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 What is Scouting all about and what do we do at 1st Avoca Beach ?
 
Scouting is a wonderful and engaging social activity for young people where they can learn new skills, participate in a wide range of activities and progressively learn the virtues of leadership and mateship. Values and knowledge they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

OUR AIM
The aim of the SCOUT MOVEMENT is to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens.

OUR PRINCIPALS
The principals of SCOUTING, as identified by the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, are that 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.

OUR METHODS
The principal methods used by the Scout Association to achieve its aims are:
  • Voluntary membership of a uniformed group, which, guided by adults, is increasingly self-governing in its successive age groups.
  • Commitment to a code of living as expressed in the Promise and Law, the meaning of which is expanded as the member grows towards maturity.
  • The provision of 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 and responsibility.
  • Learning by doing.
  • Development in a range of useful life skills.
  • Encouragement of activity in small groups.
  • Promotion and development of self actualisation, confidence and self-esteem.
  • An award scheme which encourages participation in the full range of activities and provides recognition of individual achievements.
The method is of increasingly self-governing in its successive age groups. In Cubs (ages 8-11), some responsibility is set for SIXERS and SECONDS.
In Scouts (ages 11-15), the PATROL SYSTEM led by youth PATROL and ASSISTANT PATROL LEADERS who assume a large part of the responsibility for running, discipline and programming with adult leaders providing supervision and guidance.

Overall however the emphasis is learning while having fun, lots of fun !

LEADERS
To achieve the goals of scouting 1st Avoca Beach has a dedicated team of leaders, who voluntarily give up their time to lead SCOUTING. The majority are fully trained for the section in which they are involved. The leaders are parents !


PARENTS
Whilst your child may be joining Scouts Australia we consider that YOU will also join our Group "family". The Group is only able to function through the efforts of the parents - as Leaders, Committee members, working bee and fund-raising participants, helpers at activities, transport providers, presenters/testers of special interests, etc. We expect you to take an ACTIVE part in the life of the Group throughout your child's membership.

Your child will also gain significantly more personally from Scouting when you contribute  directly and demonstrate that you are interested in your child's activities and progress.

Scouting is a training organisation.
Not a child-sitting service.



PARENTS COMMITTEE
This is a group of non-uniformed, interested people (usually parents) whose main function is to support the Leaders to ensure an active and healthy Group. An active parents support team and committee is absolutely essential to the successful running of the group. Its main functions are to:
  • control Group finance
  • maintain the hall and grounds
  • arrange rosters and events as necessary
  • fundraise for special needs
  • support the Leaders so they are free to concentrate their efforts on the training and welfare of your child.
What is expected of you as a Parent:
  • to support your child and the Group by assisting working bees, fundraising events, serving on the Parents Committee, become involved with your son or daughter to show you care enough, help out with transport and to help out as an adult/helper as needed.
What can you expect from the Group:
  • the leaders are trained, capable and caring, unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time and energy for the betterment of your son or daughter and the 'SCOUTING WAY'. Through interesting and structural programming your son or daughter should 'enjoy and grow' into a responsible young person.

JOINING SCOUTING

In both SECTIONS there is a free six week introduction period where your son/daughter may join in before they register and buy uniforms, during this time they learn the philosophy behind scouting as related to their section.

From cubs scouts upward, everyone wears a full uniform. It sets us apart from other youth groups, but we are not very 'militaristic'. We have an assembly style parade, and salute the flag, but it's more about teaching self control, belonging to a group and developing self respect.
We balance amusement with quiet fun, comaraderie and amazing activities with community responsibility.

Following the induction period we will assess with yourself whether your son/daughter wishes to continue, at which time the leaders will discuss the need for a uniform, prerequisites for joining and the appropriate ceremony for investiture or induction.

On joining your child will always be expected to wear an approved navy blue Sea Scout uniform at all meetings, activities and in public when on approved scout events. (Exceptions on a particular activity will be notified in writing by the Leaders on activity permission notes). Locations on where uniforms can be purchased can be found  in the Links section of this website under Uniforms. Alternatively, our Group sometimes has items of second-hand uniform donated by former members which may be purchased - ask one of the Leaders for more details.

At the Investiture ceremony the Leader will present the appropriate badges to be sewn on the uniform. Correct placement of the badges on the uniform can also be found in the Links section, under Uniforms > Badge Placement.


Attendance
To be effective, Scouting requires regular attendance from your child. If they are going to be absent from a meeting, where possible please notify the Leader in advance (via their Patrol Leader for Scouts).

If a member is absent from three consecutive meetings without prior notice they may forfeit their place, and it may be allocated to another child waiting to join.

