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Quote from Bear Grylls:
"Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest – they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches."
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About SCOUTS New Zealand

Every year we help 16,000 young people in New Zealand enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Working alongside our youth members are thousands of adult volunteers, with a huge variety of roles and opportunities available.

There are four key cornerstones in the SCOUTS Movement, which are all realised through an outdoor experience including; outdoors, community, personal development and new experiences.  There is no other organisation quite like SCOUTS in New Zealand.

The programmes that we offer cater to the boys and girls development in the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of their lives in an appropriately safe environment where they are encouraged to be themselves, work together and thrive.

Our Mission and Purpose

The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Laws, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.

We believe that through adventure we challenge individuals so that they learn and experience new things that enrich their lives. We bring to life a world of adventure – creating incredible learning opportunities for members of all ages.

The Scout Law (Te Ture a te Matataua)

A Scout is loyal and trustworthy He pono, he matatika te Matataua
A Scout is considerate and tolerant Hengākau mahara, he ngāwari
A Scout is a friend to all Ā, he hoa ki te katoa
A Scout accepts challenges with courage He toa ki te tū atu ki ngā wero
A Scout uses resources wisely He mātau ki te whakamahi i ngā rawa
A Scout respects the environment He wehi ki te taiao
A Scout has self-respect and is sincere Ā, he kiri kairangi, he kiri pono

The Founder of Scouts

The Scouting Movement was founded by Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), a soldier, artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known for his spirited defence of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was propelled to further fame as the Founder of Scouting.  For more information about our great Founder, go to the World Scout website.

National Scout Museum

The National Scout Museum is in the Conference Wing of the building complex at the "Blue Skies" Conference and Training Centre in Kaiapoi - North Canterbury.

It has a permanent display detailing the history of Scouting in New Zealand starting from Baden Powell's story and his founding of the movement, before covering the origins of Scouting in New Zealand.  For more information, go to the National Scout Museum website.

Annual Report



>> Download 2014 SCOUTS New Zealand Annual Report (PDF, 4 Mb)

>> Download 2013 SCOUTS New Zealand Annual Report (PDF, 5.5 Mb)

Are you ready to join the adventure?

To find out more about joining SCOUTS New Zealand as a youth or adult volunteer member follow the links below:

>> Join as a Youth member

>> Join as a Volunteer member