FAQ

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 please get in touch!

When do we meet?

We have three, age specific, sections here in Weston. To find out more about each section please click on the links above, but our usual meeting times are:

  • Beavers – Thursday 6-7
  • Beavers – Monday 6-7
  • Cubs – Wednesday 6.30-8
  • Cubs – Tuesday 6.30-8
  • Scouts – Thursday 7.30-9

Times of individual weekly meetings may vary due to activity, location, etc. If you want to come along and visit it us please get in touch first

As a guide, our terms are generally the same as the School terms, although we continue to run a variety of special events and activities during the holidays.

Where do we meet?

All our sections are based at The Scout Hall, High Street, Weston. However, we are often out and about in the local area, particularly during the summer months. Many of our Summer meetings are held at the district Scout Campsite on Kelston Road.

How much does it cost?

All our members pay a termly (3 times a year) subscription to the group. As of September 2014 this fee is set at £40.00 per term. This includes:

  • Membership of the Group, District and National Scout Association
  • Insurance
  • Use of the Scout Hall
  • Cost of materials and resources for weekly meetings

Camps, Trips and some activities are charged separately. As a rough guideline, expect to pay around £20 per 24 hours for a camp (dependant on location, etc). Trips are generally charged “at cost” although we usually get a lower admission rate than the general public!

Is there a Uniform? And how much does that cost?

All our members wear uniform, which can be ordered through the group. For the latest prices check out our online uniform shop. We also offer a range of branded activity clothing and are constantly expanding our range of optional items.

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 and Safety, Challenging Behaviour, etc. The group has clear behaviour policies which are followed, and we follow the Scout Associations “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 assessments 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 – the best way to find out what we get up to is to check out the news section of this website, or follow us on twitter @westonscouts.

Can Girls join Scouts?

Yes certainly! Scouts have been co-educational for many years now. In fact nearly 40% of our Cubs and around 50% of our Scouts are female. Our leader team is also mixed.

Does my child have to go Camping?

A key part of Scouting is going away from home on residential “nights away” trips. These are a mix of camps, indoor sleepovers, and expeditions. Typically Beavers will be offered two nights away from home each year, Cubs will be offered 5 nights away experiences (often lasting more than one night) and Scouts will be offered 6 nights away experiences (again, often lasting more than one night).

Whilst attendance at camps is not *required* it is strongly encouraged, and is a core part of the programme. Over the years we have found that young people who do not attend the camps miss out on a huge part of the Scouting Experience (broken down by hours, at Scout Age, weekly meetings are only around 1/4 of their total “time” in Scouting). We have a policy that young people will not be appointed to leadership positions (patrol leader at Scouts, Sixer at Cubs) if they have not attended a residential trip. Equally young people are not able to complete their Chief Scout Award without attending residentials. If you have any concerns about your son/daughter attending camps, or about paying for them, please do talk to us!

Is Scouting a Religious Organisation

Scouting is open to those of any faith, or no faith at all. During your son or daughter’s time in Scouting they will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs, and to learn about world faiths. Various versions of the Scout Promise are available, and your son/daughter will be encouraged to make their own choice as to which they would like to make. Whilst we encourage young people to explore their faith, Scouting is not itself a religious organisation.

Will I be expected to help?

In a word, Yes. We are a family-orientated group, and encourage all family members to get involved. Whether its helping occaisionally as part of a parent rota, supporting trips or camps, or taking on a more regular leadership role, we are entirely dependant on volunteers to run our weekly section meetings. Behind the scenes we are supported by an active Executive Committee and fundraising team. And with parts of our hall dating back to 1824 there’s always jobs to be done there too!

But don’t let that put you off – volunteering for the group is very rewarding, and can be great fun. We run a range of social events for parents and families throughout the year, and its a great way to make new friends – for the adults as well as the kids!

Is there a waiting list?

Scouting in Weston has almost been a victim of its own success, and we receive several membership enquiries every week. Unfortunately we are limited in the number of young people who can join us, not by our venue or resources but by the number of volunteers we have.

At present, waiting lists operate for all three sections, with priority given to those moving up within the group, and to families already involved in the group. We have recently opened a new Beaver Colony, and a second Cub Pack and Scout Troop will follow as soon as we can find enough volunteers – could you help us to offer Scouting to more families in Weston?

It is well worth adding your child to our waiting list from an early age to increase your chances of a space being available when they reach joining age, and we recommend that wherever possible all children join us as Beavers at age 6, and work up through the group.

You can find out more about how our waiting list works, and what to expect once you have applied to join, here

How do we Get Involved?

Get in touch with us today!

How is the Group Managed

Scouting has a defined management structure. Each Section is managed by a Section Leader. All the sections, along with the group in general, are managed by the Group Scout Leader – who in turn is line managed by the District Commissioner. The Group Scout Leader is assisted by an Assistant Group Scout Leader

The group is a registered charity, and as such is managed by a board of trustees known as the Executive Committee. This committee is made up of leaders, parents, and lay members – find out more!