Scout Welcome Pack

Welcome to Scouts.

MySCOUTorangeWe use a system called My.Scout which lets us handle a lot of our administration online. Parents can see the upcoming programme, make payments, find out about badges and, most importantly, keep contact and personal details up to date for your child.

You will receive an email with a unique secure link where you can enter all the sign-up information that we need from you. (if you don’t receive an email after your child’s first night let us know – email chas@87thscouts.org.uk)

Now it’s time to read the membership pack……

welcome

We hope that your child enjoyed your first time at Scouts and that they will decide to join properly. Here is some useful information about the Troop for your parents to read. There is also more information about the Scout Movement in the leaflet.

Scouts are for any young people between the ages of 10½ and 14.

GETTING STARTED – MY.SCOUT

We’ll ask you for a parent’s email address on your child’s first night so that we can send a link to My.Scout.

My.Scout gives you a unique link which you will use to you keep personal details up to date, pay for things like membership dues, and sign up for events.

If at any time you need a reminder, just let a leader know and we’ll re-send the link.

WHAT DO SCOUTS COST?

Troop meetings cost £2/week.

Term fees are £10/term.

Uniform is from £13 to £17

Some activities cost a bit more.

STAY CONNECTED – HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS AND MEMBERS

We let you know what’s happening by email and text, and will always include both Scouts and parents in our messages.

Make sure that we have your current email addresses and mobile numbers so that you are not left out.

We encourage parents and Scouts ages 13 and over to ask to join our Facebook closed group. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/87thscouts/ o r search for 87th Craigalmond and ask to join.

Upcoming programme and events are always displayed on the website at www.87thscouts.org.uk. The website is designed so that it will display properly on mobile phones and tablets, so well worth bookmarking.

SO WHAT IS SCOUTING?

The Scout Movement is a global, educational youth Movement with a membership of over 28 million members, providing young people with adventure, fun and challenge.

Scouting aims to help all young people reach their full potential. This means assisting the development of young people as active members of the community who are self-reliant, caring, responsible and committed.

Scouting is open to all young people aged between 6 to 25, regardless of gender, faith, ability or background.

DEVELOPING YOUNG PEOPLE

There are five Sections in which Scouting takes place:

Beaver Scouts 6 – 8
Cub Scouts 8 – 10½
Scouts 10½ – 14
Explorer Scouts 14 – 18
Scout Network 18 – 25

In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are ‘learning by doing’, when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.

Development is guided by the Balanced Programme – a continuous progression of training, activities, badges and awards for all young people. Adventure is at the core of Scouting. Through adventure we challenge individuals so that they learn and experience new things that will enrich their lives.

The Programme is designed to help young people learn about their community and the wider world, improve their fitness and health and develop their creative talents.

It encourages them to enjoy adventure in the outdoors and develop their beliefs and attitudes against the backdrop of the Scout Law and Promise.

In addition to meeting nights, young people should expect opportunities for outings, indoor residential and camping experiences and other challenges suited to their age and ability.

The Programme is tailored to the interests, needs and pace of each individual, but also recognises group achievement. The highest personal achievement in each Section is the Chief Scout’s Award and the ultimate accolade is the coveted Queen’s Scout Award.

meeting times

The Troop normally meets at the Scout Hut in Boswall Parkway on Monday nights from 7.30 to 9.15pm. You should be there and ready to start at 7.30. The Troop does not meet during school holidays and occasionally meets on another night of the week (sometimes Wednesdays during May)

uniform

Uniform is a navy blue sweatshirt (£13.00). The group neckerchief (royal blue scarf – £3) is also worn with a woggle (£1.50). Dark trousers should be worn. Uniform should be worn to every Troop meeting unless told otherwise (excuses like ‘it’s in the wash’, ‘I can’t find it’, or ‘I forgot’ are not allowed!) . You can get your uniform from the Scout Hut on any Troop Night.

who runs the Troop?

The Troop is run by trained leaders and helpers who run the Troop in their spare time as volunteers.

The Troop is divided into Patrols, each with a Patrol Leader.

what is expected from the members?

To enjoy themselves, do the best they can and respect the other members, adults, property and equipment. The Troop members have drawn up a list of basic rules for behaviour and they are attached to this letter.

what is expected from parents?

Give your child positive support in their Scouting. Encourage them to attend activities and meetings, and let us know if they can’t be there.

Please complete the member details on My.Scout when you receive the link in an email so that we can contact you if we need to, and let us know if anything changes.

Let us know about any special needs that your child may have, dietary, medical or learning.

If you are able to help with fundraising, looking after the property, or can offer help in any other way, please let us know.

The leaders are all volunteers and appreciate any help that we can get.

what is expected from the leaders?

We will provide a varied and interesting programme of activities designed to suit all interests and abilities.

We will let members and their parents know about events by text, email, the website and by Facebook.

There will always be full details on the website at www. 87thscouts.org.uk and on My.Scout.

We will treat all members equally regardless of their ability, including any of our own children who are members. We firmly believe that Scouting has much to offer young people as they develop and that taking part is more important than being good at something.

Contacting leaders

You can see all the current leaders on the website at www.87thscouts.org.uk. Select ’Meet the Team’ from the menu. We will always be happy to discuss any worries that members or parents may have about Scouting (e.g. social, medical or financial).

Email : chas@87thscouts.org.uk
mobile & text : 0779 532 3889

LEADERSHIP

All adults who deliver local Scouting are unpaid volunteers, who are required to undertake training or learning appropriate to their role. Section Leaders are responsible to a Group Scout Leader, who in turn is responsible to a District Commissioner.

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints please speak initially to the Section Leader. If your concern is about the Leader please contact the Group Scout Leader. If not available, or if you are still not satisfied, please refer to the District Commissioner.

Safeguarding

It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm. The Scout Association takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, through relevant procedures and training, members and adults taking part in Scout activities do so in a safe environment.

MEDICAL / DIETARY INFORMATION

It is essential that you inform the Section Leader if your son / daughter suffers from any medical condition or if they require any specialist medicines or treatment.
It is also necessary for information to be supplied to the Section Leader about any dietary needs of the member. Please complete the details on My.Scout if circumstances change.

THE REST OF THE 87TH GROUP

As well as the Scout Troop, there’s also a Beaver Colony for children aged 6 & 7, a Cub Scout Pack for ages 8 – 10½, and an Explorer Scout Unit for young people aged 14 to 18. Details of other sections can be had from the Group Scout Leader, (GSL@87thscouts.org.uk) or the Group Chairman, Andrew Dean on 332 7446. Or email info@87thscouts.org.uk

PARENTAL PERMISSION

It is taken as understood that you give your permission for your child to take part in Scout activities during the normal meeting time.

Your permission is sometimes needed for specific events, camps and activities that may take place at a different place or time.

THE PROMISE

All members make this simple Promise and become part of the Worldwide Scout Movement.

On My Honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen
To help other people
And to keep The Scout Law

The Promise is made easier for younger children and is also available in different forms that recognise the country of origin that an individual belongs to, and their God.

Our young members are supported by almost 100,000 adult volunteers. Adult members of The Association serve as Commissioners (volunteer managers), Leaders, Section Assistants, Administrators, and in many other roles. The support of non-member adults is also welcomed, particularly from parent helpers.

The Scout Laws are:

A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.