Scouting and Guiding in Queensland
Scouting and Guiding in Queensland is predominantly represented by Scouts Queensland, a branch of Scouts Australia in the State of Queensland, Australia and Girl Guides Queensland, a member of Girl Guides Australia. There is a small representation of the Australian Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.
CHUMS Scout Patrols started forming in Australia in 1908 due to the circulation of CHUMS publication there. R.C. Packer in 1908 supported the formation of the League of Boy Scouts. St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Mount Morgan, Queensland formed its unit on November 23, 1908.
In 1909, the Australian League of Boy Scouts Queensland formed. Other groups could have been formed in Queensland by the Boy's Brigade Scouts, British Boy Scouts (BBS), Imperial Boy Scouts (IBS), Anglican Church Lads' Brigade's Church Scout Patrols, Girl Peace Scouts and YMCA Scouts.
In 1910 the CHUMS Scout Patrols merged with the BBS. Also in July 1910, the Australian League of Boy Scouts Queensland affiliated to the United Kingdom's Boy Scouts Association and changed names to League of Baden-Powell Boy Scouts, Queensland Section. St. Enoch's affiliated their company with the Boy's Brigade Scouts in 1910. Started in 1910, the Australian Boy Scouts had merged with the Imperial Boy Scouts to become Australian Imperial Boy Scouts (A.I.B.S.) by 1912.
The Church Scout Patrols ceased activities by 1912 while the League of Boy Scouts had stopped operating around 1914. A part of the Girl Peace Scouts joined the Voluntary Aid Detachments during World War I.
Baden-Powell's scouting organization finally extended itself to Australia almost five years after founding, known as the Baden-Powell Boy Scouts in 1914 later rename to the Boy Scout's Association. The League of Baden-Powell Boy Scouts, Queensland Section changes names again to Boy Scout's Association, Queensland Section.
Another part of the Girl Peace Scouts joined the Girl Guides in the 1920s. The Salvation Army's Life Saving Scouts start up in 1921. Boy Scout's Association, Queensland Section merges with the rest of the BSA. The Boys' Brigade (BB) Scouts program ended in 1927 while the Catholic Boy Scouts' Association is formed the same year by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in New South Wales and Queensland. With the end of the BB Scouts, St. Enoch's unit becomes a BSA unit.
The Boy Scout Association wanted their branches to receive monopoly status from the governments so as to control the scouting movement. The BSA sent Overseas Commissioners in the 1920s and 1930s along with Baden-Powell in 1931 and 1934 to Australia in support of this effort. In 1934, the BSA began a move to centralise control over Scout Groups by insisting on property being registered in the BSA's name instead of the local Scout Group. Also that year, the BSA's Queensland branch constitution was changed to remove State Council's elected local representatives. Scout Groups resisted but the BSA used World War II to further the centralisation.
In 1939, St. Enoch's BSA unit became independent as the Blue Boy Scouts. During World War II, the Australian I.B.S. disbanded. In 1942, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, The Governor of Queensland, resigned as Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch due to the failure of the BSA to respond to his call for reforms to its centralization effort that led to the severance of the Blue Boy Scouts' tie to the BSA. Several scouts-in-exile groups started in the 1940s for eastern European scouts, including the "Plast Ukrainian Youth Association in Brisbane, Queensland."
The Australian Boy Scouts Association was formed in 1958 and incorporated On 23 August 1967, as a branch of The Boy Scouts Association of the United Kingdom. The Queensland Branch of The Boy Scouts Association was declared a first Branch of The Australian Boy Scouts Association. In 1971 The Scout Association of Australia changed its name to The Scout Association of Australia.
On 15 August 1974, The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch, was incorporated by Letters Patent issued by the Queensland government under the Religious Education Charitable Institutions Act 1861–1967. Only the members of the state council were members of this body corporate. The Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch Inc is now incorporated under Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch Act 1975 made provisions for the vesting of property and related purposes in the Corporation styled “The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch”.
The first Guide administrative meeting place was the YWCA rooms in Adelaide Street, Brisbane in 1920, but the name “Girl Guide Headquarters” was not used until the third established office in Victory Chambers, Queen Street in 1923.
Blue Boy Scouts
|Mount Morgan Scouts|
|Owner||St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church|
|Headquarters||St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church|
|Location||Mount Morgan, QLD|
|Founder||Benjamin Gilmore Patterson|
|Benjamin Gilmore Patterson|
|Affiliation||BB Scouts (1910-1927)
BSA Queensland (1910-1926)
The Mount Morgan Scouts, Blue Boy Scouts, or lst Mount Morgan Company, was a multiple affiliated Boys Scout company initially affiliated with the Boys' Brigade (B.B.) that also independent from 1939 to 1957. The receive the name as the "Blue Boy Scouts" by retaining their B.B. heritage by wearing blue uniforms and using a modified Scout Promise using "Sure and Stedfast", the B.B. motto.
