Scout Group Running Costs
Running a Scout Group is a costly business. The costs include: -
Building & Contents Insurance
Fire Safety Equipment and Maintenance
Minibus Insurance, Road Tax, MOT and Repairs
Capitation Fees (including Insurance) to the Scout Headquarters in London
Funding / Subsidising Activities and Camps
Equipment - new and replacements
These costs soon add up and total nearly £10,000 per year. The
Subscription Fees that we charge only amount to approximately 50% of
these costs so we have to find the other 50% somewhere. We attempt to
do this by Fund Raising events but we are restricted in what we can
achieve by 2 factors. Firstly, the Committee only has 4 non-Leader
members, most of whom have full-time jobs; and secondly, as parents
lifestyles change, traditional methods of fund raising are getting
supported less and less. We therefore, urge
ALL parents and guardians to reverse this trend and support their
children by joining the Committee and actively taking part in all Fund
An alternative to organising Fund Raising events would be to raise
Subscription Fees. As the Group has approximately 55 members, an
increase of £1 per month would raise an extra approximate £600 towards
Subscription Fees are to be paid by Monthly (including August) Standing Order.
If there is some reason that you cannot pay by Standing Order please talk to your Child's Section Leader.
Please ask the Leaders of your child's Section for details of the
current Monthly amount or click on the Email button further down this page and ask your question. One of the
Committee members will provide you with the information that you require.
Fees (or any other money that we get) DO NOT get paid to any of the
Leaders or Committee members. They are all volunteers who
have to cover their own expenses.
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can my child benefit from joining Scouts?
independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten
said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said that their children find
child progresses through Scouts you should be able to see signs of the
their Scouting adventure has on them.
us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a
set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills
encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and
opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. A huge
of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life
and they were ‘nicer children to live with’.
What are my
responsibilities as a Parent or Guardian of a Beaver / Cub / Scout?
Having a child
in the Beavers / Cubs / Scouts isn't just a case of taking your child
to the meetings.
Scouting is a
totally voluntary organisation. That
means that the Leaders do not get paid a single penny for all the time
they put into Scouting. Most of them have full-time jobs and many of
use some of their employments annual leave to run activities such as
There is no
such thing as expenses in Scouting.
take a lot of advance planning, so
do the numerous activities that the Leaders organise.
result is that being a Scout Leader costs that person not only a lot
time, but a lot money
It is the
responsibility of ALL Parents and
Guardians to support the Leaders by helping them: -
Raise money for
all the activities and equipment that your child needs to enjoy the
comprehensive programmes that the Group has.
transport to activities when requested.
help to look after the children on activities where a ratio of Adults
to Children needs to be higher than on meeting nights.
your constant support the Group WILL fold.
moving to a new area, can I transfer my child to a new Scout Group?
moving to a new area, transferring to a new Scout Group can be great
helping your child settle in and make friends. You should let your
current leader know as soon as you can that you're planning to move.
know where you're moving to, you can contact the local Group directly.
call the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818. They will be able
you in touch with a Group in your new area.
moving abroad, the Information Centre will be able to give you the
the Scout organisation in that country.
child is moving up a section; what do I need to do to help them prepare?
time comes to move up to the next age range, a young person can have
feelings: excitement at moving on, sadness at leaving friends behind.
the transition as smooth as possible goes a long way to helping your
into their new section.
you need to check what the process involves with your child’s current
Leader as it can vary locally. You might need to put your child on a
list for the next section or, in some cases, it may happen
also ask whether the new Section Leader will be in touch or if you have
contact them first. Also be aware that meeting time and day will be
in the next section.
child has friends in their section that they want to move up with, make
that the Section Leader knows about this so that they can help if
This could also be a good opportunity to arrange sharing transport to
my child insured?
people and adults taking part in Scouting activities are covered by The
Association's Insurance Policy.
much does it cost to send my child to Scouts?
Beaver Colony / Cub Pack / Scout Troop / Scout Group is not cheap.
off-site activities are usually charged separately but maintaining the
Headquarters and the equipment used during activities costs a lot of
sure that you realise how much the cost of running your home has gone
up in the
last few years, well the Scout Group is suffering similar increases.
are not like most youth organisations that get money from local
councils or other
government departments; they are totally independent and totally rely
subscription from parents and fund raising events.
contact the relevant Leaders to find out how much the 166th
(Mickleover) Derby Scout Group subs currently are.
this, cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting
and if this
is an issue you can speak to the local Section Leader or Group Scout
do Beavers / Cubs / Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
has its own uniform and all wear the same Necker. Necker colours are
unique in each Scouting District. The 166th
(Mickleover) Derby Scout Group
Necker is Royal Blue with an Gold trim.
can be obtained through the Leaders of the
rest of the uniform can be purchased from
Derby’s own Scout Shop: -
Scout and Guide
Mondays and Thursdays 7pm - 9pm
purchased online - There are number of online
stores that sell Beaver / Cub / Scout uniforms, but I would recommend a
that is easy to return incorrect sized items.
Or one of the other shops in Derby that sells them.
is not necessary to buy your child a uniform
before they start their Scouting section. It is recommended that you
the child is ‘settled-in’ before getting their uniform. The Leader will
you when the time is right.
do the badges go?
Why is there a waiting
to a shortage of volunteer Leaders there are currently
30,000+ young people waiting to join the Scouts in England. Our Group
you feel that you may be able to spare a few hours on a regular or
basis, please read the ‘Help’ page of this web site and / or contact
any one of
What do we use Facebook for?
We use Facebook as a means of getting information to Parents, Guardians and Members of the Group.
What is Twitter being used for?
is being used to remind Parents of important up-coming events and to
let Parents know how things are going on Away Days and Overnight Trips.
e.g. "Arrived okay, everyone having a great time".
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