1. When can my child join Scouting?
Starting age for Beavers is usually 6, but this will depend upon the Scout Group’s own waiting list policies. Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10 and a half. Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18.
2. How much does membership cost? Costs vary between Groups. Subscription could be weekly, monthly or termly and some use direct debits. If you’re concerned about the cost, do speak to the leader in confidence; there may be assistance available.
3. How will my child benefit from joining Scouts?
Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.
4. Why has my local Group got a waiting list?
Due to a shortage of volunteers there are currently 30,000 young people waiting to join the Scouts. If there is a waiting list for your local Group – why not help out? Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.
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The 30th Walthamstow Scout Group offering training opportunities for both the Young Adults who are also Young Leaders in our Scouting sections but also opens a path for parents and carers, many who have since ‘integrated’ into the community through volunteering, breaking down any obstacles that were once felt to be in the way; be it language, education, confidence or otherwise.
All volunteers who help to run our activities give their time freely to help young people enjoy Scouting.
Leaders are interviewed locally and asked to provide references. Everyone working with young people in Scouting is asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, previously referred to as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check.
If you'd like to become a leader, please contact us! We're always looking for more enthusiastic leaders.
Code of Conduct
We have a clear code of conduct which is given to all adults working in Scouting, regardless of their role. This is also included in the training that leaders receive, and offers advice about how young people should be treated. We have also developed a set of group policies to ensure Islamic principles are upheld.
If you would like to see a copy of the code of conduct for adults, you can either email us, or speak to your section leader.
Job Role: Leader
Leaders plan and deliver the programme and run the evenings and events. There are more than one Leader per section (Beavers or Cubs or Scouts) so it is a collective role where you can do as much as you feel comfortable with whilst learning from those more experienced. Section meetings are between one and a half hours and two hours and since there are multiple Leaders it does not have to be an every week commitment. We have a planning meeting once a term and section evening preparation can be split between all Leaders, Assistants and Helpers. Many hands make light work.
Generally we organise it so one leader will take the front role for an evening section meeting and perform the opening and closing ceremonies and be in charge” for that session. Someone else might do the same the next week.
Job Role: Leader
Job Role: Assistant
Assistant Leaders run games, give training to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for badge work, help prepare the evening sessions and may take the lead in organising events like summer camp. Often it is difficult to tell the difference between an experienced Assistant and a Leader as Assistants often grow to become Leaders.
Our helpers, whether as part of our Parent Helper rota or as a formalised role, provide the backup that makes running activities enjoyable. Helpers can do all the jobs that do not need Scouting training. Getting drinks and snacks ready at Beavers, doing the admin for a section on our on-line system from home, helping set up games and learning, looking after youngsters who need a bit of TLC, helping clear up after the meeting.
Job Role: Helpers
ACTIVITIES AND ENGAGEMENT
We expect all leaders to take courses in basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.
Throughout their time in 30th Walthamstow our leaders undertake 18 training modules - ranging from running safe activities, to skills of leadership. To commemorate the training leaders take part in, they are presented with Wood badge.
Fundraising for Scout
There are so many ways you can help Scouts - from fundraising locally to supporting one (or more!) of our national campaigns. Every amount raised, nationally or locally helps more young people get the most out of Scouts.
Our activities were originally designed for groups meeting face-to-face, so you may have to think on your feet to make them work in the (very unique) situation we’re in. Anyone can be the person leading the game or activity, so why not let young people take charge? Instead of chatting in a real-life group, you could use the internet (safely) or talk to someone at home – we’ve heard that hamsters make pretty great listeners.