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Parents tell us that 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.

‘Children learn social skills as well as practical ones. They have to remember things to bring the following week so they have to take a bit of responsibility for their own stuff!’

‘When I see Ella 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. ’

‘Scouting helps parents to prepare their kids for life’

Parents’ FAQs


The Group has a waiting list, why is this?

We have over 30,000 young people on waiting lists around the country due to a shortage of adults. If there is a waiting list for the section that your child hopes to attend you could think about joining us yourself. We always welcome any help from parents.


Will my child be insured when on Scout activities?

Yes. All Members are covered under our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.


How much does it cost to send my child to Scouts?

We ask for membership fees of £30 per term, which you can pay weekly, monthly, termly or annually depending on what’s best for you. This fee covers the cost of the hire of Manor Drive 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 your Section Leader in confidence.


What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?

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 – ours is scarlet. Uniform can either be bought from Scout Shops or your local District Scout Shop (there’s one at Scout Park Campsite, Gordon Road, Bounds Green N11 2PB – click here for details).


Is there a planned programme of activities for Scouts?

Yes. Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme. 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.

Click on the name of a section to see their current programme:

  • Beavers
  • Cubs
  • Scouts

    My child is a Scout but we are moving house, how can I enrol him/her in a new Group?

    Firstly, you will need to tell us 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.


    What do all the initials and jargon mean?

    Click here for a Scouting dictionary.