The joining list is not strictly linear, a number of factors will be taken into consideration to ensure that the young person gets a quality time in scouting.  Which may mean if your child gets close to the upper age range for their current section, they will be considered for the next section.

For example Johnny has been on the list since he was 4 years old, but he is now 7 years and 10 months old. Janey has been on the list since she was 5, and is 5 years 10 months old, it is likely that the place will be offered to Janey over Johnny, because Janey will have more time in Beavers than Johnny will. By the time Johnny has settled in it’ll be time to move him to cubs, and unsettle him again.

Our preference is to maximise  the experience for the young person, over strict linear churn through the joining list.

The ages at which the joining list administration team move young people between lists is as follows:

Age Ranges
Beavers 0 years – 7 years 10 months
Cubs 7 years 11 Months – 10 years
Scouts 10 years 1 month – 13 year 6 months
Explorers 13 years 6 months – 18 years


However there may be some variations at the discretion of the relevant sections leaders. Our admissions policy is final.

Category: Joining