What should I know about the safety equipment on schoolbags?  

Schoolbags complying with the German Safety Standard DIN 58124 show the TÜV-GS symbol (GS – a German product safety standard, TÜV = German Technical Supervisory Association). On these schoolbags, 20 % of the front and side areas consist of orange-red or yellow fluorescent materials (for visibility during the day and at dawn),  and 10 % of the front and side areas consist of retro-reflective materials which reflect incident light in the dark. To achieve ideal safety, the schoolbag should be provided with both retroreflective and fluorescent fabrics.

All Scout schoolbags with yellow or orange-red fluorescent areas fully comply with the German Safety Standard DIN 58124. Scout schoolbags with fluorescent areas in other colours (e. g. pink) also improve visibility of children in traffic, these colours, however, are not specified in the current German Safety Standard DIN 58124.

What are the differences between the Scout schoolbag models? And which model is best for my child?  

Basically, the following applies: For children starting school and for primary school children, all Scout models are the perfect choice. In order to choose the right Scout schoolbag model (Genius, Alpha and Sunny) it is essential that your child tries on the schoolbag. However, there are several basic criteria which make prior selection easier.

The shape: The Alpha and Sunny "soft" models look like backpacks but are real schoolbags with a solid, sturdy base. The Scout Genius is the product of consquent developing of the extremely solid schoolbag shape. outside hard-wearing fabric and inside a strong core – without any visible plastic parts.

The size: With its spacious outside pockets the Alpha is the largest of the Scouts, the Sunny is the most compact one. In between is Genius. Rule of thumb: The smaller the child, the more compact the schoolbag! However, please also consider what the child has to take to school and what needs to fit inside the bag.

The organisation: The Genius has a spacious, subdivided inner compartment for ideal organisation and back-friendly packing. The side pockets offer space for drinks bottle and umbrella, the front pocket is ideal for the pencil case. The Scout Sunny also has a spacious, subdivided inner compartment the contents of which can quickly be secured with a pull cord, as well as flexible side pockets and an integrated front pocket.  The Alpha has large outer side pockets and an additional front pocket. 

You can find all Scouts at a glance here.

What is special about the Scout back strap system?  

The back strap system ensures that the Scout schoolbag is close to the child's back, and that it can be carried ergonomically. It is adjustable and can be adapted individually to the size of every child. There are two additional straps for perfect positioning in the shoulder area – important for a healthy posture. The wide, integrated hip belt further relieves the strain on a child's back by shifting the weight of the schoolbag from the back to the hips and the pelvis.  In addition, the hip belt keeps the schoolbag close to the back even when the child is moving (e. g. when riding a bike).  The chest belt is used to fix the shoulder straps for children with narrow shoulders.

What if the child grows and the hip belt of the Alpha or Sunny no longer rests on the hips?  

In the initial years, the hip belt provides strength-saving wearing comfort. The vertically adjustable back strap system is simply adjusted to the current back length (e. g. using a coin): base at the height of the hip bones, and the strap mounting point at the height of the shoulder blades. As the back grows longer, the former hip belt takes on the function of a fastening belt ensuring that the schoolbag is still carried close to the body, even when the child is moving. Alternatively, the hip belt can be removed completely.

Can liquids from the side pockets leak into the schoolbag?  

No, as all the Scout side pockets are equipped with a drain hole, allowing any leaked liquid to drain out safely.

Why does Scout not have an extremely pronounced back profile – and what else is important for the wearing comfort?  

The back sections of the Scout schoolbags have been designed on the basis of the latest ergonomic and orthopaedic research. The torso lentgh of children starting school already differs by up to 9 cm (Source: research data on over 600 children by Human Solutions, a company from Kaiserslautern in Germany specialised in bodyscanning etc.). Schoolbags with gently shaped back panel are ideal for comfortable and ergonomic wear during primary school age. This feature applies irrespective of the age or posture profile of your child.

Further features for excellent wearing comfort: The well-padded back on all Scout models are provided with air-flow channels. The extremely comfortable straps come in an ergonomic S-shape, have an ideal width for perfect fit and optimised wearing comfort (if the straps are too wide, they may slip down over the shoulders; if they are too narrow, they can cut into the skin).

All Scout models have a solid base with "feet" to protect the contents and make the bag self-standing.

What should we know about the weight of schoolbags?  

In the past, guidelines determined that the total weight of a backpack should not be more than 10-12 % of the body weight. These guidelines, however, have no scientific support and originated from a recommendation for soldier field packs for a 20 km trekking distance. 

