Joining our group!
This page is dedicated to providing details of how your youngsters can join our Group, the various people they will meet, what you can expect of us and what we expect of you and your children, as well as general information about our Group.
Each of our Sections normally meet once per week during the school term. There are often opportunities for members to take part in events throughout the year. These might include day outings, camps and expeditions as well as a whole host of other activities.
When do we meet?
Detailed below are the normal meeting times for each of our Sections:
Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts – Thursday, 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Where do we meet?
The Group meets in its Headquarters at the Riverside Primary School alongside the Vltava River, in Prague 6, just five minutes drive from Dejvicka (Roztocká 9, Sedlec, 160 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic).
What do members need?
For the first few meetings, your child needs nothing at all to experience the magic of Scouting. The Scout Association produces a range of uniforms for all age groups as well as an extensive range of books to support the development of members as they progress from the Beaver Scout Section through to the Scout Network.
The Section Leader will agree a time when it is suitable to obtain a uniform and start working on the Scout Programme.
The joining fee includes the purchase of the first uniform top. subsequent uniform purchases are at your cost.
Uniform for this group will be Group scarf (provided), Section Uniform Top (first provided), Plain navy blue Cargo style trousers (can be purchased from Scout Shops Ltd or from any suitable supplier. Does not need to be the official Scout Brand.
What will it cost?
The 1st Prague Scout Group charges subscriptions (‘subs’) to cover – for example – costs of equipment and materials. Current cost 400kc per month.
In addition there is a joining fee of 1000kc. This cost is payable straight away on becoming a member but 500kc is refundable should your child find that Scouting is not for them. The joining fee includes the cost of their first uniform top, scarf and badges.
Included within this subscription is the annual Scout Association membership subscription, which is paid to Scout Headquarters for the day-to-day running of the Association and includes insurance for all members.
An extra charge is normally required for special events, camps and other outings.
You must pay by subs by direct bank transfer.
If anyone has trouble in meeting these costs you can discuss this in confidence with your Section Leader.
Leadership and adult support.
The adults who run our Scout Group are called Scouters. Contrary to the belief of many, they are unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time for the benefit of our young people and fully support the aims of the Scout Association. All leaders are required to undertake training or learning appropriate to their role. This training normally takes place in their own time; the vast majority of our Leaders also have full-time jobs and family commitments.
Section Leaders are responsible to our Group Scout Leader who, in turn, is responsible to the District Commissioner.
If you have any questions, concerns or complaints please speak to the Section Leader. If your concern is about the Section Leader, please contact the Group Scout Leader. If he is not available or you are still not satisfied, please refer to the District Commissioner.
Medical and dietary information
It is essential that you inform the Section Leader if your child suffers from any medical condition or if they require any specialist medicines or treatment.
It is also necessary for information to be supplied to the Section Leader about any dietary need of your child. In the first instance, you should provide this information on the membership application from and, thereafter, update the Leaders if circumstances change.
It is the policy of the Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from physical, sexual, and emotional harm. The Scout Association takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, through relevant procedures and training, members and adults taking part in Scout activities do so in a safe environment.
It is taken as understood that you give your permission for your child to take part in Scout activities during the normal meeting time. However, when your child becomes a member of our Group, in addition to providing the usual personal information, you may be asked to provide permission for your child to take part in activities that may take place away from the Scout HQ.
In addition, you will also be asked to give permission for your child’s image to appear in any newsletters, newspaper articles and on Scouting websites, such as this. In order to protect your child, we undertake never to associate a name with a picture and, unless the article so merits.
Your permission is sometimes needed for specific events, camps and activities that may take place at a different place or time. You will be asked to complete a separate parental consent form in such circumstances.
How about volunteering?
The Scout Association is run by volunteers and it encourages parents and guardians to assist in the leadership team on a regular or occasional basis. Any support that you or your family can offer Scouting is welcomed, appreciated and valued. To that end, each new member is given a welcome pack which contains blank Scout Association membership forms and CRB forms.
Help is particularly appreciated with practical skills, outdoor activities, as well as with transport, equipment and fundraising. You may also be willing to assist occasionally with the Section meeting night, with administration and fundraising. In addition, you may also consider taking on a uniformed role within the Group.
Supporting your child.
The Scout Association encourages you to support your child’s involvement in Scouting activities:
Please ensure that you deliver and collect your child at the appropriate times and place, as advised by the Section Leader. Always check that an adult leader has arrived before leaving your child.
Please tell the Section Leader if someone different from usual will be collecting them. Members are never left unsupervised, but if you are persistently late, the Section Leader may ask you to make other safe arrangements for collection.
Our members wear uniforms to distinguish themselves and to make themselves clearly visible. The wearing of our uniform also services to instil a sense of pride in the Group and Scouting in general, as well as showing their individual achievements in the form of badges. Because of this, please ensure, unless advised to the contrary by the Section Leader, that your child wears full uniform (including top, scarf and woggle) to each meeting. It is acceptable to bring a change of clothing and footwear for games and outdoor activities.
Please ensure that you return forms and payment on time. If you have difficulties completing forms or making payments then please speak in confidence to the Section Leader, we aim to make Scouting available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.
Please ensure that you inform the Section Leader of any change in the family situation that is likely to affect your child’s behaviour. It is not necessary to give details. All information will be treated in confidence.