Scouts from across Victoria yesterday added a bit of colour to their regular wear on Tuesday to celebrate World Scout Scarf Day 2017. Held annually on August 1, all active and former scouts are encouraged to wear their scout scarfs in public for the day to make the ‘Spirit of Scouting’ visible – once a scout, always a scout! The date of the event commemorates the very first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island in 1907. Of course, the scarf is only a symbol, but a strong symbol for the scout promise and mission to leave the world a bit better a place. Scouting is a worldwide movement that has shaped the development of youth and adults for more than 100 years.
Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia with more than 20,000 boys, girls, and adult members in Victoria enjoying an unlimited range of activities. The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. This aim is achieved through a strong and active program that inspires young people to do their best and to always be prepared. Further information about the Bairnsdale Scout Group can be obtained by emailing the group online, or contacting Amanda Bodinaar.