Parents Guide to Scouting

Scouting is a worldwide movement that has shaped the development of youth and adults for nearly 100 years. Scouts are in every part of our community, and Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia. Scouts cover a wide cultural and religious backgrounds or with an intellectual or physical disability enjoy an almost unlimited range of activities.

The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities.? This aim is achieved through a strong and active program that inspires young people to do their best and to always be prepared.

Scouting is definitely fun, and it also prepares young people for life in the adult world by teaching responsibility for their own actions and progress. These achievements lay a solid foundation for the success of our future Australian leaders. Don't tell the kids they're learning! They think they are just having fun!


Before your child can participate in any Scout meetings you will need to complete an Application for Youth Membership form (M1), this will give automatic insurance cover for your child whilst they are deciding if Scouting is for them. There is also a Free Trial period of three weeks, before paying the membership fees. This will give you and your child a chance to enjoy Scouting before you make a financial commitment.

After the initial three weeks, the Group Leader and Section Leaders would discuss a date for Investiture. On Investiture the Joining Fee and Registration Fee would be paid and sent together with the M1 to Scouts WA HQ, thereby registering your child as a member of the Scout Association.
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