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Frequently Asked Questions

As a parent you will see your child develop and grow into a confident, well rounded adventurous, caring member of society.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may help you to make the decision about joining Scouts.

How long does a Scout meeting go for?
A Scout meeting goes for about two hours depending on the Group and the activity.

Can I go on camp with my child?
Usually Scouts have a much lower Adult to Scout ratio than the younger Sections of Scouts but Parents are still welcome to attend camp with their Scout. In some instances such as a Patrol Camp where the Scouts are learning to 'do it on their own' then parents and Leaders will be a safe distance but not interfere too much. At this age Scouts need to have a bit of independence.

What does my child have to take to Scouts?
This might vary from troop to troop but it is a good idea to take a bottle of water and a hat for sunny days.

Any Medication such as inhaler should be left with the leader and you should check that your Leader is aware of any medical issues such as allergies and how to deal with them before you leave your child at Scouts for the first time.

A Leader will get you to fill out a Youth Member Application for your child when you come and try for the first time and that has questions about your child's health care.

Scouts need to take along their green Scout Record Book that they will use to cross off the activities that they do and the Badgework that they complete. Your Scout Leader will tell you more about this. The Scout Record Book can be purchased at the Scout Outdoor Centre.

What else will my Scout need?

Scouts spend a lot of time in the great outdoors so its sensible to get kited out for hiking, camping and adventure!

The Scout Outdoor Centre can help you to find all the things your Scout will need such as in the lists in Resources and References.

Where do I get the Scout Uniform?

Your Scout Leader may have some second hand uniforms available at the Hall but you can also purchase new ones at the Scout Outdoor Centre: online and at their retail shop in Rundle Street Adelaide.

Where do I put the Badges?

The Badges that your Scout is given at their investiture ceremony and the Achievement Badges are shown on the chart labeled 'Badge placements"

Other badges such as activity badges will be sewn on to a badge blanket or dilly bag and your Leader will tell you what badge goes where when they give it to you.

Scouts have an enormous sense of pride in earning a badge so its great when a parent sits down and sews the badge on with them and reflect on their child's achievement. See the Badge Placement Chart

How much does Scouts cost?

Prices vary from Scout Group to Scout Group but generally prices are around the $200-$250 for the whole year including a yearly payment to Scouts SA for registration and insurance.
Most groups will accept the payments term by term and arrangements can be made in most circumstances for those who are suffering from financial difficulties.

Does the Fee include camps, excursions or special activities?

No, special events, camps and excursions may incur an extra cost but every effort is made to make these adventures available for everyone.

Please speak to your Leader or Group Leader if you have financial difficulties to make arrangements so that your Scout does not miss out.

See also:

Leader FAQ  (Info on procedures, paperwork and other questions)
Parents of Scouts FAQ (info on badges, notices, etc.

If you have any further questions or suggestion please email