Each year since 1980, in the September school holidays, scouts from Queensland, Australia invite guides and about 70 guests with special needs to join in a six day scout camp experience at Baden-Powell Park, Samford. The term ‘agoonoree’ is a scouting term used to describe a camp for young people with special needs. It started in Holland. Each year some 144 scouts and guides aged 11 to 15 years invite 72 guests of the same age to work as part of their patrol- 4 scouts/ guides and 2 guests and to join in an adventure program based on the fundamentals of Scouting. 2015 was the thirty-fifth Agoonoree.
The purpose of the Agoonoree is about promoting the ability of all and not disability. It aims to:
• Provide a great introduction to scouting for young people with special needs
• Provide a recruitment activity where guests with special needs who enjoy the experience may join their local scout/ guide unit
• Provide an adventure opportunity for scouts and guides to work closely with young people with special needs and learn about themselves and the needs of others of the same age who experience a different situation in life
• Offer a great annual camp where 400 campers can create and share a great scouting experience where scouts and guides as well as leaders and older scouts from the senior sections can provide service and gain new skills.