Personal Growth for Scouts

Scouts are boys and girls between 11 and 14 years. The tables below illustrate how the Scout program seeks to grow this age group in all six defined Areas of Personal Growth.


Spiritual 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
  • Respectful
  • Considerate
  • Campfire
  • Community Service
  • First Aid
  • Debate night
  • Being sensitive to the wonders of nature and life.
  • Recognising a Spiritual Reality in it.
  • A Scout cares for the environment
  • Scout's Own
  • Campfire
  • Playing and active role in one's community
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Cooperating with others to bring about improvements
  • Helpful
  • Environment
  • Help other people
  • Community Service
  • Tree planting
  • Fire Awareness
  • First Aid training
  • Teamwork
  • Developing responsibility towards oneself
  • Being able to exercise self-discipline
  • Do my best
  • Live by the Scout Law
  • Adventurous Activities eg. hiking, sailing
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Challenging Activities
  • 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
  • Grace
  • Visit RSL
  • Prayer or Devotional minute on closing parade or other appropriate time
Spiritual Discovery
  • Exploring and discovering the spiritual heritage of one's community.
  • Drawing conclusions for one's personal life.
  • To my God
  • Movie night followed by discussion of how the story line applies to our own lives
  • Multiculturalism


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Physical 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
  • Respectful
  • Courageous
  • Duty to Self
  • Considerate
  • Activities e/g hiking, mini & challenge Olympics.
  • Hiking
  • First Aid
Maintenance (keeping fit and healthy)
  • Healthcare, hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Helpful
  • Thrifty
  • Cooking on camp
  • Menu planning
  • Guest speaker - fitness instructor
  • Disability rights
  • Developing one's senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste.
  • Developing one's resistance, strength, suppleness, agility, self-control.
  • Compensating for disabilities
  • Trustworthy
  • Respectful
  • Courageous
  • Sense games
  • Trust games
  • Team building - trust games
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Disability night in program, blindfold earplugs, hands tied, wheelchairs
  • Any Activity which involves body movement of any kind, can be considered as physical fitness



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Intellectual 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
  • Environment
  • Considerate
  • Respectful
  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Specific Proficiency camp
  • Guest speakers
  • Brainstorming
  • Leadership Course
Processing Information
  • Analysing data
  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Memorising
  • Environment
  • Trustworthy
  • Respectful
  • Kim's games
  • Menu planning
  • Unit Council
  • Spirit of invention and creativity
  • Experimenting
  • Hypothesis and deduction
  • Helpful
  • Courageous - try new things
  • Thrifty
  • Problem solving games
  • Science night
  • Mind challenge games
  • Mock emergencies


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Emotional 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.
  • The Scout Law
  • Discovery
  • A 'me' poem
  • Expressing one's feeling using various creative means.
  • Do my best
  • Skits, & role playing
  • Campfire
  • Guest Speaker
  • Visits
  • Gang Show
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.
  • Help other people
  • Respectful
  • Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Patrol Activities
  • Team Sport Games
  • Troop Council


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Social 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 differences, welcoming and listening).
  • Acquiring communication skills.
  • Equal partnership between genders.
  • Rejecting social and nationalistic stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Respectful
  • Loyal
  • Trustworthy
  • Considere
  • Troop Council
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Harmony Day
  • Citizenship Day
  • Environment
  • Pen pals
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.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Troop Council
  • Participating in Camping / Scout Activity creates situations for social interaction problem solving, communication, responsibility, team spirit
  • Youth Forums / Yakkery
  • Patrol System
  • Youth Helpers
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.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Australia Day Celebration
  • Harmony Day
  • Local Council Events
  • Clean up Australia Day
  • Attend Dawn Service on ANZAC Day


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Character 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
  • Run a game
  • Goal setting
  • Delegate tasks & responsibilities
  • Being able to judge things for oneself; being able to take decisions, make choices and accept the consequences.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Troop Council - sets programs & reviews
  • Being able to judge risks and act accordingly; committing oneself to a project; persevering in spite of difficulties.
  • The Scout Law & Promise
  • Hiking, camping
  • Patrol Activity Badge
  • Scout Leadership Course
  • Program review and evaluation