some incredible, passionate and inspirational mentors and people who have shaped me to be the person I am today.

What do you think is the most important thing that women can bring to Scouting?

Leadership. Leadership is for everyone. Everyone can be leader because each and everyone of us can and will influence others. Scouting is for all. I believe we are on a journey to be an inclusive organisation that provides equal opportunity for everyone free of discrimination.

What do you do in life outside of Scouting?

I am teacher, at an inner city Brisbane Special School. 

Who is your female ‘hero’?

I have several… any female in my life that has been a mentor, a friend or a teacher.

My Mum, Grandma’s, Aunties, my female teachers and my Group Leader just to name a few. Without these strong, passionate, caring women in my life I would be a very different person. I am so lucky to have so many fantastic role models and supporters in my life.

Do you have a personal philosophy that motivates you?

I want to be the best version of myself I can be. I live each day with the goal of trying to achieve my best in all facets whilst helping other people to achieve their best.