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Youth Program

The Youth Program in Scouting is the totality of the learning opportunities from which young people can benefit (What), created to achieve the purpose of Scouting (Why), and experienced through the Scout Method (How).

  • Why – the educational objectives, in accordance with the purpose and principles of the Movement
  • What – all experiences and situations that young people can learn from, both organised and spontaneous, i.e. the learning opportunities
  • How – the way in which it is done, i.e. the Scout Method

The Adventure Begins

In 2018, as The Adventure Begins, we challenge you to embed the fundamentals of Scouting in your regular program.

It’s time to rejuvenate the way we deliver Scouting, and ensure our programs are true to Scouting’s core values. Are you and the youth members ready for this adventure?

Youth Program Review

With 100 years experience in youth development, we’re constantly working to keep Scouting interesting and relevant to young Australians. We’ve undertaken a comprehensive review of our current program, and will be introducing new features to Scouting from 2019 and beyond. Feel free to read our research and find out how Scouting will look in the future.

Messengers of Peace

No matter how young, Scouts take part in activities that benefit others, and teach them the value of community involvement.  From participating in ANZAC Day services or citizenship ceremonies, or local environmental projects Scouts contribute literally millions of hours to help create a better world.  Globally, Scouts have begun to record their service hours and the results will soon reach 1 billion hours.


Scouting plays an important role in connecting people with the natural world, especially given the increasing separation of young people from the natural environment. With nearly 50% of the world’s population living in urban settings, it is important for Scouts to learn about plants, animals, conservation and the ‘bigger environmental picture’.

Performing Arts

Did you know that every year, thousands of Scouts are performing in professional theatres?   Called ‘Gang Shows’ Scouts learn teamwork, leadership and other skills as we apply the Scout Method to the performing arts.  And the results are impressive!

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 5-8

Cub Scouts

Ages 8-11


Ages 11-14

Venturer Scouts

Ages 14-18*

Rover Scouts

Ages 18-25

Adult Volunteers

Ages 18+