Q: When will I know whether my son has a place in Cubs?
A: Parents are contacted, usually via the email address given in the application form, soon after their son has turned eight. Subject to there being a place, a boy can start the term after. For example, if your son turns eight on 04 June, then he should be starting Cubs in September. There are three intakes a year – in January, April and September.
Q: How much does it cost to join Cubs/ Scouts?
A: There is a joining fee of £25 to cover the cost of the scarf, woggle, handbook and certificate, and a £30 fee for each term. Thus, if you join in September, £115 is charged; if you join in January, £85 is charged; if you join in April, £65 is charged. Thereafter an annual subscription of £90 is collected around August. Fees are non-refundable as they are used to pay the Group subscription to the Scout Association and to cover running costs.
Q: My son was not offered a place in Cubs as soon as he turned eight. I am worried he will not get the benefit of an entire two years in Cubs.
A: We try to offer places as soon as boys turn eight but this is not always possible when there is a backlog of older boys waiting to join. A Cub can remain in the Pack until he is 10½ years of age. This means that if a boy starts a bit later, he should still get in six (or at least five) terms of Cubs before moving up to Scouts.
Q: My son did not want to join Cubs when he was younger, but is now really keen. Is it too late?
A: It is unlikely that there will be a place, as all our available places are usually filled by boys who have recently turned eight, and whose names would have been on the waiting list for up to a year before.
Q: My son did not want to join Cubs when he was younger, but now wants to be a Scout. Can he still join the Troop?
A: This is sometimes possible, subject to certain criteria and an interview. Please contact the Scout Leader, Ian Frais: T 01494 816610, M 07881 940 389, E email@example.com
Q: I understand there are two Cub Packs. My son only wants to be in the same Pack as his friends.
A: We ask that parents not make such requests as it causes considerable strain on the leaders, who are all volunteers. In our experience, most of the Cubs are happy in the Pack they are put in and seldom complain.
Q: Who are the leaders?
A: All our leaders are volunteers, and are parents, ex-parents or ex-pupils of the school. They are required to complete a disclosure application to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to ensure that there is no reason to disbar them from working with and being responsible for children.
Q: I am interested in becoming a leader. Whom shall I contact?
A: Please send an enquiry via the Contact page and we will contact you.
Q: I do not want to be a leader, but would like to help occassionally. Is this possible?
A: All parents are required to help at a Pack meeting once a term. Parents who are particularly interested in offering their help in other ways can join the Group Executive, which meets once a term to discuss matters relating to the way the Group is run. Please send an enquiry via the Contact page and we will contact you.
Q: I am an ex-Hall Scout, and would like to come back to help with the Troop. Whom shall I contact?
A: Please contact the Scout Leader, Ian Frais: T 01494 816610, M 07881 940 389, E firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I would like my son to join a Cub Pack/ Scout Group which is nearer to where we live. Are there any other Scout Groups in the area?
A: There are many Scout Groups in the Camden, City and Islington district. For a comprehensive list, please see http://www.londonscouts.org.uk/
Q: Do you have a Beaver Colony?
A: We do not have a Beaver Colony. For a comprehensive list of other Groups in the district which might have one, please see http://www.londonscouts.org.uk/
Q: Do you have an Explorer Unit?
A: We do not have an Explorer Unit. However many of our ex-Scouts continue to enjoy Scouting by joining Hampstead Explorers. Please see http://www.hampsteadexplorers.org.uk/