Personal Growth for Venturer Scouts

Venturer Scouts are young people between 15 and 17 years. The tables below illustrate how the Scout program seeks to grow this age group in all six defined Areas of Personal Growth.


Spiritual smallSpiritual Development - Soul

Definition: Acquiring a deeper knowledge and understanding of the spiritual heritage of one's own community, discovering the Spiritual Reality which gives meaning to life and drawing conclusions for one's daily life, whilst respecting the spiritual choices of others.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
  • Listening
  • Being receptive to others
  • Showing compassion
  • Considerate (law)
  • Respectful (law)
  • Debate night
  • Helping at Cuboree
  • Taking part in a first aid course
  • Exploring other cultures
  • Being sensitive to the wonders of nature and life.
  • Recognising a Spiritual Reality in it.
  • Cares for the environment
  • Taking part in environmental projects
  • Debates and Scouts Own about the environment
  • Playing and active role in one's community
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Cooperating with others to bring about improvements
  • Help other people
  • Scout is helpful
  • Being a member of a Unit Council
  • Service and environment projects
  • Developing responsibility towards oneself
  • Being able to exercise self-discipline
  • Do my best
  • Live by the Scout Law
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Self development
  • Recognising the meaning of past experience, being able to express it and celebrating it.
  • A Scout is respectful
  • Anzac Day
  • Visit RSL
  • Multiculturalism
Spiritual Discovery
  • Exploring and discovering the spiritual heritage of one's community.
  • Drawing conclusions for one's personal life.
  • To my God
  • Multiculturalism


Physical smallPhysical Development - Body

Definition: Becoming responsible for the growth and functioning of one's own body.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Identifying Needs
  • Understanding how one's body functions
  • Understanding the changes in one's body
  • Understanding the relationships between one's body and the environment, the body's needs and its natural rhythms (oxygen, balanced nutrition, sleep)
  • Respecting one's body, avoiding abuse
  • A Scout is Considerate
  • First Aid Course
  • Guest Speaker
  • Unit discussions
  • Investigate healthy lifestyle choices
  • Healthcare, hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • A Scout is Thrifty
  • Unit discussions
  • Follow healthy lifestyle choices
  • Developing one's senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste.
  • Developing one's resistance, strength, suppleness, agility, self-control.
  • Compensating for disabilities
  • A Scout is Courageous
  • Expedition - planning
  • Trust Games
  • Disability nights


Intellectual smallIntellectual Development - Intelligence

Definition: Developing one's ability to think, innovate and use information in an original way to adapt to new situations.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Collecting Information
  • Curiosity
  • Exploration
  • Investigation
  • Observation
  • Courageous
  • Duty to country
  • Brainstorming
  • Project management
  • Leadership training course
  • Unit Council
Processing Information
  • Analysing data
  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Memorising
  • Spirit of invention and creativity
  • Experimenting
  • Hypothesis and deduction
  • Do my best
  • Help other people
  • Considerate
  • Environment
  • Expeditions - broad initiative course
  • Involvement in planning simple & complex activities
  • Initiation stunts in evening programs


Emotional smallEmotional Development - Emotions

Definition: Recognising one's own feelings and learning to express them in order to attain and maintain an inner state of freedom, balance and emotional maturity.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Self-discovery and awareness
  • Recognising and accepting one's emotions.
  • Discovering oneself.
  • Scout Law & Promise
  • Discovery
  • Expressing one's feeling using various creative means.
  • Do My Best
  • Link key topics to award scheme
  • Forum (Ideals) - lobby MP's (citizenship)
  • Environment (ones feelings) e.g. state of River Murray
Responsibility and self-control
  • Controlling feelings and emotions in order to respect one's integrity and that of others.
  • Responding in a responsible manner to feelings directed towards oneself.
  • Controlling aggression.
  • Duty to God
  • Help other people
  • Respectful
  • Friendly
  • Expeditions - team & expedition planning route ( level of difficulty, budget ( cost to all), Menu ( likes / dislikes & allergies), tasks allocations ( how done), disagreements & objections, date of expedition ( clashes with any team members)


Social smallSocial Development - Social Nature

Definition: Acquiring the concept of interdependence with others and developing one's ability to cooperate and lead.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Relationships and communication
  • Developing an appreciation of relationships with others (accepting differenced, welcoming and listening).
  • Acquiring communication skills.
  • Equal partnership between genders.
  • Rejecting social and nationalistic stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Respect, loyalty, trust, helpfulness, cheerful, considerate, friendly
  • Considerate respectful
  • Respectful
  • Respectful, friendly, courage
  • Employ the unit council in managing the unit
  • Program Ideals / Citizenship
  • Find opportunity for the Unit to do a service project
Cooperation and Leadership
  • Learning how to cooperate: building a team spirit; taking on group roles; developing, respecting and evaluating communal rules; understanding interdependence; managing a collective project; training in citizenship.
  • Taking on responsibilities in order to serve others.
  • Respect
  • Consideration
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Helpful
  • Trust
  • Loyal
  • Courage
  • Support the Unit Council system
  • Provide young people leadership opportunities
  • Engage young people in the award scheme
  • Embed ideal, citizenship & vocations in the program
Solidarity and service
  • Discovering the interdependence among individuals and communities.
  • Developing a sense of belonging to increasingly larger communities.
  • Developing a sense of service and the common good; adopting the values of democracy and social justice.
  • Helpful
  • Considerate
  • Trust
  • Environment
  • Respect
  • Courage
  • Service projects
  • Environment projects
  • Community visits
  • Engage unit council method
  • The Award Scheme


Character smallCharacter Development

Definition: Recognizing one's responsibility towards oneself and one's right to develop, learn and grow in search of happiness whilst respecting others. Learning to assert oneself, make one's own decisions, set aims and identify the necessary steps to achieve them.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
  • Discovering and asserting oneself; setting objectives for personal progression.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Provide opportunities for Personal Growth
  • Being able to judge things for oneself; being able to take decisions, make choices and accept the consequences.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Unit Council
  • Activity Committee
  • Unit Management - Roles in Unit
  • Being able to judge risks and act accordingly; committing oneself to a project; persevering in spite of difficulties.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Unit Service Activities