The White Field Explorer Unit
Many parents feel that their child attending Scouts gives them another reason to be proud of their achievements.
Parents say Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, adventure and an extended family.
There is no doubt that parents value what Scouting does for their children. In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, 9 out of 10 parents said Scouting is worthwhile (7 in 10 very worthwhile) and 9 in 10 said their children find Scouting enjoyable (6 in 10 very enjoyable).
Scouting helps parents prepare their kids for life’ and ‘it helps parents let go of their children.’ Gains to children were seen to be both immediate and long-term and all agreed that Scouting had made family life easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with.
‘They have fun and learn discipline too. It’s a good combination.’ ‘It’s not just factual; they learn social skills and about interacting. They have to remember things to bring the following week so they have to take a bit of responsibility for their own stuff!’
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from parents.
Scouting is one of the most affordable extra curricular activities for young people today. The subscription covers the cost of the programme, equipment, overheads, scarf and any badges they earn. This is paid at the start of each scouting year. Your child’s leader will advise on amounts and payment. Special events, outings or camps may incur an additional fee.
All young people and adults taking part in Scouting activities are covered by The Scout Association’s insurance provided by Unity (Scout Insurance Services).
When your child nears the end of their time in their current section, their leader should speak to you about the process of moving on to the next one. There may be a period of time when they attend both sections, such as beavers and cubs before settling into cubs. When this happens, your child can gain their moving on award.