Spiritual Development - Information


Scouting in Australia is an integral part of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM). In the authoritive words of the WOSM, the word fundamental is used to refer to the basic elements upon which the unity of the movement rests. – That is its purpose, principles and methods – these are the common denominators that bind Scouting throughout the world, these characteristics that all members of the WOSM organisation hold.

The definition of scouting is:

A voluntary non-political educational movement for young people, open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the founder…

There are some points in this definition to reflect on that also applies to spiritual development.

An essential characteristic of scouting is that it is an educational movement. Our Founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell (BP) said this – ‘here then lies the most important aim – to educate, not to instruct, mind you, but to educate, that is draw out the child to learn for themselves, of their own desire, the things that tend to build up character.

Scouting of course is a non formal educator and this applies to spiritual development.

Scouting is for young people, and the leader role is to assist young people in achieving the objectives of Scouting. Although leaders may have an alternative spiritual view or do things differently leaders encourage the youth members to explore in a safe environment.

The last part of the definition emphasises that Scouting maintains the purpose, principles and methods conceived by BP.

The purpose of the scout movement. The WOSM statement uses the following words:
to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

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