Demand for Scouting: Since September 2015 there have over 20 applicants to join the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at 1st Oxted. This rate of application is close to three or four times the available supply of places. There is only one way parents can guarantee that their young people get into the 1st Oxted Scout Group, and that is, either become a Scouter themselves for a number of years or join us behind the scenes on our Executive Committee. 1st Oxted has over twenty leaders and more than 150 youngsters in uniform; two Beaver colonies, two Cub Packs and two Scout Troops. There is great need for further assistance.
Persons willing and able to help out are in a much stronger position on our list. We always welcome further communication with positive and encouraging parents who are willing and able to assist in any serious way, large or small, with the work of the Group and the community – all leaders and helpers are unpaid volunteers. The Group depends on volunteer assistance doing a little here, a little there. Not all are uniformed Scouters. There is a need for assistance with fund raising, for people able to handle administration of lists, subs and monies, occasional organisers or rotas and events, sometimes cooks and caterers, sometimes extra parents for certain activities, and for groundsmen and tradesmen or women.
Parental willingness to undergo a DBS check, and being willing and able to assist on an ad hoc or rota basis around once per term does not count: that is the least we expect and it is a minimum condition of membership.