When can my child join Scouting?
Starting age for Beavers is usually 6, but this will depend upon the Scout Group’s own waiting list policies. Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10½. Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18.
How much does membership cost?
It's around £30 a term, but this can vary between Groups. Subscription could be weekly, monthly or termly and some use direct debits. If you’re concerned about the cost, do speak to the leader in confidence; there may be assistance available. How will Scouting benefit my child?
Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.
Why has my local Group got a waiting list?
Due to a shortage of volunteers there are currently 30,000 young people waiting to join the Scouts. If there is a waiting list for your local Group – why not help out? Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.
How to join one of our Groups
Having read this introduction you would like to sign your child up to join a Harpenden District Scout Group, excellent! All of our Groups have dedicated, hard working and enthusiastic Leaders in all sections so you can be sure they will be safe while having a good time.
How to "sign up"?
Firstly, from the website home page click on the Groups menu item. This will display information about all of the Scout Groups and Explorer Units in the District. There is a zoomable map at the top of the page to show exactly where the meetings take place and below that each Group is listed along with basic details about the meetings. If you have a preferred Group then click on the More Details on the right to see addresses and times etc. otherwise we would suggest having a look at the Groups near where you live. There are Groups that cover the whole of Harpenden as well as Wheathampstead and Kimpton.
On each page on the site you will see the menus at the top. If you hover over Sections and then choose the correct one for the age of your child from the drop down menu you will see some information about this section of the Scouts. Use the Register Interest link on the left to open a form. Take note of the paragraphs regarding your childs age and follow as appropriate.