1st NORTH TURRAMURRA SCOUTS | FAQ
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There's a one-off joining fee of $36, plus a membership fee of $200 per year. There are costs for extra activities. We offer sibling discounts and you can use Active Kids vouchers.
IS THERE A UNIFORM?
Yes, this is simply a shirt and optional belt which can be bought online. We provide scarves and badges. You can buy other items (e.g. hats, jackets) if you like.
WILL WE NEED TO BUY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
No, at 1st North Turramurra Scouts, we provide all camping and adventure equipment, such as tents and canoes. These costs are met through membership fees and fundraising by the parents and friends of 1st North Turramurra Scouts.
WHICH SECTION IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
This depends on their age.
Joey Scouts: 5 – 8 years
Cub Scouts: 8 – 11 years
Scouts: 11 – 14 years
CAN GIRLS JOIN SCOUTS?
Absolutely! Scouts is for everyone, regardless of gender, and all children are equally involved. Life is co-ed and we're proud to be one of the first Scouts groups to welcome girls. Scouts is the ideal activity for the whole family.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A MEDICAL CONDITION?
When you first meet with the Section Leader, please discuss any medical conditions your child has. Leaders have access to training to support children with many types of medical conditions and can plan risk strategies to deal with medical issues.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A DISABILITY?
Where possible, children with special needs are encouraged to integrate with Scout Groups like 1st North Turramurra Scouts! Our Leaders have access to training to support children with physical and mental disabilities and Scout programs can be tailored to suit a child’s individual needs. There are also three specialised Scout Groups in NSW which cater specifically for special needs children, with an increased leader to Scout ratio.
ARE THE LEADERS TRAINED?
All volunteer Leaders participate in basic training courses, and their training must remain current. They also have the opportunity to undertake advanced and specialised training courses, some of which have business and leadership qualifications that are recognised outside of Scouts Australia. All training is delivered under the auspices of the Scouts Australia Institute of Training which is a registered training organisation.
WHAT SAFEGUARDS ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT MY CHILD?
Scouts Australia’s child protection system is considered to be one of the best in the country. Adult Leaders undergo background Police checks, are required to provide a WWCC number and references, and receive comprehensive, ongoing training in dealing with children. We aim to have at least two adult Leaders present during all activities. We cater for medical, physical and dietary requirements by obtaining all the necessary information to allow Leaders and other helpers to take appropriate action. At least one person trained in first aid attends all major events.
DO SCOUTS GO CAMPING?
Yes! Camping is introduced at age appropriate levels. It's an essential part of the Scouting program – and it’s fun! Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts have sleepovers in the Hall and Family Camps in tents. Joey Scouts experience camping at their ‘Mob Holiday’, where they sleep in a tent with their parent, while Cub Scouts participate in a large event every three years called the Cuboree, where they camp for five days. Scouts experience camping in tents and under canvas in the great Australian outdoors.