What is my child likely to do at the weekly meetings?
Each of our sections do a wide range of activities including craft work, learning new skills,playing games, local vists, ‘Scouting Skills’ and badgework. Each section has a number of programme zones (or themes), badges and challenge awards that help us provide a varied and exciting programme for each of our age groups. We like to call it #SkillsforLife.
We also encourage our members to help us plan their own programme
Do you have a Child Protection policy?
Yes, all are Leaders are CRB checked before working with our members. We also provide extensive training to all our Leaders in the area of Child Protection which is refreshed regularly. Our Leaders are also trained in basic First Aid and risk assessment to make sure our activities are as safe as we can make them.
Each Beaver, Cub, or Scout will need their new uniform for investiture. This normally takes place 3 – 4 weeks into the term they start (gives them a chance to decide if they like it or not!)
You will need to purchase the jumpers (Beavers & Cubs) or Shirts (Scouts & Explorers). Neckers and Woggles are brought from the group at the time of investiture.
Learn the Lingo
- Akela = Cub Scout Leader
- Grand Howl = Start and finish of Cub Pack night
- GSL = Group Scout Leader
- Necker = A triangluar peice of material, worn rolled up round the neck fastened with a woggle
- Woggle = A cicular object, orginally made from leather but now could be anything, used to fasten a necker
As a registered charity donating gift aid makes a bit difference to our finances and the facilities and activities we can offer the children. We will periodically ask for the declaration to be filled in online once you are on the system.
Do you have a waiting list?
We do have a waiting list for many of our sections but try and accommodate as many young people in our Group as possible. Please contact us and we’ll let you know the current scenario. We encourage parents to put their children on the waiting list for Beaver Scouts as early as possible.
If you’ve moved into the area and were a Scout elsewhere we do out best to fit you in.
How much does Membership cost?
Annual membership fees are usually spread out to make it easier for families and charged termly.
In 1st Combs Scout Group, you can expect to pay up to £90 per year which works out as little as £1.73 a week! However, if you’re concerned about the cost, please do speak to a leader in confidence; there may be assistance available. This covers the cost of insurance, weekly programme and some of the costs of running the Group
The group has a hardship fund, which is established to provide financial support when it is needed.
Trips, Camp and activities are charged separately.
What is Scouting?
The Scout Association offers everyday adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK. The Movement is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories.
When can my child join scouting?
Starting age for Beavers is usually 6 however there is some flexibility in the age range and sometimes young people can join from as young as 5 ¾ . Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10 ½ . Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18. After Explorers, Young adults move to Scout Network which allows them to participate in the Scout programme until they are 25.
As a voluntary organisation, sometimes we may not have the capacity or space to offer your child a place immediately. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Want to help more young people access Scouting? Why not consider Volunteering?