Lone Scouts have been around since Scouting first commenced in South Australia in July 1908. These "Lones" were boys who did not belong to a Patrol or Troop, but wanted to be Scouts. They were administered by Scout Headquarters until an official dedicated Group, 'SA Lone Scouts' were registered with their own Leaders in 1913.
The first Lone Scout Commissioner was appointed in 1925, prior to that the 'Lones Group' came under the guide of the Country Commissioner.
SA Lone Scouts wore the same Boy Scout Uniform as other Scouts, but with our own colour tapes and name tag. Today we still wear the current Scout uniform, with our Lones name tape, but District Badges have replaced the colour tapes.
It has been very difficult to confirm exactly when the "distinctive" Lone Scout Neckerchief was first worn, references to it date back to May 1933 (or earlier), and what colour or what it was that made it "distinctive" hasn't yet been determined.
However, for at least the last 50 years, the "distinctive" Lone Scout Scarf (Neckerchief) has been Royal Blue with the Lone Scout Badge worn on the back. This royal blue Lones Scarf is a national scarf and recognised widely as being "LONES".
The Lone Scout Badge, which dates from (at least) WWI, is a white fleur de leys with 'Lone Scouts' in a scroll across the fleur de leys on a royal blue background. One very early modification appearing briefly was a royal blue fleur de leys on a white background, but all other versions are a royal blue backing and white fleur de leys.
SA Lone Scouts in all youth sections, operate under the same National Scout Badge Award scheme, with various adaptations as required to suit the unusual situations some Lones find themselves in. For example, a Scout may be required to do a certain activity with his Patrol. His Patrol may consist of 5 other Scouts scattered across many hundreds of kilometres, whom he sees may be once a year if they are lucky, so his "patrol" then becomes his Family, for those on isolated Stations, or his school class for those who have a local school.
SA Lone Scouts have a proud "heritage" of earning the highest award possible in their own section, with some earning the award for each section they participated in. Our first recognised award for a Lone Scout was back in 1910 with a King Scout Award.
Communication is and always has been a very large part of SA Lone Scouts, this is what keeps us together as the 'Lone family' and enables the Individual and the Group to achieve so much. The way we communicate has changed since 1908, from hand written posted letters, to radio through school of the air, to emailing & social media.
The Lone Scout Motto "Monthly Communication" is promoted by Lone Leaders, this enables the Youth Member and their Leader to work through the award scheme despite being many kilometres apart and never or rarely seeing each other A quarterly Group newsletter 'The Lone Trail' is also part of Lones communication and has been around in a few versions since at least 1931.
Lone Scouts bridges the gap to provide an opportunity to experience scouting and scouting provides to our youth members when they cannot access mainstream scouting opportunities.
Yes, we are Lones, but never alone.
Lone Scout official emblem is the National Lone Scout emblem as worn on our scarf. The other official Badge Lone Scouts has is the district Badge as worn on our uniform.