The 2023 – 2026 Strategic Plan outlines Scouts SA’s direction as an organisation in the next few years and the actions we need to take to achieve our goals. Strategic Plans are essential for setting direction and growth.

Our Vision

“We drive sustainability through responsible citizenship and developing resilient young people”

Our Mission

“We empower education for life and sustainable practice, to positively contribute to our community. Through shared values and inclusivity, we work as a team to support young people”

Our Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan builds on Scouts SA’s Vision and Mission to set the Foundation, Key Result Areas, and Goals that will deliver them.

Taking a ‘one-team’ approach, the Strategic Plan informs a hierarchy of planning that ultimately guides the tasks that individual staff and volunteers need to undertake to achieve the strategy.

A clear Strategic Imperative of “Operational Sustainability” and five (5) key strategic foundations will set the benchmark for all operational decisions, providing oversight and strength:

The Strategic Foundations

Compliance and Safeguarding

In redress and civil litigation, we have experienced the after-effects of failing to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations to keep the youth in our care safe from harm. This Strategic Foundation will see us strengthen our compliance and safeguarding.

Operational Improvement

To improve our sustainability, we will achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Service

Service is our contribution to the communities we reflect, such as our Scouting communities, Exurbia customers, people who come to us to recycle, visitors to our Camps and Adventure Parks, or our staff.

Resilience

Resilience in Scouts is about developing in all ways that will allow us to adapt swiftly and confidently. For participants of our Youth Program, that means Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional, and Spiritual (SPICES). For the commercial areas, it means building the right culture, recruiting and retaining the right people, embedding good governance, and delivering excellent customer service.

Identity

When we don’t actively manage our wider community’s perceptions of who we are, we can fail to be who we think we are to them. This Foundation sees us engage in a two-way conversation with our audiences through our communications channels to increase the number of people who see us how we want to be seen.

Strategic Plan

To see the full plan please view or download a copy.

FAQ’s

Please find below answers to some of the common questions we have received.

What is a Strategic Plan, and why do Scouts need one? 

A Strategic Plan outlines where Scouts as an organisation would like to go in the next few years and the actions we need to take to achieve our goals. Strategic plans are essential for the organisation to set direction and for growth.

How will the Strategic Plan impact/benefit members at a formation level?   

The Strategic Plan provides clarity and direction for members, directs resource allocation, and creates a foundation that ensures members can effectively contribute to meaningful change. 

Do we need to do anything for the Strategic Plan?  

Don’t worry! The Strategic Plan guides the organisation as a whole. If any aspects of the plan impact our members or groups, the Branch Leadership Team and staff will provide information and support. 

How do we know Scouts SA are achieving the Strategic Plan? 

Scouts SA will provide updates to our members when key areas in our strategic plan are being achieved.   

How are Scouts SA going to achieve the Strategic Plan?

We will achieve our strategic vision through collaborative goal setting, action planning, resource allocation, program development, monitoring, and evaluation. 

What’s in it for us? Why should we care about the Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Plan provides a clear roadmap for achieving our collective goals and ensures that our efforts are effectively directed towards meaningful outcomes. By aligning with the plan, we can maximise our impact, receive necessary support, and contribute to positive change within our organisation and community.

I have some questions about the Strategic Plan – who do I contact?

Our team are more than happy to help! Please email your questions to hq@sa.scouts.com.au, and we’ll get back to you with the answers.

How is this different from the last Strategic Plan? 

The Scouts Strategic Plan 2019-2025 set out a member-centric direction for the future that, whilst setting a vibrant vision for volunteers, was challenging for our over 200 staff to connect with. This new Strategic Plan seeks to create a new ‘one-team’ vision for the next three years in Scouting in South Australia.

Do we need to change the way we deliver programs to members because of the new Strategic Plan?

Not at all! The Strategic Plan has been developed to support our volunteers in delivering the best experience to our youth members. 

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