How much does Scouting cost?
Scouting is an affordable way of providing a range of exciting and adventurous activities for your child. There are based on a structured and educational training programme that is merited by the awarding of badges, and that great feeling of achievement. At the same time, it builds self confidence; something that is not cost measurable, just priceless.
The BBS and BGS Association's Scouting provides the best value for money when compared to any other non-sponsored extra-curricular activities or clubs. This is particularly true when compared with membership of youth clubs, sports clubs, martial arts groups, music and drama classes. Every member being different in their abilities gains success by doing their best in all tests and challenges undertaken, building priceless self-esteem.
The cost of sending your child to Scouting will vary depending on your Group. It is likely to be between £50 and £100 a year, and this may be collected weekly, monthly, each term or annually as membership subscriptions depending on local arrangements.
The BBS & BGS Association does not have a capitation fee scheme for each member like some other Scout associations - all subscriptions are for the running of the Scout Group.
The subscriptions covers the cost of the hire or upkeep of the meeting place, insurance, badges and awards and so on for the proper and safe running of the Scout Group.
Camps, expeditions, trips and certain activities are usually charged separately depending upon what is being undertaken. However, because the Scout Troop in particular requires that all Scout members take part and support these activities, the costs are keep to the minimum. A week's camp will usually cost in the region of £150.00 and a weekend camp £25.00. A camp bank system is run by the Scout Troop to help save towards camps and expeditions.
Fund raising always involves the Scouts, Wolf Cubs and Beavers who are encouraged to do good useful turns for others (Bob-A-Job and similar) or take part in Scout Group organised fund raising events. We do not fund raise for the sake of it, but usually only for specific projects, otherwise our normal subscriptions cover day to day running expenses and the majority of equipment replacement or provision.