Personal Growth for Joey Scouts

Joey Scouts are boys and girls between 6 and 8 years. The tables below illustrate how the Scout program seeks to grow this age group in all six defined Areas of Personal Growth.


Spiritual smallSpiritual Development - Soul

Definition: Acquiring a deeper knowledge and understanding of the spiritual heritage of one's own community, discovering the Spiritual Reality which gives meaning to life and drawing conclusions for one's daily life, whilst respecting the spiritual choices of others.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
  • Listening
  • Being receptive to others
  • Showing compassion
  • Care & Share
  • Helping other people (HOP)
  • Respect
  • Manners
  • Buddy up new chums
  • Expectations of Joeys to listen & join in all activities.
  • Being sensitive to the wonders of nature and life.
  • Recognising a Spiritual Reality in it.
  • Care & Share
  • Science
  • Scout's Own
  • World Environment Badge
  • Prayer Book
  • Playing an active role in one's community
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Cooperating with others to bring about improvements
  • Helping other people
  • Do Your Best
  • Being seen in the community
  • Working bees
  • Making things
  • Taking turns with Prayer Book and minding mascot
  • Do not use the same Joeys as Team Leaders all the time
  • Developing responsibility towards oneself
  • Being able to exercise self-discipline
  • Do your best
  • Games - encourage fair play
  • Use HOP to congratulate other teams
  • Recognising the meaning of past experience, being able to express it and celebrating it.
  • Duty to My God
  • Scouts Own
  • Build on family experience
Spiritual Discovery
  • Exploring and discovering the spiritual heritage of one's community
  • Drawing conclusions for one's personal life
  • Duty to My God
  • Focus on other peoples service to Australia and local community
  • Harmony Day
  • Use of Prayer Book
  • Other cultures
  • Individual project in PC


Physical smallPhysical Development - Body

Definition: Becoming responsible for the growth and functioning of one's own body.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Identifying Needs
  • Understanding how one's body functions
  • Understanding the changes in one's body
  • Understanding the relationships between one's body and the environment, the body's needs and its natural rhythms (oxygen, balanced nutrition, sleep)
  • Respecting one's body, avoiding abuse
  • Care for self & others
  • Sense training
  • Environment
  • Games Safety
  • Physical Activity
  • Motor Coordination
  • Sleepovers
  • Physical Activity
  • Grow Things
  • Stories
  • Fast & Slow games
Maintenance (keeping fit and healthy)
  • Healthcare, hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Do My Best
  • Washing hands
  • Cooking - good meals, hands, cleaning.
  • Motor skills
  • Games hikes
  • Importance of sleep
  • Nutrition Activities
  • Developing one's senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste.
  • Developing one's resistance, strength, suppleness, agility, self-control.
  • Compensating for disabilities
  • Do My Best
  • Hikes
  • Listening skills
  • Trails
  • Vision impairment
  • Visits from disability
  • Visit nursing homes
  • Stories
  • Education/role plays
  • Games


Intellectual smallIntellectual Development - Intelligence

Definition: Developing one's ability to think, innovate and use information in an original way to adapt to new situations.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Collecting Information
  • Curiosity
  • Exploration
  • Investigation
  • Observation
  • Help other people
  • Care & Share
  • Science
  • Games/Puzzles
  • Kim's Game
  • Singing
  • Stories
  • Visual activities
  • Nature observation trails
Processing Information
  • Analysing data
  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Memorising
  • Care & Share
  • Science related
  • Memory games
  • BP History
  • Music
  • Visual Imagery
  • Play acting
  • Stories
  • Spirit of invention and creativity
  • Experimenting
  • Hypothesis and deduction
  • Care & Share
  • Cooking - taste experiments
  • Games - treasure hunts
  • Step by step instruction
  • Teamwork
  • Science/magic/quizzes


Emotional smallEmotional Development - Emotions

Definition: Recognising one's own feelings and learning to express them in order to attain and maintain an inner state of freedom, balance and emotional maturity.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Self-discovery and awareness
  • Recognising and accepting one's emotions.
  • Discovering oneself.
  • To do my best
  • Care & Share
  • Puppet play
  • Teamwork/individual
  • Self esteem
  • Relaxation
  • Expressing one's feeling using various creative means.
  • To do my best
  • Scouts Own
  • Buddy Night
  • Puppetry
  • Dancer
  • Music/Dance
Responsibility and self-control
  • Controlling feelings and emotions in order to respect one's integrity and that of others.
  • Responding in a responsible manner to feelings directed towards oneself.
  • Controlling aggression.
  • Helping other people
  • I promise
  • Scouts Own
  • Games: watch for pushing, exclusion and gender
  • Ceremonies
  • Living by Law & Promise
  • Scouts Own


Social smallSocial Development - Social Nature

Definition: Acquiring the concept of interdependence with others and developing one's ability to cooperate and lead.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Relationships and communication
  • Developing an appreciation of relationships with others (accepting differences, welcoming and listening).
  • Acquiring communication skills.
  • Equal partnership between genders.
  • Rejecting social and nationalistic stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Help Other People
  • Caring & Sharing
  • Team games
  • Chinese Whispers
  • Harmony Day
  • Mob participation in group, district and state events
  • Overseas relationships
  • Pen pals
Cooperation and Leadership
  • Learning how to cooperate: building a team spirit; taking on group roles; developing, respecting and evaluating communal rules; understanding interdependence and reciprocity; managing a collective project; training in citizenship.
  • Taking on responsibilities in order to serve others.
  • Help other people
  • Teamwork
  • Small group work
  • Vary teams/groups
  • Games
  • Role Models
  • Show & tell
  • Program to have seven and a half year old Joeys hep younger ones
  • Helping others
  • Participate in community events
Solidarity and service
  • Discovering the interdependence among individuals and communities.
  • Developing a sense of belonging to increasingly larger communities.
  • Developing a sense of service and the common good; adopting the values of democracy and social justice.
  • Promise and Law
  • Do your best
  • Being seen in Uniform
  • Community service
  • Links to overseas
  • BP story
  • ANZAC Day mark & activities
  • Nursing/Aged care facility
  • Meet with other Joey Scout Groups
  • Assist in fundraising


Character smallCharacter Development

Definition: Recognizing one's responsibility towards oneself and one's right to develop, learn and grow in search of happiness whilst respecting others. Learning to assert oneself, make one's own decisions, set aims and identify the necessary steps to achieve them.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
  • Discovering and asserting oneself; setting objectives for personal progression.
  • Do your best
  • Help other people
  • Join in games
  • Responsibility to bring things back
  • Knowing right from wrong
  • Praise positive achievements of individuals
  • Being able to judge things for oneself; being able to take decisions, make choices and accept the consequences.
  • Do your best
  • Help other people
  • Trying new things
  • Choices
  • Explain rules
  • Individual acts e.g. play acting, skits, campfire singing
  • Ability to accept being on the 'losing team' in games
  • Being able to judge risks and act accordingly; committing oneself to a project; persevering in spite of difficulties.
  • Do your best
  • Help other people
  • Rewards - badges
  • Attendance
  • Encourage Joeys to fully participate in all badge work & take pride in their effort
  • Encourage PC Badge and linking