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We get asked a number of questions quite frequently, below are our most common ones

General

Why do you have fundraising activities?

As a group we incur a number of expenses to keep us running (Hall Hire, Insurance etc) and we want to keep our subs as low as possible but this means that we need to a number of fundraising activities throughout the year. Encouraging your child to attend these activities helps to raise our profile with the community and aids the raising of these funds.

One of the easiest ways you can help with this is to use the Easyfundraising toolbar (register at¬†https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/8thcolchestersg/) this works that same way as other cashback toolbar’s except the funds raised come to our scout group

How can I help?

Parents can help in a number of ways

  • If your section runs one join the parent rota
  • Consider becoming a leader – talk you section leader about the 4 week challenge

But easiest way is to talk to the section leader about what skills you have that may help you child’s section – you will most likely be amazed how we can use them.

Where can I get my child’s’ uniform?

Uniform is available from a couple of local sources

Firstly is the Stanway Scout Shop on Villa Road which is open on Friday Evenings and Saturday Mornings except during school holidays

The other local is the Scout & Guide Store on Wyncolls Rd in Severalls Ind Estate

When purchasing any items from either of these stores please ensure you tell them that you child is part of 8th Colchester Scout Group as this helps to raise some funds and/or reduce our expenses

 

Where can I find out information about an upcoming event?

The Whats On page will provide basic information on upcoming events.

Beyond that your Section Leader should be able to answer any specific questions you have.

Does my child need to bring anything with them for a section meeting?

For the weekly meetings the general answer is no

However, there are occasions that the Section Leader will ask their section to bring something in for a particular activity and we do recommend that each child brings a drink in a clearly marked bottle each week.

What does my child have to wear for a section meeting?

Unless otherwise advised by your Section Leader, your child should arrive in full uniform with their group scarf.

Beavers

At what age can my child move up to Cubs?

Typical children will move up to Cubs at the age of 8 but can be moved up anywhere between 7.5 and 8.5 years old.

The Beaver Section Leader will discuss the moving up process with the parent (s) and the Cubs Section Leader and agree a timetable for moving up

Cubs

At what age can my child move on to Scouts?

Typical children will move up to Cubs at the age of 10.5 but can be moved up anywhere between 10 and 11 years old.

The Cubs Section Leader will discuss the moving up process with the parent (s) and the Scouts Section Leader and agree a timetable for moving on

Scouts

At what age can my child move on to Explorers?

Typical children will move up to Explorers at the age of 14 but can be moved up anywhere between 13.5 and 14.5 years old.

The Scout Section Leader will discuss the moving up process with the parent (s) and agree a timetable for moving on