When the time comes to move up to the next age range, a young person can have mixed feelings: excitement at moving on, sadness at leaving friends behind. Making the transition as smooth as possible goes a long way to helping your child settle into their new section.
First of all you need to check what the process involves with your child’s current Section Leader. You might need to put your child on a waiting list for the next section or, in some cases, it may happen automatically.
To get your young person extra prepared, their leader might tell you about the Moving on Award. Completing it involves spending at least three weeks with their new section, while keeping up your normal routine at your childs current section. During that time, they’ll see what the new section is really like – getting to know your new leaders, making new friends and participating in lots of new and exciting activities.
If your child has friends in their section that they want to move up with, make sure that the Section Leader knows about this so that they can help if possible. This could also be a good opportunity to arrange sharing transport to and from meetings.