Registration for term 2021/2022 is now closed.
Below is our information pack for your reference, however the registration form is no longer available.
Please note: our new venue is South Bridge Resource Centre on Infirmary Street. We will no longer be meeting at Southside.
Membership of the 8th Braid Salaam Scout Group is open to Young People between 6 and 18 years of age.
Please read our term and conditions, and fill in the registration form below. Your submission of the form will be treated as your signature and agreement to the terms and conditions set out in our policies below.
Parent Information Pack
Thank you for registering your child with our group. Whether it is their first time or they have been with us before, we hope they will achieve their potential and have a great experience during this school year. This pack will provide you with basic information about scouting, our group and our policies. We have also included references for more information and how to contact us.
Scouting during Covid
As of 9th August 2021, many scouting activities can now resume. Scouting in Scotland is at Yellow Readiness Level, and activities are subject to guidance from Scouts Scotland.
Scouting will return to regular indoor sessions from September onwards. If the Covid situation changes, scouting sessions will move to outdoor or online Zoom sessions depending on the latest guidance.
Indoor sessions will be carried out safely while implementing appropriate social distancing measures throughout the activities.
The Scout Movement is a global youth movement with over 31 million members in 216 countries. Muslim scouts represent 40% of Scouts globally. Our group was launched in August 2007, and we are members of the UK Muslim Scout Fellowship which represents the interests and supports the needs of Muslim Scout groups, as well as the wider Muslim community.
We are open to all young people aged 6 to 18 of every faith and background. Our programmes cater for the needs of our young people and is shaped by them; delivering adventure and a wide range of activities on a weekly basis.
Purpose, Values and Methods
Our purpose is to help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as Members of their local, national and international communities.
We are guided by these values:
Integrity: We say what we mean and when we make a promise, we keep it.
Respect: We listen to others; explore our differences and work to find common ground.
Care: Scouts are friends to all and think of others before themselves.
Belief: We believe passionately in improving the lives of young people, giving them opportunities and helping them explore and develop their belief and attitudes.
Cooperation: Scouting is about teamwork. We believe that when we work together, we achieve more than we can on our own.
Young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the value of Scouting and:
• Enjoy what they are doing and have fun;
• Take part in indoors and outdoors activities;
• Learn by doing and make choices;
• Share in spiritual reflection;
• Undertake new and challenging activities;
• Make and live by their Promise.
As a Muslim Scout Group, we pledge allegiance to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and to the country we live in.
I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and to my country, to help other people and to keep the beaver/cub/scout law.
We consist of three sections, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, covering the ages 6-14yrs. In addition, we have limited spaces for Young Leaders, aged 14-18yrs.
Beavers are the youngest Section and are made of colonies. Each colony is made of small groups called lodges.
Age: 6 – 8 years old.
Meet on Friday 6:45 – 8:15pm *(These timings are subject to change during Covid restrictions)
Cubs are the next section up and made of packs and each pack is made of sixes.
Age: 8 – 10.5 years old.
Meet on Friday 6:45 – 8:30pm *(These timings are subject to change during Covid restrictions)
Scouts are made of troops and each troop is made of several patrols.
Age: 10.5 – 14 years old.
Meet on Friday 6:45 – 8:30pm *(These timings are subject to change during Covid restrictions)
Young Leaders are given more autonomy to develop their own programmes under supervision.
Age: 14-18 years old (limited spaces)
Meet on Friday 6:45 – 8:30pm
Uniform & Badges
Every young person must wear uniform and the group necktie when attending the weekly session, camp or any other scouting event unless advised otherwise.
Beavers wear a turquoise sweatshirt with a necktie and a maroon woggle or one of another colour which identifies their Lodge or team.
Cubs wear a dark green sweatshirt with a necktie and a woggle in the colour of their Six.
Scouts wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt.
Explorer Scouts wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit necktie (or a Group one if there is a partnership agreement), and navy blue activity trousers or skirt with a Scout belt.
The group necktie is royal blue with a white taped edge. Refer to our website for an image of our neckties. You can order the necktie from the scouts shop or online.
Uniform is a compulsory aspect of scouting and hence we are implementing a three week period for the child to be in uniform before we issue reminders and eventually to expulsion from the group.
Should you have exceptional circumstances, please get in touch to arrange an exclusion from this requirement.
You can order the uniform online from shop.scouts.org.uk or visit the Guide Shop in Edinburgh at 16 Coates Crescent, EH3 7AH.
Badges are a form of achievement for a young person and they will be awarded when their section leader believes they have achieved the requirements for the badge. Each type of badge has its place on the uniform. More information on uniform and badges can be found here: salaamscouts.org.uk/uniform.
The registration form is available below. We are required to collect basic information, any medical condition they may have and their guardian contact information. Your mobile number will be used for short announcements that we make during our terms and your email will be added to the parents mailing list for more official news about the group and the activities in the Group.
