FAQ

Answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.  If you have another query please Get In Touch.

Child just started in Eling Seascouts?  What happens next?

Young people will attend for a number of meetings to make sure that Scouting is right for them.  During this time they will learn about the Scouts and the Scout Promise, which they make when they are invested.  At the investiture they will become a member of the Scouts and will receive their scarf and badges.  If the young person is moving up from another section they may wear their existing uniform until they are ready to be invested.

Where can I buy the Uniform?

There are a number of Scout Shops run by Groups.  12th Eastleigh shop is open on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons and carry most items.  You can order online from the Scout Shop but Post and Packing is extra.  Other suppliers are available online.  You may be able to get second-hand items – check with your section leader.

Where do I sew that badge?

There are diagrams showing where badges should be sewn, on the Scouts website.  Please note that we place the RN Recognition badge on the left breast and not on the right.

After investiture young people may be awarded activity or staged activity badges, challenge awards or the Chief Scouts Award.  Here are examples of the types of badges which can be awarded and where they should go.  Occasional badges are those given for special events, such as anniversaries, camps such as jamborees or expeditions.  These should be worn over the left breast and removed at the end of the period agreed by the County Commissioner (normally six or 12 months).

From left to right

Beaver Outdoor Challenge Award – Right Breast

Cub Disability Awareness Activity – Left Arm

Scout Environmental Conservation Activity – Left Arm

Nautical Skill Staged Activity Award (All Sections) – Left Arm

Explorer Belt Buckle – Replaces belt buckle

World Scout Jamboree (Occasional Badge) – Left Breast

 

When does the meeting end?

Sections meet at the following times: Beavers 6-7; Cubs 6.30-8; Scouts 7-9; Explorers – Varies

 What equipment is needed for camp?

 A kit list will be provided by the section leaders in advance of an event.  It is important that items are clearly labelled with the owners name.  Expensive personal items such as iphones, or cameras should not be taken to camp as they may easily be mislaid or damaged.

How much does it cost to join?

 The annual costs for all Sections is £150.  Activities such as camps, will attract additional costs.

 How can I pay?

We accept cheques and cash. We are unable to take credit or debit cards.

 When can my child move to the next section?

Age ranges for each section are given on the Section pages.  However, there is flexibility in the age at which children may join and leave each section. This makes allowance for the different maturity levels of individual children as well as enabling us to maintain workable section levels.

Where can I find what the requirements for a particular badge are?

Details of all the Activity Badges, Staged Activity Badges and Challenge awards are here on the main UK Scout Website

How can I get involved?

Get  in touch through using our Want To Join form.

If I volunteer to help, will I need to come every week?

No, we are very flexible in using our volunteers and a lot depends on the role you take on.  If you become a uniformed leader there will be an expectation that you are available for most meetings.  If you help out on the fund-raising team, then the commitment could be much less, with a peak around the Donkey Derby.  We have numerous support roles, so why not Get In Touch and see how your skills could be used.

What training will I need as a volunteer?

If you are just an occasional helper then you will need to complete some simple training on Child Protection as well as having a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  This is done be the Scouts at no charge to you.  If you offer training, is say sailing, you will need proof of your competence and will be assessed.  The majority of the training modules provided by the Scouts are aimed at uniformed leaders and are designed to ensure that our members are kept safe, treated with respect and the Group is running effectively.

My child has a disability; will they be welcome?

Of course.  Scouting is very inclusive and our building is accessible to disabled people.  We would suggest you get in touch with the group and discuss any special needs with the leaders of the relevant section.

When do Beavers go on the water?

Although they have no formal programme of water activities they do get opportunities to try out boating under careful supervision.

What training do leaders get?

There is a comprehensive programme of training modules available for leaders, all provided free of charge.  Some of the training is mandatory when starting, others have to be completed over a period of time.  Other modules are voluntary and are generally required before leaders can supervise or help with activities such as camping, climbing, caving, sailing or kayaking.  There are a number of modules for those leaders who take on management roles.

How do you decide what is safe to do?

Risk assessments are made for all activities, from regular section meetings, through to major expeditions.  Risks assessments are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain valid.  In addition, as outlined above leaders have to be trained in running activities.

Do you allow mixed camping?

Separate accommodation is always provided at sleepovers and camps.  In addition, youth members over 18 and leaders may not share accommodation with under-eighteens.

My child cannot swim!

To participate fully  in water activities, we expect young people to be able to swim 50 metres wearing activity clothing and equipment, such as buoyancy aids and helmets.  From time to time  we do arrange swimming lessons, where the young people can learn to swim and be assessed.  There is also a staged activity badge which members can achieve.  The Group regularly participates in District and County swimming galas and the Sea Scouts compete in the Royal Navy Sea Scout annual swimming competition in Plymouth.

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