Our evolving program in Victoria

Following a recent extensive review, our program will now move towards one that is continuous through all sections.  It provides a unique adventure, one that is led by youth who can determine their own pathway.

Just before we continue ...

If you would like information about joining the Scouting adventure, please click 'Join The Adventure?', yellow button above.

For detail regarding 'Age Sections & Adults' or 'Activities & Events' click one of the green buttons above.

Now, for up-to-date program information please read on.

With youth leading, why not let the youth members plan the next going up ceremony.  This will help with smooth transition between sections.  Project Patrols mixing youth from multiple sections will help with networking, youth will be looking forward to moving to the next section.

We are introducing a new and exciting program concept each year for the next few years.

Here is the plan.


updated 12/11/18

Our focus for 2018 has been 'The Adventure Begins'. The resources can still be downloaded from here.  Other supporting resources are available at Scout Shop online.

Our youth are now planning and leading activities and events, more so than ever before.  These plans usually start at a section council.  Find out more about section councils and enter the fun at Mob Council (MC4), Pack Council (PC4) or Troop Council (TC6).

The journey so far

The Adventure Begins activities have refreshed our knowledge of these important and core programming concepts 

  • The Principles, Purpose and Mission of Scouting
  • The SPICES and their Educational Objectives
  • The Scout Method (with emphasis on: Youth Leading, Adults Supporting; Community Involvement; and Promise and Law)
  • Section Councils
  • Plan > Do > Review >

Where are you on our journey train?


updated 12/11/18

Our focus for 2019 is the reinforcement of the "Challenge Areas" in our section programs. 

Section appropriate resources will be released at the February GL conference.  As a refresher, here are our traditional Challenge Areas.  At your next section councils ask the youth members to include these concepts in their programming or review some existing programs to see where these concepts already exist.

 Some Frequently asked q&A

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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