Scouting is a values based organisation with an emphasis on ‘learning through doing’ and all the sections achieve these objectives through a structured program of evening meetings and weekend events. Often, skills are developed over several weeks or in preparation for a particular activity. It is important for all sections that members attend every week on a regular basis.
We recognise that as children grow up they develop a wide range of interests and pursuits, and school commitments start to require additional time. Scouting can usually fit with other commitments, but in some cases the young person may need to decide which activities they wish to follow. Unfortunately no one can be in two places at once.
There is a great demand for Scouting at the 19th Wimbledon and several of our sections are running at capacity. We hope that those who are lucky enough to have secured a place are making the most of the opportunity. Bearing this in mind, the leaders keep a close watch on attendance to ensure that members who do not attend regularly are not taking up places that others could use.
To help manage the attendance expectations that the 19th Wimbledon has of its members and their parents we provide the following guidelines:
These expectations are in place to ensure that places within the Group are maintained on a fair basis and that other young people are not denied the chance to take part in Scouting. Over 30,000 young people in the UK are currently unable to take up places in the movement.
Any appeals regarding membership decisions should be discussed with the Section Leader in the first instance and then the Group Scout Leader.