Thinking about joining the adventure? You’re bound to have loads of questions about Scouting – we’ve tried to answer some of the most common ones below, but if you can’t find the answer then please do get in touch!
How much does it cost?
All members pay a membership subscription to the group. This is fixed at £30 per old School term (three times per year). This includes:
- Membership of the Group, District, County and national Scout Association
- Meeting place costs
- Cost of materials and resources for weekly meetings
Camps, trips and some other activities are charged separately. Trips are generally charged “at cost” although we generally get a lower admission rate than the general public!
Is there a Uniform?
All our members wear a uniform, which can be purchased from the Scout Shop in Milton Road, Swindon.
Will my Child be Safe?
All our leaders undertake DBS (formerly known as CRB) checks, and a strict appointment procedure is followed. The leader in charge of each section (and many of our other leaders) have undertaken extensive training, covering areas such as Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Challenging Behaviour, etc. The group has clear behaviour policies which are followed, and we follow The Scout Association’s “Young People First” safeguarding procedures. A qualified first aider is present for all activities and appropriate first aid equipment is available whether we are in the hall or out and about.
Scouting encourages young people to take sensible risks in a controlled way. Your child will climb trees, light fires and learn to use knives, as well as taking part in a number of adventurous activities. We recognise that minor injuries are an inevitable part of childhood, but follow risk assessment and operating procedures to ensure that all activities are as safe as possible.
What activities do you do?
We do far too many activities to list, however it ranges from camping, hiking, wood fire cooking, kayaking, and many more…
Can Girls join Scouts?
Yes, certainly! Scouts has been co-educational for many years now. We have a mixed leader team, in many of our sections.
Is there a waiting list?
We do try our best to give a space to everyone who wants to join. However, young people generally have to wait before a space becomes available.
It is well worth adding your child to our joining list from an early age to increase the chances of a space being available when they reach joining age. We recommend that wherever possible all children join us as Beavers at age 6, and work up through the group.