More recently, comprehensive studies were conducted by the German University of Saarland. The results of the study "Kid Check Studie 2008" and "Schulranzenstudie 2009" show that a schoolbag can easily weigh more than 10 – 12 % of the body weight. Prerequisite: It must be properly carried (no unnecessary strain on the back) – and the distance to school should not be longer than 20 minutes.

The Saarbrücken study "Schulranzenstudie" also suggested a load of 17 – 20 % of a child's body weight is not harmful to the spine – and that the physical fitness of children is decisive for the determination of the individual maximum weight of the schoolbag.

Scout schoolbags weigh approximately between 1,190 and 1,280 g. The weight difference between all four Scout models is approx. 90 g, which is only 1.8 - 3 % based on the total weight of a filled schoolbag. The weight must, of course, always be considered in relation to the schoolbag volume.

Why do the fluorescent areas on Scout schoolbags have different colours?  

The colours of the fluorescent areas are selected matching the design of the schoolbag. All fluorescent colours improve visibility during the day and at dawn. Fluorescent areas in yellow and orange-red fully comply with the German Safety Standard DIN 58124, fluorescent areas in other colours (e.g. pink) are not specified in the current DIN.

How is the limited Scout collection different from the "normal" Scout collection?  

The models of the limited Scout collection are only available as a 4- or 5-piece set. Because these sets are limited editions, componenets of these sets cannot be reordered or purchased additionally. The designs of the "normal" Scout collection are available either as single schoolbags or in a 4-piece set. In addition, a wide range of accessories is available which can also be re-ordered for a certain period of time.

What is special about the Scout Active Lite?  

Active Lite means that the bag is equipped with an active light. The Scout Alpha Active Lite can be activated in different animations to further increase safety in traffic.

Can an ADAC warning vest replace a schoolbag complying with DIN 58124?  

The General German Automobile Association ADAC recommends children starting school to wear warning vests. Half of all schoolbags sold are not equipped with safety equipment complying with the German Safety Standard DIN. In this case the use of warning vests makes sense; but only if worn over the schoolbag! There is no need for the warning vest with a schoolbag complying with the German Safety Standard DIN 58124 on a child's back.

Is the Scout water resistant?  

Yes. All Scout schoolbags fulfil the high standards laid down in the German Safety Standard DIN 58124 in terms of water resistance.

According to the German Safety Standard DNI 58124 no more than 10 g water may leak into the schoolbag. The schoolbag must remain waterproof when placed in 1 cm of water. All Scout schoolbags fulfil these requirements.

The Scout fabric resists water pressure of 10.000 mm (outdoor clothing: 2,000 – 3,000 mm).

How do I clean my Scout?  

To clean your Scout schoolbag and all accessories, please use a soft brush and/or a cloth with a gentle detergent, and wipe it afterwards with pure water.

Why is a Scout worth the money?  

Every Scout schoolbag is the result of a complex design process with high-quality materials: plastic injection moulded parts, retro-reflective material from the global market leader ORALITE®, orange, yellow or pink fluorescent material, water-resistant fabric etc. These materials are accurately processed.

Scout's quality is based on 40 years of experience in schoolbag production and on 10 million schoolbags sold. The schoolbags are designed in Germany and produced observing the values and principles in the Global Compact.

You can easily calculate that Scout is worth the money: Scout will accompany your child to school for approximately 4 years for approx. 190 days a year – in summer as in winter. This equals approx. 760 days of use. There is no comparable consumer product that is subjected to such high requirements. At a price of 155 €, the Scout costs you only approx. 20 cents per day. At this price, you get one of the best schoolbags available.

Why does Scout not sell "real" schoolbag trolleys?  

Experts do not approve of schoolbag trolleys. Children still frequently have to drag and lift them, for example in and out the bus, over kerbs or steps. That often puts more strain on their spines than if the schoolbag is consistently carried on their backs. When pulling schoolbag trolley, children also tend to twist their spines in a manner harmful to their health.

Where does the drinks bottle go?  

Each of the Scout models provides space for the Scout drinks bottles and many other drinks bottle models in the side pockets (with drain hole!).

Please note however: 100 ml liquid equals an additional weight of 100 g!

Do exercise books get dog-eared in the Sunny or Alpha?  

Even if these models look like soft rucksacks: They are solid schoolbags. The solid L-shaped construction of the Sunny and Alpha provide the necessary stability. To be 100 % sure, you can get the box for exercise books which is available separately and which protects exercise books from getting dog-eared.

Why do the schoolbags look so big on primary school children?  

The design of all Scout schoolbag models offers sufficient space during primary school. The load pupils have to carry to school in 3rd or 4th grad easily fits into the bag. The ergonomically designed Scout schoolbags also fit children of slight build. The slenderst is the Sunny, followed by the Genius and Alpha.