About Joeys

In 1990 the Scout Association added the Joey Scout section to involve boys and girls who are 5 to 7 1/2 years old.

The emphasis at Joeys is for fun and friendship and a gentle introduction to a world of challenges and adventures through Scouting.
Badges are mainly achieved as a Mob, rather than individually, as is done in the other sections.
Joeys are taught about sharing, nature, building friendships, exploring and about the world around them. 
They are given a sense of belonging and learn ways for creative expression. And most importantly, Joeys are taught to jump in and help.

 

The Joey Scout theme is: 'Help other people' (H.O.P)

Badges & Awards

There are four main badges for Joeys and one major award, which are achieved through participation on the nights and some research at home. These badges are; 

  • Caring and Sharing Badge - Each Mob plans and runs programs for one month that focus on caring and sharing. As a highlight, the Mob does a special deed for the local community.
  • Buddy Scheme Badge - Joey Scout Mobs visit each other, share activities and have great fun. The Mob Buddy Scheme aims at building a rapport and friendship between different Mobs.
  • Environment Challenge Badge - The Mob undertakes four simple Environmental Challenges that aim to develop an appreciation of and respect for the natural environment, to gain knowledge of Australian plants and animals, and to develop a sense of responsibility in behaviour and action.
  • Adventure Challenge Badge - The Adventure Challenge is designed to broaden each Joey Scout’s life experiences through visiting places to which the Mob doesn’t usually go. Some of the adventures could include a trip to the beach or a creek, a bushwalk, visiting a museum or a farm… the possibilities are endless.
  • Joey Promise Challenge - The final badge is the Joey Promise Challenge, the aim of this challenge is to allow older Joey Scouts to gain a greater understanding of the Scout Promise and Law, to learn about Scouting’s Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, and to discover the history of Scouting.  The challenge requires the Joey Scout to complete certain elements, such as research and discussion with their parents and Leaders, away from the Mob meetings. The Joey will also be required to give a presentation to the Mob on completion of the task.  The aim of this challenge is to allow older Joey Scouts to gain a greater understanding of the Scout Promise and Law, to learn about Scouting’s Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, and to discover the history of Scouting.