ASBSG welcomes both boys and girls from 5.5 to 18 years of age.
Yes 3-4 weeks. If you like Scouting and our nights are not suitable there are other local groups you can check out.
You do not need to buy anything straight away – comfortable clothes and closed shoes are fine. Once your child has settled, then we ask you to pay the membership fees and buy a uniform shirt for them from the online Scout Shop at: http://www.scoutingdirect.co.
There is not, but if you talk to your leaders they might be able to help.
Yes we quite often have children with special dietary needs. Some parents prefer to bring their own food, otherwise we can make allowances.
Yes we are.
Yes. When signing on to become a leader there is a commitment to go through a scout leadership programme. Leaders come from a varied background which adds to the groups overall variety of activities.
If you can, that would be great. Each session we sign off who is there.
Yes we do. This year we had group camps, sleepovers for Keas, Cubs or Scouts, Founders Day, Scouts in the Park, Day walks, JOTI/JOTA, Jamboree, and Wet n Wild.
We have a new system called Online Scout Management (OSM) in which you can go online and check out your child’s details and see what badges they have and are working towards.
ASBSG has been around since 1953 and every year we have a number of activities that bring the whole group together – Group camp, Mudslide Day, ANZAC Day Parade, the Birkenhead Christmas Parade and more!
There are ways of separating children to make sure that there is no added conflict between them. In Scouting we have a zero tolerance to bullying.
Leaders are required to hold a current First Aid Certificate, but if it is something big the parent is called and we ring 111.
Yes there are ways around it. They can change into pull ups in the bathroom or you can give a leader a change of bedding which we can change without anyone else knowing.
Parents are most welcome to come along for the first few times to settle their child or they can leave them on the first night, it all depends on your child. We buddy them up with someone they already know where possible.
First of all talk to the Leaders, if they can’t help they will be able to direct you to the right person. You can also have a look at the Scouting New Zealand website http://www.scouts.org.
What don’t we do! Perhaps the easiest way to answer this is to have a look at our termly programmes – these are available online at …… Whatever we are doing, it involves caring, sharing and having fun (the Kea Scout Motto).
Please see your Leader for this as they maybe able to help. We do try to keep costs to a minimum.
Scouting New Zealand rules say that keas can take part in sleepovers in a Scout Den or other permanent structure. To sleep in tents they must be in Cubs or Scouts so they can look forward to that when they are a bit older.
Scouting has a tradition of Leaders ‘adopting’ names. In Cubs it is characters from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. At ASBSG the Kea Leaders all have names of NZ birds (current or extinct!). At the moment we have Moa, Fantail, Morepork, Pukeko, Kiwi and Weka.