Bullying in Scouts

Scouts NSW is committed to creating an environment where all our members feel safe, supported and protected.

The mission of Scouts is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.

Bullying is contrary to Scouting, particularly as those bullying others are completely disregarding the Code of Conduct, Scout Promise and Law.

Breaches of these vital tenets of Scouting create an environment where Bullying and other anti-social behaviours flourish.

What is Bullying?

  • Abusive language or offensive comments
  • Aggressiveness or intimidation
  • Unjustified criticism or humiliating comments
  • Being repeatedly hit or pushed
  • Harassing someone based on their gender, race, ability, religion or sexual orientation
  • Deliberately excluding someone from activities, events in offline and online forums
  • Abusing your power and authority over someone else
  • Bullying causes significant risk to a person’s health and safety

✔️ What is not Bullying?

  • Differences of opinion
  • Giving management directions
  • Addressing performance issues
  • Giving constructive criticism in a respectful and polite manner
  • One off comments
  • Accidentally hitting someone

To be a good Scout … Bullying is out!

Everyone has a role to play in combatting bullying – youth members, leaders, volunteers and parents.

  • Start a conversation
  • Watch and share the To Be a Good Scout videos
  • Use the Program resource kit to start the conversation in your Scout group
  • Inform parents
  • Empower all to register incidents through Know it, Live it, Log it