Waiting List Policy

Starting Up

Our focus is to be in a position to offer a place in Scouting at the earliest opportunity. The list is to include anyone who wishes to join 2nd Marlborough Scouts and is waiting for a place to immediately become available within the appropriate section. This also includes young people moving into the area.

2nd Marlborough has 3 intakes a year into the relevant sections: – January, April (after Easter) and September. Children are normally admitted at these times.

Section Age Ranges detailed below:

BeaversCubsScouts
Core Age Range6 – 8 years8 years – 10 years 6 months10 years 6 months – 14 years
Flexibility Age Range5 years 9 months – 8 years 5 months7 years 6 months – 11 years10 – 15 years
Priority Age Range
6 years – 6 years 11 months
8 years – 8 years 11 months10 years 6 months – 11 years 3 months

When places become available within each section, young people will be selected from the “Waiting List”.  The priority criteria will be as follows:-

  1. Children of uniformed parents/carers can move into Beavers when they have reached 6 years old.
  2. Existing members moving into the area from another District.
  3. From the waiting list for the appropriate section, in order of time on the list and within the Priority Age range.
  4. From the waiting list for the appropriate section within the Core Age Range, in order of time on the list.

All ages will be calculated based on the age of the young person on the Monday of the first week of the new term.

Moving up

Beavers to Cubs

Beavers will move up to cubs at the end of term following their 8th birthday, this ensures that their badge work for the term is completed.  Subject to availability of places priority is given to existing colony members. In the event of insufficient places the Beaver’s name will be placed on the “Waiting List” at the top of the appropriate age range.

If there are surplus places then the Cub Leader(s) must be aware of the number of Beavers who will be moving up in the next six months before offering a place to a young person on the “Waiting List”. The above priority criteria will be applied.

Cubs to Scouts

Young people will join Scouts at the beginning of each term, after they are 10½ yrs.

Cubs will move up to Scouts at the beginning of each term, when they are 10 ½ years old, as per the table below. This ensures that their badge work for the term is complete.  Subject to availability of places priority is given to existing pack members.  In the event of insufficient places the Cubs name will be placed on the “Waiting List” at the top of the appropriate age range.

Birthday MonthMove to Scouts
December – MarchSeptember
April – JulyJanuary
August – NovemberAfter East Holiday

If there are surplus places then the Scout Leader(s) must be aware of the number of Cubs who will be moving up in the next six months before offering a place to a child on the “Waiting List”.  When selecting from the “Waiting List”, the above priority criteria will be applied.

Allocation of places will normally be decided at the termly Group Scouters’ Meeting (GSM) between the Group Scout Leader and the Section Leaders.  However if there are a number of places available prior to the next GSM, these places will be discussed between the relevant Section Leader(s) and the Group Scout Leader.

Should any Section require “Flexibility Age Range”, this will be discussed as and when needed in conjunction with FS250045 DC Guidelines.

POR Chapter 3- 3.7h, 3.8h & 3.9h – January 2010
Factsheet FS250045  Sept 2009 Edition 4
November 2010 rev II