Kangaree 2020




The 6th Victorian Kangaree will be held on March 7-9 2020 at Lardner Park.



Applications close February 15!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Kangaree?

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.

What do Joeys do at a Kangaree?

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!


Where is Kangaree held?

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.


What is the purpose of Kangaree?

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.

What are the benefits of Kangaree?

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%).


Who can attend Kangaree 2020?

Joey Scouts:

To be eligible to attend Kangaree 2020 your Joey Scout must be a currently registered member of Scouts Victoria and have been born on or after the March 7 2012.

The Joey Scout must be considered by their parents/guardians and Joey Scout Leader to be of both sufficient maturity and good behaviour to successfully participate in the Kangaree.

It is recommended that the Joey Scout attended at least one sleepover with their Mob prior to attending Kangaree.


Other attendees must be registered members of Scouts Victoria such as Venturers, Rovers, Leaders, Adult Helpers, Group Rostered Parents or Office Bearers.

They must have a current Working with Children Check and must have completed the Child Safe Scouting e-Learning module.

Can Parents attend?

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.

My Joey will be 8 years old before Kangaree starts. Can they still come?

To be eligible to attend Kangaree 2020 your Joey Scout must have been born on or after the March 7 2012.


Where do I apply?

You can apply here.

When will applications close?

All applications will close on February 15, 2020.

How do I get my PIN?

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 info@kangaree.com.au

How do I upload a photo?

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.

The system is asking for a home phone number, but I only have a mobile. What do I do?

If you only have a mobile phone, please put your mobile phone number in both the Home and Mobile fields.

My email address is wrong and I haven't received my PIN. What do I do?

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.

Application management

I am a Group Leader or Leader in Charge of a Scout Group. How do I ‘accept’ applications?

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)

Where do I find a list of PINs for my eligible members?

From AJ2013 onwards the system was changed to remove access to other members’ PINs.  Members are able to generate and reset their own PIN if required.


What is the cost for Kangaree?

Kangaree costs $170 per Joey. 

Costs for Leaders, Parent Helpers, Venturers and Rovers is $85 per person.

This cost includes transport, food, accommodation, welfare, activities, night entertainment, some merchandise, administration and more.

I registered, but I haven't received an invoice. Did I do everything correctly?

Your invoice won't generate until your Group Leader / LIC approves your application.  If you haven't received your invoice, please speak to your Group Leader!

When are the payments due?

The first payment (50%), is due when the application has been accepted by the Group Leader / LIC, and the balance is due no later than February 21 2020. 

What happens if I need to cancel my application?

If, after making an application, you are unable to attend the Kangaree, you must advise the Chief Director in writing as soon as possible (email: info@kangaree.com.au)

If you withdraw:

  • Before February 22- You will receive a full refund on any money paid.
  • Between February 22 - February 29 -You will receive a full refund on any money paid, less $50.00
  • After March 1 - No refund at all except in the case of exceptional circumstances.

All requests must be submitted in writing and each case shall be considered by the Chief Director of Kangaree 2020.

General Questions

How do I get to and from Kangaree?

All Joey Scouts and their Leaders will travel to Kangaree by bus. The cost for the bus is included in the application fee.

What do I bring?



  • Full uniform to be worn to and from Kangaree
  • Your Group scarf should be left at home. A Kangaree scarf will be supplied.
  • Plastic bag (named) large enough to put all uniform in for safekeeping


Please consider the latest weather forecast.

  • Jumper (warm)
  • Rain coat / water proof, warm jacket
  • T-Shirt or polo shirt
  • Warm shirt
  • Underclothing
  • Socks
  • Change of shoes/boots suitable for activities
  • Gumboots (if weather is going to be wet)
  • Camp Blanket (optional)


  • Towel & soap
  • Hair brush & comb
  • Tooth brush & paste


  • Good quality sleeping bag (NO thin bags, as it can be cold at night)
  • One pillow & one blanket
  • Pyjamas
  • Stretcher (preferred – as the kit bag can go underneath it) or sleeping mat. Single size only please!


  • Day pack – small (for activities)
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat & Sun Screen
  • Small torch
  • Insect repellent (NON aerosol)
  • Rubbish bags for dirty clothes


N.B. Asthma medication is to be with the Joey Scout in the Joey Scout's pack & NOT the Leaders' pack.

All other Medication & Instructions (including EpiPens) to be named and in a resealable plastic bag which will be carried by the Joey Scout Leader in their daypack.


  • Please ensure all gear is clearly named and packed intoONE BAG
  • NO electronic equipment, lollies, or NUT products to be brought to Camp.
  • Please send extra bedding if your child could wet the bed and also advise their Leaders.



  • Extra sleeping bag(s)
  • Plastic bags
  • 4-6 tea towels for drying cups
  • Texta or Sharpie for naming things
  • Rubber-bands for scarves


  • Bring your own tent!

What roles can an Adult Helper have at Kangaree?

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.

Where will Joey Scouts sleep?

Joey Scouts and their Mob Leaders will be staying in pavilions or camping in tents (Each Mob has already chosen whether to sleep inside or in tents.)

Where do Adult Helpers sleep?

Adult Helpers who have a role in the Mob will stay with the Mob. Adult Helpers who have a role outside of the Mob lines will be camping on-site but separate to the Joey Scouts.

Anybody not staying with the Mob will need to provide their own tent.

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