Financial Support Policy
'Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part
The 28th Cambridge Scout Group aims to be fully inclusive and believes that
this includes enabling young people of all financial backgrounds to have the
opportunity to participate in group events.
We offer activities which are reasonable in cost and affordable for the vast majority. For families that cannot afford the full cost of an activity we have access to support funds.
We recognize this can be a difficult subject to discuss. The parents/ carers of members in this situation are encouraged to speak to the section leader in confidence so that the Group may consider giving financial support.
We may help to fund
- Membership Fees and Subscriptions
- The cost of trips, camps and activities organized by the Group
- Equipment for camps can be loaned
Parents/carers who that feel their financial circumstances prevent their son or daughter participating in Scouting should discuss the situation with the Section Leader.
A confidential application form should be completed (below). When completing a form please be clear in what you require; please state what the total costs are, how much you are able to contribute yourself, how much you are asking for and whether you hope to be able to contribute more later.
The Section Leader will refer the matter to the Group Scout Leader (GSL) who will discuss a payment plan with the Group Treasurer and Executive Chairperson. It is the GSL, Group Treasurer and Executive Chairperson who will make the final decision as to the level of financial support provided. All discussions are strictly confidential.
Each application will be taken on its own merits. Funds are limited and requests may be turned down. All applications are considered equally and on their own merit. Conditions may be imposed on any funds granted. Key Group events will be given priority. These include Family Camp and Summer Camp.
The form is confidential and will be kept securely by the treasurer. Within one month of the outcome of the application, names will be removed from the form which will be retained for auditing and comparison of requests.
Criteria for Support
Need for support may be because of:
Change of circumstances might include:
Significant health issues are likely to involve:
Strictly ConfidentialPlease complete this form as fully as possible for each request
|Section (please circle)||Scout||Cub||Beaver|
|Item(s) to be subsidised
(e.g. camp/ event/
uniform/ subs / other)
|Date of Event|
|Total Cost of Item|
|Total you are able to
|Total you may be able to
contribute in the future
|Parent / Guardian Name|
|Free school meals|
|Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance|
|Income-related Employment and Support Allowance|
|Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999|
|Child Tax Credit|
|Working Tax Credit|
|Guarantee element of State Pension Credit|
Please give any further
Information that may
Signature of Applicant
|Contact Phone Number|
|If you would like to discuss this form or require support to fill it out please contact a Group Scout Leader|
|Decision made||Decision Date:|
|Reviewing Officer||Review Date:|