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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."




2018 SCOUTS Calendar:

Support Scouting by buying a 2018 SCOUTS Calendar for only $7!

Includes stunning photos taken by our young people, and all profits go to the Scouting Opportunity Fund to keep our young people in Scouting.

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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 Purpose and Vision

    We empower youth through adventurous experiences to lead lives that make a positive difference.

    Our vision is that in 2025, more than 25,000 youth will enjoy scouting adventures.  They will come from every background with a place for all, shape their own experiences and make a positive difference for New Zealand.  For more details about how we plan to achieve this vision, please review our Better Prepared strategy, launched in May 2015.

    Our Values

    Have Respect - For yourself and others
      - For the environment
    Do What is Right - Be trustworthy and tolerant
      - Have integrity
    Be Positive - Accept challenges with courage
      - Be a friend to all

    Annual Report



    >> Download 2016 SCOUTS New Zealand Annual Report (PDF, 5 Mb)

    >> Download 2015 SCOUTS New Zealand Annual Report (PDF, 8 Mb)

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

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


    Our Accreditations


    The Scout Association of New Zealand has been certified as meeting the requirements of the Global Support Assessment Tool Towards Quality Scouting, demonstrating compliance with Best Practice requirements related to the following 10 dimensions:

    NSO-WOSM Institutional Requirements, Governance Framework (Constitution, General Assembly and National Board), Strategic Framework, Integrity Management, Communication Advocacy and Public Image, Adults in Scouting, Resources Allocations and Financial Controls, Youth Programme, Growth Potential and Continuous Improvement.

    The relevant Best Practice requirements are available on www.scout.org/gsat

    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.

    In 1908 Sir Robert Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys. This book soon reached New Zealand and communities started putting groups together along the lines Baden-Powell’s book. David Cossgrove, a school principle, was quick to see the applicability of Baden-Powell’s book in New Zealand and was the first to start organizing the Scout Movement in New Zealand.

    Land, Air and Sea Scouts

    Scout groups focus on a variety of outdoor activities.  In addition to regular Land Scout Groups, some groups are Air Scouts and some are Sea Scouts offering either specialised aviation or water activities.  Our National Schools form a core part of SCOUTS in New Zealand and also offer unique training in these specialised areas. 

    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.

    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