Enrol your child
QHow do I enrol my child?
We offer everyday adventure and activity to hundreds of thousands of young people across the UK.
There are fun and exciting activities and opportunities in each of the five sections:
- Beavers (ages 6–8)
- Cubs (ages 8-10½)
- Scouts (ages 10½–14)
- Explorer Scouts (ages 14–18)
To enrol your child, simply contact your local Group and make an enquiry using the contact details on this page.
QHow can my child benefit from joining Scouts?
In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable.
As your child progresses through Scouts you should be able to see signs of the impact their Scouting adventure has on them.
QWe’re moving to a new area, can I transfer my child to a new Scout Group?
If you're moving to a new area, transferring to a new Scout Group can be great way of helping your child settle in and make friends. You should let your child's current leader know as soon as you can that you're planning to move.
When you know where you're moving to, search for the local Groups in the area on www.scouts.org.uk and make contact directly to arrange for a new place.
You can also call the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818. They will be able to put you in touch with a Group in your new area.
If you're moving abroad, the Information Centre will be able to give you the details of the Scout organisation in that country.
QMy child is moving up a section; what do I need to do to help them prepare?
When the time comes to move up to the next age range, a young person can have mixed feelings: excitement at moving on, sadness at leaving friends behind. Making the transition as smooth as possible goes a long way to helping your child settle into their new section.
First of all you need to check what the process involves with your child’s current Section Leader as it can vary locally. You might need to put your child on a waiting list for the next section or, in some cases, it may happen automatically.
QHow much does it cost to send my child to Scouts?
This will vary depending on your Group but it is likely to be between £50 and £100 per year, which is collected weekly, monthly, every term or annually, depending on local arrangements. This fee usually covers the cost of the hire or upkeep of the meeting place. 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 local Section Leader in confidence.
QWhat do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
Scouts wear a uniform depending on the age range. All Scouts (adults and young people) wear a coloured scarf or necker, the colour of which varies depending on the Group. Uniform can either be bought from Scout Shops or your local district Scout Shop (the adults in your child's Group will be able to give you more information).
Become a volunteer
QI’d like to get involved, but I don’t have any skills?
Volunteers can help in many ways. You might have first aid knowledge that you could teach the group, or you might be able to teach our Scouts a thing or two about DIY.
If you’re good with accounts you could be Group treasurer, or if you’re a culinary whizz you could run cooking sessions with the young people. Everyone has a skill (whether you know it or not) and we can make use of it.
QI would like to volunteer but I don’t have the time?
Volunteering for The Scout Association is easy, fun and flexible. We have a huge variety of roles to suit everyone, and whatever role you choose, we'll make sure you're properly trained and supported.
You can do a couple of evenings a month or one hour a week: how much time you give is completely up to you.
With whatever time you can give to Scouting, hopefully we'll be able to inspire you by showing how easy and rewarding it can be to volunteer with Scouts.
QCan you tell me more about volunteer training?
Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.
Our modular training scheme delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.
Our training scheme was recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills. It is one of the reasons why we have managed to increase our volunteer numbers over the past few years, against the national trend.
QWhat else can I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership.
Over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives, so we’re certainly doing something right.
A study of volunteers found that more than two-thirds of respondents reported a direct correlation between their volunteer experience within Scouting and gaining employment or career development.
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