5th North Devon Scout Group Fundraising

Successful Scouting requires sufficient funds – to run camps, purchase equipment, provide badges and so on. However, there are times when leaders find themselves running a fundraising programme, rather than an activity led programme purely to survive.

Indeed the Association’s own Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) document stipulates that Groups are expected to generate their own funds to carry out their activities. Once this becomes a burden through the essence of Scouting is lost and all involved can become extremely despondent.

Subscriptions are used to cover basic running costs such as badges, insurance electricity, general upkeep of the HQ and yearly capitation to District, County and National HQ.

The Group receives no external funding

We are lucky enough to have our own Scout Headquarters – but this costs money to run – including rates, electricity, gas and general maintenance.

Raising funds is a vital part of keeping the group going.  The cost of repairing and replacing group equipment, the repair and upkeep of our HQ and the land it sits on all come of the funds that our supporters raise.

5th North Devon (Bishops Tawton) Scout Group is 100% run by volunteers.  Although all adults involved give their time freely, there are costs involved in running a Scout Group.  Annually the Group pays a subscription to the Scout Association which covers all necessary insurances for both the young people and the adults to participate and run scouting events (including the regular scouting evening sessions), in addition, there are the costs of badges and the cost of equipment/consumables needed for the evening sessions.

Camps and other activities have a cost, payable by the participants, which covers the actual activity/camp but the larger items such as tents and cooking equipment are supplied and maintained from group funds.

These costs are met in a variety of ways.  Each child member of 5th North Devon (Bishops Tawton) Scout Group pays subscription fees (subs). We also hire out the Scout Headquarters during the day and at weekends and finally, we have fundraising events/Grants – this is where the Executive Committee has a major role to play.

The Group has decided that a separate committee should be set up to organise and run fundraising events in conjunction with the leaders. This should consist of parents/carers and friends of 5th North Devon (Bishops Tawton) Scout Group. Their role would be to arrange and organise fundraising events on behalf of the Group. If you would like to get involved in the Fundraising Committee please contact us.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to be able to support the Group, but limit it to the times you can commit or this may be an area you have skills in which you think could benefit the Group. The more volunteers we get, the more it benefits the children and young people who are members of 5th North Devon and the local community.  Any parent or friend of 5th North Devon can get involved – all help is welcomed.

If you would like to be involved in the fundraising committee or in any other role within the group then please contact Simon Wallis gsa@northdevonscouts.org.uk.

To say thank you to all involved we offer discounts to the subscriptions of your child/children attending the group as follows:

50% Discount per term 

Group Scout leaders, 

Assistant Group Scout leaders, 

Section Leaders, 

Assistant Section leaders, 





25% Discount per term 

Section Assistant 

Executive members/Trustees