It's as simple as sending us an email. There is a 4 week trial period where you can come along for free and see the awesome stuff we get up to. Afterwards, complete a health form and you're good to go !
Start right away! There are no particular times of the year which are better than others. Our regular meetings follow school term dates, but are programmed to meet every child's individual needs. Start your scouting journey tomorrow or next week; we'll be ready when you are.
Your child will be placed into a section depending on their age. The age ranges which serve as a guide for each section are: Joeys: 6-8 years old Cubs: 8-11 years old Scouts: 11-15 years old Venturers: 15-18 years old Rovers: 18-26 years old Click on the corresponding link above for more information on the relevant section. If you have any questions about the age range for your child, please ask our Group Leader via email.
Meeting times depend on the specific section, e.g. joeys meet for one hour; cubs meet for 1 1/2 hours and scouts and venturers typically meet for two hours. Occasionally sections have their meetings at different locations or times, so contact the leader if you're unsure.
Once you and your child decide to join and your child is invested, you will be invoiced an Australian wide 'Association Membership Fee'. This is $181 for your first child in the Scouting Movement; $145 for your second child in Scouts; $118 for your third child and $91 for your fourth and subsequent children. This fee covers 12 months from the joining date for insurance, administrative costs and membership of Scouts WA, Scouts Australia and the Worldwide Scout Movement. Canning also charges a small group fee to cover equipment, maintenance and some activities; the exact amount varies among sections, so please contact the section leader for the appropriate amount. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, our Treasurer will work with you to organise a payment plan that suits your needs.
No. Unfortunately, camps, excursions and other special activities may require an additional cost, although every effort is made by Canning to make these activities available to everyone. Often, sections will hold fundraisers that they decide to use to partially or fully cover the cost of activities.
All Scouts in Australia where a uniform made up of a Scouts shirt, navy blue pants/shorts and a belt. When a your child is invested they will be presented with a blue Canning Sea Scouts scarf, a woggle and initial badges. Appropriate footwear is essential. Sneakers, sand shoes or other closed-toe shoes are good (black shoes are required for formal events). Brand new and second hand shirts and other accessories are available at the Scouts WA shop where a portion of the proceeds go towards keeping the fees for WA youth as low as possible. For badge placements, please visit the Scouts Australia website and search for your individual section.
When you first meet with the section leader at Canning, it's very important to discuss any medical conditions that your child has. Leaders have access to training to support children with many types of medical conditions. With the correct information, leaders can plan risk strategies to deal with any medical issues should they arise. Medications such as asthma puffers or epi-pens should be handed to a leader and be clearly expressed on all forms.
Canning Sea Scouts encourages the integration of children with special needs into all our sections. Our leaders have access to training to support children with physical and mental disabilities and programs can, in certain cases, be tailored to suit a child's individual needs. Should you feel it necessary, you are more than welcome to stay during the section meeting for support. At Canning, we are committed to being inclusive of all young people regardless of ability or disability and have a clear Equal Opportunity Policy.
The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is our number one concern and priority. Scouts Australia's child protection system is considered to be amongst the best in the country. All leaders at Canning Sea Scouts undergo a mandatory Policy Clearance, a Working With Children Check, are required to provide references as part of their leader application, and receive comprehensive, ongoing training in dealing with children. All leaders must sign a document under which they agree to abide by a Code of Conduct, which incorporates important principles of child protection. We cater for medical, physical and dietary requirements by obtaining all the necessary information to allow leaders and other helpers to take appropriate action. At least one person trained in first aid attends all major events and we have at least two adult leaders present during all activities.
When your child joins Scouts WA and Scouts Australia they are joining a youth organisation with over 28 million members in 155 countries around the world. Once your child is in the Scout Section (aged 11 to 15) they have the opportunity to attend world and national Jamborees and other Scout Association events outside WA. As your child progresses through the sections, the opportunities to travel will increase. Costs for these events will usually be met by you; however, some Scout resources have been established to help defray some of these costs (conditions to apply).