Admissions Policy

Young people may become members of the Scout Group subject to our Admissions Policy


A young person may be offered a place as a youth member of the 1st Melbourne (Humberside) Scout Group subject to the rules and policies of The Scout Association and this local admissions policy.

Registering a child’s interest in joining the Scout Group, and their addition to the waiting list, does not guarantee them a place.

The Scout Group admits youth members subject to a number of constraints, including:

  • Them being the appropriate age (POR 4.3.1)
  • Maximum section size rules; and (POR 4.3.2)
  • The availability of resources to deliver a safe and high-quality programme (e.g., adult volunteers, meeting space, supervision ratios).

We record interest for places and, once the child has reached the required age, we prioritise the allocation of places based on:

  1. Succession within the Scout Group (e.g., an existing Cub moving to Scouts);
  2. The willingness of parents/carers to take on a formal volunteer role in Scouting and contribute in a meaningful way;
  3. Young people who are transferring from another area who are already invested as a member of The Scouts Association.
  4. Whether the child is a sibling of current or past members;
  5. Whether the child’s home address is in the catchment area for Melbourne Primary School; The civil parishes of Melbourne, Seaton Ross, Thornton, Everingham and Beilby or postal locality; The civil parishes of East Cottingwith and Ellerton.
  6. The child’s age and the length of time they have been on the waiting to join list.

Offers of a place are only valid for 14 days. Places are only offered when there is confirmed space for the Young Person.

The decision to admit anyone to membership of the Scout Group rests with the Group Lead Volunteer (Group Scout Leader), in accordance with The Scout Association’s policies. There is no formal right of appeal, but we welcome a discussion with parents.

Should 1st Melbourne Scouts not be able to offer a place to a young person, We can share contact details of neighbouring groups who may have capacity for additional Young People.

Equal Opportunities Policy

The 1st Melbourne (Humberside) Scout Group follows the rules and policies of The Scout Association.

The Scout Association is committed to extending Scouting, its Purpose and Method to young people in all parts of society.

No young person should receive less favourable treatment on the basis of, nor suffer disadvantage harassment or discrimination by reason of:

  • Class or socio-economic status;
  • ethnic or national origin, nationality (or statelessness) or race;
  • gender (including gender reassignment);
  • marital or civil partnership status;
  • sexual orientation;
  • disability;
  • political belief;
  • pregnancy and maternity;
  • religion, belief or faith (including the absence of religion, belief or faith);
  • sex;
  • age.

The Scout Association’s Equal Opportunities Policy