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Frequently Asked Questions


Being the parent of a Joey Scout can be as much fun as being a Joey Scout yourself!

As a parent you will see your child develop and grow into a confident, well rounded adventurous, caring member of society.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may help you to make the decision about joining Joey Scouts.

How long does a Joey meeting go for?
A Joey Scout meeting goes for one hour or an hour and a half depending on the Mob.

Do I have to stay with my child?
Its good to stay for a little while on the first week to see them settle in and to reassure yourself that they are happy and making friends, but you don't have to stay, it depends on your child and how they adapt to new things.
Some Mobs may need some parents to stay and have a parent roster of parents who can help out by running games or supervising activities and your Leader will have more information about that for you.
Of course parents that stay often join in the fun and have a great time too!

Can I go on camp with my child?
Every Joey Scout that goes on camp must have an accompanying adult but that can be a parent, grandparent, caregiver or even another adult such as an auntie who has permission of the parent and is over 18 years of age. This is an opportunity for you to spend some quality one on one  with your child and to take an interest in their world.

What does my child have to take to Joey Scouts?
This might vary from Mob to Mob but it is a good idea to take a bottle of water and a hat for sunny days.
Any Medication such as inhaler should be left with the Leader and you should check that your Leader is aware of any medical issues such as allergies and how to deal with them before you leave your child at Joey Scouts for the first time.
A leader will get you to fill out a Youth Member Application for your child when you come and try for the first time and that has questions about your child's health care.

Where do I get the Joey Scout Uniform?
Your Joey Leader may have some second hand uniforms available at the Hall but you can also purchase new ones at the Scout Outdoor Centre: online and at their retail shop in Rundle Street,  Adelaide.

Where do I put the Badges?
The Badges that your Joey is given at their investiture ceremony are shown on the chart labelled 'Badge placements"
Other badges such as activity badges will be sewn on to a Badge blanket or dilly bag and your Leader will tell you what badge goes where when they give it to you.
Joeys have an enormous sense of pride in earning a badge so its great when a parent sits down and sews the badge on with them and reflect on their child's achievement.

How much does Joey Scouts cost?
Prices vary from Scout Group to Scout Group but generally prices are around the $200-$250 for the whole year including a yearly payment to Scouts SA for registration and insurance. Most Groups will accept the payments term by term and arrangements can be made in most circumstances for those who are suffering from financial difficulties.

Does the Fee include camps, excursions or special activities?
No, special events, camps and excursions may incur an extra cost but every effort is made to make these adventures available for everyone.
Please speak to your Leader or Group Leader if you have financial difficulties to make arrangements so that your Joey Scout does not miss out.

If you have any further questions or suggestion please email