Scout Outdoor Centre
The Short Story
Located in the east end of Adelaide at 192 Rundle Street, the Scout Outdoor Centre is not only the State’s official Scout uniform and accessories supplier but over time has become synonymous with great brands, great advice and amazing service for everything from lightweight backpacking to adventure activities equipment.
What’s more there’s every chance that the person who’s helping you select your gear has already walked your path and knows exactly what you’ll need. That’s because the staff at the Scout Outdoor Centre love what they do – they’re into the outdoors and the world in a big way. Check out some of the staff profiles on Pin Board for some amazing stories. Oh and by the way, all proceeds from the Scout Outdoor Centre go directly to supporting Scouting in South Australia.
How good’s that!
The Long Story
The Scout Outdoor Centre is not only South Australia’s official Scout uniform outfitter and Scout accessories supplier but is also the State’s premier outdoor retailer dedicated to lightweight backpacking and adventure activities equipment.
Our long history is testament to our dedication and expertise in all things outdoors and adventurous. With knowledgeable, friendly staff we’ll make sure you’ve got the right equipment and the best advice.
After all, who knows the outdoors better than Scouts?
The first official “Scout Outfitter” in South Australia appears to have been one James Rogers of Norwood, back in 1909.
Two years later, The State Quartermaster was located in a Victoria Square department store.
James Marshall and Co of Rundle Street were official suppliers in 1915 with a small department for Scout uniforms. When Myers came to Adelaide and took over Marshall’s they continued as the recognised source for uniforms and sympathetically agreed to close their Scout Department when our own shop finally blossomed in the board room at 22 Pirie Street in 1932.
There was no real shop front until Scout Headquarters moved to 119 Pirie Street in 1939, where the equipment department had more room for display and sales and a basement which had been developed for extensive stock storage.
The location of the new “Scout Outdoor Centre” moved again in 1981 to 107 Pirie Street expanding once again to then house two floors of outdoor and uniform equipment.
Under new management, the store moved again to reach its current location in 1986 to 192 Rundle Street. The store’s resident tenant, Peregrine Travel also moved to this location.
During the mid 90’s the store developed and began running the Pathfinder Walking program, attracting up to 120 participants on their Sunday walks through various locations of the Adelaide Hills. The program became far more successful than was ever anticipated and in 2000, the program was outsourced to a small independent outdoor activity operator – Earth Adventure.
During the early 1990’s the Scout Outdoor Centre opened its travel destination store, Annapurna at 210 Rundle Street. This encapsulated the broad spectrum of the adventure travel market and allowed the Scout Outdoor Centre to specialise more in lightweight backpacking and adventure activities equipment.
Today, the Scout Outdoor Centre is the premier location for all lightweight adventure equipment in Adelaide; ranging from travel clothing, hiking boots, packs, sleeping bags and tents through to kayaks, rock climbing and rope access equipment.