Qld implementation plan


one step at a time

The New Youth Program has been developed to ensure that the activities, programs, challenges and outcomes of Scouting in Australia remain relevant to our Youth Members now and into the future.

The New Youth Program is made up of many exciting elements, all working together the form a Program that is developmental, and provides one exciting journey over the 5 Sections.

Queensland will be progressively implementing the different elements of the New Youth Program in layers, so that we can all focus on one element at a time, and help each other as we go. We know some will be keen to do more, however we have built this approach to best prepare our teams to support the New Program.

The elements build on one another, and will initially run alongside our current program and award scheme. In time, they will begin to replace parts of the current award scheme.

We have built this plan on the following basis:

    • No Youth Member will be disadvantaged in their badgework by the transition
    • Current Youth Members will have a choice to transition or finish their current peak award
    • District/Region Training Meeting's and digital forums will be used to support the roll out
    • Teams have time to learn about each element as it is introduced, and prepare for the next


We're already on our way, with 'The Adventure Begins' launching in April of 2018. The next element to be introduced will be the Outdoor Adventure Skills Areas after the official New Youth Program launch at AJ2019. The Outdoor Adventure Skills will run in addition to the current award scheme in this time.

After this, we'll introduce the Special Interest Area's , which will start to replace some of the badges in the current Award Scheme. We will introduce these in September of 2019. At this time, we will start to swap out some badges in the current award scheme. Youth members will have a choice to transition to the New Program or finish their time in the section under the current award scheme.

Finally, we'll introduce the Program Essentials which entail Milestones & Challenge Areas in April of 2020, which will replace the remainder of the current award scheme.

(If you're not quite sure some of these elements are you can learn about them in the Achievement Pathways page)

We expect to have all elements of the New Youth Program up and running throughout all Queensland Groups by the end of 2020. No current peak awards will be issued after 2022.

April 2018 - The Adventure Begins

January 2019 - Outdoor Adventure Skills Areas introduced

September 2019 - Special Interest Areas introduced

April 2020 - Milestone & Challenge Areas (Program Essentials) introduced

December 2022 - No further current peak awards issued.

QYIP Resources


  • How will Queensland implement the New Youth Program

Queensland will introduce one part of the New Program at a time, slowly replacing the elements of the current award scheme. This gives us time to learn and implement one element at a time.

  • What is the timeline for the Queensland Implementation?

Please see the Queensland Youth Program Implementation Plan (QYIP)

  • Why is Queensland Implementing differently to other states?

Each of the Branches have developed their own plan to implement the New Youth Program. Of course, we will all finish with the same end product - a consistent and identical Youth Program. We have chosen to implement in smaller layers, across all Groups and Sections at the same time - as it was felt to be the most effective way to overcome the tyranny of distance that we face in Queensland. The QYIP has been endorsed by our Branch and Region teams.

  • How will I find information on the New Youth Program, and the next stage of implementation?

This website will be used as the primary communication point. You may also like learn more by:

      • For Leaders - attend your DTM's
      • Dial into an online or face to face information session
      • Reach out to your District/Region team