The Group relies almost entirely on subscriptions from the parents of young members and on our own fundraising. We receive no regular contributions from elsewhere. Subscriptions are £9 per youth member per month payable by standing order, or £36 per term (cash or cheque) at the first meeting of each term. Parents are encouraged to pay by standing order, the form for which is available from the Group Treasurer, whose email address is given below.
If you have online banking please feel free to set up your own standing order. We have found that the banks seem to be more reliable when orders are set up this way. Please ask the treasurer for details of our Bank Account. Setting your standing order up online also makes it easier for you to cancel the order should your child leave the Group at some point in the future.
The subscription is reviewed annually by the Group Executive Committee, who keep it as low as possible consistent with providing first rate Scouting to all our youth members. The subscription has remained unchanged for several years.
In addition to subscriptions, we raise some of the money we need by fundraising activities. The more successful these are, the lower we can keep subscriptions – so, please do help as much as possible when asked to get involved in fundraising activities.
A major cost is an annual payment of about £52 (2018) for every youth member. Some of this maintains the Scout District, Scout County and UK Headquarters, but a large part of it pays for the very comprehensive insurance for all our activities.
The list below shows some of the main areas in which we spend money. If you would like more details of our income and expenditure, please look at our Annual Accounts.
- Training of leaders
- Hire of meeting venues at Barnham and Walberton and storage facilities
- Uniform, scarves and badges
- Books and publications for adults and children
- Costs of camps and other nights away not charged to participants
- Annual insurance payments
- Materials for section meetings
- Purchase and maintenance of camping and other equipment
If you have any questions about subscriptions or finance, please contact our Group Treasurer via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org