The scouting movement is one of the largest in the world with boys and girls from all over the world benefiting from what being a scout has to offer. Australia has one of the longest histories regarding the scouts, embracing the ideas and initiatives that Lord Baden-Powell was introducing to England. 2008 was made the Year of the Scouts as it marked 100 years since the founding of Scouts Australia and this 50 cent commemorative coin was designed and issued into general circulation especially for the occasion.
The Scout Association of Australia, known more commonly as the shorter version of Scouts Australia is in operation throughout Australia and is a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The name of the organisation has changed a number of times over the years and it was originally Australian branches of The Boy Scouts Association of the United kingdom. All the way up until 1976 only British subjects and some special cases were permitted membership. There are approximately 1,504 Boy Scout groups in operation around Australia with a total of around 64,810 members. Anyone ages between 6-26 can be actively involved with the scouts and since 1971 is has been possible for girls to become members. (Wikipedia, 2013)
In order to be accepted a Scout Promise must be made, in front of the group. Original scouts in Britain and then Australia would have been Christian but today the Scouts are open to all religious backgrounds and beliefs. Scouts Australia take part in various events and development programs both at home and internationally and actually have twinning programs with the Bangladesh scouts and the Nepal Scouts. Activities carried out on a more general basis at home are intended to develop the individuals personality, skills and sense of adventure and achievement. The scouts are divided up into sections according the ages with groups starting with the Joey Scouts at 6-8 years old, progressing to Cub Scouts, then to Scouts, Venturer Scouts and finally Rovers for the 18-26 year olds. Awards are provided to the scouts in recognition of various achievements including participation in Major events and Proficiency in Adventurous Activity. Becoming a scout is thought to give you one of the best starts in life via the incredible number of life lessons that can be learnt. A number of famous people from all walks of life, started off as a scout including on an international level David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Walt Disney as well as a number of astronauts and closer to home Sir Jack Brabham and Jamie Durie.
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