Note that we have a legal requirement to delete your child’s record at the end of each year with the exception of their badge achievements. So even if you have already registered your child last year, we need the information again.
After the third session, young people who have not registered will not be permitted to enter the session.
In the event where a waiting list is in place, you will be notified post registration of when your child can join.
The fees this year has been fixed at £85 per child and no joining fee. If joining partway through the term in January, the fee will be reduced to £65. Should you have special circumstances and wish to ask for a reduction or exemption, then please contact the Group Scout Leader directly.
Note that we operate a no refund policy on annual fees, camp fees and excursion fees.
We expect a level of commitment from both the child and their parent/guardian, so have set the minimum number of sessions a child must attend in order to continue being a member of the group. The level currently is set to 50% of the total number of sessions available per term. So for example, if there are 14 sessions between September and December, then we expect to see the child attend at least 7 sessions.
In the event where the child fails to make the minimum number of sessions in a term, then we take the decision to drop the child from the next term and they can only come back to the group at the beginning of the next term after that.
Child attendance will be assessed at the end of each term. If you believe that you have exceptional circumstances, then please contact the leader of your child’s section.
Child Protection, Health and Safety
The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe whilst the Programme of activities that we provide is fun, exciting and challenging. Most importantly we must also make sure that all activities undertaken are safe.
All Leaders have been subjected to the PVG scheme. In addition most leaders have passed a basic first aid qualification.
For Beaver and Cubs, we ask parents to come and collect their child at the end of the session. If they have arranged for another parent to pick their child up, the section leader must be notified.
Photographs and videos
Images, videos and audio recording of young people taking part in a wide range of activities are captured and used within the group or district for training, promotion and advertising the Group’s activities, with your permission. The registration form details this further.
Note that photographs taken as part of a Scouting event would comply with The Scout Association’s Child Protection Policy. For more information, please refer to the Scouts association website.
Moving between section
Young people move to the next section when they reach the age requirements and when their section leader believes they are ready. The moving on ceremony takes place at the start of the term. If the child reaches the age during a term, they will move at the start of the next term.
All young people and adults taking part in Scouting activities are covered by the Scouts Association’s insurance provided by Unity (Scouts Insurance Services).
Events & Trips
In addition to our weekly sessions, events and camps will be organised to offer different types of activities. Announcement of events will be done via the website, email or mobile text. The process requires you to complete a permission slip and pay the fees, if any, by the date set on the event announcement. This is in order to guarantee a space for your child. Payment will be handled either by cash or via our website. Please note that payments are non-refundable, however this may be overturned by the GSL’s discretion.
Scouting During Covid-19: Risk Assessment
The 8th Braid Salaam Scout Group submitted a risk assessment to the Braid District branch of ‘The Scout Association’, detailing how we will safely conduct indoor and outdoor sessions, which has now been approved.
We will be holding separate indoor meetings for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, in our venue. Should there be any change in government guidance, we will move to outdoor or online Zoom sessions in accordance with the guidance at the time.
Covid Guidance for Edinburgh as of 9th August 2021
Scotland has moved out of the COVID-19 levels system, and is now beyond Level 0.
Scout Readiness level Yellow
Indoor sessions are permitted.
All meetings and events are permitted indoors and outdoors with no limit of numbers. Physical distancing is not required in any setting.
Groups sizes must be managed safely to prevent the risk of transmission of Covid.
Sessions will be moved to outdoor or online in line with the latest guidelines.
Face coverings must be worn in indoor locations by everyone aged 12+
Information will be provided to parents/carers via email, WhatsApp and Online Scout Manager.
Consent must be completed for each young person to attend indoor sessions.
Contact information of the Section leaders and the Group Scout Leader (GSL) will be provided to parents.
Track & Trace
We will record attendance for each session, and store this securely for six weeks.
Parents are responsible for informing the Section leader or GSL within 24hrs if a young person falls ill.
We will provide track & trace attendance details to the responsible health body.
We will contact attendees advising them to isolate if instructed by the responsible health body.
Hand sanitiser will be provided for members on arrival, departure and during meetings are required.
Young people and leaders are advised to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the nearest bin. Alternatively cough into elbow.
If no bin available, they should put the tissue in their pocket for disposing of later.
Parents to explain guidelines to young people beforehand. Leaders will explain guidelines at the start of each session.
Covid 19 symptoms
8th Braid will be following the “NHS Lothian Covid 19 and School” guidelines for recognising Covid 19 symptoms.
Any attendee showing Covid 19 symptoms will be separated from the group, and moved a distance away from the group, and their parents will be contacted for immediate pick up.
A qualified First Aider will be present at all meetings.
Depending on the nature of the injury (minor), it may be possible for a young person to ‘self-administer first aid’, under leader guidance, so that suitable social distancing can be maintained.
Where this is not possible, the First Aider will consider wearing PPE (i.e. disposable apron, gloves and a face mask), to treat the patient.