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Scouting and Guiding in New South Wales facts for kids

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Scouting started in New South Wales, a State of Australia, in 1908. In the early years, local Boy Scout patrols and troops formed independently and several separate associations began operating including the Chums Scout Patrols, League of Boy Scouts, Girl Peace Scouts, Boys Brigade Scouts and Church Lads Brigade Scouts. These were later joined by The Boy Scouts Association, The Girl Guides Association and Life-Saving Scouts and Life Saving Guards of the Salvation Army. Some local Scout groups moved affiliation between the different associations.

Scouting in New South Wales is now predominantly represented by Scouts Australia NSW Branch and Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, a member organisation of Girl Guides Australia. There is also representation by the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association. There are ethnic Scouting organisations including the Australian Association of Scouts in Exile (AASE), Polish Scouting Association, ZHP, Russian Scouts, Hungarian Scouts, Plast Ukrainian Scouts, Lithuanian Scouts, Latvian Scouts, Estonian Scouts and Guides and Homenetmen Armenian Scouts and Assyrian Eagle Scouts. There were formerly Maltese, Hellenic (Greek) and Vietnamese Scout associations.

Gang Shows and other theatrical experiences

There are a number of Gang Shows put on in NSW. A Gang Show is a Scout variety show.

  • Kirrawee Gang Show - started in 1959, located in Southern Sydney.
  • Albury Gang Show - Started in 1965, in Albury, New South Wales.
  • Cumberland Gang Show - started in 1970, located in the Greater Western Sydney Region.
  • Hornsby Gang Show - started in 1974, located in the Hornsby District, north of Sydney.
  • Korimul Gang Show - started in 1975, located in Wollongong.
  • Central Coast Gang Show - Started in 1986. Located at North Gosford about 1 hour north of Sydney.
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