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Scouting in the Australian Capital Territory

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Scouting in the Australian Capital Territory is a branch of Scouts Australia in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia.

The Branch is divided into five Scout regions, each headed by a Regional Commissioner:-

There are 28 Scout Groups including three Sea Scout Groups, an Air Scout Group, a Police Scout Group and a Mountain Scout Group.

The Air Scout Group traces its roots back to 1925, as the 2nd Canberra (formed 1925) and the 1st Yarralumla Groups merged in 1961 to give the LaTrobe Park Group, which later became the Air Scouts Group. The Police Scout Group was formed more recently in 1999 as an experiment to attract young people who were not in Scouting. As well as the normal program it has an interest in crime prevention and police awareness.


Boy scouts reviewed by Lord Baden Powell in Canberra in 1927

The Branch started in 1981, but Scouting started much earlier with the formation of the 1st Canberra Scout Group in Canberra in 1917. This Group appears to have closed for a while, as it was reregistered in 1925, the year when the 2nd and 3rd Canberra Scout Groups were formed.

In 1927, Lord Baden Powell visited Canberra and reviewed the local Scouts. Canberra Scouts together with members from other States provided support for the opening of Parliament House. The Scouts camped behind the Prime Minister's Lodge in Deakin. The scouts helped with car parking, carrying messages, and stoking the wood-fired boilers at the restaurant marquees.[3]

In 1934, Canberra Scouts attended the first Australian Scout Jamboree in Frankston, Victoria near Melbourne.

Lady Baden-Powell visited Canberra in 1948 and attended a reception in the grounds of Acton House. She visited again in 1967 when a rally was held at the Manuka Oval.

In 1957 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, a camp was held in front of the Australian War Memorial.

Before 1981, Scouts in Canberra were part of the New South Wales branch.

On April 1 2006, Scouts in the Australian Capital Territory celebrated their branch's 25th anniversary with a party in Glebe Park, Canberra where they were presented with the Key to the City of Canberra in recognition of service to the community. The scouts have decided to use the privilege to camp overnight in otherwise forbidden places in the city, for example on top of Mount Majura which is part of the Canberra Nature Park, under the Giant Mushroom in Belconnen Markets, in the middle of Page Oval and on an island in Lake Tuggeranong.[4]

In 2006 there are approximately 1800 scouts in Canberra and 430 adult scout leaders.[4]


  1. WOSM Asia-Pacific Region Accessed 14 December, 2006
  2. Chief Scout Accessed, 14 December 2006
  3. "Scouting ACT". ACT Scouts. Scouts Australia. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Violante, Victor (2 April 2006). "Scouts win right for one night in forbidden places". The Canberra Times. p. 15. 

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