Personal growth through adventure
Children grow fast and revel in new activities. At a relatively young age they quickly become ready to look for new challenges beyond the family and school. Therefore, Scouts Australia encourages all its members to “Be Prepared…for new adventure”
‘Adventure’ means different things to children and young people. For example, for a Joey Scout, adventure could be as simple as their first night away from home or attempting an obstacle course. For Cub Scouts it might mean camping in tents, attending an event such as a cuboree, or tackling a half day bush walk.
In Scouts children learn independent thinking, social interaction, leadership skills, problem solving and responsibility. Girls and boys are equally involved. As Scouts advance through the age based sections, developing independence, physical strength and reasoning they take on more responsibility for organising and running their own activities. Non competitive activities where children can develop at their own pace are terrific for building their self esteem and self confidence.