Scouts Australia was formed in 1958 and first allowed girls to join in 1971. It offers personal development programmes for children and young adults from ages 5 to 25. It has a membership of approx. 70,000. Scouts Australia has groups all over the country and also operates a “Lone Scout” programme for members who are unable to attend regular meetings.
The Head of Contingent is James Carfax-Foster.
Australia is the largest country in Oceania and the 6th largest country in the world. It has an area of 7.692 million km² and a population of 24.6 million. Due to the large barren areas, 90% of the population live on the coast! Famous landmarks include the Great Barrier Reef, the worlds largest coral reef system and Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, a large sandstone rock formation which is sacred to the local aboriginal people.