Scouting is open to boys and girls and is multicultural, non-political and non-denominational. 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.
The principles of Scouting are that Scouts should serve God, act inconsideration of the needs of others and develop and use their abilities to the betterment of themselves and their families and the community in which they live. Scouting recognises:
The importance of individuals developing a sense of personal identity and self-worth which leads to responsibility for oneself and one’s actions as a citizen.
That young people are able and willing to take responsibility and contribute to society
The rights and responsibility of individuals to regulate their own health.
The importance of adults providing suitable role models for young people.
The importance of not exposing young people to harm or exploitation.
The importance of individuals and the community adopting a lifestyle that allows ecologically sustainable development through preventing environmental overload, environmental degradation and resource depletion.
The importance of respect for and equity in dealings with all people, irrespective of culture, gender, religion or impairment
The importance of mutual support and help between members of a community to maximise the quality of life for all
The importance of the development of understanding between individuals as a contribution to peace between nations.
The importance of gainful employment in contributing to the sense of dignity and self-worth of the individual.