Parents tell us that Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not otherwise get to do, adventure and an extended family.
‘Children learn social skills as well as practical ones. They have to remember things to bring the following week so they have to take a bit of responsibility for their own stuff!’
‘When I see Ella at Cubs, doing things for herself and her friends, I’m so impressed. It helps you step back and let them get on with it. ’
‘Scouting helps parents prepare their kids for life.’
My local Group has a waiting list, why is this?
We have over 30,000 young people on waiting lists around the country due to a shortage of adults. If there is a waiting list for the Group your child hopes to attend you could think about joining us yourself. We always welcome any help from parents.
There is currently a waiting list for some sections but not all.
Will my child be insured when on Scout activities?
Yes. All members are covered under our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.
How much does it cost to send my child to Scouts?
We have various expenses to cover so we can run our activities safely, using quality equipment in our own buildings. Unfortunately this all costs money, for example or insurance bill is over £5000. There is an annual membership fee which can be paid in one lump or termly. It changes as you move through the sections so Beavers who make the least use of the boats and camping equipment, for instance, pay the least towards their upkeep.
Trips, camps and activities are usually charged separately. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, you can speak to the Section Leader in confidence. There are various bodies that can help if you are struggling.
What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
Is there a planned programme of activities for Scouts?
Yes. Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme. The main programme areas are: Outdoor and Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs and Attitudes. Group leaders are trained to deliver this programme.
My child is a Scout but we are moving house, how can I enrol him/her in a new Group?
Firstly, you will need to tell your child’s current Group that you are leaving the area. Then call the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 and we will be able to put you in touch with a volunteer in the area you are moving to. If you are moving abroad, the Scout Information Centre will be able to give you the details of the Scout head office in this country.