The Waiting 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 bumped to the next sections waiting list.

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

Robert would also have little opportunity to complete his Chief Scouts Bronze Award in the 2 months.

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

The ages at which the Waiting List Administration Team move young people between lists is as follows:

Waiting List NameAge Ranges
WannaBeavers0 years – 5 years 10 months
Beavers5 years 10 months  – 7 years 9 months
Cubs7 years   9 months – 9 years 9 months
Scouts9 years  9 months – 13 years 6 months
Explorers13 years 6 months – 18 years

However there may be some local variations as to when they stop offering a section in lieu of the next section.