St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Mount Morgan, Queensland formed its unit on November 23, 1908 under Benjamin Gilmore Patterson. Patterson was in the militia from 1900 to 1904 in the Sydney University Scouts with Sir Leslie Orme Wilson. The unit was registered with the Boys' Brigade (BB) Scouts as the lst Mount Morgan Company in 1910. The Company also that year affiliated itself with the Australian League of Boy Scouts Queensland. In July 1910, the Australian League of Boy Scouts Queensland affiliated with the United Kingdom's Boy Scouts Association/Baden-Powell Boy Scouts and changes names to League of Baden-Powell Boy Scouts, Queensland Section. The in effect triple affiliation existed until the merger of the Queenlands into the Boy Scout Association in 1926 and the dual affiliation in 1927 with end of the BB Scouts.
In 1921, Patterson received the Silver Wolf Award as Queensland's second awardee. Patterson had also served as a District Commissioner of the BSA. The Commonwealth Parliament in 1924 praised him for his Mount Morgan Scouts efforts.
The Boy Scout Association moved for government monopoly status and centralise control. Also that year, the BSA's Queensland branch constitution was changed to remove State Council's elected local representatives.
Patterson resign from the BSA in 1939 over the BSA centralization issue and took the lst Mount Morgan Company with him. In 1942, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, The Governor of Queensland, resigned as Chief Scout of Queensland Branch due to the failure of the BSA to respond to his call for reforms to its centralization effort that led to the severance of the Blue Boy Scouts' tie to the BSA. Patterson died in 1955 and the Company continued independently for another two years until 1957.
Scouts Australia in Queensland
The current Chief Commissioner for Scouts Queensland is Kirsty M Brown OAM.
Scouting in Queensland is divided into regions:
- Brisbane North Region
- Brisbane South Region
- Central & Coastal Region
- Central Western Region
- Darling Downs Region
- Far North Region
- Gold Coast Region
- Kennedy Region
- Logan and Bay Region
- Moreton Region
- Near North Coast & Country Region
- North Western Region
- Capricorn Region
- Suncoast Region
- Western Region
- Wide Bay-Burnett Region
The Baden-Powell Heritage Centre located at Samford and the Heritage Archival Reference Centre at Auchenflower hold heritage material on Scouting in Queensland and help Scouts with the Heritage Badge.
The Baden-Powell Guild also operates in Queensland and has many Sub-Branches and Members.
Web Access Made Easy has been recently founded by Scouts Queensland to be an internet service provider in Queensland and to support the Branch.
There has been a Brisbane Gang Show since 1953. At 53 years old, it is currently one of the five oldest Gang shows in the World.
VenMX is a scouting competition hike open to all Scouts and Guides between the ages of 14 and 18. It is held on the Queensland Labourday long week end in May each year. Its location is kept a secret and participants are dropped off to the location and handed their maps.
The Brisbane Gang Show is an amateur theatrical performance. It is the second longest continuously running Gang Show in the world starting in 1952 and being performed each year since. The show is held in July each year at the Schonell Theatre, University of Queensland.
Girl Guides Queensland
Girl Guides Queensland is divided into 24 regions, including two that cover the whole State for disabled girls (Nowra Region) and Lone Guides (Lones region).:
- Andrew Petrie Region
- Archerfield Region
- Brisbane North Region
- Capricorn Region
- Central Queensland/Matilda Region
- Coral Coast Region
- Curtis Region
- Dalrymple Region
- Darling Downs Region
- Far West Region
- Flinders Region
- Gold Coast Region
- Jepara Region
- John Oxley Region
- Lones Region
- Major Mitchell Region
- Moogerah Region
- Moreton Region
- Nowra Region
- South Burnett Region
- Southern Border Region
- Sunshine Coast Region
- Tropical Tableland (formerly Cape York Region)
- Wide Bay Region
A Queensland Guide Museum was opened in Brisbane in 2008.
- Brisbane Gang Show - started in 1952.
- Robert Campbell (1997). "Australian Scout History". boy-scout.net. Dorset, England, UK: The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- Young, Keith; Robert Campbell (1996). "Mt. Morgan Boy Scouts: Governor Resigns as Chief Scout". Scout History Association. The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- Voluntary and church organisations involved in migration work
- Official Opening of Guide House - 14 March 2004
- Queensland Scout Regions
- Brisbane Gang Show
- State office
- Girl Guides Queensland regions
- Queensland Guide Museum
- Queensland Scout Branch web page
- List of Groups
- Map of Groups
- Scout Supply Centre
- Baden-Powell Heritage Centre & Museum, Baden-Powell Park, Cash Avenue, Samford, Queensland
- Baden-Powell Guild - Queensland Inc.
- Queensland Scout Groups at DMOZ
- Queensland Scout Councils at DMOZ