We suggest you allow your child at least three weeks to decide if they wish to join before you purchase uniform.
As a minimum, Beavers need the turquoise Beaver jumper, Cubs a green cub sweatshirt and Scouts a green Scout shirt or blouse. Stockists are listed below. Note commercial stockists (shops or online) don't always stock the Scout blouse. All need our group scarf (black with royal blue stripe). Our group scarf can only be bought direct from our East Drive HQ and costs £5 (small, best for Beavers/Cubs) or £8 (large, Scouts/adults).
Badges awarded are covered by the membership fee but a charge is made for replacement badges (approx 80p) & plastic woggles (20p) if the first one has been lost. Please label all uniform items with your child’s name- there is a label inside sweatshirts, scarves & shirts designed for you to write on!
We often have second hand items for sale and occasionally new items as well, please ask the leaders. We welcome donations of uniform items you no longer need. Scouting uniform has traditionally been larger than you would expect, for this reason we suggest you try on items in a shop or check the size guide on the Scout shops website before placing an online order. Local scout shops hold a larger stock and a bigger range of items at lower prices than commercial stockists.
Local uniform stockists
St. Albans Scout shop
Run by volunteers from St Albans Scout District. At far end of Chene Drive, Waverley Road, St. Albans AL3 5PE (close to hospital). Chene Drive is a private access road not shown on some maps. Drive past Alban Manor Nursing Home and through the gap in the wall at the end of the drive. The shop is the building directly opposite the entrance. Open Thursdays 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Debit and credit card payments accepted. Enquiries- 07957 657433 (during opening hours only). Prices usually match Scout Shops online. See www.stalbansscouts.org/st-albans-scout-shop/
Hemel Hempstead Scout shop
Run by volunteers from Hemel Scout District. Open Tuesdays (term time only) 7.00 – 8.30 pm, Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School, Peascroft Road, Hemel Hempstead HP3 8ER. Prices usually match Scout Shops Online. See https://www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/scout-shop/location-opening-times/
Scout shops online
Go to https://shop.scouts.org.uk/ Delivery is £3.99 for orders under £75. Check the size guide for each item at this site.
Beat School Uniform shop
Unit 1, Paramount Industrial Estate, Sandown Road, North Watford WD24 7XA
Watford School Uniform shop
222 St Albans Road, North Watford WD24 4AU. www.watfordschooluniforms.co.uk
The awarding of all badges is based on the merit and effort of the individual concerned. The young people work towards challenge badges (e.g. Outdoor, Adventure, Skills, World) and a number of these go towards the Chief Scouts Award. This is the top award in each section- Bronze for Beavers, Silver for Cubs and Gold for Scouts.
The picture below shows where to sew the badges on the uniform. A cub jumper is shown but the positions are the same on the Beaver jumper (turquoise) or on the Scout shirt. Badge glue is quick and easy but leaves unsightly marks if you later need to remove badges. This will mean you need to buy replacements and will also prevent you reusing the garment for a younger sibling or friend so you should consider this before using it.
6th North Watford group name tape
Watford North/ Hertfordshire badge
Leadership stripe- usually gained later on, yellow for Beavers, red for cubs, blue for Scouts, only the highest one should be worn.
Challenge badges (hexagonal), red for Beavers, blue for Cubs, navy for Scouts
The Bronze, Silver or Gold Chief Scouts award can be worn above the challenge badges, only one can be worn at once.
Joining in badges (square, different colours)- shows the number of years the young person has been a member thus first one awarded after one year
Moving on award ('Be Prepared')- shows a young person was previously a Beaver or Cub thus not worn by Beavers
World Scout badge (purple)- worn by everyone, for Scouts this should be on the shirt pocket
Activity badges (round)- badges for more specific activities or hobbies.
For the blue 'staged' badges, only the highest stage should be worn.
Moving on to Cubs or Scouts
The following badges should be transferred from a Beaver to Cub or Cub to Scout uniform:
Group name tape, Watford North/Hertfordshire badge, the bronze or silver chief scouts award (if achieved), World Scout badge, the highest year badge obtained, any blue staged activity badges (highest one only), joining in badge (highest one only)
Section specific challenge and activity badges should not be moved to the new section uniform. Do ask if you are not sure!
What Scouting costs
We don't ask for payments in advance of starting so for the first few meetings, your child can just turn up and enjoy themselves. The membership subscription covers the cost of the weekly meetings, equipment, running costs of our HQ, insurance and a contribution to Watford North, Hertfordshire and UK Scouts. Subscriptions (currently £38) are payable at the start of each term. All payments can be made online for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts to the same bank account or you can bring in cash or a cheque (payable to ‘6th North Watford Scout Group’). For online payments, please use the description field to tell us what the payment is for. New starters joining part way through a term will be asked to pay for the remainder of the term on a pro-rata basis before paying per term thereafter. Camps, sleepovers and certain day visit activities can be extra and you will be given notice of such events and details of additional payments required.
Gift Aid is a simple government initiative, which allows the group to increase the value of your subs and donations at no extra cost to you. For every pound given we can get an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue and Customs, helping your donations go further. Please sign the gift aid declaration on the membership form if you are a tax payer.
We appreciate money can be tight. If you need a bit of help or want to spread the payments, please discuss this in confidence with the section leader or the Group Scout Leader. We aim to be as flexible as possible and would rather know in advance if there are any concerns. We would never want to see a child excluded from an activity due to the cost involved. We have certain items of equipment available for our members to borrow free of charge eg sleeping bags, rolls mats, rucksacks and walking boots in a wide range of sizes.
No responsibility for the personal equipment, clothing and effects can be accepted by the Group and the Group and The Scout Association do not provide insurance cover in respect of such items.