Do you have to pay to join 19th Swindon Scout Group? The first three weeks for a child joining any section is free. Thereafter the cost is £2.50 per week. This can be paid by cheque if you prefer. We are a charitable organisation with little income and regular outgoings, so subscription payments are critical for our financial stability.
How can I pay the fee for each session? Payment for all subscriptions and activities can be made by either cash or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to “19th Swindon Scout Group”. You can pay for a whole term in block, if you wish.
When my child is a member, do I hear from you about what the group is doing/has planned? For all sections we normally issue letters for upcoming events and activities. These sometimes get lost, so we aim to also provide the information on this website. You can always contact the section leaders or the Group Scout Leader whose details are on each section page and the contact us page. The Group also has a Facebook Group for parents only to communicate upcoming activities and information.
Where does the Group meet?
All the different sections hold they normal meetings at Goddard Park School. Parents should arrive via the Buckland Close entrance. Beavers, for children aged 6-8 years old, meets on a Monday from 6-7 pm. Cubs, for children aged 8- 10 and a half years old, meets on a Tuesday from 6-7:30 pm. And Scouts, for children aged 10 and a half to 14 years and a half, meets on a Friday from 6:30-8 pm. Sometimes the sections hold meetings outside the hall when they undertake activities- for example going Rock climbing or visiting the local Fire Station. Parents will be informed in advance by the relevant Section Leader.
Can Girls join Scouts?
Yes, certainly! There are lots of Girls who are enjoying the adventure in Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts and we also have a mixed leader team.
Is there a uniform that my child will wear? All Beavers, Cubs and Scouts should wear their uniform to and from the evening sessions and most activities/events. This includes their uniform top/jumper and the necker. Neckers are provided by the Scout group at a cost of £10 as a joining fee, and all other uniform supplies can be purchased from the Scout Shop in Milton Road, Central Swindon. The Scout Shop is open on a Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and on a Monday from 7-9 pm. Uniform is different for each section in our group, and necker colours vary from group to group. Ours is blue and white. Please contact your section leader if you are unsure.
Will my Child be Safe? 19th Swindon Scout Group take keeping children and young people safe very seriously. All our leaders undertake DBS (formerly known as CRB) checks, and a strict appointment procedure is followed. The leader in charge of each section (and many of our other leaders) have undertaken extensive training, covering areas such as Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Challenging Behaviour. The group has clear behaviour policies which are followed, and we follow The Scout Association’s “Young People First” safeguarding procedures. It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm. Further information can be found on the website of the Scout Association. If you have any questions or concerns contact the Group Scout Leader.
It is the responsibility of each adult in Scouting to ensure that at all times their behaviour is appropriate, they observe the established rules for the safety and security of children and young people. They must follow the formal procedures following suspicion, disclosure or allegation of child abuse. All adults recognise that they are in a position of trust and therefore must act accordingly. In every respect, the relationships they form with the young people under their care are appropriate.
A qualified first aider is present for all activities and appropriate first aid equipment is available whether we are in the hall or out and about. Scouting encourages young people to take sensible risks in a controlled way. Your child will climb trees, light fires and learn to use knives, as well as taking part in a number of adventurous activities. We recognise that minor injuries are an inevitable part of childhood, but follow risk assessment and operating procedures to ensure that all activities are as safe as possible.
Will my child be rewarded for achieving? The awarding of badges is one of the primary focuses of Scouting, to recognise the achievements of each individual. These cost nothing (the cost is covered by the scout group), but lost badges are chargeable at 50p each. If your child is awarded badges please sew them onto the uniform as soon as possible – it is important each child can show how much they have achieved. If you need help identifying where badges should be located on the uniform please click on the pop-up link when you place the cursor over the three sections in the menu above. For all other enquiries, please contact your section leader via the details on the Contact Us page.