We charge a fee (called subscriptions or subs) to cover the annual membership fee costs, the groups’ running costs, and our regular meetings, covering venue upkeep, admin, insurances, and materials for activities. Although many of these costs are annual in nature, we split these costs into monthly payments to make them more affordable for parents. There are sometimes extra charges for special activities, camps and events. We try to keep our subs as low as possible so that anyone can come to Scouts.
We use Online Scout Manager to collect monthly subs. When you join the group, we will send an invitation to sign up for Online Scout Manager’s Parent Portal. As well as getting you to validate the personal information is correct, we’ll ask you to set up a regular payment schedule. For each young person who is a member of the group, you will have a separate payment schedule, given it is linked to their individual profile.
Online Scout Manager is also used to collect payments for events and residential activities. Wherever possible to do so, we will notice the possibility of an activity or event that carries a cost. And for camps, we provide an option to pay in stages ahead of the event.
If you are eligible for Gift Aid, we’d be very grateful for your indication (in Online Scout Manager). We may claim relief on payments made to the group. This helps increase our funding and reduces our overall costs.
Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone feel part of the group. Our uniform consists of a sweatshirt or shirt that you can sew badges on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent our local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies, trousers or shorts.
Uniform can be bought from our online shop. If you’re unsure where to start, leaders can give you more information about what to buy. They may even know if someone is selling a uniform second hand. There are grants available to help you buy a uniform; ask your leader for more details.
You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them! Buy your uniform from the our Scout store and you’ll be supporting Local Scouts!