Scouts provide girls and boys aged 5 to 25 years old with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure and activities. The purpose of the Scout Movement is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they contribute and take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. Scouts become inspiring and resilient leaders in the future.
Muslim scouts are different from other scouting groups because there is an Islamic undertone to all activities; all scouting leaders are local Muslims, time is set aside in all activities for prayer times, special activities are done for Muslim celebrations and all food provided will be halal. The purpose of establishing a Brisbane scouting grouping group is to create a structured program for the Muslim youths in Brisbane and offer an alternative for Muslim children to thrive in a more structured movement. A Muslim scouts group also will offer a safe place where they can go to make friends, learn new skills, have adventures and most importantly – HAVE FUN, CONFIDENTLY.
Today’s Scout takes part in extraordinary outdoor activities, from ‘traditional Scouting skills’ like camping and bush craft to even more extreme challenges like abseiling, rafting, overnight hiking, rock climbing, sailing… even flying! Scouts also provide an opportunity for kids and youths to engage in regular camping activities which are in high demand in the community.
Scouting groups are divided into subgroups – Joeys for ages 5 – 7 years old, Cubs for ages 8 – 10 years old, Scouts for ages 11 – 14 years old, Ventures for ages 15 – 17 year old and Rovers for ages 18 – 25 years old. Each section has a trained leader.
As a Leader, you can gain formal leadership qualifications, develop programs, work with like-minded individuals, and teach young people life lessons through offering them the experiences of a lifetime. Leaders complete a nationally recognized course to learn how to run their groups and receive ongoing support from the movement. The course will give those who complete it, credit towards professional qualifications that can lead to employment. Leaders need to be over 18 years old and commit to only 2 hours each week to run the scouting group of their choice, either Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures or Rovers.