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1st St. Margarets Scout Group
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Current waiting list policy
Our group has been heavily over-subscribed in recent years, so we have changed our entry policy.

The new policy has a one-week application window for entry the following term. You cannot apply outside the window, and you can only apply if your child is in the appropriate 4-month age band for entry. We can then tell you whether your application is successful within a week or two, so we feel that it is fairer to everyone and removes the long-term uncertainty inherent in the previous system. Selection criteria from the applications received will be similar to the previous criteria (see here for the full criteria), and siblings will be given preference as at present. Please note that there are normally more applications than places, so the sooner you apply when the application window opens, the more likely you are to get a place.

So, if you want your child to become a 1st St Margarets Beaver, you will have to follow this procedure:

  • Your child is only eligible to join Beavers at the start of the school term as follows:
    • Children born between 1st January and 30th April: April when they are 6
    • Children born between 1st May and 31st August: September when they are 6
    • Children born between 1st September and 31st December: January when they are 6
  • The waiting list for entry in each term opens on the first school day following the previous half term (using St Stephen's school dates, as these sometimes differ from Orleans Primary because of inset days)
  • The waiting list closes after one week (or may close when there are enough applications if this is sooner)
  • Applications should be sent to admin@istmar.org by e-mail, giving the following information:
    • your childís date of birth, full name, address and telephone number(s)
    • any special medical or dietary requirements or allergies
    • confirmation that you will help at Beavers meetings for two evenings per term, and will help where possible at our various fundraising events

Next application windows open on:

  • 31st October 2017, for entry in January 2018 for children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st December 2011
  • 19th February 2018, for entry in April 2018 for children born between 1st January 2012 and 30th April 2012
  • 4th June 2018, for entry in September 2018 for children born between 1st May 2012 and 31st August 2012

Entry into Cubs and Scouts will in general be from the section below (i.e. new Cubs will come from Beavers, and new Scouts will come from Cubs). Direct entry into Cubs and Scouts will be the exception, but will be permitted at the leaderís discretion, or when an existing Cub or Scout leaves. If you want your child to join Cubs or Scouts, e-mail admin@istmar.org and we will let you know if there is a place in your child's age group.

There are other groups in the area which may be able to offer you a place more quickly. Contact information for all scout groups in the area is here.