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Prepare to become

A Scout

The Scout section is for boys and girls aged 11 to 14 years and offers an amazing array of activities designed to teach important life skills and get Scouts social and active!

Scouts, as a section, focuses on allowing young people to develop their confidence and teaches them how to work as part of a team. Scouts learn essential outdoor safety skills as well as participate in a variety of physical and intellectual challenges. The programs are designed to target each young person’s own special interests, encouraging them to enjoy their favourite hobbies using meaningful badges and awards.

Epic bushwalks and camping expeditions, getting out on the water in a kayak, canoe or sailboat or even going up in a plane on a visit to an Air Activity Centre are just some of the adventures Scouts get up to!



Scouts is a great chance to make new friends outside of school. Spending time camping or hiking with others your own age is a fun way to get to know people.

You might even get the chance to travel to another part of Australia or even another part of the world. Scout Jamborees are amazing events where around 10,000 Scouts come together to camp, do challenging and fun activities like abseiling, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and lots of water activities. Every three years Scouts Australia holds its Jamboree, but in between are state events for hundreds or thousands of Scouts. Australian Scouts can even travel to Jamborees all over the world.

You’ll be surprised at how many great friendships you can make at Scouts.

Scout families are welcome to get involved too! There’s lots of opportunities for the whole family to make new friends and feel part of the community.


Action is at the core of all Scouting activities. Whether they are tackling a river in a kayak or learning how to set up a tent, our program ensures that our Scouts never stand still. At your weekly meetings you’ll learn the skills you need to plan, prepare and go on adventures, and by the time you’ve been a Scout for a few years, you’ll find yourself being able to take yourself on three-day hikes – just you and a group of your Scouting friends. You even get to choose your own menu and cook it outdoors yourselves!


At Scouts you’ll become a member of a Scout Patrol with approximately six other Scouts. Your Patrol will work with other Patrols to form a larger Scout Troop. Together you’ll make important decisions, set critical goals, and depend on each other to succeed. Scouting is youth-led, adult-supported. As a Scout, you get to choose what you want to do, and your Leaders are there to support and advise.

Leaders are often amazed at the fantastic and fun ideas that Scouts come up with regarding what they want to do each term.

Uniforms and Badges

Scouts wear a blue polo or button up shirt with green sleeves.  They will also be given a scarf and badges to sew on the uniform when they join. Scouts can earn dozens of badges covering a multitude of interest areas. There’s sure to be something that takes your interest.

When you first talk to the Scout Leader about joining, they will give you information about what to wear and bring to your first meeting.  You can buy your Scout uniform at Scout Shop.

Child Safe Scouting

The number one priority for Scouts Australia is Child Safe Scouting.

  • All Leaders are thoroughly screened, undergo the relevant State checks, and must hold a valid, verified Working with Children check.
  • Adult Leaders receive comprehensive, ongoing training across a range of subjects including leadership, WHS, and child protection.
  • At least one person trained in first aid attends all major events.
  • At least two adults are present at all meetings and events.
  • We will liaise with you to ensure we have the information necessary to cater for your child’s individual medical, physical and dietary requirements.
  • All Scouts Australia Branches have teams of people responsible for child safety who action any concerns that parents or children may have regarding safety.

Join Scouts

To join Scouts contact your State Branch by calling 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or

Explore Our Sections

Scouts Australia provides fun youth development activities, building resilient and confident boys and girls aged 5 to 25 in the Joey Scout, Cub Scout, Scout, Venturer Scout and Rover Scout Sections.  We also welcome adult volunteer Scout Leaders.  Scouts has opportunities for the whole family to be involved. Everyone is welcome, and we value the diversity of our members. Find out more about the Section of Scouting that is best for you here.

Joey Scouts

Ages 5-7

Cub Scouts

Ages 8-11


Ages 11-14

Venturer Scouts

Ages 15-17

Rover Scouts

Ages 18-25

Adult Volunteers

Ages 18+