This page is for parents. Much of it is pretty dull but it’s supposed to contain all the information you need as your child joins the group. Please contact us if there’s anything else you think we could usefully lodge here!
In common with other groups around the country, we are popular. Official start age for Cubs is 8 1/2, but only if there is a space available. We:
- Keep a register of interest containing details of people who have contacted us about having their child involved
- Take people off the register of interest as spaces become available, in age order. If you have registered with us though, you should still contact one of the Cub leaders again to remind us that you’re still interested, and your child has turned 8 1/2
- Try and give higher priority to children of parents who get involved. We need to do that because it helps make sure we’ve got people available to run the group. Without parents to run the group, there would be no group! Please contact us to tell us you would like to get involved.
Parents go on a rota, usually attending once a term. That’s a minimum commitment though, and there are plenty of other ways you can get involved. If you’re attending as a parent helper, please read the guidelines we’ve put together for our lovely parent helpers.
Subs are currently £33 per term, or £50 if you’ve two children in the group. These are collected by our treasurer Emma Ward (Harry’s Mum). We ask you to pay by electronic transfer if possible.
We use subs to pay membership fees to the Scout Association (currently around £25 per person per year), hall hire, materials costs and leader direct expenses. We aim to use any surplus funds to subsidise some of our ‘big events’ (days out, camps or other big events) doing as much as possible to encourage involvement. Everyone you see involved with the group is a volunteer. No one gets paid for their time or makes money out of the group. We are open about how funds are used in the group and, at any time, please feel free to request a copy of our accounts from Emma.
Gift aid declaration
When we collect subs from you we will ask you to complete a gift aid declaration. This enables us to make a claim from HMRC, resulting in more funds for the group.
Uniform requirements and costs
Cubs need a cub sweatshirt, available online: cub sweatshirt – it’s cheap!
We will supply you with a neckerchief and a woggle. We have these custom made and delivered. At the moment we charge £10 for a scarf and a woggle, which roughly covers our costs.
Some of our youngsters like to have Cub t-shirts or other accessories. None of these are compulsory.
We will need to ask you to please send us the answers to some usual questions so that we can register your child. Rachel Malig will be in touch regarding that one.
We ask all parents to please complete a CRB check. The check is not necessary to have your child attend the group, or to have you along as a supervised helper. However, CRB checks are compulsory for all adults on an overnight event. We run a lot of parent and child events and, because we can’t continually supervise adults over a large site, an adult could have unsupervised access to someone else’s child. Because CRB checks are compulsory for overnight events, and because we don’t really want a last-minute rush on CRB checks before an overnight event, we ask everyone to complete them as they join the group.
You can download a CRB form here: CRB form.
We hope that you’d get some degree of comfort from knowing that other parents involved in the group are CRB checked.
Risk assessment and risk management
Although we focus on fun and adventure, please rest assured that the Scout Association does its best to program your leaders so that they are continually assessing and mitigating risk. You will find us attempting activities that are louder, more rowdy and more boisterous than your children might attempt elsewhere. But half the reason we can do that is because we have plenty of supervision, plenty of space (often we will be outside) and concentrated time: we are usually only meeting for an hour and a half on a Friday night, so it’s perfectly feasible for us to wind your kids up into a frenzied lather before sending them back to you for the rest of the weekend. Schools for example can’t do that! So although you’ll find us having lots of noisy fun, what we are definitely not about is taking undue risks with our and your children.
We’re always trying to make sure we have lots of adventurous fun in a managed environment (and the code of behaviour that we’ve developed with the older kids’ input helps us keep evenings somewhat orderly). But accidents can still happen. If we’re all standing around a campfire, with the best will in the world, a spark could fly at someone. Please rest assured that if an accident does happen, we have efficient procedures in place to cope, and we will do our very best to care for your child.
Please speak to us if you identify a risk that someone else working in the group hasn’t thought about. In the heat of an activity, they’re not always easy to spot (the queue progressively inching towards the wildly-swinging rounders batter the other Friday is a classic example for us).
We operate with strict child protection policies, outlined on the ‘yellow card‘. One of our big policies is the “two adult” rule. The village hall has lots of nooks & crannies (multiple toilets, multiple rooms, kitchen, inside, outside) and our child protection policies require that no adult should be in a room alone with a child. Please help us comply with this rule. Please:
- Stick to the two-adult rule if you are onsite with us
- Help other leaders or helpers stick to it. If you see an adult in a fluster rushing off to help a child, having briefly forgotten the child protection policy, please take it upon yourself to accompany them. That’s very helpful
- Do not ask a leader to transport your child alone, even if that leader is a personal friend (or, at least, please don’t be offended when they say “no”).
Position of badges on uniform
We always get lots of questions regarding badge positions. Here is a good guide:
The most important rule of all
That’s the necessary but dull stuff out of the way. If we were into rules, and memorising rules, perhaps the most important rule to remember is this one: have fun! That’s what we’re always putting the emphasis on (although there’s a few other things we have to remember as well, and so we’ve collected some of those up here just for convenience)!