For Parents

What is Scouting?

Scouting is a global, educational youth movement. In the UK Scouting is organised through The Scout Association and has a clear purpose, values & method.

The Purpose

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

The Values

As Scouts we are guided by a set of values:

  • Integrity - We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
  • Respect - We have self-respect and respect for others.
  • Care - We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
  • Belief - We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Co-operation - We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

The Method

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and …

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors
  • learn by doing
  • share in spiritual reflection
  • take responsibility and make choices
  • undertake new and challenging activities
  • make and live by their Promise.

Our commitment

At the 52nd, our adult volunteers have a responsibility to make sure that your child's Scouting experience is fun, challenging, exciting and safe. The Scout Association's policies, rules, codes of behaviour and leader training are all there to ensure this happens.

Who can be a Scout?

Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators and we welcome all the help we can get!

How do you join?

For more details on how to join 52nd Reading Scout Group, please use the Contact Us form.

If you are unhappy about something

Normally everything runs smoothly and your children will have a fantastic time. However, it is possible that sometimes something may not go as well as you would like and you feel you need to speak to someone to sort it out.

In the first instance, we would ask you to speak directly with one of the leaders who was at the meeting or event, or to the Section Leader, to explain what the issue is and to try to get a quick, informal resolution to it.

If that doesn't work then you can contact our Group Scout Leader who will try to resolve the issue with the relevant people within the section or Group.

You can find out more about resolving complaints on the Scout Association website.