Scouting is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 25. 1st Histon Scouts includes sections for ages 6 to 14, in line with the admissions policy detailed below. Sections for ages 15 to 25 are administered on a District wide basis by Crafts Hill District.
The 1st Histon Scout Group has more young people wishing to join the Scout Group than we have places available. As such we have a Waiting List. This document outlines the policy in allocating places to Young People within the various sections of the Scout Group.
This document has been drawn up and agreed by the Scout Executive Committee on 10th October 2018.
Boys and girls can be added to the waiting list from the term after they turn four years of age. As term dates vary each year, we use the following dates:
There is a central waiting list for all sections. When the number of young people on the waiting list exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied (in this order) when vacancies arise in any section:
It is the Group's aim to ensure a person who is within the 1st Histon Scout Group will be able to continue through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. However in exceptional circumstances when available places do not meet current demand additional criteria for selecting members for transferring between sections is outlined below:
If at any point in the above selection there exceeds places for young people with no obvious way of discriminating between the eligible young people then a lottery will be drawn at the executive meeting, or by the waiting list coordinator witnessed by an executive body member or leader, prior to the term of entry.
An example of this might be where there are 3 available places and 4 eligible young people with the same length of service wanting to move on to the next section. The unsuccessful person would automatically be put forward for selection at the next intake.
If a young person wishes to transfer e.g. between the two Cub packs and the other pack is full, they will be given priority entrance when the next place becomes available in the desired pack in line with either no.5 on the standard priority criteria, or in exceptional circumstances meet additional criteria as any other member of the group.
Scouting is an inclusive organisation and is open to children of all abilities. Parents or guardians of children with additional needs are asked to discuss their child’s needs with the relevant section leader before joining the section so reasonable adjustments can be made to ensure their child can enjoy scouting to the fullest extent.
If a parent wishes to appeal this policy they are invited to make a representation and put forward their case to the Scout Executive Committee where a final decision will be made.
Policy Ratified by Executive Committee on 10th October 2018
Next Review Date: October 2019