What Costs are Involved in Scouting?
For the first three weeks your child is welcome to come along and join in with their age group activities to see if he or she likes it. During that time they are automatically covered by Scout Association insurance. Parents are welcome to watch as well as participate.
On your third visit we will give you a membership application form (downloadable version below) and an invoice for fees.
If your child is keen to continue please bring along the completed form and fees on your next visit.
When you have returned the completed registration form and paid the membership fee, we then proceed with an investiture ceremony to welcome your child to Scouting.
How much are the fees?
In 2020 the fees you will need to pay to be a member at Blackwood Scout Group are as follows:
- Registration for Scouts SA (per child)- $ 58.00
- Blackwood Group subscription fee for full year (per child, 4 school terms) - $ 247.00
- Maintenance levy (per family)- $ 100.00
Various discounts are available for sibling memberships, early payment and in recognition of time dedicated to supporting the group through committee roles, leadership and fundraising.
Fees are paid annually in April. For those joining part way through the year, fees are pro rata, payable upon registration. A discount is applied where more than one child from a family is a member.
We believe that no child should be denied the opportunity to become a member due to financial constraints. Please contact the Group Leader if more information is required.
The uniform consists of a shirt (polo style), belt, scarf & woggle, and trousers. The shirt, belt, scarfe & woggle are available from the Scout Outdoor Centre at 192 Rundle Street, Adelaide and costs approximately $70. The trousers are a stone and are also available from the Scout Outdoor Centre. Shoes for most activities can be runners. Leather / dress shoes (eg school shoes) are worn for formal occasions. A blue broad brimmed hat should be worn during outdoor activities.
Scouting is an outdoors based program. Sleep overs, holidays, camps and hikes range from one to three days long. These activities are an extra expense, and can depend on travel distance and numbers participating. However we aim to keep the costs to a minimum and suggest you allow approx. $80 per term for additional activities.
How fees are spent by the Scout Group
Every Scout Group is entirely self-funded through their annual membership subscriptions and any fund raising activities held throughout the year. Fees cover -
- Badges and certificates for acheivements on the Scouting journey
- Craft equipment and materials consumed in program activities.
- Water, electricity, internet, insurance and maintenance at Blackwood Scout Hall .
- Training and uniform costs for leaders
- An Affiliation Fee to Scouts SA for each registered member of the group, largely to cover insurance for members during Scouting activities.
Fund raising for special events
We encourage fundraising for major events (like attending a Jamboree) through the formation of parent committees.