Information for Parents

Answers to all the questions we're frequently asked

We want to make getting into Scouting as easy as possible for you and your young people. As part of any new venture you undertake, you'll have questions surrounding different aspects, and if your young person has deciced they'd like to become a Scout, it will be no different. 

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us using the details at the bottom of the page.

Can my little boy or girl join?
Absolutely! Scouting has been open to all children, regardless of gender, since 1991.

How old does my young person need to be?
Our Group provides sessions for young people between 6 and 18 years of age:

  • Beavers for young people between 6 and 8 years of age
  • Cubs for young people between 8 and 10½ years of age
  • Scouts for young people between 10½ and 14 years of age
  • Explorers for young peoople between 14 and 18 years of age

Is there any flexibility in those age ranges?
Most of our sections allow for some flexibility in the age ranges, giving around 6 months either side of the age ranges for young people who need extra time in a section, or who would like to remain within friendship groups when they move up. The only exception to this is in our Explorer Scout Unit, where young people will automatically cease to be a member on their 18th birthday.

Can I join a waiting list if my young person is too young?
Yes. You can find out more about our waiting list in our Be a Scout section.

How safe will my young person be?
Extremely. The safety and wellbeing of our youth is our first concern, as part of The Scout Association's Young People First policy. The Yellow Card for adult volunteers and Orange Card for youth volunteers both detail the child protection policy and code of practice, and our policy is to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.

Can I stay with my young person during their session?
We understand that some of our younger members might prefer to have a familiar grown-up around while they try new things, but we find that even the most nervous of our youth members are absolutely fine once their grown-ups have left the building. That said, if you'd like to help by giving some of your time, you can find out about becoming an adult volunteer and look at the roles we have available.