We’re excited to partner with Scouts NT as our official charity for the 2018 Classic Outback Trial.
The Scouts Association is one of the biggest youth focused organizations in Australia. With its foundations dating back to 1911, its aim is “to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people”. Scouts NT works together with young people of diverse cultures in local communities to assist in the development of skills such as working in teams and independently through a range of activities.
Earlier this year Scouts NT partnered with the Motor Trades Association (MTA) to launch a new initiative called Motoscouts. Motoscouts is a two year, engaging skill based automotive training program to assist at risk, indigenous and disadvantaged youths aged 15-24. This exciting program aims to expose up to 180 individuals to VET training, driver training and employment skills training. At the completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate I qualification in Automotive Vocational Preparation.
For more details go to: http://www.nt.scouts.com.au/
“The “Boy Scout” movement, which has taken such a firm grip of the popular imagination in the United Kingdom since its introduction by the Hero of Mafeking, has been introduced locally by the Rev.Godson, and we believe already has a membership of 19 boys.”(Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Friday 17 March 1911.)
Whilst many early records of Scouting in the NT were destroyed by Cyclone Tracy, there are scattered clues accessible through the State Library of South Australia and the NT Library Service, which indicate Scouting was underway in Darwin in 1911.
1988 was an important year for the Movement as it was the first time girls were allowed to join the younger sections at the time – Cub Scouts and Scouts. Girls had already been admitted into Venturers and Rovers since 1973. Girls joined in droves joining Packs and Troops right across the Territory and Australia.
1st April 1989 saw the Northern Territory become a Branch which meant that the then Administrator, Commodore Eric Johnston AM. OBE was sworn in by the then Chief Justice of the NT Mr. Justice Asche, as the Chief Scout of the NT a tradition that continues today with Her Honour The Honourable Sally Thomas AM the current Chief Scout of the NT.
Scouting continues to grow within the Territory with Groups in Darwin city and Northern Suburbs, Palmerston, Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, Batchelor, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Alyangula and Alice Springs.