South Metropolitan Scouts
1 Carrington Avenue
Hurstville. NSW. 2220
Tel: 02 9570 4525
Fax: 02 9580 6286



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Become a Scout Leader!

There are many jobs for Leaders in Scouts Australia. You may become a leader of a Mob, Pack, Troop or Unit which involves varying degrees of program planning and weekly meetings.

You may have a certain interest in adventurous activities such as abseiling or water activities and become a leader at an activity centre.

As you progress through Scouting you can also become involved in training and leading adults.

Leaders of Joey Mobs, Cub Packs, Scout Troops and Venturer Units need to allocate one night a week for the group meeting during school term time. You may also need to attend group hikes or camping trips on one or two weekends a year, or during school holidays. Training courses are also conducted on weekends.

As a leader you will be given training and support by other leaders from Scouts Australia, and be given resources of program ideas. You will be trained in all aspects of Youth Leadership, Program Planning, Safety and other requirements.

Before you are permitted to work with young people you will have to undergo interviews and reference checks and have a police check.

What Training Do I Have to Do?
As a Leader, you must undertake Basic and Advanced training in working with young people, including learning the basics of Scouting, leadership, safety and program planning.

This training is a Scouting standard all over the world, and is known as the Wood Badge.

Scouts Australia is a registered training organisation. Depending on what Leadership training you do with us, you could be awarded a nationally-recognised Certificate III or IV or the Diploma in Leadership. This can give you some advance standing in certain further education courses all over Australia.

Training generally takes place on weekends.

What Section Would I be Best Suited to?

What is the Cost?
There is no cost involved for volunteer leaders. Training expenses are covered by your group.

You will have to purchase your own uniform, and depending on the activities of your group, you may need to purchase (or borrow) some of your own equipment from time to time.

I don't have time to be a leader full-time. What else can I do?
If you can't spare the time to lead a group regularly, there are still opportunities to help Scouts. Scouts Australia has numerous activity centres and need people to help when they can. For example, if you are interested in abseiling, you can volunteer to help out when groups go abseiling.

Alternatively, contact your local group, who are always happy for people to help when they can. You could also join your local group's committee to help the running and fundraising for the group.

Depending on the policies of your Branch, even as a part-time assistant, you will need to undergo a Police check before you will be allowed to work with our Youth Members.

What do I do next?
To find out more, contact the South Metropolitan Scout region office.

South Metropolitan Scouts
1 Carrington Avenue
Hurstville. NSW. 2220
Tel: 02 9570 4525
Fax: 02 9580 6286



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Port Hacking Scouts at the Australian Jamboree 2007.