Financial Matters

Scouting costs money, and as a movement, we get very little National or Local government aid.  The Leaders and Executive Committee are all unpaid volunteers and do their best to offer quality Scouting for the lowest possible cost.  The main sources of income for the group are the membership subscriptions paid by all members and our fundraising events.

Online Payments

In Autumn 2013 we moved onto online Direct Debit payments for activities and events using Online Scout Manager. We have eradicated the need to use cash/cheques when paying for events such as camps, days out etc and would encourage you to use the online payment option whenever possible. Moving to online payments means you are not kept hanging on for cheques to be cashed and you will be informed when the payment will come out of your bank account.

Subscriptions

In 2013 we changed our preferred method of payment to be by direct debit through Online Scout Manager, this has greatly reduced the administrative burden of collecting, chasing, and banking cheques and cash, and enables our leaders to concentrate on running their sections rather than tackling paperwork.

Our current subscription is £120/year spread out as 12 x £10 monthly payments.

Where the money goes

A percentage goes to pay District, County and National capitation fees, and the routine running costs of the group such as hall hire and insurance, etc. Money for new equipment and other “one-off” items is provided by the fund-raising events run by the Executive Committee, and by the extensive pursuit of grants from local authorities and charitable organisations as well as donations from any likely source.

Gift Aid

We will also ask you to sign a “Gift Aid” declaration in Online Scout Manager, assuming you are a UK taxpayer, which enables us to recover significant sums of the tax you pay from the Inland Revenue at no cost to yourself. If you are lucky enough to be a higher rate taxpayer you will also be able to claim a tax refund.

Card Payments

We are now able to accept card payments for items that cannot be purchased through Online Scout Manager. Using a cerdit or debit card is preferable to cash or cheques.

Cash & Cheques

We will of course accept cash and cheques as a last resort, but this does lead to considerably more work for the leaders and the Treasurer. If at any time you need to give us a cheque it must be made payable to “1st Liss Scout Group” with your child’s name and section and what the payment is for on the back, please.

Additional Costs

Sometimes, we ask for a contribution towards activities undertaken over and above the “normal” section night activities where we might be paying for the use of outside facilities, instructors’ expenses, campsite fees. However the aim is to even out the financial burden by spacing out the more expensive events, and all sections also make maximum use of the considerable volunteer resources available within the Scout movement in the way of equipment, instructors etc.

Camps and Trips

Payment for these usually consists of a deposit when you sign up and then a balance closer to the event.  Unless we have to cancel an event, deposits are NOT refundable as we use them as deposits for activity and site bookings several months in advance.  It is sometimes possible to refund the balance for a camp if a child is unable to attend through illness; however, this depends on the nature of the trip and the number of participants and the obligations we have entered into on the assumption that your child will attend.

Financial Help

It has been a principle of Scouting since it started in 1907 that it should be available to any interested young person, and the ability to pay should never be a limiting factor. Please contact the Group Scout Leader in the strictest of confidence if we can offer help in any way. You can contact him directly or send an email via our contact page.