Punctuality is also expected. Cub and Scout meetings start with a Parade in full uniform, including saluting the Australian flag - any late members should not break into the meeting during this serious portion, but wait at the side until the Leader invites them in.



Fees

Term fees are due at the start of each new term.

$60 per Term (for 1st child) and $40 per term for each subsequent child member.

This fee is inclusive of group costs and member registration/insurance fees forwarded to The Scout Association. The group costs cover the expenses of books, badges, scarves, craft and resource materials used in activities, together with maintenance and ongoing costs towards the upkeep of the hall. These costs are also supplemented by fundraising which each member is expected to participate in; supported by family members, parents and guardians.

The term fee also includes the first $4.00 per member towards any costs associated with a local, external activity.  But does not include camp fees or costs towards any designated district or regional scout activity.

There are no costs for new, prospective members ("new chums") trialling scouting for up to the first six weeks. However any costs that may be required for participation in an external activity must be payed by the participant.

Joining fee. A once off joining fee of $20 is payable by all new members due immediately upon investiture into the pack or troop. This fee is forwarded entirely to the Scout Association.



 
                                                 


Cub Scouts
Boys and Girls 8 to 11 years

  • Adventurous Activities.
  • Develop life Skills whilst having fun thru play and adventure      
  • Make new Friendships, earn Badges and have Fun.

Fun to Join

Cub Scouts have a lot of fun doing a lot of interesting things! There are games to play, codes and skills to learn, places to see and new friends to meet. Cub Scouts all help each other, and try to help other people too.

Each week you'll get together with other boys and girls your age and be led into adventure! You'll wear your own Cub Scout uniform to show you're one of us. And you'll be able to collect special badges to put on your uniform to show your achievements.

Fun Out and About

Cub Scouts get to see a lot and do a lot. We spend weekends away together camping, fishing and exploring. We go to sports meetings, go canoeing, do indoor rockclimbing, go ice skating or to the zoo, the museum, or the fire station. We learn bushcraft, and go hiking through the bush at night !

There's a lot more Cub Scouts do too. Why not come along and find out?

Fun in a Pack

You'll find there are around 24 boys and girls in your Cub Scout Pack. All of them are just like you. They all might have different interests and be good at different things, but they all want to enjoy themselves and have fun. Like you, they'll be learning new things each week and discovering how great it is to be a Cub Scout.

Fun from the Start

At your first Pack meeting you may feel a bit shy to begin with but it won't take long to get to know everyone. You'll learn the Scout Salute, the Handshake, the Motto, the Grand Howl, Pack Calls, the Cub Scout Law and the Cub Scout Promise. The leaders will help you. You'll soon be making friends with the other Cub Scouts and having a terrific time!

SCOUTS
Boys and Girls 11 to 15 years

  • Wide range of girls and boys with different back grounds.
  • Have lots of Fun, Self Development, Adventurous Activities.
  • Team work, Leadership and Organisation Skills, Character Building.
 Action packed
When you become a Scout you're accepting a challenge to plunge into action. You could find yourself exploring a mountain wilderness, soaring on warm air currents high above the earth at the controls of a glider plane, helping in emergency rescues, surfing a giant wave at Avoca, operating a radio station, photographing wild animals, skiing down a mountain, searching for gold, canoeing down a swift river, camping in the bush, recording your own songs or sailing across the ocean with the salt spray in your face.

Scouting gives you the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of exciting activities. It also gives you the greatest opportunity of all - the opportunity to develop real friendships by sharing the experiences of learning, growing and exploring the world with others.

Action you create

Scouts aren't told what to do by adults. Your Scout Leaders are there to help you and give you direction but you are involved in planning your activities and making decisions with the other members of your Scout Troop.

Action to lead

As you learn and gain experience you'll discover not only more about the world around you and the adventures you can have, but more about working together and becoming a leader too. Under the guidance of your Scout Leader you can move up through the ranks to accept the challenge and adventures of leadership.

Action in a Patrol

As a Scout you will become a member of a Scout Patrol. You work as a team, helping each other, depending on each other and each having a say in decision making. Your Patrol will have from four to eight members, and be led by a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. The Patrol Leader organises your meetings and takes part in Troop Council meetings with other Patrol Leaders.

Action in a Troop

Several Scout Patrols make up a Scout Troop. The Troop usually meets in a Scout Hall and is guided by a Scout Leader. Broad program planning, Troop management and routine business is handled by the Troop Council, which is made up of all Patrol Leaders and the Scout Leader.

