FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any activities outside of the regular meetings?

Many activities take place in addition to the weekly meetings. These are often organised at a District or County level. Cubs and Scouts are strongly encouraged to participate in these activities, which include camping and other outdoor pursuits. There are only a few extra activities organised at a District or County level for Beavers.

What is expected of a Beavers, Cubs and Scouts?

Boys and girls are expected to learn the Scout Promise and Motto, to have fun and make friends with children from other schools and Scout Groups. St Sebastian’s Scout Group is Church Aided and closely affiliated with the Church. Attendance of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at special church services two or three times a year is expected.

If a child is unable or unwilling to attend a weekly meeting, please let the leaders know, whatever the reason…don’t just not turn up. If a child does not attend for 3 weeks without notifying the leaders then it will be assumed that their place will no longer be required and will automatically be given to someone else on the waiting list.

What is the role of a Parent or Guardian?

Your son or daughter may come home from a pack meeting and say, “I need a picture of a panda for next weeks meeting!” Your child expects that you will be interested and they will get far more out of Scouting if you are prepared to offer your support to them. There are many ways in which you can help, for example:

  • Joining the Group Executive Committee to help them raise funds and manage the Group.
  • Offering a skill or hobby to train or test the Cubs and Scouts for awards and badges. Please let the leader know of any skill(s) you could share!!
  • Could you take a group of children to your place of work?
  • Helping prepare refreshments for a Group or Pack event
  • Helping with transporting Scouts and equipment to camps and outings
  • Supporting the Scout Group’s social and fund raising events and Annual General Meeting
  • Joining the Group Executive Committee  to help them raise  funds and manage the Group.

We always need volunteers to help support the Group. You can help at the weekly meetings by joining the Parent Rota and there are many other ways to get involved as well as join in the fun with your child at one of the many camps or outdoor activities.

How do I register my interest in helping out?

Firstly the law requires you to complete a CRB Disclosure Application Form, which can be obtained from the Executive Committee. Ask your Section Leader for contact details. Every parent or guardian should complete a form when their child joins the Group. Completed forms should be returned to the CRB co-ordinator who will also need to see certain items of identification. Once verified via the Scout Association HQ you can get involved right away. Just let the respective Leaders know how much time you are able to commit and also let them know of any special skills, hobbies or talents that you may have, which you may be able to share with the children. Also please let the Chairman know if you are willing to assist the Group Council with fund raising activities or other events.

Communication

Two-way communication is Essential to ensure good Leader and parent/guardian relations. Good relations at this level definitely benefit the youngsters. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are provided with a termly programme of events and are also given regular notes to remind them of upcoming events.

Parents are very welcome to visit during meetings and offers of assistance are always especially appreciated.

If you or your child has a question please ask!