Who are we?
1st Leichhardt is among the oldest registered Scout Groups in Australia. It was one of the original 11 Troops registered in Sydney in 1908 in the newly-formed ‘League of Boy Scouts’. In August 2018 it will celebrate its 110th anniversary.
The Group has three youth sections, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers. They meet at the Scout Hall, which has been in continuous use since 1923 – on Monday and Tuesday nights.
As at September 2017 the Group comprised of more than 55 youth members including
Cubs aged 8 to 11 years who meet on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm
Scouts aged 10 1/2 to 15 who meet on Mondays from 7pm to 9pm
Venturers aged 14 1/2 to 18 who meet on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm
Youth members are drawn from residents of Leichhardt and surrounding suburbs including Lilyfield, Annandale and Glebe.
Nearby Scout Groups, which sometimes interact with 1st Leichhardt, include 1st Haberfield, 1st Balmain and Drummoyne.
All youth sections are run by volunteers, mainly scouting parents.
It’s fun! It’s challenging!
Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Teamwork, leadership, planning communication, initiative, self-motivation and commitment are just some of the attributes which flow from involvement in scouting.
Every year 1st Leichhardt Scouts and Venturers can join Australian contingents travelling to scout jamborees all over the world. Since 2015, youth members have travelled to the World Jamboree in Japan and national jamborees in Finland, Norway and Mongolia.
In 2019 a sizeable 1st Leichhardt group will join the Australian contingent to the World Jamboree in the United States.
A special fundraising program co-ordinated by 1st Haberfield assists youth members to pay their way on these memorable trips overseas. Many new friends are made, as well as networks that can last well into future careers.
Cubs: Cub scouts learn new skills while spending time camping and learning bushcraft and collecting special badges to demonstrate new skills and achievements. These include rock climbing, abseiling, camping, bushwalking, and billy-karting. Yes, tying knots and using a map and compass are part of it.
Scouts: Girls and boys become members of a Scout Patrol within the Group. Together decisions are made, goals are set and everyone works together as a team. This is where valuable life skills including confidence, resilience, leadership and responsibility emerge. Activities ramp up to building rope bridges and flying foxes, canoeing, rock climbing or toasting marshmallows with a bunch of friends as well as hiking up to 30km over two days. Basic first aid and fire lighting with two sticks are on the list of skills to acquire on a multilevel award scheme that constantly pushes girls and boys to achieve their personal best. More useful knots to be learned in this stage, too.
Venturers: No experience is necessary to join our Venturer Scouts, a self-run program of fun and indoor and outdoor activities guided by adults. Outdoor activities, writing, performing and community service initiatives are part of the adventure. Leadership and management course are available that can help in both careers and personal lives. Some Venturers will work towards achieving the ultimate goal – the Queen’s Scout Award. It’s also worth bonus points in the Higher School Certificate! This is a highly-regarded award around the world – the equivalent of the Eagle Scout in the United States and the Queen’s Scout in the United Kingdom. View our 1st Leichhardt Queen’s Scout Awardees on our honour roll.
Annual fees for Cubs, Scouts and Venturers are set by Scouts Australia. They cover insurance and administration costs.
Additional costs are charged for weekend camp trips and other low-cost outings. The club fundraises to purchase tents and camping equipment. Uniforms, usually a shirt and scarf joined with a woggle, are worn to each scout meeting and activity. They are available online at the Scout Shop.
Following case studies at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse involving scouting in Australia, a new National Child Protection Policy was launched in late 2016. It was accredited by independent, non-for-profit child organisation, ChildWise, which will continue to ensure the branch framework remains at best practice levels. Read the Scouts Australia child protection summary here. The full policy is available on the Scouts Australia website here.
Get in touch with our Group Leader, Claudia Sloan on 0431 323 881 or send us a message.