A Kangaree is a major event for Joey Scouts, held every two years in Victoria. It is similar to a Cuboree for Cub Scouts, or a Jamboree for Scouts, but shorter – just two days, or two nights and three days. A Kangaree is about 60 times the size of an average school camp.
Joeys enjoy a busy program of activities and entertainment, plus yummy food and plenty of rest. Joeys eat in large dining areas with hundreds of their friends, and either sleep in tents or on stretchers in large pavilions. (Each Mob has already chosen whether to sleep inside or in tents.) This is a life-changing adventure!
Kangaree is held at Lardner Park, near Drouin in west Gippsland, 100 kms from Melbourne. This is a grassy green site, with gentle slopes, abundant water, and many large permanent buildings, surrounded by cleared farms. (This is a dairy and beef area.)
For an aerial view of the camp, go to Google Maps, search for Lardner Park, and then choose the satellite view.
The purpose of Scouting is to help young people achieve their potential – physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually – as individuals, and as members of their local, national and international communities.
It’s the same for Kangaree – a weekend that helps our youngest Scouts grow in confidence, learn to play and work with others, and to help others.
A Kangaree is an intensive learning experience for a young Joey Scout. Along with fun and friends, they will learn to be a little more independent, to organise themselves, to tackle new challenges. They will be well supported by their Leaders and others.
Major events like Kangaree contribute to the positive growth of our Joeys.
According to Resilience Australia …
Joey Scouts are more resilient than their peers (70% to 56%).
Joey Scouts feel more empowered (74% to 53%).
Joey Scouts have positive mental health (87% to 74%).
Joey Scouts feel safer and more secure in their community (83% to 62%).
Joey Scouts feel they can overcome their difficulties (87% to 66%).
Joey Scouts have a clearer understanding of boundaries and expectations (87% to 66%).
Parent helpers are welcome, provided they have approval from their Group Leader. Parent helpers must be registered with Scouts Victoria, hold a Working with Children Check and have completed the Child Safe Scouting e-Learning Module. Once they have their registration number, they can apply.
View the Child Safe Scouting Policy for Major events here.
You will be asked to enter your Post Code, First Name, Surname and Date of Birth. Once the information entered has been validated by the system, an email will be sent to the email address we have on file with a PIN and instructions on how to apply. If you're having trouble getting a PIN please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you log back into your application, in the 'Applicant Details' tab there is an 'Applicant Details' heading. Directly under the heading there is a blue picture, directly under that is a link 'Upload Photo'. Click on that link, and follow the prompts to upload a photo.
Email addresses can easily be changed by contacting either your Group Leader or Membership Support at Scouts Victoria. Having the correct email address is important, as without a valid email address, you cannot apply for Kangaree.
Click here to log into the management system with your Extranet credentials. You accept applications the same way you have done for previous Kangarees, Cuborees and Jamborees. For more information, here is a pdf document with step by step instructions to help you through the process. (It's from a previous Cuboree, but the process is the same)
Adult Helpers may nominate their three role preferences when completing their applications. Adult Helpers may be allocated a role in the Mob lines or they may be helping with activities and other service areas.