I hope this email finds you safe and well.
As most of you are aware the Summer Term is due to start on Monday and that would also be the time when we would normally charge subs. The Group Executive Committee have been in regular contact since the lockdown started and we have all agreed on a way forward.
I am afraid that the group cannot afford to offer all the youth members a free term as there are still considerable expenses that need to be met such as the utility bills, the purchase of badges for example and also the annual insurance premium for the HQ buildings and equipment. This came in at £2000. Because of the lockdown we are not receiving the usual amount from the Bow Lane Pre School either. If we offered a free term then we would also reduce our income by approximately £2000 too and as Group Scout Leader and as a trustee of the group this is something I am not happy or comfortable with.
The Executive Committee have therefore decided to charge a flat fee of £20 per family. I am very aware that some parents have already paid or are willing to pay the usual full amount of £35/£25. If that is you then please can I take this opportunity to thank you for your very generous and welcome offer. If you are unable to pay the usual termly amount then that is fine and we are very grateful for your payment of £20. However if you wish to pay the £20 please can you advise me privately so I can make the treasurer aware. If you are not able to pay either amount because of furloughing, redundancy or any other situation then please be assured that you child will NOT miss out on their Scouting experience. They can still continue to be a member of our Group. All I ask is that you please contact me privately and we will make the necessary arrangements. It is not a problem. We just need to know.
Should we be able to return before the term ends then the Group will NOT ask for extra money for subscriptions. We will hold good on our promise.
If normal Scouting returns in the autumn then the normal amounts will apply from 1 September. If this causes any issues then please contact me.
*** Payments can only be made online this term. We cannot accept cheques or cash. Our bank account has changed so please contact me directly for the new details.
Please ensure that you put your child’s surname and section as the narrative (eg: Hayward, Beavers, Cubs or Scouts).
Thank you for your continued support. As I have mentioned above please feel free to contact me either via this email or privately if you would like to discuss anything further.
Keep safe and keep well.
Group Scout Leader