Junee Scouts movement going strong

Junee's Jackie Starr with grandson of movement's founder, Michael Baden-Powell. Picture: Supplied
Junee's Jackie Starr with grandson of movement's founder, Michael Baden-Powell. Picture: Supplied

In a world where screens and social media seem to be taking over, parents are on the hunt for ways to keep kids active. 

The Scouts are experiencing a surge in popularity. Across the weekend the state’s biggest players convened on Wagga’s Camp Kurragong, for a massive two days of personal development and future thinking. 

Cub leader and leader in charge of 1st Junee Jackie Starr said the local membership is steadily expanding. There are currently about 17 young people involved, though more leaders are needed. 

“Junee just started up with their scout troupe again, after fighting for years to try and get leaders we’ve finally got it going again and are in our second term this year,” she said. 

Ms Starr has been involved with the Scouts for almost 50 years. 

“Overall it’s still the same values and principals as when I started 47 years ago, teaching the kids through life experiences how to grow and develop through fun activities.”

The grandson of the founder of the Scouts movement, Michael Baden-Powell was also in attendance. He said he believed the original scout, Lord Baden-Powell would be proud of the reach of the now global peace movement.

Brad Addison, first Kooringal group scout leader, grandson of founder, Michael Baden-Powell and Neville Tomkins, NSW Scouts Commissioner. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Brad Addison, first Kooringal group scout leader, grandson of founder, Michael Baden-Powell and Neville Tomkins, NSW Scouts Commissioner. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

“He was a very far sighted person, I think he would be absolutely overjoyed to see the numbers have grown in the manner they have done,” he said. 

Youth members were also invited to have their say, which NSW deputy chief commissioner Belinda Francis says is vital for the “youth-led” organisation. 

Camp Kurrajong was completely booked-out for the event. 

“Our country regions are as important as our city regions, having our first summit in Wagga validates that,” Ms Francis said.