Parent and Carer FAQs
Do you have a Child & Youth Protection Policy?
We have a Child & Youth Protection Policy which outlines SCOUTS New Zealand’s commitment to protecting the safety of all young people involved with our programmes. Our full policy can be found here.
Do you carry out Police and reference checks?
Yes we do. Safety is a top priority in Scouting, so we have a Police vetting system and reference checks in place to ensure the safety of other volunteers and of course our young people. Please refer to our Health and Safety page for more details and to download our Code of Conduct, Child & Youth Protection Policy and other related policies.
How can my child benefit from joining Scouts?
Parents tell us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’. As your child progresses through Scouts, you will see signs of the positive impact their Scouting adventure has on them.
Do we have to join up straight away or can our child have a trial period before they join?
We offer a 1 month FREE trial membership to all new members - so your child can come along to try it out first. Please contact your local Scout group to arrange this first so that they can cater for extra numbers on the night. Call 0800 SCOUTS to find the group nearest to you - and give it a go!
I don’t feel I have any suitable skills; how can I get involved?
Parents can volunteer and help in many ways; you don’t have to be a regular Bear Grylls. You might have first aid knowledge that you could teach the group, or you might be able to teach our Scouts a thing or two about DIY.
If you’re good with accounts you could be Group treasurer, or if you’re a culinary whizz you could run cooking sessions with the young people. Everyone has a skill (whether you know it or not) and we can make use of it.
There's no pressure to continue as a helper or leader afterwards, but hopefully we'll be able to inspire you by showing how easy and rewarding it can be to volunteer with Scouts. For more information go to our Volunteer page.
We’re moving to a new area, can I transfer my child to a new Scout Group?
If you're moving to a new area, transferring to a new Scout Group can be great way of helping your child settle in and make friends. You should let your child's current leader know as soon as you can that you're planning to move.
When you know where you're moving to, you can contact the local Group directly.
You can also call 0800 SCOUTS. They will be able to put you in touch with a Group in your new area.
If you're moving overseas, they will be able to give you the details of the Scout organisation in that country.
My child is moving up a section; what do I need to do to help them prepare?
When the time comes to move up to the next age range, a young person can have mixed feelings: excitement at moving on, sadness at leaving friends behind. Making the transition as smooth as possible goes a long way to helping your child settle into their new section.
First of all you need to check what the process involves with your child’s current Group Leader as it can vary locally. You might need to put your child on a waiting list for the next section or, in some cases, it may happen automatically.
You should also ask whether the new Section Leader will be in touch or if you have to contact them first. Also be aware that meeting times and places may be different in the next section.
If your child has friends in their section that they want to move up with, make sure that the Group leader knows about this so that they can help if possible. This could also be a good opportunity to arrange sharing transport to and from meetings.
Is there a planned programme of activities for Scouts?
Yes. Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme that was completely redesigned in 2007 following years of work with educationalists and youth workers. While each Group will undertake different activities, the main programme areas are aligned with our four cornerstones: outdoors, community, personal development and new experiences. All Leaders are trained to deliver this programme.
How much does it cost to send my child to Scouts?
Costs will vary depending on your Group, so please contact us to get more information on the Group nearest you.
Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, you can speak to the local Group Leader in confidence. WINZ has supported families by paying fees to SCOUTS New Zealand in the past. For more information to see if you qualify, please call 0800 SCOUTS.
What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
Scouts wear a uniform and this varies according to the particular Scout Group they belong to - i.e. Land Scouts, Sea Scouts or Air Scouts. All Scouts (adults and young people) wear a coloured scarf or necker, the colour of which varies depending on the Group. Uniform can be bought from Scouts Direct online shop (the adults in your child's Group will be able to give you more information).
How should badges be placed on the Scout uniform?
The correct placement of badges on youth and adult uniforms is shown in the PDFs linked below:
>> Badge placement for Youth Uniform
>> Badge placement for Adult Uniform