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Young People are at the heart of Scouting. If your child is interested in joining please add them to the District waiting list. If you’re happy to be contacted by any of the Groups in the Abingdon areas, there’s no need to do anything else; however, if you would particularly like to join us at the 24th Abingdon, please email the appropriate Section Leader to find out if we have any spaces. For information about joining Explorers (age 14-18) please contact the District Commissioner at

We are currently looking for leaders to help run the Scouts and Cubs, and assistant leaders for all Sections. If you would be willing to help out this may improve your child’s chances of getting a place, so please do let us know! There is more information about what this involves on our volunteering page.

Waiting list policy

Our Beaver Colony is currently full, and we have limited spaces available in other Sections, so the District operates a waiting list to enable parents and carers to register young people who wish to join. This policy outlines how we offer places as they become available.

General notes

  • The age ranges for the Sections are Beavers: 6 to 8 years, Cubs: 8 to 10½ years, Scouts: 10½ to 14 years, Explorers: 14-18 years and Network: 18-25 years.
  • Scouting is open to all young people (irrespective of gender, faith, ability, sexuality or any other factors). If a young person needs additional support in order to participate in Scouting, this should be discussed with the leaders, who will work with parents/carers to establish a plan of action.
  • For a young person to be added to the waiting list, the following details MUST be supplied: full name, date of birth, address, and phone and email contact details of at least one parent/guardian.
  • Young people approaching the Beavers joining age (6 years) may be added to the list from age 4.
  • If a young person waiting for a particular Section does not obtain a place in time to join that Section, then they will remain on the list for the next Section up.
  • All Scout Groups rely on the efforts of our adult volunteers (Leaders, Assistants, Executive Committee etc), without whom they simply could not continue to operate. We always need more adult volunteers; therefore, we give a high priority to those on the waiting list who have an adult family member who is willing and able to take on a Role within the Group.

Priorities when allocating places

The following criteria are used by Groups when allocating places to young people in approximate order of priority (highest first). Nevertheless, please note that the allocation of all places is at the discretion of the Leaders within each Group:

  1. The young person is already a member of a Section in the Group and is moving up from the section below (i.e. Beavers to Cubs or Cubs to Scouts).
  2. A parent, carer or other adult family member commit to volunteering in one of the following roles: Leader, Assistant Leader, Section Assistant or Executive Committee Member.
  3. The young person is already a member of The Scout Association at a Group outside of Thames Ridge District and has recently moved into the District.
  4. If allocated a place, the young person will have at least one year within the Section being joined before reaching the age of moving up to the next Section.
  5. The young person has a sibling who is already a member of the Group.
  6. Lastly, the amount of time spent on the waiting list will be considered as a factor.


To add a young person to the District waiting list please complete the registration form.

To discuss volunteering opportunities or our Admissions Policy, please contact the District Commissioner: