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The Scout Association, established over 100 years ago, is one of the Australia’s largest Youth Organisations. Its fundamental Aim, which is still as relevant today as when first outlined, is to encourage and promote the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens in their local, national and international communities.
The Association achieves this Aim by progressive self-education programs, which focus on initiative, teamwork, cooperation, community service and spirit. The development of leadership skills is a significant part of the Scout program, which ultimately helps today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders.
In Queensland, more than 10,000 young people aged between 6 and 26 years are actively involved in a wide range of Scouting activities - from the Scouting in Schools program through to Scouts of the Air for young people living on isolated properties in North-West Queensland.
Over 3,500 adults and uniform Leaders voluntarily give up a substantial amount of their spare time as part of their commitment to developing young people as they progress through the program to become the community Leaders of the future. All adult members who apply as members of the Scout Movement undertake an extensive background history check and are required to hold a blue card issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.
The Association believes in equal opportunities for all, no matter the social, economic, ethnic, religious or political background.