Frequently Asked Questions

Money Matters

Scouts_backwoods_cooking_IMGP7584Is it expensive to join?

We don’t think so.  Our membership subscription (subs) covers the basic running costs of the Group (such as insurance, hire of the school, and consumables for our weekly meetings) and are low compared to many other Scout Groups.  We also offer a discount if there are multiple siblings in the Group.

There may be an extra charge for some meetings if we're doing something special (for example laser quest or bowling at Christmas). 

Camps and other events/activities will cost extra, the cost of these will depend on what we're doing and how far we have to travel.  Typically weekend camps cost about £30 to £45.

You will also need to buy uniform, more information about what uniform is required is available from the Uniform FAQs page. 


When are subs due and how much are they?

Subs are due at the start of each term.  Please try and return your subs promptly, with over 100 young members it's a big job to chase people individually.  The current rates for subs are:

Beaver_blue_linear_35h.png £35 / term
Cub_green_linear_35h.png £35 / term
Scouts_green_linear_35h.png £40 / term


I want to join but I'm worried about the costs?

We believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying Scouting and we will try our best to support those that need it.  We try to keep costs as low as we can, however if you are concerned about the cost of subs or of a specific activity or camp, please speak to your child’s leader in confidence.


Who do I make cheques payable to?

Please make cheques payable to "1st Hensingham Scout Group".


Can I pay my subs by standing order?

Yes!  Please ask your section leader for details or download instructions from the members' area.  If you're planning to pay by standing order, please follow the instructions carefully and let your section leader know so we can trace your payments back to you!


Can I pay other fees/costs electronically?

Not at the moment, but it's something we're looking into!


Do you claim Gift Aid?

Yes! Gift Aid is a major source of income for the Group and helps us to keep the cost of subs low.  (If you sign-up for Gift Aid we can claim an extra 25 pence from the tax man for every pound of subscription paid, and at no extra cost to you!)

If you haven't signed-up to allow us to claim gift aid on your subs, please complete a form and reutrn it your section leader.  (You can ask your leader for a form or download one from here.)

Please note:

  1. You must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that we will reclaim on your payments.
  2. You can cancel the declaration at any time by notifying the Group Treasurer.
  3. Please notify the Group Treasurer if you change your name or address, or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains.

You can contact the Group Treasurer through the Contact page, or by emailing ku.gro.stuocsmahgnisneh@rerusaert.

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