Scouting was first established at Joondalup in 1992 when a few leaders, cubs & scouts branched off from the Edgewater Scout Group. Initially the Group held meetings at Beaumaris Primary School until the Connolly Community Centre was built in 2002 and the Group re-located here. The first Leaders were Vince Di Iulio (Group Leader), Helen Graham (Akela), Bob Nickoll (Baloo) & George Burns (Kaa). The Group celebrates its birthday on 10th of November.
Michael Guile took over as GL in 1994, a position he held until he retired in 2006. During this time he often acted as Scout and Venturer Leader to keep both sections functioning, frequently spending 2-3 nights per week and many weekends with the youth members.
A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Fiona Guile, one of the original committee members, who became a leader and continued as Cub Scout Leader long after her own son had moved on and even kept the Group running as Scouter-in-Charge when her husband retired and all the other leaders & committee members had moved on. With out all their dedicated & selfless efforts there would be no Joondalup Scout Group. In this age of “dump-and-run” parenting, leader shortages mean that Groups all over the district are struggling with recruiting & retaining leaders and managing long waiting lists of keen potential Cubs & Scouts. Now it’s up to us to follow Fiona’s fine example and do the right thing by our kids.
Our unique scarf is Dark Green with a 17mm Yellow strip 10mm from the edge. The emblem is a yellow grid symbol which is reminiscent of the reeds growing around Lake Joondalup.
1st Joondalup Scout Group is one of 8 Groups in the Joondalup District which is controlled by the Western Australian Branch of Scouts Australia.