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The Scout Association of New Zealand
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Country New Zealand
Founded 1923
incorporated 1941
Founder The Boy Scouts Association (of the United Kingdom)
Membership 20,672
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
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Scouts New Zealand, officially "The Scout Association of New Zealand"[1] is the national Scouting association in New Zealand and an affiliate of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) since 1953. The Scout Association of New Zealand uses the name SCOUTS New Zealand. Scouts New Zealand has 15,476 members, with 4,740 volunteers.[2]

The movement actively participates in many Asia-Pacific Region and World Scout camps and Jamborees. Working in conjunction with the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Scouts New Zealand now contributes towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, through the Better World Framework. This framework consists of the Messengers of Peace initiative, Scouts of the World Award and the World Scout Environment Programme.


For the history of Scouting in New Zealand generally, from 1908 see Scouting in New Zealand.

Membership emblem until 2008

In 1923, The Boy Scouts Association of the United Kingdom formed a branch in New Zealand and set about re-organising scouting according to its Policy, Organisation and Rules and establishing its Wolf Cubs and Rover programs.[3] The Boy Scouts Association's New Zealand branch was incorporated in 1941 as The Boy Scouts Association (New Zealand Branch), Incorporated which changed its name to The Boy Scouts Association of New Zealand in 1956 and then to The Scout Association of New Zealand in 1967. The Scout Association of New Zealand uses the name SCOUTS New Zealand.

Until 1953 the New Zealand branch was represented internationally through The Boy Scouts Association of the United Kingdom.[citation needed] In 1953, the New Zealand branch became a direct member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

In 1963, the Venturer Scout section was introduced.

In 1976, the first females became members of the Venturer section, on a trial basis. In 1979, females were formally admitted and the Venturer section became co-ed. In 1987, girls were formally admitted into the Scout section. This was followed by girls being admitted into the Kea and Cub programs in 1989.

In 1979, Mr. Arthur W.V. Reeve was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.

Scout Promise[edit]

On 24 July 2017, the Scout Promise and Kea Promise changed.[4]

On my honour, I promise to do my best,

To develop my spiritual beliefs,

To contribute to my community,country and world,

To help other people,

And to live by the Scout Law.

This Promise is now to be used by all youth and adult members except youth members of the Kea section.

The previous Kea Motto is now the new Kea Promise:

I share, I care, I discover, I grow.

Modern Scouting[edit]

"Better Prepared"[edit]

Scouts New Zealand's 10 year strategy, "Better Prepared", challenges the movement to work together as 'one team' towards creating a stronger Scouting and a better world. Focusing on five key areas-Youth at the Centre, Quality and Relevant Programmes, Inclusive Growth, Prepared Volunteers and Organisational Strength-the movement is striving to reach 25,000 youth members by 2025. [5]

First Youth Development Policy[edit]

In 2016 the National Executive Committee approved the first ever Youth Development Policy for Scouts New Zealand. As a key enabler of our Better Prepared strategy, the policy guides in developing improved award schemes and programme support tools. The policy puts "Youth at the Centre" of Scouts. It outlines the intention of the future Scouts New Zealand "One Programme" to be flexible and adaptable, and to be tailored to the individual's learning ability and needs as well as interests and environments. The Youth Development Policy revolves around SPICES; Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual development.[6]

Adult Development Policy[edit]

The Adult Development Policy Framework is designed to meet the requirements of the various volunteer roles in [The Scout Association of New Zealand]. It aims to provide our volunteers with role-specific, ongoing personal development opportunities in a blended learning environment.

The framework is competency based with a focus on quality content delivered in a consistent, best-practice approach. It is intended to motivate volunteers to continuously up-skill and refresh their current skills and knowledge. The framework supports the 'Youth Development Policy', with a focus on preparing our adults to empower young people through positive youth development experiences.

There are two core themes across all learning pathways for adults: A) Child Protection B) Health & Safety [7]

Child and Youth Protection Policy[edit]

Creating a "Safe from Harm" culture.

The Child and Youth Protection Policy (CYPP) is designed to equip members to challenge inappropriate behaviour. The policy states that it will keep young people safe by: Providing good information to young people and parents about our 'Safe from Harm' practices; Exposure to safety messages in our programmes and training; Ensuring a robust recruitment policy for adults; Making procedures to report concerns straight-forward and safe.

The policy also protects adults in the movement against the potential of false accusations through active education of the Code of Conduct/Duty of Care, role modelling good practice, robust recruitment policies and proactively encouraging a team approach to all activities.[8]


Scouts New Zealand now uses the school years.

  • Keas-school years 1 to 3
  • Cubs-school years 4 to 6
  • Scouts-school years 7 to 10
  • Venturers-school years 11 to 14
  • Rovers-ages 18 to 26 (conditional membership as an Associate Rover 26 - 34)
  • Associates-ages 26+

All section programs are coeducational. The Scout Association of New Zealand has similar program sections as The Scout Association in the United Kingdom, although the names are slightly different: Beavers are called Keas, Venturers in place of Explorers, and Rovers in place of the Scout Network.

The four cornerstones are:

  • Outdoors
  • Community
  • Personal Development
  • New Experiences



The first New Zealand Jamboree, the New Zealand Exhibition Jamboree was held in Dunedin in the years 1925-6. An estimated 200 people attended. The next was held in Auckland in 1958-9. Since then they have been held every three years. The 20th New Zealand Jamboree was held from 2013-14 in Feilding, and the 21st New Zealand Jamboree was held at Renwick Sports Ground, Marlborough, from 29 December 2016 to 7 January 2017.[9]


There have been 13 National Ventures in New Zealand. The 11th New Zealand Venture was held at Brookfield near Wellington from 1 to 11 January 2010, with Venture South 2013 being held at Riverton, Southland from 5 to 14 January 2013. The 13th National Venture (Inferno 2016) was held in and around Rotorua in January, 2016.

Venture is held for Venturers approximately every three years.


As of 2016, there have been 76 National Rover Moots in New Zealand. Moots are normally held locally and nationally once a year which are organised and run by Rovers. The 77th National Rover Moot (Once Upon A Moot) is being held at Brookfield in Wellington over Easter weekend 2019.

Scouts New Zealand elsewhere[edit]

Non-sovereign territories with Scouting run by Scouts New Zealand include

See also[edit]


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