Frequently Asked Questions

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Joining the Group

Who can join the Scout Group?

The 1st Cheddington is open to both boys and girls aged from 6 to 14 from Cheddington and the surrounding area. The Beaver section is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 8 years, Cubs 8 to 10½ years and Scouts 10½ to 14 years.

Do you admit girls?

All sections are open to girls and boys.

Is the Group open to all faiths and do you attend Church Parades?

The Group (and the Scout Association as a whole) is open to young people of all faiths and backgrounds. All members are encouraged to develop their own faith as part of our progressive programme. We are not linked to any church and so do not take part in regular church parades. We do, however, participate in the annual Remembrance Day service in the village which is traditionally held in one of the two village churches.

At what age can my child join?

We have various sections for young people aged between 6 and 14. Beaver Scouts are for ages 6 to 8. Cub Scouts are aged 8 to 10½ and Scouts from aged 10½ to 14. After this there is an Explorer UNit linked to the group for ages 14 to 18. Subject to room being available, a young person may join at any stage - e.g. you do not have to have been a Beaver Scout to become a Cub Scout etc.

How can I guarantee my child gets in?

The simple answer is you can't; the 1st Cheddington is a hugely popular group with a lengthy waiting list. To give your child the best chance, it is advisable to get on the waiting list as soon as possible. Most of the young people who join Beavers at age 6 stay with the group through the sections and this severely limits the number of places open for new members in the Cub section at age 8, and the Scout section at age 10½, as we guarantee all members a place in the next section.

Can my child join a section without starting at Beavers?

Although the vast majority of members come directly from our Beaver Coloniy or Cub Pack, there are occasionally places available to new members. These places are offered to people on our waiting list.

How does my child join Beavers, Cubs or Scouts?

Joining is easy, just let us have your child's details using the Joining Form and we will add them to the waiting list. If the waiting list is empty then they will be able to join straight away; we will let you know and they will be able to come along to a meeting night and be introduced into Scouting. If there are no spaces currently then your details will be held on the waiting list and we will let you know when your child can join.

What happens after the joining form is completed?

After completing the joining form, it will be emailed to the Scout Group and added to our waiting list. We try to contact you by telephone or email within a week of submitting your details but sometimes things happen so if you have been waiting for a long time please contact us.

In what order do people join off the waiting list?

Generally we take the young people off the waiting list in the order their details were put on the list providing they have reached the age required to join the section. However, we reserve the right to modify this order when circumstances are appropriate such as giving priority to siblings of existing section members or children of leaders. Please see our Membership Policy for details.

Why is there a waiting list?

Put simply, the 1st Cheddington is a very popular group and each section has a limit on the number of children we can accept, due to the number of leaders and physical room / health and safety.

Will my child enjoy being a member?

We hope that your child will enjoy becoming a member of our Scout Group. Children are welcome to come to a few meetings before they decide whether Scouting is for them. This will give them time to make friends and find out what we do. They do not need to purchase a uniform until they are ready to be invested which is normally after four or five weeks. This means you will not have to outlay any money only to find after a couple of weeks they are no longer interested.

What is the minimum age I can sign my child up from?

The Beaver Scouts are the youngest members of the Scout Association which caters for children aged between six and eight. Your child must therefore be six years old in order to join the Scout Group.
You can however register your child's interest in joining our Scout Group at any time. We can then contact you when your child is nearing their sixth birthday to see if they are still eager to join and hence start the arrangements for their first visit to the Beaver Colony.

Do we have to live close to the meeting location?

The simple answer to this is no. At the end of the day as long as it’s convenient for all concerned it does not matter where you live. In practice, the majority of our members live in Cheddington itself or one of the surrounding villages.

What if we live far away from the meeting location?

If you feel that you live too far from our meeting location, or it is inconvenient to attend 1st Cheddington Scout Group, we can put you in touch with another Scout Group that is more convenient to you.

What will my child need when joining?

Nothing is required for the first few meetings until your child decides they would like to continue attending; this gives your child the opportunity to decide whether Scouting is for them before you make any outlay. Once your child decides to be invested then full uniform will be required. All the badges, the scarf and a woggle are supplied by the group as part of the investiture ceremony.

Handbooks are also available for all sections; please see the relevant section leader for details.

It is also likely that some more specialist equipment will be required for particular activities e.g. sleeping bag for camps. These are not needed immediately and full details will be given by your Section Leader at the time.

Is the uniform compulsory?

The Scout Association is a uniformed organisation - in practical terms this means that all Beaver and Cub Scouts should possess the relevant sweatshirt and Scouts a shirt. The scarves and woggles are provided by the Group. Children need not wear uniform in their first few weeks whilst they decide if they wish to join permanently so there is no need to rush out and buy anything until you are certain that they wish to join.

Where can we buy the uniform from?

The best place to buy uniform is our District Scout shop at Weston Turville. Full details can be found here.

Uniform can also be purchased from a number of local supopliers. Full details can be found on our information page.