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Information for New Parents

The experiences you have as a scout are likely to stay with you for the rest of your life. This page aims to give you a better understanding of how Scouting at 25th Camberwell & Dulwich Explorers works.

We operate four sections:

  • Cubs for boys & girls in school years 4-5 meets on Tuesdays from 4.15 to 6 pm
  • Scouts Troop I for boys & girls aged 10-14 (school years 6-9/10) meets on Mondays from 4.15 to 6.15 pm
  • Scouts Troop II for boys & girls aged 10-14 (school years 6-9/10) meets on Fridays from 6.30 to 8.30 pm
  • Dulwich Explorers for boys & girls aged 14-18 (year 10 upwards) meets on Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8.30 pm

The Scout Troops currently give priority of places to members of Dulwich College (our Sponsoring Authority) given the level of demand, but we do try to take members regardless of school when space allows. Cubs and Explorers are open to all.

Dulwich College parents should note that no scout meetings are organised by Dulwich College, but rather by either 25th Camberwell Scouts or Dulwich Explorers, both of which are part of the Scout Association. As such, Scout Group supervision only starts once scouts are in the meeting room at the Trevor Bailey Sports Centre.

Where do Scouts meet?

Our weekly meetings are held in our Scout Headquarters upstairs in the Trevor Bailey Sports Centre, Dulwich Common, Dulwich, SE21 7HA. Enter the building via the main door using the intercom system. There are bike racks for those wishing to cycle.

Cubs should be dropped off and collected from the meeting room, not from the car park.

Details of the next meeting can be found on the relevant section page: Cubs, Troop I, Troop II, & Dulwich Explorers.

Upon joining Cubs you will be allocated to a Six:

  • Cub sixes are Emeralds, Rubies, & Sapphires.

Upon joining Scouts you will be allocated to a Patrol:

  • Troop I patrols are Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Kestrels, Panthers, & Squirrels.
  • Troop II patrols are Curlews, Martens, Peewits, Swifts, & Woodpigs.

What do Scouts wear?

Scouting is a uniformed association. This means that members are expected to attend meetings correctly dressed in appropriate uniform. Prospective new members should attend for the first few meetings in “mufti”.

Uniform can be purchased from the Dulwich school shop and other school uniform stockists, or easily online (there are links to suppliers on our website). Scarves and woggles may be obtained from the Leaders at weekly meetings for a combined cost of £6. 

Cub uniform consists of a green sweatshirt, blue activity trousers, and Cub scarf & woggle. Once a cub has been invested, this should be worn at every weekly meeting, and for the beginning and end of almost all weekends, trips, and expeditions.

Scout uniform consists of a teal green shirt, blue activity trousers, Scout belt, and Scout scarf & woggle. Once a scout has been invested, this should be worn at every weekly meeting, and for the beginning and end of almost all weekends, trips, and expeditions.

Explorer Scout uniform consists of a muddy brown shirt, blue activity trousers, and Explorer scarf & woggle. Although they should have a uniform, we normally have only one formal uniform meeting each half of term in order to catch up on badges and awards - see the Explorer page for details. For Explorer trips, uniform consists of a Dulwich Explorer hoodie, which are available only for those going away - please ask for one if needed!

We occasionally have a stock of second hand uniform available. Please ask your section leader for current availability.


New members should note that their is no weekly charge for participation, but an annual subscription which covers your membership of the Scout Association and insurance costs, as well as the costs of providing the HQ based weekly meetings and the equipment for our activities. Trips, camps, and activities are usually charged separately. The annual membership subscription for the year will be £110 (as of 2018-19), which will become due in November assuming your child decides to be invested as a member. More details will be sent out in October.

Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and there are a number of sources of support available if this is an issue. Please speak with your Section Leader in confidence.

Online Scout Manager (OSM)

All our administration is run on an online system called Online Scout Manager. This reduces the amount of paper form filling and duplicate requests for information etc., and also supports compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The system allows parents to access the data we hold, ensuring we have up-to-date contact details, and also manages all trip bookings, subscriptions, and other payments in one place.

New members should look out for an email inviting you to log into the system and check the contact information we hold for you.

Parental Involvement

We are very short of leaders at present, and any offers to become a leader are very welcome. If willing, please come and discuss with us what time you are able to commit - there are various leader roles available. All necessary training is provided.

In addition to leaders, we also look for parents of all sections to join the Group Executive Committee. This is the management committee of the Scout Group made up of leaders, some parents, and other supporters which oversees the running of the Group. It is a commitment of approximately five evenings a year. If you wish to get involved, please email us.

Our Programme

Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme. The main programme areas are: Outdoor & Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs & Attitudes. Our Leaders are trained to deliver this programme.

We try to provide as full a programme of weekend activities as our leadership team availability allows. During the last year we’ve been canoeing, cycling, caving, climbing, mountain walking, pony trekking, raft building, sailing, and more…

Details of all forthcoming events are published in our programme which can be found on the Cub, Troops & Explorer pages

For Scout parents, we would particularly like to draw your attention to the dates of the Troop Summer camp held during the two weeks immediately after the end of the Summer Term. The camp enables boys to put much of the training gained on other activities during the year into practice, and the majority of the Troop generally attend.