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.
In Autumn 2013 we have moved onto online Direct Debit payments for activities and events using Online Scout Manager. Ideally, We would also like to eradicate 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 will mean that 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.
In 2013 we changed our preferred method of payment to be by bank standing order for £8.50 / month, this has greatly reduces 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. If payment by standing order is not possible, please discuss this with the section leader.
For 2013/2014, the subscription has remained steady at £35 per term. If you have arranged to pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to “1st Liss Scout Group” in the first 2 weeks of each term, so we can account for cheques, please write “Sub” and your childs name on the back.
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 water and electricity, insurance, etc. Money for new equipment, the new HQ, and other “one-off” items is provided by the fund-raising events run by the Executive Committee, and by extensive pursuit of grants from local authorities and charitable organisations as well as donations from any likely source.
We will also ask you to sign a “Gift Aid” form, 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 tax payer you will also be able to claim a tax refund. [Download Gift Aid Form]
If at any time you need to give us a cheque it should be made payable to “1st Liss Scout Group” with your child’s name and section and what the payment si for on the back please.
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, camp site fees. e.g. when we use the mini bus it costs us about 75p per mile in fuel and repayment fees, but is still cheaper than taking several cars. 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.
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 Chairman 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.