What’s a Parent Rota?

All families with children in our Group are expected to take their turns on a parent rota so that we have enough pairs of hands, there are rotas in all sections, although adults are welcome to help in any Section and more often. You might find yourself helping with anything from a visit to a Firestation through to some messy science fun. The main thing is to come along and get stuck in – it’s meant to be fun for us adults too It usually works out about once or twice per term. To take part at least 1 adult from each family is asked to undergo Scout Association and CRB checks.

How can I help support the Scout Group?

The fun only continues because of all the help and support we get from the adults involved. There are lots of ways every single family can help no matter how much time they can give or what skills, if any, they may have. (This is in additon to helping out on a parent rota).

Is it true that for uniformed roles training takes up lots of time?

The simple answer is “no”. The training is now “NVQ” style. For some roles only a few modules are needed and even if going into uniform you have up to 3 years to complete all the training. Many modules involve a DVD and / or a workbook so don’t need to involve a course. Some modules can be signed off simply by showing what you already do at work or at home. Even if courses are required many are run of an evening, or perhaps several over a day. Courses are a great way to meet people who are in similar roles.

Why don’t you send out much printed information?

At any one time we have around 85 families, some with children in 2 or more Sections. As all the adults involved work we simply don’t have the time to print everything off (even if it then ever made it home…). It would also use a lot of paper and cost the Scout Group money we would rather spend on the fun! Instead we ask people to make full use of the web site and to check e-mails, replying as required.

What is the subscription money for?

This money mostly goes towards the cost of running each Section, and is allocated by the Leaders. The money goes on things like the cost of badges the children earn, Sections supplies (for things like crafts with the Beaver Scouts or balsa wood with the Scouts), ingredients when cooking and for things like sponsoring a scout in Gambia or an orphan. It may also be used towards the cost of certain activities such as entry fees or to subsidise trips out. The rest of the money goes towards the annual membership fee we have to pay to District/County/ Scout Association each year for each person in our Scout Group.

Why does the Scout Group expect youngsters and their families to help raise other funds?

The subscriptions, and Gift Aid income, do not cover the entire cost of running the Scout Group. We feel it’s really important to try and involve all our youngsters in fundraising, so that they understand you get out of life what you put in. At the end of the day no matter what we spend the money on every single child in our Group benefits in some way – for example even those currently in Beavers will need to sleep in our tents when they become Cubs and later Scouts! We’re sure those who have helped raise money sleep better in those tents knowing they helped pay for them.

How is the fundraising money spent?

Some of the money goes on basic running costs, such as rent, insurance, membership fees for all the adults and Young Leaders. Every Uniformed Leader is provided with a set of uniform. Certain courses for the Leaders require a fee to be paid e.g. First Aid, Food Hygiene. We also maintain a discretionary fund to ensure all members of the Group can take part, irrespective of personal ability to pay. Sometimes a specific fundraiser will be used to help towards a certain event – such as a big camp. The rest of the money is mostly spent on equipment – anything from a play parachute to tents, cooking pans to gas stoves and first aid kits to compasses.