Parents tell us that Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, 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 my daughter 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'
Will my child be insured when on Scout activities?
Yes. All Members are covered under the Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.
How much does it cost to send my child to Scouts?
This will vary depending on the section your son/daughter is joining. Currently our subscriptions are
- £20 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts.
The subscrition levy shown above covers one term, equal to a school term.
Subs are payable in January, April and September.
1/3rd of this income goes directly to national headquarters and helps pay for the support the leaders receive with their training. The remaining 2/3rd helps to cover the cost of mainitaining the HQ, replacing equipment and funding the sections. Trips, camps and activities are charged separately. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, you can speak to your Section Leader in confidence.
I understand that the Group run a Gift Aid Scheme. Whats involved?
The Gift Aid scheme allows the Scout Group to reclaim tax back from HM Revenue & Customs for the subscription that you pay to us for your son/daughters membership. For every £10 of subscription that we collect we can claim an additional £2.50 from HMRC.
You will need to be a UK Tax payer and will be requested to complete on of our Gift Aid declarations when your son or daughter joins the group.
Each year on average the group recoups £1,200 from the Gift Aid scheme.
What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
Scouts wear a uniform of blue trousers and a coloured sweatshirt, shirt or polo shirt (which varies depending on the age range). All Scouts (adults and young people) wear a coloured scarf or necker, ours is Royal Blue. Uniform can be bought the Scout Shops. There are a number of on-line resellers of uniform as well, please speak to a Section Leader for more information.
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.