There is no doubt that parents value what Scouting does for their children. In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, 9 out of 10 parents said Scouting is worthwhile (7 in 10 very worthwhile) and 9 in 10 said their children find Scouting enjoyable (6 in 10 very enjoyable).
Parents say Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, adventure and an extended family.
"They have fun and learn discipline too. It's a good combination."
"It's not just factual; they learn social skills and about interacting. They have to remember things to bring the following week sothey have to take a bit of responsibility for their own stuff!"
Many parents feel that their child attending Scouts gives them another reason to be proud of their achivements. One parent said:
"I don't normally let Thomas carry dinner plates through - he can be clumsy but when he cooked me a meal from scratch, I was so proud."
"I think I probably wouldn't let Ella do as much as she does, but when I see her at Cubs, doing things for herself and her friends, I'm so impressed. It helps you step back and let them get on with it."
Other comments include:
"Scouting helps parents prepare their kids for life and it helps parents let go of their children."
Gains to children were seen to be both immediate and long-term and all agreed that Scouting had made family life easier and they were nicer children to live with.
We have 30,000 young people on waiting lists around the country due to a shortage of adults. If there is a waiting list for the Group your child hopes to attend you could think about joining us yourself. We always welcome any help from parents. With more adult help our waiting lists for young people would be shorter and more young people will be able to experience the adventure of Scouting.
Yes. All Members are covered under our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.
This will vary depending on your Group but it is likely to be between £50 and £100 per year which is collected weekly, monthly, termly or annually depending on local arrangements. This fee usually covers the cost of the hire or upkeep of the meeting place and so on. 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.
Scouts wear a uniform of blue trousers and a coloured sweatshirt, shirt or polo shirt (which varies 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 Ltd or a local supplier (the adults in your child's Group will be able to give you more information).
Yes. Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme which was completely redesigned in 2001 following years of work with educationalists and youth workers. Whilst Groups will undertake different activities from each other, the main programme areas are: Outdoor and Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs and Attitudes. Group Leaders are trained to deliver this programme.
Firstly, you will need to tell your child's current Group that you are leaving the area. Then call the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 and we will be able to put you in touch with a volunteer in the area you are moving to. If you are moving abroad we will be able to give you the details of the Scout head office in this country.
Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are five Sections: