We need funds to run camps, purchase equipment and to keep our membership fees for young people low. As an educational charity, we rely entirely on the money we can raise through our own activities, and on the generously given time of our amazing leaders and other adult volunteers.
Subscription fees cover the basics like badges, insurance and hire of our main meeting venue at All Saints Weston Green church hall. But to make scouting really fun we need equipment – tents, camping gear, vehicles and trailers – that allow our brave leaders to take young people out on adventures that they will never forget.
There are several ways in which parents and other friends of 1st Weston Green Scout Group can help to support our exciting programme of activities for young people.
Christmas tree collection
Our main fundraising event is the annual collection of Christmas trees for recycling. In a single January weekend, we raise nearly £10,000 for the group each year. But we can only do this with the help of every parent. See our Christmas Trees page for more details.
If you shop online – for almost anything, anywhere – you can raise money for the group by clicking first on easyfundraising.co.uk. Select Weston Green Scout Group as your cause to support. It will cost you nothing, and you’ll be amazed how generous some retailers are. And it’s not just shopping. When you book a holiday, buy a new phone, change energy supplier or insurer, you can raise serious money for the group in an entirely painless way.
When a tax payer makes a donation to a charity, the charity can claim an additional payment from HMRC, provided the donor makes an appropriate declaration and pays enough tax to cover the claim. The donor, in turn, can claim back some tax from HMRC if they pay tax at a higher rate. Scout groups can claim gift aid on subscription fees, and this is worth over £1000 per year to us. If you are a taxpayer, and you pay subscription fees for a young person in the group, please ensure you have ticked the Gift Aid box in Online Scout Manager (OSM), as this provides the declaration we need to claim these extra funds.