It can be bewildering on your first night so here are some pointers.
Parking – there is limited parking at the hut and it can get busy, there is a carpark at the surgery and one for playground next door we have no arrangement to use the surgery carpark so please be respectful of their property. It can get very busy during the handover from Cubs to Scouts on a Wednesday and Beavers to Cubs on a Thursday so we encourage parents to drop off cubs / scouts attending the later sessions in the bottom carpark, leaving the top carpark free for those picking up.
We also ask that in the interests of the safety of the children and anyone else in the area that when you are picking up in the scout car park that you DO NOT GO PAST THE TELEGRAPH POLE towards the hut. This area is usually where the leaders park and it also means that you would either have to turn round or reverse out. This is unsafe in the unlit carpark and people have reversed into the wire guy rope holding the telepgraph pole up. We also ask that you do not drive on the grassed area at all as people have slid down the bank when trying to turn round and have needed assistance to get out. This is not our land to drive on either.
Staying – We try to encourage the children to be independant but on their first week you can stay and watch if you feel that would help them, though most children seem to settle in well and parents don’t generally stay on evenings they are not scheduled to help. Some parents wait in the carpark if the commute home takes too long. There is a playground next door for waiting siblings in the summer months.
Helping – Beaver and Cubs often need parental help, we can’t do it without your input too. At Beavers there is a weekly rota so once your child has settled in please do your bit (it’s unlikely to be more than once a term). If this is difficult for you please discuss this with the section leaders.
Getting invested – After three or four weeks of attendance, when your child is ready to, we will invite them to join and participate in a simple investiture ceremony in which they will make a simple promise, and receive their badges and scarves.
Buying uniform – You can buy uniform from a number of online scout shops or from Limelight in Uckfield. See the Scout website for more details of what is needed for each section. We provide badges and scarves. We also have a lot of second hand uniform available – especially for the smaller children – please ask if you are interested and also if you have any you would like to donate
Subs – We ask for a termly subscription of £35 payable by cheque or bacs (put your child’s surname and the relevant section as a reference). See costs page for details.
Communications – All sections communicate by email (let us know if this does not work for you), emails are generally sent out weekly. We also try to publish the programme by email and for Beavers & Scouts on this website. Generally it is easiest to communicate back by email or by speaking to leaders at meetings.
Registration forms – You can’t leave your child with us without having completed a registration form. Each section has their own but the Scout troop one is available here – Scout_Record_Card. Without this your child is not covered by our insurance and can’t stay. We’ll also ask for fresh forms for every camp or external activity, we are required to do this by the scout association again for insurance purposes.
CRB checks – All leaders are CRB checked. If you are helping at the odd evening you are an occasional helper and need to fill out an occasional helper form. For anything more (and if it might involve working with young people without the presence of a leader) a full CRB check is required.
First aid – Leaders are first aid trained. For anything more serious than bangs and scrapes we may call you to collect your child and would expect you to take them to A&E if required. We will accompany them to hospital if an ambulance is called.