WHAT AGES DOES SCOUTING CATER FOR IN MURRUMBATEMAN?
Scouts in Murrumbateman currently has the following sections that welcome male and female youth members between the following ages:
Joeys are aged 6 to 8 years
Cubs are aged 8 to 11 years
Scouts are aged 11 to 15 years
Venturers are aged 16 to 18 years
WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT AS A PARENT/CARER?
Scouting, across all Sections, requires more than just a commitment from the Youth Members. To maximise the benefits to the youth requires involvement from adult leaders, parents and carers.
Parents and carers are encouraged to visit the Scouts NSW website – http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au.
This site contains many resources relating to Scouting.
The involvement of parents and carers can take many forms – some examples include:
- providing transport to camps and excursions
- volunteering to fill a committee position
- helping to run actvities
- passing on any relevant special skills you may have
- becoming a leader
- assisting with fundraising
- assisting at working bees
WHEN WILL MY CHILD BE INVESTED?
Typically a child will be invested, that is become a fully fledged member of the Section when they have attended about four to six weekly meetings.
WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH UNIFORMS?
Your child will need to have a uniform before they can be invested. The only mandatory items of uniform are the section-specific shirt, the Group scarf, and a woggle. The woggle is the leather tie that contains the Scout symbol and which is used to tie the scarf together. The shirt needs to be purchased by the member, the Group will provide, at no additional cost, a scarf, woggle, and the required badges. Please refer to our uniform and badges page for further information about purchasing a scout shirt.
WHERE DO ALL THOSE BADGES GO?
One of the most frequently asked questions by parents and youth….. Find all of the answers under the “Badges and Uniform” tab on this website.
WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED?
The costs involved with being an active member of the 1st Murrumbateman Scout Group are amongst the lowest in NSW and are certainly lower than groups within the ACT. Fees charged include a once only registration fee, an annual membership fee, and a contribution towards hall rental. Discounts are offered for multiple family members. Currently the Group does not levy a weekly contribution. There are additional costs associated with attending some excursions/activities and for camps. Details of membership fees are contained under the section “Membership Administration and Fees.”
WHO ARE THE LEADERS AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
Adult Leaders of the 1st Murrumbateman Scout Group are volunteers, both male and female, who enjoy working with youth to promote their physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. All leaders must successfully complete a police check before they work with your children. Leaders come from many different backgrounds and as such bring a wide range of knowledge, interests, and experience. When possible leaders work together in groups of at least two.
WHAT IS A SCOUT SECTION?
Scouting is divided into age groups that are known as sections. All sections are open to males and females, and all sections are able to accommodate young people with varying abilities. The youngest Scouts are known as Joeys, they are members of the Joey Section and they range in age from 6 to 8 years old. The next age group is known as the Cub Section and this covers young people between the ages of 8 and 11. Next comes the Scout Section that caters for young people between the ages of 11 and 15. Venturers are the next section covering people between 15 and 18. Finally, there is the Rover Section which focuses on people between the ages of 18 and 25. Currently the 1st Murrumbateman Group operates Joey, Cub, Scout, and Venturer Sections – although given the demand and some people interested in providing leadership assistance a Rover Crew could be started in the future.
DO I NEED TO WORK MY WAY UP THROUGH THE SCOUTING SECTIONS?
The answer is simple – “NO.” While many young people do work their way up the ladders from Joeys to Cubs to Scouts and then to Venturers, or any subset of these sections, there is no requirement to work your way up progressively. Many people only become aware of or interested in Scouting later in life and as such may join whatever section is appropriate for their age. Likewise some young people may join say Joeys at a young age and then have a break before coming back as a venturer later in life. Many people who have been involved with Scouting in their youth go on to become leaders within the Scouting Movement later in life.