About Us

Welcome to 1st Toton Scout Group and the adventure of Scouting!

We are an active Scout Group that meet in St Peter’s Church in Toton. 1st Toton Scout Group was established in response to the increasing demand for Scouting as the area’s population grew. We run as a charity and rely solely on voluntary adult support to deliver Scouting. Our Leadership team manage day-to-day Scouting activities, whilst the Executive Committee look after the business affairs of the Group and ensure compliance with the Charity Commission. All adults involved in Scouting are DBS checked and are given comprehensive training to ensure that they are qualified to deliver Scouting that is challenging, fun and safe. Scouting at 1st Toton is co-educational across all sections and is open to all.

The following information will hopefully answer any questions you may have about Scouting in general and how your child can benefit from joining 1st Toton.

The Scouts Association:

Scouts made me a do-er and a give it a go-er.  Made me question and listen and have a wide, open mind. Scouts made me take a deep breath and speak up. Made me think on my feet, made me see the big picture, made me ignore the butterflies and go for it. Scouts made me get back up and try again. Made me think about what’s next, and plan for it. Made me jump in, get muddy, give back and get set.

Join us now as see what Scout will make you…..

We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here.  All genders, races and backgrounds. Every week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

Find out more at www.scouts.org.uk.

Our meeting times:

Three sections meet weekly at 1st Toton:

  • Beaver Colony – For ages 6 to 8 years – Wednesdays 6pm – 7:15pm
  • Cub Pack – For ages 8 to 10.5 years – Tuesdays 6:30pm – 7:45pm
  • Scout Group – For ages 10.5 to 14 years – Tuesdays 8pm – 9:30pm

1st Toton has strong relationships with Pioneer Explorers where our Scouts move on to Explorers. Pioneer Explorers meet at Stapleford Fire Station on a Monday evening for ages 14 to 18 years.  There are three other Explorer Units available to our members.

Beavers move on to Cubs at the end of the term closest to their 8th birthday.  Cubs move on to Scouts at the end of the term closest to being 10 1⁄2, and Scouts move to Explorers at the end of the term closest to their 14th birthday. Explorers are encouraged to become Young Leaders after leaving the Troop and to help in the running of our Group.

Part of a global Scouting Family… 

You will often hear people talking about Group, District and County – here’s how it works in terms of our local structure and support…

Nottinghamshire Scout County (County)
   SW Notts District Scouts (District)
      1st Toton Scout Group (Group)
          Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop (Sections)

How 1st Toton is managed:

Within our Group we have our own management structure to ensure continued success and growth. All our team are volunteers who are dedicated to the aims and values of the Scouting movement and delivering quality Scouting in the local community.


  • Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Elected members – responsible for managing the business affairs of the group and usually parents who want to support the group.


(responsible for operational Scouting activities)

  • Group Scout Leader (uniformed)
  • Beaver, Cub & Scout Section Leaders (uniformed)
  • Beaver, Cub & Scout Assistant Section Leaders (uniformed)
  • Beaver, Cub & Scout Sectional Assistants (uniform optional)
  • Beaver, Cub & Scout occasional helpers – we ask that at least one parent from each member family to help out on a rota basis

Our sections are each run by the Section Leader and at least one Assistant Leader or Occasional Helper. All leaders are volunteers who give their time for free and receive training for their role. The Leaders are responsible for planning and running a programme of activities and games at section meetings and special events.

If you are interested in joining our leadership team, or would like more information, then please let us know.

How much does it cost?


Subs are paid to the Scout Group and are payable at the start of each school term. The amount is currently set at £30 per full academic term – this equates to around £2.50 per session.

This money covers:

  • Membership to the Scout Association, which includes insurance when participating in Scouting activities (currently £55 per member);
  • The cost of maintenance and upkeep of our camping equipment and storage facilities;
  • Cost of badges earned by the Young People;
  • Purchase of equipment and materials required to run section meeting activities;
  • and much more…!

For special evenings or activities (for example, visits to places of interest or special activities provided on our behalf by external organisations) there is usually an additional fee to cover costs. Similarly, camps or sleepovers will attract an additional fee.

We are a uniformed organisation and parents/carers will be asked to buy a uniform for their child once they have settled into the section. More information about Uniform can be found here.

‘Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout