What it costs
Scouting is an affordable way of providing a range of exciting and adventurous activities for your child.
In a recent survey, 75% of parents said Scouting provided the best value for money compared to other extra-curricular activities like sports and martial arts groups, youth clubs and drama or music classes.
The cost of sending your child to Scouting will vary depending on your Group. It is likely to be between £40- £50 a term and this may be collected, each term. There will also be an annual membership fee which goes directly to the Scout Association. Finally, you will need to purchase the uniform which can be done locally at Hewitts of Croydon or on-line.
This fee covers the cost of the hire or upkeep of the meeting place and so on.
Trips, camps and activities are usually charged separately.
Young people wear core uniform of a coloured sweatshirt or shirt depending on the age range. They will also wear a special group scarf.
Uniform can either be bought from Scout Shops Ltd or a local supplier. You can ask the adult volunteers in your child’s Group for more information on where to buy.
We don’t want young people to miss out through financial hardship. If concerns about finances may prevent your child taking part in Scouting or some activities, speak to your local leader, as some assistance may be available in confidence.
When can my child join Scouting?
Starting age for Beavers is usually 6, but this will depend upon the Scout Group’s own waiting list policies. Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10 and a half. Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18.
How will my child benefit from joining Scouts?
Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.
Why has my local Group got a waiting list?
Due to a shortage of volunteers there are currently 30,000 young people waiting to join the Scouts. If there is a waiting list for your local Group – why not help out? Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.