St Johns Wood Scouts

For Girls and Boys aged 5 to 25 and Adults of All Ages 

What is Scouting?

Scouting is for Girls and Boys!    

The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as a member of their local, national and international communities. Research shows Scouting builds resilience in youth.

This is undertaken in small teams ("patrols"), under the watchful eye of trained volunteer leaders, with the youth gradually taking on more leadership as they learn the skill of leadership using the proven Scout method. And all done in the context of fun, often outdoor adventurous activities.

St Johns Wood Scouts (Ashgrove West) is a strong local group of the world's largest  youth movement with 50 million Scouts worldwide and provides Scout training, new friends and life building experiences to girls and boy from age 5 to 25 and youth are welcome to join year round.

St Johns Wood Scouts are located in Ashgrove Scenic Reserve on the corner of the Gresham Street and Waterworks Road (547 Waterworks Road Ashgrove).   Our Carpark entry is on Waterworks Rd immediately inbound from Gresham St (where the bikeway starts).

We accept membership enquiries for leaders, and youth all year round!  You can join at any time!   Contact us to find out more

Located in Ashgrove West

Next to Ashgrove State School and Fire Station

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Group Leader Alan Brake honoured with prestigious Silver Kangaroo award

Our Group Leader Alan Brake is been honoured by receiving the Silver Kangaroo from the hands of our Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young.

Five of our Rover Scouts received their BP Award - Conor, Jamie, Xanthia, Becky and Ainsleigh - also from the same hands, while Finn received the Australian Scout Award.

The SILVER KANGAROO is the highest award for adult leaders in Scouts Australia. It is awarded for eminent achievement and exceptional service to Scouts Australia by an Adult Member in an active Leadership role, over a long period, in a number of roles at various levels within the organisation, or for a unique and highly valued contribution to the wellbeing of Scouting.

This year there were two recipients, former Chief Commissioner of QLD Daryl Scott and Alan Brake.

The BADEN-POWELL AWARD is the highest achievement possible for our Scouting Youth Members in Scouts Australia. It is the peak award in the 18-26 year age section, following on from the Australian Scout Award and Queen’s Scout, and requires the Rover Scouts to challenge themselves and build their leadership skills through a combination of Unit-focused activities and personal achievements. Only a very limited number of Rover Scouts achieve a BP Award each year.

The SJW Scouts are proud of you.

Photos: Gabriel Dubler

Scouts repaints Wirra Birra den in group colours May 2023

Scouts have repainted the outside of their well known "Wirra Birra" den in Ashgrove Scenic Reserve, located creekside adjacent to the fire station and St Johns Wood locality. When the group formed in 1945, the group colours were decided as the royal colours of Royal Blue and Maroon due to the royals visit to St Johns Wood. With a donation from Bunnings Keperra, and Scouts extra purchasing paint, and a set of enthusiastic volunteers, the outside, and some inside rooms were painted to freshen the building and proudly show off our group colours.

Huge raffle to support SJW Scouts attend Jamboree

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There are 52 prizes on offer for the People First Community Lottery, worth more $300,000.

Our Early Bird prize is the Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport Hybrid (RRP $36,529). First prize in the main draw is a Toyota Kluger GX AWD Hybrid (RPP $63,861). Second prize is a Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid Hatch (RRP $41,382). Third prize is a Kozco Energy Solar Panel/Battery Package (RRP $23,490).

Visit our prize list to check out our full list of prizes.

For more information on each of our proud Business Partners who make this lottery possible, click here.

People First Community Lottery

The People First Community Lottery gives local sporting clubs, schools, charities, volunteer groups and other not-for-profit community groups around Australia the opportunity to raise funds and achieve fundraising goals. The People First Community Lottery has helped to raise more than $22 million for community groups since its inception in 1984.

People First Bank, along with our proud business and media partners, facilitate the People First Community Lottery’s administration, advertising, prizes and tickets so that community groups participating can pocket 100% of every $2 ticket sold!

Thank you to all of our generous Business Partners who help make the People First Community Lottery possible. Read more about our Business Partners here.

Key dates

Ticket sales open: Thursday 18 April, 12pm (ACST)

Early bird close: Thursday 16 May, 11:59pm (ACST)

Early bird draw: Thursday 23 May, 11am (ACST)

Ticket sales close: Thursday 25 July, 11:59pm (ACST)

Final draw: Thursday 1 August, 11am (ACST)

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Purpose of Scouting

The Purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the education of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.  Scouting builds resilience, self-confidence and leadership skills in our youth. 

St Johns Wood.  Scouts is part of the of the largest  youth movement in the world  with over 40 million youth members and inviting community members aged 5 and up to join anytime during the year.

Successful Scout groups excel with community support and people of all ages assisting running the group! Parents are expected to assist the group and interested community members new to scouting are welcomed. Previous Scout experience is not necessary.

St Johns Wood has all units that meet weekly at various times. Follow the link above for times, and below for other information about that age group.

If these times aren't convenient, contact one of the neighbouring scout groups here.

Scouting is run by volunteers so sometimes there may be a delay in getting back to you due to family, work and other scouting commitments.

Please fill in the "New member enquiry" form on the right) and we usually reply within 24 hours. 

There are many ways to contact us

Hall for hire and Grounds for hire

Timber floor upstairs hall with main meeting room approx 7 x 8 meters. Separate kitchenette and toilet also upstairs. Tables and chairs.

Great ambience, located in Ashgrove West, next to Enoggera Creek and in treed parkland. Close to city and bus route. 18 car park spaces on site and extra car park and street parking available.

Hall is being renovated but still usable

Grounds available for boot camps, etc.

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SJW Scouts is a donation location with a wheel bin to accept donations of single use containers with the 10 cents refund. Please keep your own containers and encourage your neighbours/ community/ workplace/ school to consider donating to SJW. This is a sizable fundraiser for Scouts. Keeping Scouting affordable is important to make the benefits of Scout training available to everyone.

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Donations support scouting to reach youth where no scout groups exist and contribute to our new building program to keep Scouts alive in St Johns Wood.

Contact the group to make a donation for the building, or through Scout HQ 

Brisbane City Council officer  helping Scouts plant the creek bank at our Scout den.

St Johns Wood Scouts support other local community groups

St Johns wood has many organisations that it supports it and in turn they  suport them and others.  Giving back to the community is a pillar of any organisation and our group is no different. 

Our supporters range are from the the not for profit, governement and commercial organisations.

Many Organisations use our Den Facilities and grounds for which we are very proud and pleased to do so

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Alan's vision for the SJW Scouts

Badges are what makes Scouting scouts, rather than an interest group.  Our founder, BP, cleverly designed the system to provide encouragement for youth to participate in many activities, and often in areas that broaden their experience and skills. Reflecting on my experience as a youth member, I only did well badge wise in Venturers because that leader had the expectation and drive to encourage me. That’s where leaders make a difference in delivering Scouting by harnessing the youth’s desire for recognition for a job well done to earn badges in new skill areas. The leaders in the group agree that our expectation is that youth at SJW earn badges. We’d like to have many Scout Medallions, Queen Scout and BP awards and we already do well in Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts. Further, the Scout group should be a place where Leaders feel valued and are proud when the children receive recognition. 

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Contact us by Phone, Email, Social Media , or a traditional Scout Cooee!

Scouting is run by Volunteers so sometimes there may be a delay in getting back to you due to Family, Work and other scouting Commitments. 

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