Whatever your age, there is something for everybody, as well as a chance to meet up with your mates, have a laugh and do lots of exciting activities.Scouting helps you learn lots of new and amazing skills – and you get to earn badges and rewards along the way. We have different sections depending how old you are - they are …6 to 8 years of age - Make friends and try new indoor and outdoor activities - generally children can join from the age of 5¾.8 to 10½ years of age - Learn practical skills while having adventures with friends - you have to be 8 years of age to join the Cubs10½ to 14 years of age - Build confidence, resilience and a sense of adventure - you can join between the ages of 10½ and 1114 to 18 years of age - Take the lead, work together, and embrace new experiences - you can join the Explorer Scouts or become a Young Leader between the ages of 13½ and 15. 18 to 25 years of age - Hone employability skills and achieve top awards - you can move on to, or join the Scout Network between 17½ and 18½ - it’s a great way to stay in touch when at University or away from home; however membership ceases on your 25th birthday.18 years or older - everyone has something to give and you could use your work or hobby skills to help us by becoming a Leader, an Assistant, or a Helper - why not join us?
Normally, members wear their uniform when attend meetings, which are held at the Scout Den in Combe Lane. The day and the time of the meetings are given in the section details on this website. If a meeting is not being held at the Scout Den, for example, for a cookout or to go swimming; you will normally be told about the arrangements and the type of clothing to wear, at least the week before.Members are expected to regularly attending meetings and events, as well as keeping to the standards required by their Section; otherwise their place may be withdrawn and be offered to someone on the waiting list.
How much does it cost
The main costs of being a Beaver, Cub or Scout in our Group are subscription costs, uniform costs and costs for some major activities such as camps. The current monthly subscription is £10. The majority of the group’s income comes from subscriptions, which are managed through an automated online system, Online Scout Manager(OSM). This makes it much easier to pay subs – no need to remember to dig out your cheque book, or do online banking, it is all automated once you have set it up, which is a very quick and easy process.Scouting is about everyone being able to join the adventure and don't want young people to miss out due to the cost. If you're concerned about the cost, please speak to us in confidence; there may be assistance available.
Our aim is to offer a place at the earliest opportunity; however, Scouting is very popular in our area, which unfortunately means we can't always offer a place to a potential member as soon as we would like to. Therefore, in order to be transparent and open, we have defined the way in which we will offer places to young people from our Joining-in List.In the first place, please e-mail details of your child to “email@example.com” so that they can be added onto the Group's ‘Joining-in’ List. This can be done at any age. Please include the following information:•Child's full name•Date of birth•Address and Postcode•Parent / Guardian contact names•Contact telephone numbers (land & mobile)•Any additional e-mail contactsWhen a place is available, the appropriate Leader will contact you and make arrangements for your child to go to their first meeting; where they can meet the Leader and see what a meeting is like. At his stage it will be necessary for you to fill out a Young Person Information Form, so as to register them with The Scout Association.
Scouting is a uniformed organisation and all Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are required to wear the appropriate uniform. However, it is worth waiting a couple of weeks to make sure that new members are settled and that Scouting is for them before buying a uniform. Wedmore Scout Group wear a lemon coloured scarf with the Group's ‘Isle of Wedmore’ badge on it. Sometimes called a ‘necker’, the scarf and woggle that holds it in place, are presented to the young person at their investiture into the Colony, Pack or Troop. Although the Group provide the initial woggles, scarves and badges, you may have to pay for replacements if these are lost.Locally, Dean’s shop at Cheddar stock a good range of Beaver, Cub and Scout uniform items. Additionally, uniforms can be purchased from the official Scout Store, which can supply all your uniform and Scouting supplies from their website or by telephone (01903 766921).
When a new member is ready to join officially, they make their promise during a short ceremony called an ‘investiture’; where they receive the Membership Award to show that they belong to the world-wide scout movement. The Promise is based on the shared values of all scouts, but has a number of variations in wording, depending on each young person's personal faith and beliefs, which the Leaders are happy to discuss with each new member.We ask that all members to learn their promise off-by-heart, as it is important that they try their best to live by it. However we understand that people can get nervous when having to speak in front of others, so during their investiture they will be asked to repeat their promise after a Leader. The Beaver, Cub and Scout sections of this website have downloadable sheets that provide information about the investiture ceremony; as well as details of the Promise, Law and Motto that are applicable.
How we manage our Joining-in List
The Group keeps to the equal opportunities policy of The Scout Association, and is open to all young people, aged from 6 to 14 years; subject to places being available, and there being sufficient adults in the Section for it to be run safely and successfully. We operate a single Joining-in List for the entire Group; which includes anyone who wishes to join and is waiting for a place to become available within the appropriate Section; including young people moving into the area. So, this means that if a young person is unlucky not to obtain a place in one Section, they will be held our Joining-in List for the next age group; where they will generally be offered a place once they are less than six months of reaching the starting age of that Section. There is no need to reapply for each Section.Places within Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be allocated in the following priority order; subject to the young person being able to spend at least six months in the appropriate Section, before reaching the age that they will have to leave that Section:•Young people who are already a member of the Group, moving up to the next Section, i.e. moving from the Beaver Colony into Cubs and from the Cub Pack/s into Scouts;•The children, or grandchildren, of Leaders and full time helpers who invest time in helping to support Wedmore Scout Group; including new adults joining the Group in these roles;•Young people moving into the area who are already a Member of the Scout Movement;•Young people living in Wedmore, and the villages and hamlets of Bagley, Blackford, Clewer, Cocklake, Crickham, Heath House, Latcham, Mark, Mudgley, Panborough, Sand and Theale; or within the remainder of the BS28 postcode area;•Young people living outside the BS28 postcode area, but who have a sibling in the same Section, or one of the other Sections;•All other young people.Within these groups, priority will be allocated according to age. Where individuals are within six months of each other, the length of time they have been on the waiting list shall be taken into account.If a young person fails to meet the standards required by their Section then their place may be withdrawn and be offered to someone on the waiting list. In particular, this means regularly attending meetings and events; but also includes other factors, such as behaviour and paying subscription fees.Download a copy of this policy