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A Guide to Scouting

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Scouts is all about fun, challenges and adventure.

We are New Zealand's biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6- to 26-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in our communities.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

What do Scouts do?

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and caving. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, be part of a stage show, or even learn how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

What do volunteers do?

This everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a National Council member. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship. 

Our internationally recognised training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

Get involved

Search for your local group to find out how you can be a part of the adventure, or download our Guide to Scouting for a no nonsense guide outlining what Scouting is all about.

Contact a Scout Group

If you're looking fo contact details for a particular Scout Group, go to the Scout Group Directory and find the contact details of the group nearest you. 

NOTE:  Our Leaders are volunteers, so the expected time to respond to queries may vary.  However if you have not received a response within two weeks, please contact your Regional Service Centre.