Purpose, Mission & 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.
To contribute to the education of young people, to help build a better world, where people are self-fulfilled as individuals, and play a constructive role in society.
- Respect - we are considerate of the feelings, thoughts, rights, and aspirations of ourselves and others.
- Inclusion - we provide equitable access to opportunities by encouraging diversity, compassion, and empathy.
- Collaboration - we combine our strengths to achieve our common goals.
- Innovation - we are creative and resourceful in moving forward and improving our community impact.
- Leadership - we are accountable, lead by example and share our vision, whilst empowering, challenging, and supporting each other.
- Sustainability - we ensure our actions create an enduring and resilient world.
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.
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.