Aims of Scouting
Scouting is a worldwide movement that has shaped the development of youth and adults for more than 100 years. Scouts are in every part of our community, and Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia. More than 20,000 thousand boys, girls, and adults in New South Wales from wide cultural or religious backgrounds or with an intellectual or physical disability enjoy an almost unlimited range of activities.
The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. This aim is achieved through a strong and active program that inspires young people to do their best and to always be prepared.
Normo has a very long and strong history in the Normanhurst, Thornleigh and Westleigh areas.
2nd Normanhurst started in Aug 1936 and 1st Normanhurst started in Oct 1942 whilst 2nd Thornleigh started in Jan 1969. With such a long history in scouting we were very pleased to merge the three groups on the 13th August 2001 into the Normo we all know today.
The Award Scheme
It not only about the badges!! In every section there is a well structured system of recognition and reward for effort. Everyone has heard of the Queen’s Scout and possibly the Baden Powell Awards but did you know about Challenge badges for Joeys, the Grey Wolf Award for Cubs or even The Australian Scout Medallion for the Scouts.
The award scheme leads scout members of all ages to higher levels of achievement and success and remains a vital and integral part of modern scouting.
We are happy for those interested in learning more abouts scouting to come along a visit us on some of our meeting nights to get a feel for the fun and activities.
If you would like to come along and see what we do please complete the attached Youth Membership application and bring it along when you visit.
What will it cost?
Like all organisations there are fees. The fees paid for your child to be in scouting are directed down two streams. The first (a fixed amount) goes to Scouts Australia to cover insurance, administration etc. The remainder stays within the group to cover the costs of providing the varied and exciting programs for all our scouts, maintaining our equipment and the running costs of the hall etc.
Once you decide to join scouts you will be able to pay the joining fee and the annual membership (pro rated when joining during the year)
Needless to say we also need to complement the fees by fundraising so that we can support additional scouting activities like Jamborees, Cuborees, Regional and District events and many other exciting group camps, trips etc.
Scouting is Challenging!
Scouts challenge their minds as well as their bodies. Not everyone looks for the outdoor buzz all the time, so Scouts have challenging activities linked with the internet and amateur radio, performance arts such as singing, dancing, and acting and awards linked to citizenship, community service and personal spiritual development.
Scouting is Commitment!
Scouting makes a direct and positive impact on the community by teaching positive values and leadership skills to youth. Every year, Scouts and their leaders contribute thousands of volunteer hours to their local communities. Sharing time with the aged in the local community, helping with Clean Up Australia Day, Harmony Day and planting trees to help with the Murray-Darling River Rescue are just a few examples of the commitment Scouts make to their communities.
Scouting is Inclusive!
We encourage the integration of children with special needs – physical and mental disabilities or medical conditions – into regular Scout Groups. We also have many Scout Groups that have formed within existing religious or cultural communities in NSW. Scouting really is for everyone!
Scouting is Global!
There are over 28 million Scouts in 155 countries – and joining Scouts Australia NSW connects you to them all. International opportunities include joining the Jamboree of the Air (JOTA), the Jamboree of the Internet (JOTI), making a Pen-Pal, attending a World Jamboree or a World Scout Association event.