Joey Scouts is the first Section of Scouts, for boys and girls aged 5 – 8.
It focuses on fun and friendship, and is a gentle introduction to a world of challenges and adventures through Scouting.
Joey Scouts are encouraged to express themselves creatively, through games, stories and craft activities. From building monsters and spaceships from scrap items, to growing plants from seedlings and singing songs together, all Joeys develop a strong sense of belonging and an understanding of the world around them.
Joey Scouts usually meet once a week, in a local Scout Hall or community hall. The Joey Scout Leaders, who undertake special training, may be a parent of one of the Joeys and will have an assistant leader to help them. Each Joey Scout Leader guides a Joey Mob of up to 20 boys and girls as they learn to share and care for each other in a social environment. The safety of all Joey Scouts is very important, which is why there are always leaders on hand during all activities.
The programs in Joey Scouts emphasise co-operation and participatory learning. Every activity is designed to ensure that the Joey Scout goes home happy and fulfilled from their time as part of the Mob.
A young person can join the Joey Section at any time after their 5th birthday provided they are attending school full time. Youth are able to commence their progression to the Cub Scout Section at any time after their 8th birthday and will have completed their progression by their 9th birthday.