Sharing the New Program Concepts

  • What will the future Scouts Australia youth program look like?
  • What do we need to do to grow Scouting in Australia?
  • What does the Australian community want from Scouting?
  • What should Scouting in Australia look like in the 2020s and beyond?
  • How can we ensure the Australian Scouting program is fun, adventurous, challenging and inclusive?
  • How can we be better at meeting the Purpose of Scouting?


From November 2016, to August 2017, Scouts from around Australia had the opportunity to review, discuss, consider, and provide their feedback on the New Program Concepts. Across the length and breadth of the nation, thousands of Scouts discussed and helped to shape the future of Scouting in Australia.

After feedback on the New Program Concepts closed on August 27 2017, the Youth Program Review are working to collate, understand and discuss the feedback received from Workshops, youth forums, online surveys and focus groups. Using the comments received from Scouting members, discussion with the community, expert researchers and demographers and National Committees, the New Program Concepts will be further developed before implementation from 2019.

Additionally, the concepts, that have been developed over the last three years and drawing upon the expertise of the more than 100 volunteers (aged from 13 to over 70!) are also currently being trialled by a small number of Scout Groups, our Ground Breakers. To read more about their role in the Youth Program Review, read here.


For the information of our members, the following Workshop Resources have been made available below. Take a few minutes to watch a video which summaries the New Program Concepts, and download the Handbook which elaborates in more detail.

Step 1 - Watch The Videos

Step 2 - Download and Consider the New Program Concepts Manual

Download, read, consider, and think about the Concepts detailed in the New Program Concepts Manual.

Download here.

What Will Happen With The Feedback?

After extensive consultation, revising and reflection from Stage 4.5, Stage 5 will see the New Program Concept evolve from concepts to reality. Pending decisions of relevant National Committees, a detailed ‘Program Manual’ is expected to be produced. This document will incorporate feedback received during the workshops and Scout Group Trials, and will eventually form a guide for Scouting in the future. It will contain concrete frameworks and procedures that will show how incredible youth led programs are created and implemented effectively using the Scout Method.

Testing our Concepts is a number of Scout Groups who will experiment and provide feedback.