FAQs

How do I join the group?

In the first instance please use the link to the contact form here:  contact

Should my child be in Beavers, Cubs or Scouts?

  • Beavers is open to Boys and Girls of age 6 to 8
  • Cubs is open to Boys and Girls of age 8 to 10.5
  • Scouts is open to Boys and Girls of age 10.5 to 14
  • Explorers is open to Boys and Girls of age 14 to 18

What can I do if the waiting list is full?

1st Bramhall is a very popular and successful Scout Group and as such, places in the Group are in high demand. But it is always worth enquiring as places may be available. If not, you will be placed on the waiting list and we will give you an indication of when a place may be available. To ensure a fair system for all, places are offered strictly in the order in which they were placed on the waiting list.

Please mention if you are interested in becoming involved in the leadership of the group. We can always find a place for children whose parents are prepared to help.

How is 1st Bramhall Scout Group structured?

At 1st Bramhall Scout Group we cater for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. A group of Beavers is referred to as a ‘Colony’, a group of Cubs is referred to as a ‘Pack’ and a group of Scouts is referred to as a ‘Troop’. Each of these is also referred to as a ‘Section’ and each has a section name as listed below.

XBU Explorers are a district explorer unit who have their HQ at the Bramley Centre.

Because we have such a large membership we run two Beaver colonies and two cub packs:

  • Colts Beaver Colony – Monday – 18:15 to 19:30
  • Kits Beaver Colony – Wednesday – 18:15 to 19:30
  • Pine Cub Pack – Tuesday – 18:45 to 20:15
  • Fir Cub Pack – Thursday – 18:30 to 20:00
  • Scout Troop – Friday – 19:00 – to 21:30
  • XBU Explorers – Thursday – 19:45 to 22:00

The Group Scout Leader leads the Group and has a team of key people to help through the sections.

The uniformed Section Leaders each lead their team of assistants and helpers. Together they are responsible for the delivery of the programme for the young people who are members.

The ‘business’ side of the group is managed by a body called the ‘Group Executive’ which is led by the Group Chairman. More information on the Executive Committee is available elsewhere on this website.

What are the contact details of the group leadership?

Please see here – Contact

Where do I buy Neckerchiefs/Uniforms?

The official uniform for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts is available from many retailers, including

Davensport Ltd,
98 Bramhall Lane,
Stockport,
SK2 6JG

If the cost of uniform presents difficulties we may be able to help through our uniform bank.

Where do the badges go on my uniform?

Please see the following pictures:

Where can I find out more information about badge work?

What are the Scouting Terms?

We follow the same term dates and holidays as defined by the local schools:

January to Easter is the Spring Term
Easter to July is the Summer Term
September to Christmas is the Autumn Term

We also break for half term during the same weeks as the local schools.

Beavers and Cubs do not attend during school summer, Easter and Christmas holidays. Scouts continue to attend throughout the summer holiday and the Easter holiday but do not attend during the Christmas holiday.

Section term dates can vary slightly based on leader’s knowledge of clashing school events or in the event of preparation for extra activities like camps taking place.

When do I start paying Subscriptions?

All young people are entitled to attend their first few meetings on a trial basis to see if they like it. If they wish to stay and join the Group, details of when subscriptions start and how to pay are provided to parents  .

How do I pay my subscriptions?

At 1st Bramhall subscriptions are paid by monthly standing order. You will receive information on this within a couple of weeks of joining the Group.

We do not wish for any child not to attend because of financial difficulties, so it is important that you contact in strict confidence the Section Leader, Group Scout Leader or Group Treasurer immediately if subs become overdue so we can make appropriate arrangements. If a child’s subs become overdue by more than one term and you have not contacted or notified any of the above then your child’s membership may be cancelled or suspended at the discretion of the Scout Group until the situation is deemed to be resolved. Any questions regarding the payment of subs should be directed to the Group Treasurer by email to richard.baker@ladybrookvalleyscouts.org.uk

What are my subscriptions used for?

A portion goes towards the Young Persons section and is used to pay for sectional activities in the Scouting Programme and supplies such as crafts/activity materials, badges, training and outings. The remainder goes into Group funds and is used to pay for insurance, membership of Scouting UK, running the minibuses, equipment and the running costs of the Scout HQ building such as electricity, gas, water, council tax, repairs and maintenance.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a valuable source of Group funds. When you are registered for Gift Aid the Group will receive an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 of your subs payment. So for a £15 monthly subs payment, we receive an extra £45 over the year and this provides a substantial boost to our funds.
All UK resident taxpayers are eligible for Gift Aid. You will receive a Gift Aid Form when you join. Please help us by filling this form out and returning it to the Treasurer.

