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!’
‘Scouting helps parents prepare their kids for life’
What time and where do you meet?
Our group meets on a Friday night at St James’ and St Basil’s Church Hall, Ravenside Road, Fenham, NE4 9EJ.
Each section meets at a different time:
- Beavers 5:30pm – 6:45pm
- Cubs 6:45pm to 8:15pm
- Scouts 8:15pm – 9:45pm (Duty patrol 10pm)
How much does it cost to have my child in Scouts?
The subs are: 1st Child £24, 2nd Child £20, 3rd Child £16 and 4th child from same family free.
There are other costs throughout the year, such as uniform, camp and other activities. These prices all vary, but we make sure you have plenty of warning when they are coming up.
Where do I buy the uniform from?
The uniform is available to buy from John Lewis or online from the Scout shop – see Helpful Links sections.
You can also buy your uniform online from Northumberland County Scout Shop at www.scoutuniform.org.uk
Can I spread some of these costs out across the term?
Cost should not be an object for your child joining our group or participating in extra activities such as outings and camps. If you have any concerns regarding finance of your child in Scouting, please speak to the Section Leader or Carol, our Group Scout Leader.
We are often happy to arrange payments on an individual basis such as weekly or monthly payments. We usually run “camp bank” for our bigger camps, where several instalments can be made towards any of our camps. Please discuss this this with a leader or Carol.
Am I able to find out how the group spends the money I pay for subs/camp fees?
Each year we produce our annual accounts, which are presented at the AGM. If you have any questions about finances, how the money is used or camp expenses then please feel free to speak with Carol or the Treasurer of the Group Executive.
Will my child be insured when on Scout activities?
Yes. All Members are covered under our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.
Is there a planned programme of activities for Scouts?
Yes. Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational and development programme. The main programme areas are: Outdoor and Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs and Attitudes. Section Leaders are trained to deliver this programme through a variety of methods and activities.
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 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, the Scout Information Centre will be able to give you the details of the Scout head office in this country.