Moonee Valley District Scouts is a part of Scouts Victoria (Scout Association of Australia, Victoria Branch). It is an administrative area that matches the Local Government area of City of Moonee Valley.
Moonee Valley District Scouts is within the Lerderderg Region.
The district was previously Essendon District when the local council was City of Essendon. The council’s boundaries were realigned in Dec 1994 along with most of Victoria’s councils around that time. Shortly after, Scouts Victoria amalgamated and revised the districts to align with the new council boundaries and names.
The Scouts Victoria administrative area called Hoadley Region was split in two and is now Lerderderg Region and Plenty Valley Region.
Each district in Scouts Victoria has a unique badge for that district.
The District Badge for Moonee Valley District is the gum leaf depicting two aboriginals making smoke signals.
Its unique gum leaf shape makes it stand out from the typical geometric shapes of other districts.
|Essendon District Scouts
|Our emblem shows two aboriginal Scouts making smoke signals with a long tube of rolled bark and a fire of dried grass. Such signals were sent up by the best Scouts of the tribe, who were sent ahead to thus contact the Ja-jow-er-ong tribe, who controlled the area around Mount Macedon, north-west of Essendon, to seek permission for their tribe to collect the special stone, found only in that region, for their axe-heads.
|The background, the young gum-leaf, symbolises growing youth and outdoor life.
Supplied from District Archives, courtesy Jack Paterson OAM
|Moonee Valley (formerly Essendon) District Scouts
|The District Badge shows two indigenous (Aboriginal) men preparing to make smoke signals. It symbolises scoutcraft of high order, as only the best members of the tribe were trusted with such important work.
|The young gum leaf symbolises a growing youth and outdoor life. It was designed from a leaf gathered for the purpose on the 1934-35 Jamboree site at Frankston, Victoria. Baden-Powell (B-P) attended that “Pan Pacific” jamboree, the first one in Australia.