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Acknowledgement of Country

Diversity and inclusion is a significant part of our Scout program. Indeed, Diversity is a pillar in our Branch strategic plan.

Scouts SA recognises the importance of increasing the recognition of Australia’s First peoples and their cultures, and our responsibility in acknowledging and paying respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and conduct our Scouting activities. One of the ways we can do this is by doing an Acknowledgment of Country at the start of meetings and activities.

Our program highlights that is important to give Acknowledgement of Country at the start of all Scouting activities and meetings. The Scouts Australia Program Handbook (see your Group Leader or Team Leader) gives great detail on Acknowledgement of Country in the Ceremonies section. The Branch Executive Committee recently agreed that Acknowledgement of Country is made at all SA Branch level Activities and meetings.

Our own Branch inclusion team, led by BC, Gavin Matthews has produced these videos as a guide to Acknowledgement of Country for leaders and youth to use as either the Acknowledgement of Country or to learn more about Acknowledgement of Country. Gavin and his team are happy to help your Group or team directly. Contact Gavin at bc.inclusion@sa.scouts.com.au 

So when you next meet please discuss as a Unit how you might include this in your program.