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
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
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.
New Gresham St bridge
The Gresham St bridge, the only car bridge into St Johns Wood, is being replaced, which will have some impact on the SJW Scouts. BCC have been very good liaising with the Scouts to manage the impacts. BCC briefed GL Alan Brake and ASL Will Chan last week, with the following key points. Note that the final design and construction method are still being developed, so there might yet be some changes. The overall project involves a temporary bridge being constructed downstream of the current bridge, about where the current Scout driveway is, and the new bridge rebuilt in the current location, but about 1 meter higher and with wider footpaths. Early works are currently underway, with the main project expected to start early 2021 and finish 18 months later.
Car access into the Scouts will be maintained during construction and it is expected the new driveway will be constructed first, in the early part of 2021. The contractors may use some of the Scout area for temporary equipment and materials, which would be fenced off and might impact the car park &/or the activity space. The new driveway will be about 20 meters east (up the hill, away from Gresham St) from the existing driveway. The current guard rail by the creek is removed to create a better space to turn into and out of Waterworks Rd and line marking of the driveway will reinforce the “Keep Right” requirement. The driveway will accommodate both in and out lanes simultaneously, which is an improvement. There won’t be any impact on the Scouts’ use of the dens or main part of the grounds. The current Scout street signs will be relocated, with the “printed” one facing the inbound Waterworks Rd traffic, which is also an improvement.
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
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.
Join as a Youth Member (Children and young adults aged between 5 and 26)
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.
Joey Scouts - Youth Aged between 5 - 8
Cub Scouts -Youth Aged between 8 - 11
Scouts -Youth Aged between 11 - 15
Venturer Scouts - Youth Aged between 15 - 18
Rover Scouts - Young Adults aged between 18 - 26
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.
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?
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.
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
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 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.