 
                                                              

Origin of the World Scouting Symbol
" Fleur-de-Lis"

In Scouting's early years, critics accused Baden-Powell of trying to turn boys into soldiers, holding up as evidence the Scout symbol, which they called "a spear-head, the emblem of battle and bloodshed". The Founder quickly replied, The crest is the "Fleur-de-Lis", a lily, the emblem of peace and purity.

In truth, he had chosen as Scouting's emblem the sign for the North Point, universally shown on maps, charts and compass cards, because "it points in the right direction (and upwards), turning neither to the right nor left, since these lead backward again..." Lady Baden-Powell added later, "It shows the true way to go."

Baden-Powell explained the origins of this sign. In the Middle Ages, mariner Flavio Gioja designed it to make the seaman's compass more reliable. In Italian, North was "Tramontana". Gioja used a capital "T" to mark it, and in deference to King Charles of Naples, whose crest was the Fleur-de-Lis, combined the letter with that emblem.

To explain the meaning of the Scout emblem, Baden-Powell said, "The two stars on the two side arms stand for the two eyes of the Wolf Cub having been opened before he became a Scout... The three points of the Fleur-de-Lis remind the Scout of the three points of the Scout's Promise..."

In the World Scout emblem, the Fleur-de-Lis is surrounded by a circle of rope tied with a reef knot to symbolize the strength and unity of the world brotherhood of Scouting: "Even as one cannot undo a reef knot, no matter how hard one pulls on it, so as it expands, the movement remains united."

The three tips of the Fleur-de-Lis represent the three main parts of the Scout promise: duty to God, obedience to the Scout Law, and service to others. The two five-point stars stand for truth and knowledge, and the 10 points on the stars remind us of the 10 points of the Scout law. The ring holding the emblem together represents the bond of brotherhood.

The symbol is white on a royal purple background, colors Baden-Powell chose because, in heraldry, white stands for purity and purple for leadership and helping others.
Since Scouting began, over 200 million Scouts have worn the Scout symbol, making it one of the more highly recognized emblems in the world. Today, over 150 World Scouting countries and territories, more than 16 million members continue to wear it with pride.


                                                                 


Famous Scouts

"I was in the Cubs in the Hurstville area for about two years, around 1938-39. It was important to me, as it was the first time I had been involved in something that taught some discipline and sharing with others."

" My first opportunity to go camping and rough it happened during my time with the Cubs, and I can remember swimming in a creek when camping between Waterfall and Bulli and coming out with leeches all over me! We learnt how to make fires, cook and fend for ourselves- a great first experience. I feel it was a great start to the real world. I can still tie the rope knots I learnt. All in all, I feel it did me a lot of good."

- Sir Jack Brabham


"Scouting gave me as much responsibility as I could handle. It didn’t set any limits on my desire for adventure. I remember we built a raft and took it from the Central Coast down to Sydney. It was an incredible adventure. Another time, when I was about 10 or 11, I accompanied a Queen’s Scout from Bundeena, through the Royal National Park and then up the escarpment. It gave me a lot of self- esteem.

"It’s that side of Scouting that attracted me. I liked the philosophy and the altruism, but it also gave me the chance to test myself in the bush. You were left to your own initiative to do fairly incredible things. It really instilled a sense of your own capabilities and gave you a chance to overcome your fears and insecurities."

- Peter Garrett



“I was a Cub Sixer and Scout Patrol Leader for around 2-3 years. Being an adventure boy at heart, I loved the jamborees, the bush survival and the motto ‘Be prepared!’ This is a motto I have carried into all aspects of my life. I enjoyed the team building and the sense of achievement it gave me, but most of all it was heaps of fun!”

- Jamie Durie



" The main thing I got from Scouting was goal-setting. I still set goals in my work now. You learn that you can achieve as much as you like. You decide which goals you want to reach, it’s an individual thing. I also learned a lot about teamwork, having to work together and about leadership. You are given positions of responsibility in Scouting as you earn them, like Assistant Patrol Leader and then Patrol Leader."

- Ian Malcolm



" I began as a Cub at eight and went right through to Rovers at age 23. I was very much a loner and Scouting gave me mateship, taught me organisation and how to motivate people. That’s why I was able to be the success I am.

I owe a lot to Scouting. It had to be the most fantastic influence on my life. It taught me responsible risk- taking.

I’ve got a tremendous amount to thank the Scouting Movement for. Scouting allows people to be individuals, but also to work as a team. I found in my business that what I’d learnt in my early days in Scouting, to get on with people, was incredibly important."

- Dick Smith


"The importance of a high moral code, which is at the foundation of the Scout Movement, cannot be stressed too highly."

- Nelson Mandela



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