Joining Scouting

Before your child can participate in any Scout meetings you will need to complete an Application for Youth Membership form (Y1 see attachment below). This will give automatic insurance cover for your child whilst they are deciding if Scouting is for them.

Minimum Age

To join Scouts, your child must have reached the minimum age of 6 years.

Come And Try

When you come to one of our section meetings as part of the ‘Come And Try’ available, please introduce yourself and your child to one of the adults in uniform at the meeting and tell them that you are a new prospective member and would like to ‘Come And Try’ scouting.

The leader in charge will be able to answer any questions that you may have with regard to joining Scouting and if we are able to accept your child in the group (as we sometimes have waiting lists when sections are full).

If after discussing the membership with the leader and there is room in the section, there is a free trial period of three weeks, before you are required to pay the membership fees. This will give you and your child a chance to enjoy Scouting before you make a financial commitment. When we have accepted your child as a member our Treasurer will invoice you for the required fees (Please do not make unsolicited payments to our back account as we would not know from whom they were).

After the initial three weeks, the Group Leader and Section Leaders would discuss a date for Investiture. On investiture the Affiliation Fee, the membership fee for the first term and a charge for the issue of a group scarf would be paid. The Affiliation Fee will be sent together with the Y1 to Scouts Headquarters, thereby registering your child as a member of the Scout Association.


With the membership application under way, there are a couple of items that your child will require to get the most out of their scouting. Click here to see what you need

For more information on the on the cost of scouting click here

Application Form

Download the application form from the link below. Note that all 4 pages need to be printed and handed to the section leader.

Ensure you sign the last page.

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