Information For Parents
This information page has been compiled to provide vital information for the parents and carers of Cub Scouts of the 23rd Bath (Avonvale) Scout Group.
If you have any further queries, or questions not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact one of the leaders using the link at the bottom of this page.
Our Cub Pack usually meets every Monday evening in the Scout HQ, School Lane, Batheaston. Click here to view a map.
The Pack meets promptly at 6:30, please endeavour to ensure that the Cubs arrive promptly. Pack nights normally finish at 8:00.
Normal meetings usually include games and activities. They are flanked by a “The Grand Howl” ceremony, as well as “Flag Break” and “Flag Down” ceremonies. Further detail on this, can be found in the Cub Ceremonies section.
Occasionally the Pack will meet on a different night, or at different times, such as climbing or caving, which may require a longer time period. You will be advised individually of these events.
The Sixes System
The Cubs in the Pack are organised into Sixes, each with their own different colour woggle to identify them. A Six usually has around (funnily enough) 6 Cubs in it, encompassing a range of ages and Scouting experience. The Six is lead by a “Sixer”, who is in charge of the Six, and assisted by a “Seconder”.
Sixes work as a team during activities and games on Pack nights, earning points for the termly competition. While camping, the Cubs will “live” in their Sixes, each with their own tent.
Uniform consists of;
- Green Cub Scout Jumper, as seen here
- Group Scarf – light blue with white trim, supplied by the Group
Cubs are not expected to wear a uniform until they have been invested. A Cub Jumper can be bought from us, or alternatively, an official Cub Scout Sweatshirt can be ordered online from the Scout Shop. A scarf group scarf, a woggle, and the relevant badges will be provided by the Group, and presented at investiture.
Information on the positioning of badges can be seen in the Cub Uniform section.
Badges and Awards
During their time in the Pack, Cubs may work towards a number of badges, which, once awarded, are worn on the uniform. More information on the badges available, and their requirements, can be found under the “Cub Badges” section.
Behaviour and Discipline
All Cubs are expected to behave well and appropriately, anything else is unacceptable. Minor incidents are usually dealt with at the Leaders discretion. More serious incidents, notably bullying, fighting or dangerous behaviour, may result in the Cub’s parents being contacted, and a possible suspension.
Camping and Other Trips
Throughout the year the Cubs enjoy many opportunities to go camping, and on various trips. Details on trips, as well as kit lists, permission forms, and transport arrangements, are circulated well in advance.
Supervision During Activities
The Scout Association has strict rules regulating all activities and addressing any associated risks, to which we conform. Where appropriate, trained instructors are used for activities, and Leader: Cub ratios are kept as low as possible.
Further details can be found in the Scout Association “Policy Organisation & Rules” document, available in full here.
About The Leaders
(Almost!) All adults involved in Scouting are volunteers, giving their free time to run the Group. Our Leaders are experienced, and have all undergone a full Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, as well as panel interview to assess their suitability for working with young people, before being awarded their “Warrant”. In addition, the Leaders must undergo continual “Adult Training”.
Cub Scouts borrow much of their system from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” The meet in a “Pack” (pack of wolves) and the Leaders will often be referred to as “Akela,” “Bagheera,” “Baloo” or “Kaa.” Leader Details can be found at the end of this document.
Help is required in many areas to keep the Group running smoothly. The weight of responsibility should not fall solely on the heads of a few individuals, and parents are asked to help in any way they can.
At the least, parents are asked to help ensure that Cubs turn up to meetings and events on time, and that their uniform is presentable. All Parents are invited to the Group Annual General Meeting.
Beyond this there are many ways you could help; we are always looking for more adults to become involved in our Group across all sections. Here are just a few ways you could help;
- Help with transport
- Helping to plan a programme, or organise activities
- Helping run the weekly meetings
- As a one off activity instructor, using any skills you may have
- Come camping with us
- Join the committee
Commitments can be tailored to suit any schedule, and help is always appreciated.
It costs money to keep the Scout Group running. As well the cost of general activities, the Group must pay for the upkeep of the Scout HQ and equipment, and a fee to the Scout association for the insurance of every member.
One of the main sources of income to the Group is the termly subscriptions that all members of the Group pay. For Cubs this is currently £35 per term.
Camping trips are costed individually. Details are circulated with the information for each trip, but this usually requires an immediate deposit to secure a place, followed by payment of the balance either in instalments, or a lump sum closer to the trip.
Every effort is made by the Leaders to offer activities at the lowest possible cost. Indeed, on many activities, and particularly camps, the Group often makes a loss, highlighting the importance of Group fundraising events.
Costs, however, should not be prohibitive to any Cub partaking in any activity. If you have any concerns, please feel free to talk, in confidence, to any of the Leaders, or the Group Treasurer.
All cheques should be made payable to:
23rd Bath (Avonvale) Scout Group