Scouting in the Australian Capital Territory
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|Founder||Lord Baden Powell|
|Membership||84 000 |
|Chief Scout||Michael Jeffery|
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:-
- Brindabella, covering the district of Tuggeranong
- Ginninderra, covering the district of Belconnen
- Gungahlin, covering the district of Gungahlin
- Hindmarsh covering the district of South Canberra, Weston Creek and Woden Valley
- Limestone Plains, covering the district of North Canberra
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.
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.
In 1934, Canberra Scouts attended the first Australian Scout Jamboree in Frankston, Victoria near Melbourne.
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.
In 2006 there are approximately 1800 scouts in Canberra and 430 adult scout leaders.
- WOSM Asia-Pacific Region Accessed 14 December, 2006
- Chief Scout Accessed, 14 December 2006
- "Scouting ACT". ACT Scouts. Scouts Australia. http://www.act.scouts.asn.au/ActScouts/sites/ACTSCOUTS. Retrieved 2006-11-23.
- Violante, Victor (2 April 2006). "Scouts win right for one night in forbidden places". The Canberra Times. p. 15.
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