Parent Info

The Scout Association is the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK, Scouting provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for over 400,000 young people.

There are 4 main ‘Sections’ in Scouting – Tiger ESU is the older section and is affiliated with the 28th Ayrshire Scout Group in Troon, Which runs the young sections within the local area of Troon

Beavers – for 6 to 8 year olds
Cubs – for 8 to 10 ½ year olds
Scouts – for 10 ½ to 14 year olds
Explorers – for 14 to 18 year olds

Scouting gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing, as part of a balanced program. Our program is a continuous progression of training, activities, and awards that covers everything young people do in Scouting from the age of 6 to 18.

Every step of the way, we try to encourage friendship, social skills, teamwork, and confidence and most importantly have fun!

When do you meet?

The usual meeting times for for Tiger ESU are

  • Monday 1930 -2130
  • Wednesday 1930 – 2130

Times of individual weekly meetings may vary due to activity, location, etc. If you want to come along and visit us please get in touch first. We do ask that members arrive at meetings on time and are collected on time and it is useful to know in advance if a member is going to miss a weekly meeting.

As a guide, our terms are generally the same as the School terms, although we may run some special events and activities during the holidays.

Where do you meet?

We are based in the Scout Centre next to the Train station in troon. We sometimes meet at an activity location instead this will be notified in advance

How much does it cost?

Subscriptions (Subs) are payable monthly, currently, subs are £16.50..

This includes:

  • Membership of the Group/Unit, District, County and National Scout Association
  • Insurance
  • Use of the Meeting Place we meet in
  • Cost of materials and resources for weekly meetings
  • Maintenance and Purchase of Equipment

Camps, Trips, and some activities are charged separately. Trips are generally charged “at cost” although we usually get a lower admission rate than the general public.

The Unit has access to funds both locally and nationally and we encourage parents to talk to a Leader if they would like help with the cost of scouting. Some parents prefer to pay in installments while we are able to make sure that other children continue with the group through other sources of funding. Cost should not be a bar to membership – “no child left behind.”

Subs must be paid on time or contact made if you would like some support.

Is there a Uniform?

Once your child has been with us for a few weeks, she or he will need the correct uniform for Explorers and this should be worn to all meetings unless told otherwise. Until they have a uniform they should wear comfy clothes for their first few meetings, suitable for sporty games.

Does my child have to go Camping?

A key part of Scouting is going away from home on residential “nights away” trips. These are a mix of camps, indoor sleepovers, and expeditions. Typically Beavers and Cubs will be offered at least one night away experience each year (often a two-night camp or residential), Explorers will be offered at least three nights away experiences each year.

Whilst attendance at camps is not *required* it is strongly encouraged and is a core part of the program. Over the years we have found that young people who do not attend the camps miss out on a huge part of the Scouting Experience. Equally young people are not able to complete parts of their higher scouting Awards without attending residentials. If you have any concerns about your son/daughter attending camps, or about paying for them, please do talk to us!

Will my Child be Safe?

The Scout Association has a safeguarding policy that we follow. This includes PVG  checks for all our Leaders and helpers, running safeguarding training for them and following correct procedures at all our events. Have a look at The Scout Association’s Child Protection Policy. A qualified first aider is present for all activities and appropriate first aid equipment is available whether we are in the hall or out and about.

Scouting encourages young people to take sensible risks in a controlled way. Throughout their time in Scouting your child will climb trees, light fires and learn to use axes, saws & knives, as well as taking part in a number of adventurous activities. We recognise that minor injuries are an inevitable part of childhood but follow risk assessments and operating procedures to ensure that all activities are run safely

Can Girls join Scouts?

Yes certainly! All of our Section have accepted both girls and boys for many years now.

How does my child join?

Please complete our online waiting list form which gives us all information we require about you and your child. We will then get in touch with you by your preferred method and give you further information about the joining process.

When a Section is full spaces are allocated according to our waiting list policy.

Will I be expected to help?

In a word, Yes. The entire  Unit is run by volunteers including all our Leaders and we need help from our member’s parents to keep running. However how much you help is up to you and can vary from simply supporting our occasional social events and fundraising efforts, helping with transport for events, helping out with weekly meetings occasionally as part of a parent rota to becoming a Leader yourself if you decide you want to.

Volunteering for the unit is very rewarding, and can be great fun. We run a range of social events for parents and families throughout the year, and it’s a great way to make new friends – for the adults as well as the kids!

How is the Group Managed

Explorers are slightly different with the Unit forming part of the Explorer provision across our Scout District and whilst the Unit is run by the Explorer Scout Leader they are overseen by a District Explorer Scout Commissioner rather than the Group Scout Leader.

Is Scouting a Religious Organisation

Scouting is open to those of any faith, or no faith at all. During your son or daughter’s time in Scouting, they will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs, and to learn about world faiths. Various versions of the Scout Promise are available, and your son/daughter will be encouraged to make their own choice as to which they would like to make. Whilst we do encourage young people to explore their faith, Scouting is not itself a religious organisation.