It’s long awaited! There have been many false starts, and much speculation! Finally, we are able to release the Youth Member Uniform Badge Layout, as approved and endorsed by the National Operations Committee and the National Executive Committee.
At the November 2020 meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC), the revised badge layouts for youth member uniforms (including Rover Scouts) was formally approved in line with the recommendation of the National Operations Committee (NOC). We know this has been a topic of great discussion amongst our members, especially our adult leaders, so here are a few things to consider with the new layout now being available.
The uniform is laid out into three themed panels which align with Tier 1 of the one program symbolic framework:
This panel recognises where you do most of your Scouting, and the additional awards you have achieved.
This panel celebrates and recognises your growth across the Achievement Pathways, mainly the Outdoor Adventure Skills, the Special Interest Areas, and your peak awards.
These parts of the uniform recognise your active involvement in the program, including the Program Essentials Milestones, special events, patrol identification, and your formal leadership roles.
Transition to the new layout should be in line with your Branch’s implementation schedule – it does not need to be an instantaneous changeover.
The diagram itself will not be changing in Policy and Rules, and instead will form a supplementary resource.
This part of the uniform recognises where you do your Scouting, engagement with global initiatives under the Scouts4SDGs banner, additional awards you may have earned through the program, and what section(s) you have been involved in.
More specifically, the right sleeve will contain:
To represent your local communities.
These are all linked to the Sustainable Development Goals and include but are not limited to:
These will progressively become a consistent size and shape, and include, but may not be limited to:
To represent your journey through the Scouting sections.
It should be noted that not all of these badges are in circulation yet, and this list is provided in advance of stock exhaustion and manufacturing processes.
This part of the uniform recognises your journey in Scouting through the Achievement Pathways.
Looking at this a bit deeper, the focus is on the Special Interest Areas for that section, as well as Outdoor Adventure Skills and any peak awards that may have been earned.
A young person may wear all peak awards they have earned during their time in Scouting at the top of the left sleeve. These are:
Scouts may wear all Special Interest Area badges earned in the section they are currently a member.
These badges form a 3×3 grid on the left sleeve. Scouts should wear only the highest achieved Stage in each of the nine broad activity/skill areas – Bushcraft, Bushwalking, Camping, Alpine, Aquatics, Boating, Cycling, Paddling, Vertical
Rover Scouts receive the knot, a collection of five ribbons representing the five youth sections in Scouting, and Rover bar during their investiture ceremony, or transition ceremony, into the Rover Scout section.
The front of the uniform is the most viewed area, and as a result, it presents my involvement in Scouting. This includes:
Worn above the pocket on the left hand side of the shirt.
Worn alongside the Australian Flag badge, above pocket on left hand side.
Not displayed on this diagram, this badge is worn around the World Scout badge following the completion of a Messengers of Peace project.
Worn below the World Scout badge and Australian Flag badge, these badges display the number of years a youth member has been part of each section.
Worn on the top flap of the pocket.
Worn on the right hand side, these would be approximately in line with, or just below, the Australian Flag badge worn on the left side.
These badges must be no larger than 75mm x 75mm in size, and must have been approved for wear by your Branch Chief Commissioner, or the National Chief Commissioner.
Identification of the Patrol in which a member belongs is in the form of a fabric scarf slide.