What you can do in Scouts
Scouts is renowned for giving young people the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and attend all types of major events. It’s where our members make the best memories and form life-long friendships, while learning a variety of skills.
The range of activities in Scouts is simply huge – it’s the biggest in Australia, and it covers everything from bushcraft to videography, or abseiling to zoology. Activities are managed according to age, skills and confidence levels to ensure each youth member has the opportunity to develop new skills, confidence and leadership abilities at their own pace. As with everything in Scouting, youth-lead and adults support when it comes to activities and events.
A full risk management approach is in place for all activities. Some activities, such as the flying fox, are only delivered by specialist teams and demonstrated skill levels are pre-requisite for many activities. For example, an Adult Leader needs to hold a Scouting Skill Level 2 Canoe or Kayak, or Trained Participant Canoe or Kayak, as a minimum to lead a canoeing or kayaking activity. Youth members do not necessarily need to hold any qualification to participate in a canoe or kayak activity. All members are encouraged to take first aid training.
Our activities aim to do 4 things:
- Facilitate friendship, excitement and learning
- Empower you to rise to new levels of achievement and develop strength, trust and teamwork through adventure
- Challenge your mind by learning a new skill and discovering the power of pushing yourself
- Experience the rewards of making a difference by making a direct, positive impart to your environment and/or your community.
Types of Activities
Descend a steep rock face on a fixed rope.
Learn wilderness living skills such as building your own shelter, responsibly lighting and extinguishing camp fires, orienteering and navigation, preparing your own food, learning knots and rope work, care and safe use of cutting tools and gathering safe drinking water.
Enjoy the outdoors by spending one or more nights at a campsite, sleeping in a tent or similar shelter.
Paddle a canoe or kayak on a lake, in a river or on open water. Canoes are generally open boats, where the paddlers sit or kneel down and use single or double-bladed paddles. Contact the Water Activities Centre to arrange a visit.
Learn how to prepare camp-style food for you and your Group.
Family camps and outings
The whole family can get involved in many Scout activities such as family camps, bike riding and canoeing.
All members are encouraged to undertake first aid training.
Experience the excitement of cockpit procedures, observe aircraft controls and listen to air traffic control instructions as you soar high in our fleet of Cessna 172s. You can even learn how to fly at our flying school. Contact the Air Activity Centre to organise a visit.
Develop performance skills in a Gang Show, amateur theatre of a generally high standard. The cast is principally youth members with a minority of adult Leaders.
Undertake a series of challenging physical obstacles as an individual or a team. Courses can include running, climbing, jumping, crawling and balancing elements with the aim of testing endurance and mental abilities.
Learn how to climb steep rock formations using special safety gear. Try indoor climbing too.
Do a ropes course is a challenging outdoor personal development and team building activity which usually consists of high and/or low elements. A low ropes course takes place on the ground or a metre above the ground. A high ropes course is usually constructed in trees or poles and requires a belay for safety.
Learn how to sail a sailing boat or yacht by adjusting the rigging, rudder and centre board. Contact the Water Activity Centre to arrange a visit.
Try downhill or cross country snow skiing during your visit to the Alpine Activity Centre.
Scouting provides both formal and informal social networks, such as Scout Fellowship, Scouts Reunited and the Scouts Australia Facebook. There are also opportunities to meet new people through events like Dragon Skin, Jamboree and State Rally!