Thinking about joining us at Brookvale - Curl Curl Scout Group? Read on...
Thank you for your interest in Brookvale – Curl Curl Scout Group and welcome to the largest youth organisation in the World. We hope you enjoy Scouts as much as we do and we look forward to you spending the next few weeks with us as you make sure we are the Group for you. This page will provide you with some information about our Group, what you can expect over the following weeks, and an idea what may lie ahead.
If you are looking for general information on scouting, we suggest you check out the Scouts Australia and Scouts NSW websites.
We have been active within the community since 1947 when 1st Brookvale and Curl Curl Scout Groups were formed, merging to form the Group we are today in the mid nineties. We currently have over 60 youth members, with strong numbers in all sections (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers), and adult leaders that bring a mix of youth, experience and above all enthusiasm to the role. All sections have a healthy balance of male and female youth members and are led by male and female leaders.
When most people think of a Scout group they tend to think only in terms of youth members. However, our Group knows that the parents and guardians are an important and integral part of the group as well. As a parent or guardian, we ask that you encourage you child to draw as much out of Scouts as possible. On the philosophy of many hands make light work, we also ask that you think about what you personally can offer the group.
Being a volunteer, non profit organisation, it is up to the Group to be self sufficient financially, and we have an extremely successful fundraising system in place to achieve and maintain this year on year. Some groups go from month to month wondering where is the money for those tents and other equipment needed for the Jamboree going to come from, or how can we pay our bills, but not us. There are many fundraising opportunities throughout the year, and we count on you to get involved. Please ask about our fundraising policy to understand what the Group expects from members and their families .
Our fundraising system is unique – we believe that it doesn’t exist at any other group – as it directly benefits the youth member and the Group. This is because a certain percentage of the profit of most fundraising activities you participate in is set aside to assist that youth member to pay for future activities such as Cuboree or Jamboree. Many youth members in the past have attended their Jamboree without having to pay one cent out of their own pocket, spending money aside.
We have a strong and supportive parent group (PSG) who hold regular meetings. This is an ideal opportunity for you to get involved with the Group, see what goes on behind the scenes, meet other parents, and have an active involvement with the direction of your group.
There are also a number of group activities throughout the year; these could include our annual family camp, a trivia night, and a Christmas party canoe day.
Staying up to date and finding out what is going on - how do you do it?!
If you found out about our Group on the internet you will know that we are one of the few Groups in the area that have a strong web presence. If you didn’t, I encourage you to take a look around our website. We are very proud of our website and the interest it generates. Nearly everything we do is put on our website, especially up coming events and activities. Email is another important communication tool for the Group.
We are very proud of our uniform and believe it is an integral part of Scouting. It is worn to most weekly meetings and consists of a dark blue shirt with colour section specific to each section. These can be purchased from scoutshop.com.au. In terms of shorts or trousers, scouts are allowed to wear whatever they like that is grey/light coloured (such as stone, beige or off white). Comfortable fully enclosed shoes for lots of running around and activities are to be worn. Talk to your leader when the time comes.
Fees / Costs
Just like any organisation, there are membership fees that are typically paid quarterly. We feel that these fees are quite modest compared to our organisations and activities. These consist of a joining fee and quarterly membership fee, as follows:
Joining fee - $120 per youth member (once only)
Memberships fee - $110 per subsequent quarter
As well as weekly meetings, sections also participate in activities away from the hall on week nights and weekends that may have an additional cost. Programs are typically prepared a term in advance, providing plenty of notice of timing and cost.
We also offer a number of discounts: these include multiple youth members per family, discounts for members whose parents are leaders within the group as well as active parent involvement with the group committee. These discounts are offered in accordance with our fee policy. Please speak to Group Leader or PSG for more details .
The aim of your obligation free period is to make sure Scouts is something you and your child want to become part of and that our Group is the one for you. We hope that you give us every opportunity to show you how great our Group is and encourage you to ask as many questions as you can to make sure.
Once your child decides to join our Group, and have demonstrated an understanding of the Scout Promise and Law, the next step is getting invested. This is a ceremony where they become a part of the Scouting movement and formally become a member of our Group, receiving your badges and scarf.
To become invested you will need to get a uniform, complete some membership forms and pay the required joining and membership fees. Once you are ready click I want to join below: