Brighton Sea Scouts

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ages of the youth members in each section?
The ages vary depending on the section.

Section

Age

Joeys 6 - 8 years old
Cubs 7.5 - 11 years old
Scouts 10.5 - 15 years old
Venturers 14.5 - 18 years old
Rovers 18 - 26 years old

How do I enrol my child in Scouting at 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts?
It's easy, just "Contact Us" via our enquiry form. Make sure to include the name and age of all the children you wish to enrol.

Can I come along to see if I like it before joining?
Yes. We are more than happy for new youth members to try Scouting before deciding to join. You will still need to complete and submit a Youth Membership Application but will not need to pay any fees at this point. The first three sessions are free, after which you can decide if you want to join up. At this point you will be invoiced for the yearly membership fee.

Can girls become Scouts too?
Yes. Girls have been part of Scouting in Australia since 1981 and can join any of the 5 sections currently operating at 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts (ie. Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers).

How much does Scouts cost?
The yearly membership fee for all youth members is $397.00.

Are there concessions available for membership fees?
The only concession currently available is a 10% discount for any siblings that also join the group. There are no concessions available for parents with a Health Care Card or any other kind of government concession card.

Am I able to pay membership fees in installments (eg. monthly, quarterly)?
A portion of the membership fee is used to cover the Scout groups insurance and registration costs. As the Scout group must pay these costs in one payment in full at the start of the financial year, we are unable to offer payment plans.

If my child joins the Scout group part of the way through the financial year, do I need to pay the full membership fee amount?
Membership fees are prorated in line with school terms within the financial year.

When does the Scout financial year start and end?
The Scout financial year is the same as the ATO Tax Year, July 1st to June 30th.

If I am suffering financial hardship, can the Scout Group assist with payment of membership fees?
Please contact the 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts Group Leader to discuss any financial hardship you may be experiencing.

Do membership fees cover the costs of camps, excursions or special activities?
No. Camps, excursions or special activities may incur an extra cost. Your Section Leader will advise you if there will be a charge and how much it will be. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please speak to the Group Leader to make arrangements so that your child doesn't miss out.

When and where do Scouts meet?
The 5 sections operating at 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts meet at different times. Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers meet once per week, usually at the Scout hall in Brighton. The day / time that the Rover section meets can vary from week to week.

Section

Day

Time

Joeys Tuesday 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Cubs Wednesday 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Scouts Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venturers Friday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Rovers Meeting days vary -

Sometimes a section may run an activity that is not located at the Scout hall. If this occurs the Section Leader will let you know in advance and will provide you with details of the location, start and finish times, items to bring and travel arrangements

What does my child need to wear?
All Scouts in Australia wear a uniform that is made up of a Scout shirt, navy blue pants / shorts and a belt. When a Scout is invested they will be awarded the blue and black 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts scarf, a woggle and badges. Scouts are "Sun Smart" and need to wear a broad rimmed hat or something similar when participating in any outdoor activities. Parents will need to supply this. Appropriate footwear is also essential. Sneakers, sand shoes or other closed toed shoes are good. Bare feet, thongs or crocs are not allowed.

Where can I purchase a Scout uniform from?
Uniforms can be purchased from Vast Outdoors. The closest store to our Scout Group is located at 880 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin.

Where do I sew the badges onto the Scout shirt?
Depending on the section your child is in they will participate in an award scheme specific to that section. The badges that they earn need to be sewn onto their shirt in specific locations. The table below shows the different award schemes for each section. Click on the link provided to find details on the award scheme and where the badges earned need to be sewn.

Section

Award Scheme

Joeys Joey Scout Participation Scheme
Cubs Cubs Award Scheme
Scouts Scouts Award Scheme
Venturers Venturer Award Scheme
Rovers Rover Award Scheme

Does my child need to purchase special outdoor equipment?
The majority of equipment is provided by the Scout Group, who own or have access to a large range of camping and outdoor equipment such as tents, ropes, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle-boards and cooking gear. Your membership fees and other money raised through fundraising and grants covers the cost of purchasing this equipment.
However, you may have to purchase some equipment such as a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, drink bottle, "dilly bag" and kitchen utensils if your child needs to attend a sleepover or overnight camp. Your Section Leader will advise you of what you need to purchase.

What if my child has a medical condition?
When you first meet with your Section Leader it is very important to discuss any medical conditions that your child may have. Leaders have access to training to support children with many types of medical conditions. With the correct information leaders can plan risk strategies to deal with any medical issues should they arise.

What if my child has a physical / mental disability or special needs?
1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts encourages the integration of children with special needs into all sections. Our leaders have access to training to support children with physical and mental disabilities and programs can in certain cases be tailored to suit a child’s individual needs.

What training have the leaders completed?
All leaders must complete a basic training course and ensure that their training remains current. They also have the opportunity to undertake advanced and specialised training courses that can result in business and leadership qualifications being awarded. Many of these qualifications are recognised outside of Scouting throughout Australia. All training is arranged through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training which is a registered Australian training organisation. The Scout Association aims to provide all leaders with development opportunities so that they are able to operate effectively within their appointed role. This occurs through formal training courses, on the job training activities and other development situations. The training provided for leaders is also intended to offer personal development for them that may be used in their work or social situations.

What safeguards are in place to protect my child?
The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is our number one concern and priority. Scouts Australia's child protection system is considered to be amongst the best in the country. All leaders at 1st / 14th Brighton Sea Scouts undergo a mandatory Police check, a Working With Children Check, are required to provide references as part of their leader application, and receive comprehensive, ongoing training in dealing with children. All Leaders must sign a document under which they agree to abide by a Code of Conduct, which incorporates important principles of child protection. 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.

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