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The Scouting Association : Its aims and Principles

The Scout Association is made up of 5 youth Sections run by trained leaders and supported by an administrative structure around each State of Australia and in countries all over the world .The aim of the Association is to encourage the physical , intellectual , social and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens , and as members of their local , national , and international communities .

The principles of Scouting, identified by the Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell , are

*** " Scouts should serve God , act in consideration of the needs of others
and develop and use their abilities to the betterment of themselves
and their families and the community in which they live ."

The Scouting Family

The Scouting Family is made up of 5 sections , these are ......

Joey Scouts 6-8 years

Cub Scouts 8-11 years

Scouts 11-15 years

Venturers 14-18 years

Rovers 18-25 years

Joey Scouts provide the child with and introduction into the World Wide Family of Scouting , and on turning 8 the Joey Scout is eligible to "Go up" or "Link" in to a Cub Scout Pack .

Becoming a Joey Scout

Your child will attend between 4 and 6 mob meetings before he/she and you make the decision and commitment to become a member of the Mob . these meetings may be just prior to the childs 6th birthday .

Once the decision has been made , the child is invested into the mob and the Scouting organisation , with a simple ceremony to which parents/ grandparents and special friends are invited to attend . We encourage extended family participation at this important event .

The new Joey Scout will make the following Promise :

I PROMISE TO DO MY BEST

TO LOVE MY GOD

AND BE HELPFUL

All members of the Association make a promise when becoming members including the Leaders .

Like all Sections within the Association , the Joey Scout Section has a Law to expand the commitment .

The Joey Scout Law is ......

A JOEY SCOUT CARES , A JOEY SCOUT SHARES .

The Joey Scout theme is ......

HELP OTHER PEOPLE

A Joey Scout is not only encouraged to help other Joey Scouts during mob meetings , but also be helpful outside Mob meeting times .

Uniform

There is no requirement for Joey Scouts to wear a uniform , but they do wear a Group scarf with a special Joey Scout woggle . These are presented at the investiture ceremony . An optional Joey Scout tshirt is available and some Mobs may wear their Group tshirt or Scout cap. There is also a special Joey Scout badge which is shown on some of these pages , sometimes this is presented by the Joey Scout Leader at the childs investiture ceremony , (this is an individual Group policy ), or alternatively , the badge may be purchased to be sewn onto a windcheater along with other special event badges .

Participation Certificates

There are a series of Joey Scout participation certificates which are presented for attending weekly Mob meetings and participating in organised outings , there are also special certificates given to reward good manners , sportsmanship etc These are not based on awards but solely on attendance of meetings and participation in Mob outings .

There are a total of 9 certificates , which are presented to the Joey Scout as the participation levels are completed . These are attractive for the Joey Scout to keep and remember his/her time in Joey Scouting .

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