Become an Adult Member

Becoming an Adult Member of Scouts is easier than ever!

Scouting provides adults aged 18 years and over a host of rewarding opportunities to make a direct positive impact on their local community and on the lives of young people.

Not only do Adult Members help youth members develop valuable skills in an environment of responsible risk-taking, but they themselves develop a variety of skills in leadership, project management and event planning. No prior experience is necessary, with all Adult Members undergoing training on all aspects of youth leadership, program planning, safety and other requirements.

If you're ready to join the adventurous life of Scouting, you can become a uniformed member of Scouts NSW by completing Adult Membership Application Form (A1). This can be done online via the button below, or by filling in the paper-based form here and handing it to your Group Leader.

FAQs for Applicants

All new adults who wish to join Scouts NSW as a uniformed adult member, i.e. a Leader of Youth or Leader of Adults, must complete an A1 Form.

Yes – while we recommend using the online version of the A1, the paper-based application form is still available and accepted.

We’re so glad you asked! To ensure you can complete the online A1 as easily as possible, we recommend you have the following on hand:

  • A copy of your current Working With Children Check number and expiry date (or Working With Children Check application number). You can apply for a Working With Children Check online via the Service NSW website here.
  • The names and contact details for two referees (other than relatives or members of the Scout Association) who can be contacted for a Reference Check.
  • If you have an external qualification such as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) and/or First Aid Certificate, a copy of these certificates. (It is not mandatory to have these qualifications to become an Adult Member).

After you submit your online A1 Form, you will receive an email confirmation with a copy of your application. A copy will also be sent to your Region Office.

Your Group Leader will receive a separate email notification with a request to review your application. Once reviewed, your Group Leader will contact your referees and schedule a time with you to conduct an Introductory Interview.

If you have any questions about the Adult Membership Application, or require support, please contact the Scouts NSW Member Services Department on (02) 9735 9000 or info@nsw.scouts.com.au between the office hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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FAQs for Group Leaders

Yes – while we recommend using the online version of the A1, the paper-based application form is still available and accepted.

If you have any questions about the Adult Membership Application, or require support, please contact the Scouts NSW Member Services Department on (02) 9735 9000 or info@nsw.scouts.com.au between the office hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The process for the online Adult Membership Application Form (A1), as at 31 May 2019, is detailed below:

  • Step 1: Adult Member applicant completes the online A1 form. Upon submission, a copy of the application is automatically emailed to the applicant, Region Office and Group Leader.
  • Step 2: The Group Leader receives the email notification and clicks a link to a secure web page, where they complete an initial review of the application.
  • Step 3: The Group Leader conducts two mandatory reference checks and an Introductory Interview with the Adult Member applicant.
  • Step 4: The Group Leader returns to the secure web page and completes the online Group Leader endorsement.
  • Step 5: Once endorsed, a PDF copy of the A1 form is automatically emailed to Region Office for processing and the Group Leader for their records.
  • Step 6: Region Office staff process the application on Scoutlink.

As a Group Leader, it is your responsibility to:

  • Monitor your emails for any new Adult Membership applications. These emails will be marked ‘FOR ENDORSEMENT’ in the email subject line.
  • Complete an initial review of each application, then conduct the mandatory reference checks and the Introductory Interview with the Adult Member applicant before completing and submitting the online Group Leader endorsement form.
  • Notify your Region Office if there are any issues with an application.

A hyperlink to the online endorsement form will be displayed in each A1 email notification sent to Group Leaders labelled ‘FOR ENDORSEMENT’. Each hyperlink is unique, and leads to a secure web page.

Group Leaders submit the details of each Reference Check as part of the online Group Leader endorsement. This includes the following questions:

  • How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
  • How do you think they would cope with acting as a Leader in a recreational learning environment?
  • How does the applicant interact with young people and adults?
  • How does the applicant deal with stressful situations and conflict? What is your view of their temperament?
  • How would you say that the applicant would work with a team? Are they honest and trustworthy?
  • How would you describe the applicant’s manner with young people? Is there anything which in your view makes them unsuitable to work with young people?
  • Is there anything else you would like to highlight? Any additional comments?
  • Date Reference Check conducted.

A series of free text paragraph fields are included in the online Group Leader endorsement form for the Group Leader to record these answers.

The Introductory Interview is still a mandatory requirement as part of the Adult Membership process.

The Introductory Interview with the Adult Member should take place after your initial review of their application, and after the mandatory Reference Checks have been conducted. The interview covers the discussion and supply of the following key policies:

  • Introducing Scouting
  • Position Description
  • Scouts NSW: LSG17 – Personal Protection Policy and Procedures
  • Scouts NSW Privacy Policy
  • Scouts NSW Child Protection Policy
  • Scouts NSW Social Media Guidelines
  • Sectional Books
  • Scouts NSW Adult Training and Development Calendar
  • Training Course Applications (L1)
  • In-Service Training Completion Report for Section (L10)

The Group Leader endorsement includes a field which will ask you to confirm that the Introductory Interview with the Adult Member applicant has taken place.

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Updated: May 2019. If you need any support using these resources, please contact the Scouts NSW Member Services Team on info@nsw.scouts.com.au.