Frequently Asked Questions
If you can’t find the answer to your question here, don’t hesitate to ask any of the leaders!
Where are meetings held? Where is the Scout Hut?
Meetings are normally held at the Group’s Scout Hut. This can be found at the end of Guessburn in Stocksfield, just after the Tennis Club. If you are arriving by car, please park on the road.
Note there will be no meetings at the Scout Hut until further notice. The old hut has been demolished and work has begun on building a new one!
In the interim we will be making the best use of outdoor venues (e.g. Dilston campsite) when we can. When it rains we may make use of Stocksfield Baptist Church, St John’s Church Hall and Broomley First School. For more details see the appropriate Section page.
When do you meet?
Each section meets on a different day: Beavers are on Tuesday evenings, Cubs on Monday evenings and Scouts on Thursday evenings. For more details see the appropriate Section page.
How much does it cost?
Members of each section pay a termly subscription to cover the running of the Group and a payment to the Scout Association. Currently this is set at £40 a term, making a total cost of £120 p.a. It is the policy of the Scout Association that this charge should never be a barrier to participation – if it is an issue please discuss this with any leader.
How do I pay my subscriptions or for an activity?
Use My.SCOUT – log in if you have created an account, or use the one-time link in emails about the event sent by the leaders. This allows us to automatically collect Gift Aid on subscription payments.
Are leaders paid?
No, Scout Leaders are volunteers. Fancy getting involved?
Are leaders trained?
Of course. The Scout Association has a detailed adult training programme. Adventurous activities are run by individuals holding the relevant outdoor qualification – e.g. Mountain Leadership, British Canoe Union, etc. Leaders are also trained in First Aid and Safeguarding.
Are activities insured?
All young people and Adults taking part in Scouting activities as members are covered by the Scout Association’s insurance – provided by Unity (Scout Insurance Services). There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the subscription fees.
What is the uniform?
Each section wears its own uniform, which includes the group scarf. You will get your badges and group scarf when you are invested, but each child should come with the basic uniform. See the Section pages for more details (including diagrams showing where to put the badges).
Do I need to have a uniform for day one?
No. Come along and try Beavers, Cubs or Scouts for a few weeks and see if it is for you first. You will need your uniform before you get invested (formally join the Group) – your leader will explain all this.
Where can I buy uniform?
You can buy uniform online via the Northumberland Scout Shop website. Locally, you can buy it in person from Salto UK at Unit 3D, Princess Way, Prudhoe, NE42 6PL [map] – handy if you want to try it on first! Scout Shops publish a handy sizing guide – in general we suggest you buy on the large side to save having to move all the badges onto a larger uniform if your Beaver/Cub/Scout grows out of it!
Where is Dilston Scout Camp?
We make good use of the District Scout Campsite at Dilston. This is located just off the A695, on the right after the Physic Garden – just on the crest of the hill (OS Map reference for the camp: GRN NY 974 634, Postcode NE45 5RA) [see map]. More information about the camp can be found on the Scout Campsite Directory.
What should Scouts take to camp?
You will be given specific instructions for each overnight activity but this general overnight camp kit list is a good place to start. Note that you don’t need to buy everything new. Also several outdoor warehouses offer discounts to Scouts (and even better deals for leaders). Check out My.SCOUT for more information.
Do you hold data about Group members and their parents?
The Group holds information needed to run a safe and effective programme. This includes contact details, medical information, and ethnicity and religion for equality monitoring purposes.
This information is stored securely on the Scout Association’s central database – Compass – and also on the Online Scout Manager system. Parents can access and update this information using their private My.SCOUT page (more information about this is available from the Group Scout Leader).
How do I get in touch with Leaders at camp or activities?
For each camp or external activity, the leaders nominate an “InTouch contact“. This person is not at the camp/trip but instead co-ordinates communications. If you need to get in touch with the leaders or your child in an emergency, then you can do this via the InTouch contact – they will hold personal contact details for all adults. Equally if the leaders need to get in touch with parents – e.g. if the time or location for collection changes, this will be communicated to parents via the InTouch contact. This allows the leaders to focus on the activity in hand and ensures there is a way to get in touch with them, even if the Scouts are working in an area with limited mobile reception.
If you are unable to get in touch with the InTouch contact then you can fall back to the Group Scout Leader.
Where does the Hadrian District Cairn Award badge go?
This is special district badge. It goes on the right arm of a Scout’s shirt, at the bottom below the patrol badge and any APL/PL/SPL stripes. (If your Scout hasn’t yet got any of these stripes, leave a gap of a few centimetres to save you having to move it later!
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