Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Where do you meet?
A) 3rd Washington scouts meet at Oxclose Community Academy, Oxclose and St Andrews Church, Concord. Please visit the beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer pages for meeting times.

Q) My child is joining your group and I would like to offer my support, how do I go about it?
A) Please visit our parents page to see how parent's can support our group.

Q) When will I be invested?
A) Most beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers are invested about a month after first joining, usually at a parents night at the end of our programme cycle so that parents can come and see the investiture and take embarassing photos.

Q) How much does it cost?
A) We charge subscription fees of £120 a year, paid as £10 per month. This covers most troop night activities and badges. Scouts have in the past taken part in ice skating, swimming and climbing as part of their weekly programme. We also fundraise regularly to subsidise the costs of our programme. We ask that subs payments are made by standing order. Download the forms here

Q) Are you able to gift aid subscriptions?
Yes, we can claim gift aid 20% gift aid on subscriptions from tax payers which also goes towards the costs of activities for young people.

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Q) How much do weekend activities or camps cost?
Camping and other activities are charged at cost, this could range from £7 for a trip to Wet n Wild to our Summer Camp which costs approx £200 including activities, food and transport. Where possible we support young people to fundraise towards their adventures through bag packs and sponsored events.

Q) Where can I buy  a uniform?
A) You can purchase uniforms at Scout Shops Online or at Durham Scout County’s Scout shop. Details of opening times and location can be found on their website. If you have any problems, please talk to your section leader.

Q) When should I buy uniform?
A) Once you have been coming to scouts for a few weeks and you know that you are going to continue you should buy a uniform..

Q) Are all adults CRB checked?
A) All adults are CRB checked, this includes all adult leaders, group executive members and occasional helpers including those who offer help with transport to activities.

Q) Where can I find more information about scouting?

For information about scouting in Washington, Houghton and Hetton, visit HLS Scouts. For information about Scouting nationally, please visit the Scout Association.

Q) I've submitted details to the join page, what happens next?
A) You'll initially receive an automated email to confirm we've received your details.

In sections with a waiting list, you'll be added to the waiting list within a week and can track progress on the HLS District Website. If the section has no waiting list, the section leader will be in contact to invite you down. The district waiting list only shows young people who are eligible to join (i.e. they are aged 5.75 or more).

Once you have confirmation of an invite date at 3rd Washington, please view our starter pack page, which contains our admission form and useful links for parent and carers of new scouts.