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Scout Youth Foundation - Brian Cunningham Scholarship

For a number of our National Schools, the Brian Cunningham Scholarship is available (for young people aged 10-14). 

If you would like to know more about applying for a scholarship, please ask your Group Leader to email syf@scouts.org.nz to request an application form.

Our National Schools

SCOUTS New Zealand is proud to provide seven specialised National Schools for its youth members. We encourage young people into the outdoors, and our National Schools form a core part of SCOUTS in New Zealand and offer unique training in specialised areas. 

Our seven specialised National Schools operate throughout the year during the school holidays.

Scouts and Venturers learn skills specific to their interests, have unforgettable experiences, and leave with lifelong friends.  Our National Schools are open to non-members, but preference is given to members as numbers are limited.


Aviation School

The Aviation School, for Scouts, is run every year and gives attendees the chance to both fly a plane, and learn about the aviation industry. It gives attendees a unique insight into the basics of flight and is a useful stepping stone for those interested in all aspects of aviation.

> For more information on Aviation School

Canoe School

The Canoe School, for Venturers and Scouts 14+, is run every year and sees attendees make their way down the Whanganui River. With a large number of rapids to work their way through down the river, attendees are given tuition in canoe & kayak handling and safe navigation of river systems.

> For more information on Canoe School

Caving School

For those wanting to spend some more time under the ground than above it, our National Caving School (for Venturers and Scouts 14+) is ideal. The attendees will receive expert tuition in caving and rope skills in order to be safe underground and continue exploring New Zealand's numerous underground networks.

> For more information on Caving School

Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School

For Venturers 16+ the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School is one of SCOUTS New Zealand's most well known National Schools. It gives attendees the ability to learn to fly solo and is a fantastic stepping stone for a career in the aviation industry. The school runs every year in January and fills out quickly.

> For more information on Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School

Mountaineering School

For Venturers 15+ and Rovers, this specialised National School gives attendees the skills needed to stay safe in New Zealand's wild alpine environments. Attendees learn basic mountaineering and above the bush line skills that enable them to explore the mountains, plus essential safety skills and may even build snow caves.

> For more information on Mountaincraft School

Photography School

Based in Wellington every year this school for Scouts and Venturers is run by professional photographers. Although not as physically demanding as our other National Schools, the skills learnt are extremely valuable and the portfolios produced are to an exceptional standard.

> For more information on Photography School

Snow School

For Scouts 13+ and Venturers, the National Snow School teaches attendees how to either ski or snowboard. It is a fun-filled time and attendees always comment on how exciting it is to spend the time on the slopes in such an educational environment.

> For more information on Snow School

Conservation School

The Conservation School, for Scouts, is running for the first time in 2020. Based at Brookfield near Wellington attendees will have the opportunity to experience and learn about issues concerning conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. It will provide a kick start and preparation towards the requirements of the new ‘Better World’ Conservation badge.

For more information on Conservation School