Keeping Section Names, Leader Names and Section Colours

by YPR Team on August 22nd, 2017

While the transformation of Scouting is a significant and exciting undertaking, Scouts Australia is committed to ensuring that Scouting remains relevant and attractive to future generations of Scouts. As consultation continues, we are pleased that many members are openly discussing their thoughts with regard to the proposed new program. Scouts Australia is considering this feedback together with research from the wider community.

Leader Names

Scouts Australia needs to ensure that the concept of Leadership and leading is focused on youth members. This means finding a term for Adults in Scouting that accurately reflects the crucial support role they play. Symbolic frameworks for Sections are likely to be the basis for terminology for Adults in Scouting. First names and nicknames also help reinforce intergenerational teams. As Symbolic Frameworks are yet to be determined, for now, the term ‘Leader’ will continue to be used to refer to Adults in Scouting.

Section Colours

There are no plans to change Section colours. In the future, as we look to experts to advise us on updating our public image, this may be discussed again, but would need to demonstrate significant benefit for the organisation.

Section Names

There has been mixed feedback regarding the concept of updating the names of our sections. Therefore, there are currently no plans to recommend changes to the names of each section. This topic was originally raised by youth members. There was especially, a concern that four of our five sections have a name to identify their section (E.g. Joey Scouts) but our middle section is simply Scouts. Should they be called Explorer Scouts, Pioneer Scouts or even Adventurer Scouts? We need to let the community know we are all Scouts, and then identify the age appropriate section. Do we need to add another name to the Scout section? This is a discussion for another day.

2 thoughts on “Keeping Section Names, Leader Names and Section Colours”

  • Luke Maslen

    Hi, if we want to differentiate the Scout section from other sections, how about Patrol Scouts? This would be unambiguous as it is THE section in which youth are officially organised into patrols. Other names such as Explorer, Pioneer or Adventurer do not help in my opinion as these names could also be associated with other sections, e.g. we want adventurers in all sections of Scouting.


    • YPR

      Hi Luke, thanks for the suggestion and feedback, and we totally agree that adventures happen throughout the whole Scouting journey – from our youngest section to the oldest.

      You may be interested to learn that in the nationwide consultation that was recently conducted, there were discussions regarding the concept of introducing small teams, Patrols, into the younger sections of Scouting. There’s a video and Handbook on our website here that explain that concept in a bit more detail.


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