Protecting our Heritage

As our new branding is rolled out across the country, it’s possible you may find yourselves with a small collection of old stock. Rather than throwing out your Scouting memorabilia, why not donate it to the wonderful team at Scout Heritage NSW?

As the longest-running youth organisation in Australia, our historical journey over the decades tells a fascinating story about the evolution of Scouting as well as the changing communities in which we work and live. Items such as badges, pins, garments and letters help bring our story to life.

Scout Heritage NSW was formed from the State Memorabilia Centre after the World Jamboree in Australia in the late 1980s. It currently consists of two Heritage Centres, the Australian Scout Museum and the Belfield Resource Centre, supported by a fellowship and the Friends of Heritage. Together, they protect and display our State’s valuable archive of Scouting history.

The Australian Scout Museum is located at the Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park. It’s where Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers learn a little of our past while engaged in activities as diverse as riding the Armory train or a Segway, cracking the code to Escape the Scout Museum, or gaining credits towards their award schemes. To arrange a visit on a Sunday, contact the Museum at heritage.museum@nsw.scouts.com.au

Belfield Resource Centre is where we store our records and artefacts and where research is conducted into our past. Open each Wednesday, visitors are welcome to use these facilities by arrangement or donate Scouting memorabilia by emailing: heritage.belfield@nsw.scouts.com.au

If you would like to donate your Scouting memorabilia to the Belfield Resource Centre, please complete this form, and the Scouts NSW Assistant Commissioner – Heritage and Archives will be in contact with more information.

You’re also welcome to keep your own Group’s memorabilia within your community or Scout Hall, but don’t forget to send a copy or a record to your State Heritage Centre to help build their archive.

You can also meet the Scouts Heritage NSW team by asking them to attend a Region event. In partnership with Friends of Heritage, the team is hoping to establish a number of Heritage Centres across NSW, so they may be a little closer in the future.

After all, history never really says goodbye. History says “see you later!”

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