Nats to boost Scouts and Guides
The Nationals promise that the rich tradition of Scouts and Guides in Benalla will be stronger than ever before if the Liberal Nationals win the state election.
Shadow Young Victorians Minister and State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan announced a massive boost to scouts and guides at the Scouts Victoria annual report and presentations night.
The plan aims to increase participation and upgrade club facilities, such as halls and campsites, across the state.
‘‘Scouts and Guides make an invaluable contribution in Regional Victoria and Melbourne, not only to the lives of young people, but to our entire community,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘We know the structured learning programs offered by Guides and Scouts have built a strong foundation for young people to gain a range of skills that help with their personal development and self-esteem.
‘‘Building up groups like Scouts and Guides is also a practical way government can positively engage with vulnerable young people, so they can have a brighter future.’’
The proposal includes $1.5 million to establish a new Scouts in Schools Program in up to 20 schools across the state, so more young people can share in the benefits of our iconic scouts clubs.
Trainers will be employed at participating schools, leading activities during lunch breaks.
Running the program through schools will remove the cost and time barriers that stop many willing children joining their local Scouts club.
A further $4 million for building and facility improvements will be available to local clubs through the Scouts and Guides Infrastructure Fund on a matching basis, providing for up to $8 million in upgrades at local clubs across the state.
Scouts and Guides manage an extensive property portfolio and with more and more young Victorians joining both organisations during the past decade, support is required to secure these facilities for future club members and make sure they are meeting growing demand.