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Cleaning and building maintenance

Location of cleaning materials and equipment

All necessary cleaning supplies and equipment are stored in the boiler room.

Cleaning and tidying after meetings


Each section is responsible for cleaning up after themselves following each meeting at the Scout Centre. This includes:
  • Sweeping the hall(s) used (including under the radiators and behind tables/chair trolleys)
  • Wiping down any tables used for messy activities
  • Checking the toilets and ensuring they are flushed
  • Cleaning the kitchen if used (washing up done and away, surfaces wiped down, hob and oven clean)
  • Putting away any shared equipment used (back to the same spot that it came from)
Reporting issues

Any building maintenance or safety issues which are identified should be reported to the Group Scout Leader as soon as possible (for example broken lights, problems with doors/locks, any damage identified). This should be done by email or by noting it into the incident book which is kept in the Bill Genese Room. For serious issues other section leaders should be copied into an email, to ensure that they are aware.

Use of fridge and freezer

All sections are welcome to make use of the fridge and freezer in the kitchen. However, if any food is left in the fridge or freezer which has not been labelled with the name of the section it belongs to then anyone else is free to use it and/or dispose of it. Any food which has been left beyond its use by/best before date can be disposed of even if it is labelled with the section name, unless it has been clearly labelled to state that it will be being used by some specified date after this.

Annual working day

An annual working day is organised by the Group. This takes place in autumn and includes gardening/tidying the grounds plus any other maintenance jobs that have been identified. An email will be sent with information about when the day is being held and sections are then expected to advertise this to parents and ask for assistance.

Deep clean

Each section is responsible for deep cleaning the Scout Centre once each year. Section leaders need to ensure that they arrange this and should add their date to the Group Calendar.

The cleaning rota is as follows:
  • January: Jacala Cubs
  • February: Windrush Beavers
  • March: Mowgli Cubs
  • May: Land Scouts
  • July: Cherwell Beavers
  • September: Sea Scouts
  • November: Explorers
Based on past experience a complete deep clean should take around three to four hours with about 12 people working. A full list of cleaning requirements is set out below. You can also download a version which can be printed out, cut up, stuck on the doors of the rooms and used as a checklist during the cleaning session.
  • Kitchen
    • Clean inside oven
    • Clean cooker top
    • Clean inside fridge and freezer
    • Clean inside microwave
    • Clean high-up shelf and everything on it
    • Clean pull-out trolleys and contents
    • Ensure all cups etc are clean
    • Clean round the hatch plus doors
    • Clean windowsills
    • Clean windows
    • Wipe down walls
    • Wipe door and handle
    • Wipe down surfaces
    • Clean sink including taps
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor
  • Main Halls
    • Clean windowsills
    • Clean windows
    • Clean round the hatch plus doors
    • Clean any dirt off walls
    • Wipe down tables (including stacked tables)
    • Clean chairs
    • Wipe door and handle
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor
  • Toilets/shower room
    • Clean toilets
    • Clean urinals
    • Clean basins
    • Clean mirrors
    • Clean windowsills
    • Clean windows
    • Wipe down walls
    • Wipe down stall doors
    • Wipe door and handle
    • Wipe round shower
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor
  • Entrance Hall
    • Sweep doormat
    • Wipe doors and handle
    • Clean any dirt off walls
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor
  • Boiler Room
    • Clean/tidy shelves (take things off and put back on same shelf)
    • Clean windowsill
    • Clean window
    • Clean any dirt off walls
    • Wipe door and handle
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor
  • Bill Genese Room
    • Clean/tidy shelves (take things off and put back on same shelf)
    • Clean pigeon holes (take things out and put back when done)
    • Clean under cushions
    • Clean windowsill
    • Clean window
    • Clean any dirt off walls
    • Wipe door and handle
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor
  • Stores Passage
    • Clean up any really dirty areas on walls/shelves
    • Wipe door and handle
    • Beat out and sweep doormat
    • Sweep floor
    • Wash floor