Purpose, Goals & Values
Purpose of Scouting
The purpose of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The principles of Scouting as identified by founder Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell are: Scouts should serve their God, act in consideration of the needs of others and develop and use their abilities to the betterment of themselves and their families and the community in which they live. The principles are represented by a Code of Conduct which characterises all members of the Scouting movement, and are referred to as Duty to God, Duty to Others and Duty to Self.
Scouts WA aims to:
- provide challenging, accredited programs for the youth of Western Australia that are recognised and valued by the community and by government;
- promote Scouting to the community on the basis of the high quality and relevance of its methodology and programs;
- have an increasingly male and female membership which reflects our community’s social and cultural mix;
- carefully select and train adult leaders on the basis of standards that are recognisable and measurable;
- have the community recognise, support and value the role of Scouting and its activities;
- be recognised by the community as responding to community youth issues;
- be recognised and consulted as a major contributor to establishing priorities and determining policies on community youth issues;
- have a high profile portraying a quality way of life;
- acquire and maintain adequate human, physical and financial resources, used to the best advantage of Scouting and the community;
- provide opportunities for its members to participate in international activities; and
- support the development of World Scouting particularly in the Asia Pacific region.
Scouts WA values:
- the importance of individuals developing a sense of personal identity and self-worth which leads to a responsibility for oneself and one’s actions as a citizen;
- the belief that young people are able and willing to take responsibility and contribute to society;
- the rights and responsibility of individuals to regulate their own health;
- the importance of adults providing suitable role models for young people;
- the importance of not exposing young people to harm or exploitation;
- the importance of individuals and the community adopting a lifestyle that allows ecologically sustainable development through preventing environmental overload, environmental degradation and resource depletion;
- the importance of respect for and equity in dealings with all people, irrespective of culture, gender, religion or impairment;
- the importance of mutual support and help between members of a community to maximise the quality of life for all;
- the importance of the development of understanding between individuals as a contribution to peace between nations;
- the importance of gainful employment in contributing to the sense of dignity and self-worth of the individual; and
- the importance of harnessing technological innovation to benefit human society.