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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.

History

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.

 

Welcome to Normanhurst Scout Group

Thank you for your interest in the Normanhurst Scout Group. Listed below are details of our activities, programs for the various age groups, how to join, what you can expect and much more.

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.

What Normanhurst Scouts can offer your child and the rest of the family?

The Normanhurst Scout Group (Normo) is one of the largest and most successful scout groups in the area (Benowie District). Normo is a very active group in all sections, not only locally but also at the district and regional levels. Young people at Normo often achieve at the highest levels of scouting whilst experiencing all the challenges and fun that modern scouting offers.

When your son or daughter joins Normo they will be under the care and guidance of a fully trained and experienced leadership team that offer a wide reaching series of programs to suit youth of all ages. Programs range from the more traditional aspects of scouting like camping, hiking and pioneering to citizenship and games nights.

Your time in scouting can be as long or as brief as you want it to be but be assured that the enjoyment and training experienced will stay with you for the rest of your life. Everyone in the family can join in many of the activities as we regularly involve parents, brothers and sisters.

History

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.

Sections (age groups)

Joeys 6 – 8 years

Your first jump into Scouting

Joey Scouts is the first Section of Scouts, for boys and girls aged 6 – 8. The emphasis is on fun and friendship and a gentle introduction to a world of challenges and adventures through Scouting.

For more information visit Scouts Australia NSW Branch Website

http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/joeys/

Normanhurst Joeys meet Wednesday nights between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.

Cubs 8 – 11 years

Cub Scouts have a lot of fun doing a lot of interesting things! There are games to play, codes and skills to learn, places to see and new friends to meet.

Cub Scouts all help each other, and try to help other people too.

For more information visit Scouts Australia NSW Branch Website

http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/cubs/

Normanhurst Cubs meet Monday nights between 7:00 and 8:30 PM.

Scouts 11 – 15 years

Don’t just talk about what you can do!
Get stuck in…

Scouts are one of the best kept secrets for young people aged 11 – 15 and no wonder! It is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia – not to mention the world – with thousands of girls and boys enjoying an almost unlimited range of activities. And there’s always room for more!

For more information visit Scouts Australia NSW Branch Website

http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/scouts/

Normanhurst Scouts meet Thursday nights between 7:00 and 9:00 PM.

Venturers 15 – 18 years

It’s your life… Get on with it!

Bored? Feel like doing something with your life? Don’t know where to start? Try Venturer Scouts. It’s a do-it-yourself mix of fun, adventure and personal challenge that will bring you together with other young people who feel the same way.

You may find yourself exploring wilderness Australia, camping above the snowline or diving on coral reefs. You could be abseiling into a limestone cave or climbing a sheer rock face. Perhaps you’ll learn white water kayaking or ride your mountain bike on an expedition across real mountains.

For more information visit Scouts Australia NSW Branch Website

http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/venturers/

Normanhurst Venturers meet Tuesday nights between 7:00 and 9:30 PM.

Rovers 18 – 25 years

Challenging outdoor activities such as bushwalking, canoeing, sailing, caving, ski-touring, canyoning, four-wheel driving, rock-climbing and scuba diving all form an important part of a Rover’s calendar.

Social activities such as balls, bush dances, harbour cruises, nights out, car rallies and “Moots” (gatherings of Rovers on a local, national and sometimes international level) also feature on an active Rover’s program.

For more information visit the Normo Rover Crew Website

http://www.normorovers.com/

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.

Membership

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.

What am I needed to do?

The success of scouting at Normo not only relies on the youth members, the enthusiastic leaders and the group committee but also the families. We need the support of everyone to give our group the best scouting experience possible.

What do I need to do to support my child in scouting?

  • All parents are needed to support the groups fundraising efforts.
  • Attend at least one working bee per year as scheduled.
  • Assist the section leaders with transport etc. when required.

Location

22 Harris Rd, Normanhurst

Scout Hall Location on Google Maps

Contact us

Group Leader

Bruce Cooke

Ph 02 9484 6369

Mobile 0412 578 634

email brucecooke@optushome.com.au

Web Site – http://www.normoscouts.org/

Email – scouts@normoscouts.org

Do you want to become a Leader?

We would love to have you join our team. You can be as involved as much or as little as you want.

There are many roles for adults in Scouts Australia. You may become a Leader of a Joey Mob, Cub Scout Pack, Scout Troop or Venturer Unit, which involves varying degrees of program planning and weekly meetings.

Leaders are given training and support by other Leaders from Scouts Australia, and are given resources of program ideas. There is training in all aspects of youth leadership, program planning, safety and other requirements.

If you would like some more information feel free to discuss this with our Group Leader, Bruce Cooke Ph 9484 6369.


Why join Scouts?

Scouting is fun!
Scouting is definitely fun, and it also prepares young people for life in the adult world by teaching responsibility for their own actions and progress. These achievements lay a solid foundation for the success of our future Australian leaders. But don’t tell the kids they’re learning… they think they’re just having fun!

No matter the age of the participant, Scouts provides fun and exciting programs that promote active learning. Whether the young boys and girls are canoeing, camping, visiting museums or helping their local community, the activity is sure to teach them about themselves and the world around them.

Scouting is Adventurous!
Each year, all sections of Scouts learn to share responsibilities and to live with each other through adventures set in the outdoors. Camping, abseiling, caving, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing and diving are just a few of the exciting experiences that a Scout may have achieved in his or her time as a youth member.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Membership

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.