About Scouts for Refugees

Scouts for Refugees was established by the Chief Commissioner, Neville Tomkins OAM, JP in 2018. This support fund aims to provide financial assistance to young people new to Australia to enjoy the benefits of Scouting and make meaningful community connections.

Grants can be requested for any young person, aged 5 to 18 years, who have sought refuge in Australia and are now residing in NSW, and will assist with the costs of membership fees, uniform requirements, equipment and activity fees.

To find out if you are eligible to apply go to Information for Applicants.

Scouts for Refugees is run wholly for the benefit of successful applicants. 100% of funds donated are distributed to young people in need. Donations to the fund through Scouts NSW of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Helping Young People who are new to Australia

The principles of Scouting ensure that we provide access to ALL young people – Scouts for Refugees is a simple way for young people new to Australia to participate in the Scout Program.

The Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW, Neville Tomkins, said, "Scouts for Refugees is paving a way to reach out to those new to our local communities, who are less privileged than ourselves and welcome them to the benefits of Scouting".

The Scouts for Refugees will help develop young people to make meaningful community connections in their new local and national communities regardless of their background.