Mission, Purpose & Principles of Scouting
The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
The purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the education of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The Principles of Scouting, as identified by the founder, Lord Baden-Powell, are that Scouts 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 community in which they live.
The principal methods used by the Association to achieve its aims are:
- Voluntary membership of a uniformed group which, guided by adults, is increasingly self-governing in its successive age groups;
- Commitment to a code of living as expressed in the Promise and Law, the meaning of which is expanded as the member grows towards maturity;
- The provision of a wide range of attractive, constructive and challenging activities, including opportunities for adventure and exploration, both indoors and outdoors;
- The provision of opportunities for leadership and responsibility;
- Learning by doing;
- Encouragement of activities in small groups;
- An award scheme that encourages participation in the full range of activities and provides recognition of individual achievements.
Scouts Australia adheres to the following values:
- The importance of individuals developing a sense of personal identity and self-worth which leads to responsibility for oneself and one’s actions as a citizen.
- The belief that young people are able and willing to take responsibility and contribute to society.
- The belief in the right and responsibility of individuals to regulate their own health.
- The importance of adults in providing suitable role models for young people.
- The importance of not exposing young people to harm or exploitation.
- The importance of individuals and the community adopting a lifestyle that allows ecologically sustainable development through preventing environmental overload, environmental degradation and resource depletion.
- The importance of respect for and equity in dealings with all people, irrespective of culture, gender, religion or impairment.
- The importance of mutual support and help between members of a community to maximise the quality of life for all.
- The importance of the development of understanding between individuals as a contribution to peace between nations.
- The importance of gainful employment in contributing to the sense of dignity and self-worth of the individual.