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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 a 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 has 15,260 youth members as of 2016.[2]

The Scout Association of New Zealand has participated in many Asia-Pacific Region and World Scout camps and Jamborees.

The Scout Association of New Zealand's programs emphasise conservation of natural resources. Scouts have helped in natural disasters such as sand bagging rivers during flooding.


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.

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. [4]

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.[5]

Adult Development Policy[edit]

The Adult Development Policy was initiated in 2016. A task-force has been recruited and research is now well underway to delivering this policy. Although not yet complete, this policy will enable the effective delivery of the Youth Development Policy.[5]


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 Keas' promise: "I share, I care, I discover, I grow."

The Keas' motto: "I share, I care, I discover, I grow."


The Cubs' Promise:

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

The Cub Law:

Cubs do their best
Think of others
And do a good turn every day


The Scout Motto is "Be Prepared."

The Scout Promise as of 2017[6] is:

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

The previous Scout Promise was:

On my honour I promise to do my best,
To do my duty to my God, to the Queen and my country,
To help other people and to live by the Scout Law.

The Scout Law:

  • A Scout is loyal and trustworthy
  • A Scout is considerate and tolerant
  • A Scout is a friend to all
  • A Scout accepts challenges with courage
  • A Scout uses resources wisely
  • A Scout respects the environment
  • A Scout has self-respect and is sincere

Re-expression of the Scout Law

The Scout law is due to be re-expressed through a set of values once endorsed by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement:[7]

Have Respect

  • For yourself and others
  • For the environment

Do What is Right

  • Be trustworthy and tolerant
  • Have integrity

Be Positive

  • Accept challenges with courage
  • Be a friend to all


The Venturer motto is: "Accept the Challenge!"

Venturers use the Scout Law and Promise.


The objectives of the Rover sections are:

  • Service to Scouting and to the community
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Continuing skill development
  • Social interaction

Rovers use the Scout Law and Promise.



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 Fielding, and the 21st New Zealand Jamboree was held at Renwick Sports Ground, Marlborough, from 29 December 2016 to 7 January 2017.[8]


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 74 National Rover Moots in New Zealand. Moots are normally held locally and nationally once a year which are organised and run by Rovers. The 75th National Rover Moot (Big Bang Moot) is being held in Helensville over Easter weekend 2017.

National schools[edit]

The following educational schools are run by the Scout Association:

  • Aviation School
  • Canoe School
  • Caving School
  • Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School
  • Mountaincraft School
  • Photography School
  • Snow School

Gang shows[edit]

  • Christchurch Gang ShowFirst Gang Show presented in September 1956 at the Repertory Theatre- restarted in 2009.[9]
  • Otago Gang Show- started in 1956.[10]
  • North Shore Gang Show - started in 1959, located in Auckland.
  • Manawatu Gangshowstarted in 1962, located in Palmerston North, New Zealand.[11][12]
  • Auckland Central Gang Showstarted in 1969.[13]
  • Hutt Valley Gang Show - started in 1979. Although located in Lower Hutt, Scouts and Guides from across the greater Wellington Region are eligible to take part. The 2008 Gang Show celebrated NZ's Scouting and Guiding centenary with a history of the movements in New Zealand.[14]
  • Waikato Gang Show- restarted in 2005.[15]

Scouts New Zealand elsewhere[edit]

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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]