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Money

We are a well resourced group and the Group finances are currently healthy, our income from subs and fundraising is covering our expendititure.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are due at the start of each term and cover the basic running costs of the Group.  This includes our annual capitation/insurance charge to Scout Association HQ, hire of the school, badges, and equipment & consumables to allow us to run our weekly meetings.  For details of the current rates for subs, please see our FAQ pages.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a major source of additional income for the Group and allows us to keep our termly subs low. We can claim Gift Aid on subs and donations.

If you'd like us to be able to claim Gift Aid on payments you make to the Group, please complete and return the Gift Aid Form.  (You can download one from here.) 

For more information on Gift Aid, please see the FAQs.

Fundraising

We undertake additional fundraising throughout the year.  This allows us to subsidise Group events such as our biennial Family Camp and invest in new equipment.

Our major fundraising event is our annual Bag Pack at Morrisons (normally on the Saturday before Mothers' Day).  However, as we progress with plans for our new Group HQ we'll be looking to orgainse other fundraising events - keep a look out for more details.

You can also help us raise funds when you shop online.  We've partnered with easyfundraising, who're working with over 3,000 well known retailers to raise money for charities like ours.  There's no extra cost to you - click on the banner below to sign up.

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If you've got a fundraising idea we could use, or if you're able to help us organise extra fundraising events, please speak to a leader or get in touch through the Contact page.

In addition to our fundraising events, we've also been fortunate to receive grant funding from the Cumbria County Council Neighbourhood Forums.  These grants have allowed us to buy capital equipment to offer a wider range of adventurous activities both to our own members, and to other Scouts in the Western Lakes District.  Some of the activities we've been able offer as a result of this funding include teaching our Scouts life saving CPR techniques, geocaching, building large pioneering projects and running water activities such as rafting and coracling to develop team work.

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Reserve

We hold a small financial reserve which is reviewed by the Executive Committee at regular intervals.  The reserve is sufficient to give us an operational buffer should income and fundraising activities fall short.  The reserve also ensures that we have adequate provision for future maintenance and disposal of our storage facility at Hensingham School.


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