As with any other activity group, we need to charge fees to cover our expenses for the term, even though our leaders are all volunteers and only get paid with the smiles and laughter of our Scouts.
Our fees are currently (at Dec 2019) set at $360 per year, or $90 per term. This is reviewed by the committee yearly.
New members have a $20 joining fee. This is a one time charge that covers administration and investiture (including group badges and scarf). Note that new Scouts have an initial 4 weeks free trial, before this is paid. When joining, the remaining weeks of the term are charged at $9 per week.
Fees can be paid annually (our preferred method) or termly, and you will be invoiced directly by the Group Membership Manager.
Our preferred method of payment is directly to our bank account (12-3089-0138738-01) using your child’s name and section, and ‘fees’ as a reference.
Should your child require a term off scouting we can discount your termly fee by half, but we need to be informed of this BEFORE the start of term. We can also only hold a place for a maximum of one term, as we have a waiting list of children wishing to join.
At times, we may run special events or activities which require additional payments to cover costs. These should be paid to the same bank account, with your child’s name in the Particulars, but with the event name as the Reference.
If you are worried that you may not be able to afford the monthly fee or event cost, then please talk in confidence to a Leader. Scouting New Zealand is all about trying to enable every child to develop their full potential, and we may be able to help with discretionary funding for fees or for specific activity costs.