1st Malvern Scout Group
The Scout movement started in England when Robert Baden-Powell (BP) was asked to write a series of articles to help members of the Boys Brigade. Before putting his ideas on paper, BP arranged to conduct an experimental camp, in 1907 on Brownsea Island, to test his theories. As a result, he wrote a series of yarns now known as "Scouting for boys", first published in 1908. The publication of these yarns and lectures by BP caused the spontaneous formation of scouting patrols, which united into troops with leaders known as Scout Masters. The growth of the troops was phenomenal and soon spread throughout the world.
First Malvern was established in 1908. Cubs were introduced in 1916, in 1918 Rovers commenced and senior scouts, now known as Venturers, began in 1946. Recently, Scouting has introduced Joeys to cater for even younger children who wish to start out on the scouting adventure as soon as possible.
There are now over 17 million youth members of the Scout Movement around the world with 120,000 in Australia. About 1 in 6 children in Victoria are Cubs and 1 in 10 are Scouts.
Aims of ScoutingO o O o O o O o O o O
The aim of Scouting is to encourage, the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people so that they can take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens.
The principles of Scouting are that people should serve their God, act in consideration of the needs of others and develop and use their abilities to the betterment of themselves, their families and the communities in which they live.
All members commit themselves to a code of living as expressed in the Promise and the Law. The challenge for each generation of Scouts is to make a better world and to have some fun along the way.
On investiture the Scout makes the following Promise:
On my honour I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to my God and the Queen of Australia, to help other people and to live by the Scout law.
The Scout Law is:
1. A Scout is trustworthy.
2. A Scout is loyal.
3. A Scout is helpful.
4. A Scout is friendly.
5. A Scout is cheerful.
6. A Scout is considerate.
7. A Scout is thrifty.
8. A Scout is courageous.
9. A Scout is respectful.
10. A Scout cares for the environment.
The Cub Scout Law is:
1. Cub Scouts are loyal and obedient.
2. Cub Scouts do not give in to themselves.
Responsibilities of Youth Members
The Scouting programme is designed to give members a greater sense of responsibility as they grow older. The younger Cubs and Scouts can basically have a good time and let the older ones do the organising. Older Cubs and Scouts and members of the more senior sections are trained to take more responsibility for the programme. All members are on trust to live up to the Scout Law and Promise to the best of their abilities.
All Scouting activities are entirely voluntary but it is expected that members will avail themselves fully of all facets of the programme and inform their section leader (or patrol leader for Scouts) if they cannot attend a programmed activity. Of course the more your child puts into Scouting the more he or she will get out of it.
Responsibilities of Parents
Scouting is a voluntary and self-help organisation. It is expected that parents will help as a leader or on the parent committee as much as they are able. As a guide we feel it is reasonable that one adult member of each family serve as a leader or committee member for at least two years during their child's Scouting career.
It is also expected that all families will participate fully in more fundraising, maintenance and social activities (perhaps four to six events each year) and help section leaders with transport, typing, badge work etc., as much as possible. Parents can also help with active encouragement of their childrens' Scouting pursuits on a day to day basis.
Annual subscription (which is currently approximately around $250) is payable each year. There is no joining fee. In addition, special activities run by each section will generally involve a fee to offset costs.
1st Malvern Scout Group was founded in 1908 and has continued without a break, thanks to many, many people. We are the oldest Group in Australia.
We are open to all boys and girls. We cater for youth members from the age of six to twenty-six. All sections are run by voluntary leaders who are generally parents or former members. There are five sections: Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. The Group Leaders and the Committee co-ordinate all activities. The Group is part of Glen Eira Stonnington District, which is part of Melbourne Region, which takes in the cities of Booroondara, Bayside, Port Phillip, Melbourne and the Docklands. Each state is part of the Scout Association of Australia and Australia is part of Worldwide Scouting, a truly INTERNATIONAL organisation.
The Joey Section
Joeys offers children between 6 and 8 an introduction to Scouting with the emphasis on fun through caring and sharing. We learn about Australia, nature and each other through games, art and craft activities, stories and song. Each week's carefully programmed and themed activities emphasise fun and helping one another. Joey Scouts learn to Help Other People. The Joey section is currently in recess.
The Cub Scout Section
The Cub Pack comprises boys and girls aged between 8 and 11. The Pack is divided into four groups of six children, called sixes and each is led by a sixer and a second. The Cub leaders are known by names derived from The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling. These books provided much of the original inspiration for the Cub training scheme. The Cub leader is known as Akela (Ah-kay-la). The Cub programme is based on learning while having fun and it involves the three Boomerang awards, achievement badges, games, outings and an annual Pack Holiday. Contact PETER WATSON (phone 9571 3174, email firstname.lastname@example.org) CHRIS DANE (email email@example.com)
The Scout Section
The Troop consists of boys and girls aged between 11 and 14. The Troop is divided into four groups of six Scouts, called patrols, each led by a Patrol Leader (PL) and an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL). The Scout Leaders (SL and ASL) may be known by their first names or by a nickname.
Scouts are encouraged, through their organisation into patrols, to accept more responsibility for their own programme and to do much of the planning and work involved in activities, outings and camps. They have the opportunity to camp six to eight times a year and every Scout has the chance to attend one Jamboree. The last Jamboree was at Cateract (80K South West of Sydney) in January 2010. Any Scout who does not go on camps will miss out on much of the training value of Scouting, not to mention a whole heap of FUN! Contact SCOTT MATTHEWS (phone 9885 9534, email firstname.lastname@example.org) or ANNETTE STEWART (email email@example.com)
The Venturer Section
The Venturer Unit consists of adolescents aged between 15 and 18. The programme is largely run by the Venturers themselves, usually with a heavy emphasis on outdoor activities and camping and hiking. There is, of course, plenty of adult leadership and supervision.
Community service is a high priority and through the award scheme a Venturer may gain the much coveted Queen's Scout Award.
Many of our leading citizens were Queen's Scouts.
The Rover Crew
Rovers consists of eighteen to twenty-six year olds, male and female. They are very much self governed and elect their own Crew Leader.
Once again, outdoor activities are high on the agenda, as is service to the community, both within and outside Scouting. Many Rovers are Leaders in other sections, thus having a double commitment to the movement.
The Group Council
The Group Council consists of the Group Leaders (GL's) and all Adult Leaders. It enables G.L.'s to co-ordinate the activities of various sections and to liaise with the Group Committee Council also allows dissemination of information and policy from District, Area Branch.
The Group Leader is PROF JOHN HUTSON, phone 9885 6550.
The assistant Group Leader is PROF BRUCE WAXMAN, phone 9500 1833.
The Group Committee
The committee is formed to assist the G.L.'s to provide these resources necessary for the proper, effective and efficient running of the Group. In essence it is a body of people interested in the welfare of the Group and in providing support to the Leaders in their training of youth members. The Committee is comprised of parents, former Scouts and others interested in the Group. It elects its own office bearers and meets monthly. The Group President is MR GEOFF LYNCH, phone 9572 0869, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are waiting lists for some sections. It is therefore a good idea to have your child's name down as early as possible for whichever section they may be eligible for.
Please contact either of the Group Leaders for further information on:
Our Hall is in Cooinda Place, East Malvern. (Off Belgrave Road, near Dairy Bell).
- Costs and fees
- Parents activities
- Section programmes
- Ways in which YOU may help
- Any suggestions you may have
Our postal address is:
P O Box 35, Darling South, 3145
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