St Johns Wood Scouts

For Girls and Boys aged 5 to 26 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 26 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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Newsletter and group dates

28 Jan 2020: The group newsletter and group events have been released here - please read carefully.

Volunteer grant success May 2020

Julian Simmonds, MP, has today advised that St Johns Wood Scouts has been successful with a grant for $4980 for equipment and training from the Commonwealth Government, which will support our move to the new outdoor adventurous activity training requirements.

New roof for hall

May 2020

Thanks to the Commonwealth Government and our local representative Julian Simmonds MP for their support in replacing the leaking roof that was 45 years old. This is part of our strategic plan to renovate the Venturer/Rover den ready for another 45 years of service to the community. Next stage is the internal renovation, for which we've applied to the Gambling fund and the BCC Energy Efficiency grant program.

Sustainability grant success

June 2020

Brisbane City Council has awarded St Johns Wood Scouts a grant to improve our electrical efficiency with replacement lights and modern, efficient fridges that will play an important role in the renovation of the Venturer den for Scout use and community hire. Thanks to Cr Steve Toomey for his support for the Scouts.

SCOUTS BACK IN PERSON

MOVED ONLINE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

During the COVID-19 restrictions, St Johns Wood Scouts (all age groups) moved online, with Scout activities conducted at home via Zoom, with progressive reintroduction of face to face Scouting from 15 May 2020. Our patrol system, of small youth groups, was effective for the ages 10+ in delivering face to face activities complying with the COVID requirements.

SJW Scouts continued to deliver all the scout principles online, using innovative strategies while maintaining strong youth involvement. There was increased time allowed to focus on social interaction and well being.

Feedback from parents and youth members was excellent, and we thank our SJW Scouts community for their continued support. Parents appreciated the stability that Scouts provides in these anxious times.

As of June 2020 - We have recommenced in Person Scouting

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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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Resilience through Scouting

Several research papers have shown that youth that have been Scouts are more resilient than others, and the resilience effect gets stronger with the length of time spent as a Scout. Scouting provides 18 years of youth training, which is a lot of resilience.

Become A Leader!

  • Are you an Active Parent seeking quality family time?
  • Were you a youth member?
  • Did you not get to be a youth member and always wanted to be involved with Scouts?
  • Do you want to be a positive role model?
  • Be part of the Worldwide Movement?
  • Do you want free training to improve yourself?
  • Do you want to give back to the community?

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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 could be a very 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.

Contact Us

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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