With guidance, we have allowed the Scouts to take ownership of the troop rules and help create them. These are things that are expected of Scouts and follow the theme of the scout law and promise. When a leader or adult raises their hand, Scouts should stop what they are doing, raise their hands and listen. This is to show respect but more importantly, listen to instruction. This is also how young Cubs and Beavers are treated and we hope we would not have to use this method as we hope scouts will already show respect to those that are speaking.
For your child’s safety and enjoyment we operate a zero tolerance to bullying, hitting, aggressive, disruptive or unacceptable behaviour at 1st Winnersh Scouts.
On occasions, we may give Scouts a ‘time out’. This is usually when their behaviour is disrupting the rest of the pack. We feel time out is an effective discipline technique as it allows the Scout space to calm and reflect on their actions.
In the unlikely event that a Scout behaves in an unacceptable way the leadership team may issue a ‘Yellow Card’. One of the leadership team will discuss the situation with the Scout along with their parent or carer. If another ‘Yellow Card’ is issued then the Scout concerned may miss the following week or could even be excluded from a forthcoming event i.e. an overnight camp.
If your child has special needs that may affect their behaviour then please let us know.
Should your child not be able to attend at any time, please let us know, either in person or writing. Dropping an email or text is acceptable but we cannot accept verbal messages from other Scouts. This allows us to better plan the meetings.
Our Scout troop is run by volunteer leaders who are DBS checked and undergo First Aid training.
Sometimes work or life commitments can crop up. In order to ensure maximum use of time we like to have parent helpers. You are able to sign up to help through My.SCOUT which shows what is coming up on the programme and how many parent helpers are needed.
Some groups run a compulsory parent/carer rota but this is something we would like to avoid. However, if it means that we cannot run certain activities due to not having parent helpers, we may need to look at the rota system.