The New Program in Victoria

The national YPR team has developed a great new program for Scouting in Australia. 

Each state is now implementing the New Program.  It provides one continuous journey across all youth sections.  A youth member may start a project in one section and continue in that project through Scouts and Venturers on his or her Scouting adventure.  A project may be an adventurous activity or an interest.  It may have a team of youth members with a common interest.  As a project patrol there would also be a project Patrol Leader. 

Each year, in Victoria, a manageable portion of the New Program will be launched at a conference or event in February.  As award schemes change, Scouts who have partially completed an award or the pathway to the peak award, that Scout will be permitted to continue with the old program or change to the New Program or by agreement, mix and match as appropriate.

As implementation progresses, no youth member will be disadvantaged.


Our focus for 2018 is 'The Adventure Begins'. Group Leaders have been provided with resources for this step of the program and you can download your own toolkit here.

The Scout Section uses the Patrol system very effectively. This system is based on youth empowerment or 'Youth Leading, Adult Support'. This year we are ramping this up by making better use of Section Councils. The Joey Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Sections now have a place to commit to running their councils. Click the following links (where available) to learn more about Mob Council (MC4), Pack Council (PC4) or Troop Council (TC6).

These Councils are new to the Joey Scout Section and perhaps need some fine tuning in the Cub Scout Section. We have some age appropriate resources to help with the Youth Leading, Adult Support concept, see the FAQ 'How can our youth members lead?' below.

FAQ about the new program

Are section names changing?

The Section names will not change. Our Sections will continue to be known as Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts.

Will section colours be changing?

The colour for each Section will not be changing.  The colours remain as follows

Joeys Scouts - Brown
Cub Scouts - Yellow
Scouts - Green
Venturer Scouts - Maroon
Rover Scouts - Red

Will there be any changes to the uniform?

The Australian Scout Uniform is not changing.  

When does the award scheme change?

The current award scheme will continue in Victoria until late 2020. 

There will be cross-over points where a mix of old and new will be accepted.

Refer to the New Program Implementation schedule at the top of this page for more timeline detail. 

Will our Ground Breakers continue?

Victoria is very proud of our four Ground Breaker Groups, 1st Hurstbridge, 1st Maroondah, 5th/6th Central Moorabbin and Heathmont. They are the only Ground Breaker Groups in the country and were the first adopters of the New Program concepts. 

They have been running the New Program for more than a year and will continue to grow with the program.  Their feedback has been invaluable in ongoing program development.


How will the New Program concepts be introduced?

Under Victoria's implementation plan, there will be a new subject focus each year.  This will be launched at the beginning of that year.

In 2018, the focus is 'The Adventure Begins'. 

In 2019 the focus will be 'Program for the Challenge Areas'.


Will we receive program support?

New Program changes in Victoria will be implemented annually.  These changes are for all 5 sections in all Groups across Victoria. 

Support by Section Commissioners and District Section Leaders will continue.  This will include New Program concepts as they are adopted.  Support will continue to be provided via District meetings like Wandarah, Seeonee, Mindari, etc. 


Will Victoria have Pioneer Groups?

Victoria's implementation plan is for the whole state to adopt New Program concepts together.  These concepts will be managed closely and introduced annually.

As the whole state will grow together, Victoria will not require Pioneer Groups.  Thank you to those Groups that nominated for consideration to be Pioneers.


How can our youth members lead?

Section councils run by our youth are the forum for discussion and planning of new program ideas and activities. These discussions are facilitated by Leaders. 

Youth leading expectations relate to age and capability. These have been defined and approved by each Section Commissioner. Download by clicking your choice of the following:

Joey Scouts

Cub Scouts





Are we keeping the Jungle theme for the Cub Scout section?

The Kipling Jungle Book stories have been the Cub Scout section theme since chosen by Baden Powell in 1916.  These stories are well suited to the age group and have survived in the Cub Scout Section across the world for more than 100 years.  The books contain stories and yarns that reflect day to day life for a Cub Scout and the Pack.  Leaders across Victoria may continue to use the Kipling Jungle Book theme and character names as their Leader names.  Victoria supports the Kipling Jungle Book theme for the Cub Scout Section and also supports other age appropriate theme concepts.

Where can I find resources to support the New Program?

We understand that having access to practical resources is important to you and we are working on some great resources. In the meantime we have two resources that will help you reinforce two key elements of The Adventure Begins, Plan>Do>Review and SPICES. The Plan>Do>Review ball has over 20 open questions on aspects of SPICES, personal growth, teamwork, the Scout Method and more which encourages members to provide open and honest review comments. The SPICES playing cards are available in two distinct sets, one for Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts and the other for Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. This learning tool provides 42 reflective questions that prompt members to think how they might have developed. And the beauty is, with both these resources there are no right or wrong answers! 

These interactive, thought provoking resources are available at the Scout Shop. Within the Scouts Victoria website click Scout Shop and then Program 2018 or click this link.  

It’s that simple. Go online now and order the Plan>Do>Review ball and SPICES cards for your Section.

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