Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from parents.
1. What does my child need to take part?
For the first few meetings, your child can just turn up and enjoy themselves. The Leader will advise you when it will be time to order a uniform and other materials to help you, to help them on their way. You can order direct from www.scouts.org.uk/shop or Moore Close Post Office in Workington.
2. How much does it cost?
Scouting is one of the most affordable extra-curricular activities for young people today. The subscription covers the cost of the programme, equipment, overheads and badges. There is a one-off payment for Scarf & initial badges at investiture stage. Subs are paid weekly at a rate of £2.00 per week and you also need to pay for the weeks when you are absent. Special events, camps etc will incur additional costs.
3. Do I need to take my child to a Scouting event or Camp?
Sometimes special transport will be arranged and an additional cost will need to be paid. However, activities closer to home will involve parents taking their children to events and camps.
4. Is my child insured?
All young people and adults taking part in Scouting activities are covered by The Scout Association’s insurance. This is sometimes called ‘capitation fee’. At present, this is approximately £30 per head per year.
5. What happens when my child reaches the maximum age for their section?
When your child nears the end of their time in their current section, their Leader will speak to you about the process of moving onto the next one. There will probably be a period of time when they attend both sections before transferring full time into the older section. This ensures they are happy in the new section and are likely to stay. Your child will then qualify for a ‘Moving On’ Award (badge).
6. What does the uniform look like?
Young people wear key uniform of a coloured sweatshirt or shirt (depending upon the age range). They also wear a Group Scarf, which, for the 2nd Maryport is Red with a white border.
7. Where do the badges go?
A chart for each section will show you where they go. (see badges & uniform tab)
Take part in your child’s adventure.
Many groups, including the 2nd Maryport have a parent rota, which you may be asked to join to assist the Leaders running the sections.
Scouting only happens because of our 100,000 adult volunteers.
Volunteering in Scouting is fun and rewarding.
Our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls says ‘Parents invariably see what Scouting does for their children and many decide to get involved with the child’s scout group. Whether they can give time once a year or one hour a month, helping out is flexible. It can work around your life, and parents tell me every day what a positive experience it is continuing to young people’s development’.
‘Not all of our adults work with young people. There are roles for managers, administrators, trainers, event organisers, and many others. We can provide many flexible volunteering options that fit around existing commitments.
Award winning training
Our volunteers get as much out of Scouting as our young people. Our award winning training scheme means that volunteers can build upon existing skills, such as teamwork, leadership and communication; which are highly valued by employers. Over 40% of employers agree that ‘Scout volunteering on a CV is a positive influence on their decision to employ someone’ and 60% agree that ‘scouts make better-then-average employees’.
The flexible training scheme recognises prior learning and skills to ensure that scouting aids the development of our adults as well as our young people. Some elements of training count towards externally-recognised qualifications.
There are also internal awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.