What happens when it is time for my child to move up to the next section?

Your leader will speak to you about this during the term prior to your child’s progression to their next section.
There is no fixed pattern to which Cub Pack a beaver will move up to, it depends on availability at the time. But we will do our best to accommodate any peferences

What happens when my child reaches 14?

At the age of 14 your child is eligible to move up to Explorer Scouts. Explorers are run at a district level but have their HQ at the Bramley Centre. The Explorer Scouts Leader is Paul Winterburn and the Scout Leader will provide all the necessary information and introductions at the appropriate time

What does the Scout Group expect of parents?

Scouting is run entirely by volunteers. The uniformed leadership go through a  training programme to maintain the quality of the activities provided and to ensure the safety and security of all the Young People in the sections.
Parents may be asked to help out at their child’s meeting on a rota basis, and to offer their help when needed to undertake activities held away from the Scout HQ Building. Outings require an increased ratio of adults to children for safety and to comply with insurance requirements therefore, if there are not enough helpers, the outings cannot go ahead.

We always need extra adult helpers, whether it is to provide additional skills to run an activity or to become regular or uniformed helpers. Please discuss this with your section leader without any commitment if you feel you can help in any way. Your time commitment does not need to be large, or even regular. Please click on here for more information: https://www.1stbramhallscouts.org.uk/join/adult-volunteers-18

Where should I park?

Our HQ is located on Bramley Close. There is a small amount of parking in front of the HQ but please do not park here at the start and end of section nights. There is a large potential for incidents at these times, so please park in the free public carpark at the end of Bramley Close and walk into the HQ to collect your young person. Please do not park on the road in front of the HQ either because this is a potential safety issue too.
Please be mindful when driving near HQ. There will be young children rushing to their cars, often in the dark and, again, the potential for accidents it great. Please watch your speed

When and why must I be DBS checked?

To help safeguard the young people we must DBS check any new parents who help with running the sections. This ensures peace of mind when parents help with transport, camps, rotas, fundraising etc. In addition, any adults who book on to Family Camp must hold a valid Scout Association DBS approval certificate.

The DBS application is now completely paperless. You can begin the DBS application process by sending an email to {link}. You will be entered for DBS approval automatically if you book on to Family Camp.
You can find all the detail of how we run the 1st Bramhall DBS Process.

All DBS checks are free.

What do I do if my child has a medical condition you should know about?

You must inform us if your child has any sort of medical condition that may become relevant to his/her time in the Scout Group. You can enter details of the condition on the registration form or you can tell your section leader directly if you would rather. Either way, this information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Please don’t try to hide the condition, it may do more harm than good. We strongly believe in equal opportunity for all children and guarantee that your child’s condition will not negatively affect the way in which they are treated within the Scout Group.

What do we do in the community?

We aim to get involved in our local community as much as possible. From taking part in community events, entertaining the residents of old folks homes, running the ever-popular annual Bramhall Bonfire and Firework Display and raising funds for Defibrillators in our community, our young people learn what it means to be part of a community. In addition, we take part in two annual parades. The first is the St. Georges Day parade in late April. All children are expected to attend this parade which is held in Bramhall or Hazel Grove alternating annually. The second parade is held on Remembrance Sunday finishing at St Michael’s Church. Your leaders will provide you with further details regarding these parades nearer the time.

What about communications and internet?

Communications from your section leaders will generally be electronic. All sections have access to ‘Online Scout Manager’ and you will be registered on this system as you join the Group. There will also be occasional paper based communications.
E-mail is a fast and cost effective way of communicating information throughout the group. All communications from the Group Executive are now carried out via email so it is very important that you provide your leader with your email address at the earliest opportunity.

Individual sections have closed Facebook pages for communication with parents and young people and there are also Twitter accounts to keep people up to date.

The group has its own website at www.1stBramhallScouts.org.uk Information about Group events and fundraising activities, along with other helpful information can be found on it. We would like you to encourage your child to contribute an occasional article about their scouting experiences. The website has an extensive photo gallery and pages where you can volunteer your help for some of our activities.

What about data protection?

By indicating your agreement and signing the registration form you are giving the Scout Group your permission to store information about you and your child including any medical information that you tell us about on the registration form.

The information which is held is only that which is essential to the administration of the group and this information will not be disclosed to anyone outside of the movement. The information is held in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
If you have any questions or concerns with regards to data storage, please contact the Assistant Group Scout Leader barry.aitken@ladybrookvalleyscouts.org.uk.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls