Scouting is a worldwide movement that has shaped the development of youth and adults for more than 100 years. Scouts are in every part of our community, and Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia. More than 20,000 thousand boys, girls, and adults in New South Wales from wide cultural or religious backgrounds or with an intellectual or physical disability enjoy a wide range of activities.
The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. We have a strong and active program that inspires young people to do their best and to always be prepared. Our programs seek to encourage positive attitudes in the minds of Murwillumbah youths that will stand them in good stead throughout the rest of their lives. Murwillumbah Scouts aims to cultivate initiative, self-reliance, responsibility, respect and consideration for others in each of our scouting members, while taking into consideration the level of development of each age group and of each individual.
We achieve this through:
- Actively participating in community events,
- Commitment to a code of living as expressed in our Promise and Law,
- Providing a wide range of attractive, constructive and challenging activities, including opportunities for adventure and exploration both indoors and outdoors,
- The provision of opportunities for leadership responsibility and initiative,
- Learning by doing,
- An award scheme that encourages participations in a full range of activities and provides recognition of individual and group achievements.
The Scouting Promise has 3 fundamental elements:
- Duty to your God,
- Duty to one’s self,
- Duty to other people.
The Scout movement includes 4 sections catering to different aged youth: Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. Currently the Murwillumbah provides activities for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.
Our ‘Joey Mob’ caters to boys and girls aged between 6 yrs and 8 yrs. We meet every Thursday from 5.30 pm to 7:00 pm at our Scout hall in Brisbane Street Murwillumbah. If you would like to contact us about our Joeys program, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the phone number on the Contact page of our website.
Our ‘Cub Pack’ caters to girls and boys aged between 8 yrs and 11 yrs. We meet every Thursday from 5.30 pm to 7:00 pm at our Scout hall in Brisbane Street Murwillumbah. If you would like to contact us about our Cubs Pack, please email – email@example.com or ring the phone number on the Contact page of our website.
Our ‘Scout Troop’ caters to boys and girls aged between 10.5 yrs and 15 yrs. We meet every Tuesday from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at our Scout hall in Brisbane Street Murwillumbah. If you would like to contact us about our Scouts program, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the phone number on the Contact page of our website.
Our ‘Venturer Troop’ caters to boys and girls aged between 15 yrs and 18 yrs. We meet every Monday from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at our Scout hall in Brisbane Street Murwillumbah. If you would like to contact us about our Scouts program, please email – email@example.com or ring the phone number on the Contact page of our website.
Before your child can participate in any Scout meetings you will need to complete an "Application for Youth Membership" form (Y1). This gives automatic insurance cover for your child whilst they are joining in our activities.
New scouts are welcome to join us and observe without financial commitment for the first four weeks. Youth observing do not need to be in uniform and a parent/guardian needs to remain at the hall during this period. This is because your child does not know us and we do not know your child, and we have found that having a familiar face aids the settling in process. This si particularly true for the younger age groups.
After the initial four weeks your child decides whether or not he or she wants to be a Joey, Cub, Scout, or Venturer respectively. During the observation period our Leaders are also observing the child and we reserve the right to not accept a child into the group based upon our available resources to meet the needs of your child. Please see our Youth With Special Needs Policy on our website. In the event everyone is happy for your child to become a formal member of our group, we will discuss a date for Investiture. A joining fee (see below) will be required to be paid by the child’s parent / Carer / guardian before investiture may occur. Term fees will be collected the following term after investment.
All parent / carer / guardians who are required or wish to become helpers need to obtain a NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) and complete a Parent Helper form. This process can be explained to you by a leader. Helpers at camps, hikes, and events are always needed.
Fees and Financials
All new members may come along and try scouts for free for the first 4 weeks. If they decide Scouts is for them then the following fees apply.
New member Fee: $120 (Scouts Section) and $130 (Joeys and Cubs Sections). This fee includes $30 one time joining fee to Scouts Australia NSW, prepayment of a term's NSW registration fees and $50 to cover badges, woggle, scarf, and cub/scout book for your child. The extra $10 for Joeys and Cubs covers the cost of a hat.
Transferring members from another group pay $30 to cover the cost of scarf and group badges.
Going from one section to another is $10.00 to cover the cost of a book.
In each following term the fees payable are $100 per Cub or Scout and $80 for your Joey, irrespective of the number of weeks in each term and the number of times a youth attends. This covers Scouts Australia NSW fees, public liability, personal accident cover, asset insurance, upkeep of the hall and consumable resources each week.
There is also a $25 volunteer levy per family each term, which is exempt in the term following if you have participated on a 2 hour roster in a fundraising capacity, hall/lawn maintenance, or involvement on the parent committee. Joey Parent / carer / guardians are exempt.
Invoices for the next term will be issued at the start of term and must be paid by week 4 of the term. If fees are not paid by the end of week 4, the cub or scout’s name will be removed from registration as Branch charges the Group for youth.
Naturally with Scouting being fundamentally an outdoors-based programme, from time to time there will be pack holidays, camps, hikes etc; normally over 2 or 3 days, which your child will no doubt want to attend. The cost of these activities is an extra expense to yourself but you can be sure that we carefully aim to keep the price of such activities to a minimum.
From the night he or she is invested, your child will be expected to wear full uniform unless advised otherwise. You can see the uniforms for our Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers sections by visiting the relevant pages on our website ( murwillumbahscouts.com/ ).
Uniforms are available at the Scout Shop Victoria (https://scoutshop.com.au/). They have a sizing guide and do not charge for postage.
- Participants in all scouting activities require proper closed in shoes with tread. This is a health and safety requirement not only for better protection from injury, but also for insurance purposes.
- Full brim hats are required for all outdoor activities (no peaked caps allowed).
Scouting is a voluntary organisation, and we do rely heavily on parent support. If you are not prepared to give this support, perhaps you should reconsider your decision to have your child join. The support given will depend on the individual circumstances of each family.
Areas in which regular help is needed are:
- Transport - Occasionally transporting the children to various activities included in our programme.
- Cleaning/Maintenance/Mowing of the Scout Hall - It is important that the place in which our children gather be maintained in a clean hygienic fashion. Naturally, the Youth Members are expected to clean up their own mess.
- Parent Roster - There are occasions when the Leaders can do with an extra pair of hands, eyes and ears. This is mainly needed when a Leader is working on their own. lf we call for a little extra help, it is good to know that there are parents willing to assist.
- Joining the Parent Support Group - This is not an onerous task - It really only involves a meeting a term and helping to manage and maintain the resources of our Group as well as the occasional social activity. It is expected that every family will be represented on the committee at some stage during their child's Scouting career. Don't leave it until your child is almost ready to leave.
We rarely encounter serious behavioural problems amongst our youth. When they join they recite the Scout Promise and Law. We have a code of conduct that we utilise in the case of ongoing or a serious behavioural issue. Please visit the New Parent Information page on our website for more information.
Youth Membership Policy
We have a Youth Membership Policy that outlines our approach to youth with diverse needs. It is important to read this policy.