Cost of Scouting
For the first three weeks your child can simply come have a look and join in with the activities to see if he or she likes it. During that time they are automatically covered by the Scout Association for insurance purposes. Parents are welcome to watch as well as participate.
On the third visit we will give you a membership application form and an invoice for fees.
If you wish to continue please bring along a completed form and fees on your next visit.
When you have returned the completed registration form and paid the membership fee, we then proceed with an investiture ceremony to welcome your child to Scouting.
The uniform consists of a shirt (polo style), belt, scarf & woggle, and trousers.
For other variable costs, please see Activity and Event Expenses
What are the fees used for?
A Scout Group is entirely self-funded. The expenses of a Scout Group are various.
A somewhat major cost is the purchasing of badges and certificates.
(Badges are presented as soon as they are earned and there is no call for parents to purchase their child’s badges.)
In the Joey section there are only a limited number of badges to earn. However, this apparent saving is absorbed by the cost of the craft equipment and materials that are consumed in the normal program activities.
The Group must also meet the cost of maintaining the Scout Hall itself and we have the normal water, electricity and insurance bills to pay. Then there is also the initial and ongoing cost of training Leaders and the supply of their uniforms.
Another major cost is the “Affiliation Fee”. This is a fee the Group pays to our Scouting State Headquarters for each registered member of the group. This is largely to cover insurance for the Member during Scouting activities.
The Group’s running costs are mostly offset by the annual membership subscriptions and partly through a small number of fund raising activities throughout the year. Click here for an explanation of our fund-raising efforts.