Uniformed Leaders

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 undergo a Police clearance and obtain the “Working With Children” card.

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 for face to face courses, but also online training is now becoming a standard.

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

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 assist as a parent helper on an adhoc basis.  Alternatively, you could also join the group committee to help the running and fundraising for the group.

What do I do next?
To find out more, contact the Group Leader.  See the Contact page for details.