What are the Age Groups?

  • Joeys – 6 to 8 years
  • Cubs – 7.5 to 11 years
  • Scouts – 10.5 to 15 years
  • Venturers – 14.5 to 18 years
  • Rovers – 17.5 to 26 years
  • Leaders – 16 to ………….

When is it on?

We operate during school terms, including student free days. Check out the upcoming dates on the left panel of our website.

  • Joeys – Jamison Mob – Thursdays from 6-7pm
  • Cubs – Glenmore Pack – Tuesdays from 6.30-8pm
  • Venturers – Wednesdays from 7-9pm
  • Scouts – Yeh Na Pah Troop – Friday from 7-9pm

How do we Join?

All new members are invited to trial scouts for a few weeks before joining, so just turn up on the night and speak with one of the leaders.

You will need to download and complete the Youth Membership Form and give this to one of our leaders. This form will have all of your contact information along with details of any medical conditions. As you would appreciate this information is extremely important for us to know whilst we have your children under our care.

Once your child has trialled scouts for a few weeks they can then be invested into scouting. The Uniform does not need to be purchased until the get invested. Note that they cannot be invested without the uniform. The group Scarfe, woggle & cap are supplied by the group.

What is an Investiture ceremony?

  • This is usually performed during the opening ceremony. Your child stands before the leaders and makes the promise in front of the pack/troop/mob.
  • The promise is then followed by the issue of membership badges.
  • Parents are encouraged to take photo’s of this special occasion.

How much does it cost?

  • All costs regarding membership and term fees can be provided to you by our leaders either when you come along to one of our cub or scout meetings or by contacting the Group Leader through the contact section of this site or through our Facebook page.

Joining Fee

This fee is set by Scouts Australia – NSW Branch and covers the Administration of the new membership. This is $30

There is a 2nd component charged by the group to cover scarf, initial badges etc and this is is currently $50

Membership and Insurance Fees

This fee is set by Scouts Australia – NSW Branch and is due and payable in advance at the start of each term, which are aligned (roughly) with current NSW school term. March every year. This covers insurance and administration costs and is $41.

Note that Scouts NSW is a provider under the “NSW Active Kids” scheme and as such you may be eligible for a $100 rebate from the government.

  1. Obtain your voucher from Service NSW website
  2. Complete the redemption form at Scouts NSW website
  3. Once confirmed by Scouts NSW branch, the group leader will then be notified of your voucher and apply the rebate to your future invoices (and POSSIBLY a credit if you got the voucher BEFORE your youth became a member)

Term Fees

This fee is set by the group committee. This covers the cost of the hall (leasing fees, insurance, utilities, maintenance, etc), and materials used by the scouts during the term.

Every Scout group has different resources, interests & fund raising capabilities and therefore the fees are different for every group.

Like the Membership and Insurance Fees, the term fees for 1st South Penrith are payable in advance BEFORE the start of each term. Discounts are available for families with more than 1 child who are part of our Group

Note;

* Fees for multiple children relate to siblings directly related by the same mother, father or adoptive parent/guardian

* the group does offer further discounts for those that volunteer as committee members, leaders.

The actual value of the these quarterly term fees varies based on the above situations, but equates to roughly $5 per week making the total quarterly fee about $10/week.

Uniform

All Scouts must have a uniform before they can be invested. These group does NOT keep stock of shirts ny longer so you must purchase them online.

Prices can be found on The Scout Shop Website. The shirt needs to be purchased from the Scout shop (Approx $40), and you need to obtain navy coloured shorts/trousers to go with the shirt.

Camping / External Activities

Due to the wide variety of activities that scouts do we can’t include these activities in the normal term fees.

As a guide most camp sites are charged from $5 to $20 a night per person and then there are catering costs to go with it. You may also need to obtain a sleeping bag, Dilly Bag(Mess Kit), etc Please see the “What to bring to Camp” information sheet as a guide.

Due to these activities being organised as a group it is far cheaper than normal family activities, but nevertheless it is a cost that you should be aware of when considering scouts.

Fund Raising Obligations

1st South Penrith has low term fees because we have an active committee and group of parents that help out with fund raising. Our Fund Raising activities include, Store BBQ’s, Trolley Push’s, Odd Jobs, Chocolate/Sweet drives, etc.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What do we expect from you?

Scouting is a communitty organisation and can only run through the efforts of volunteers.

AS such, as the carer for your youth you will be expected to occassionally help out with things. Transport to/from camps, assistance with the hall-cleaning roster, participation in family events like “family camps”, trivia nights where possible and, perhaps most importantly, active particpation in the group support committee for at least one year. Without volunteers, scouting stops – and the more people that volunteer, ultiamtely the easier it becomes for everyone.