Information for parents

Subscriptions

Most of the cost of running the Group is met by a subscription payment (usually referred to as subs) at the beginning of each term. This can be paid by cash, cheque, standing order, or direct internet payment (BACS Transfer),.
We prefer other payment methods over cheque/cash as less money changes hands.
For payments by cash or cheque, please put them in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name.
For information about setting up a standing order or BACS Transfer please speak to our treasurer or one of the leaders.
Gift Aid
It is vitally important that all parents who are UK tax payers sign a Gift Aid Declaration form. Gift Aid doesn’t cost you anything but it increases our Group income by several hundred pounds each year from the Government
Cool Running
Please help your child to help us operate smoothly:
  • Please be on time. You need to arrive a few minutes before the official start time to get your coat off and get ready.
  • We are a uniformed organisation and all members need a uniform. Please wash and iron the uniform periodically (at least before we have to parade your child somewhere!). Uniforms can be bought from Hornchurch District Scout Shop, Chelmsford Drive. Scarfs are bought directly from 3rd Upminster Scout Group or the Scout Shop.
  • There is the annual St. George’s Day Service held around the 23rd April & Remembrance Sunday Service held around the 11th November. We operate a three-line-whip for this event so make a note in your diaries now!
  • The Group is sponsored by Upminster Methodist & Trinity Churches and services are held every second Sunday of the month. We ask for parent’s support in ensuring that these are well attended.
Family Fun Evening & AGM
As a voluntary organisation we have to hold an AGM. The important (i.e. staying legal) part of the proceedings is ratifying the accounts and set the level of subs for the following year. As if that isn’t exciting enough we also hold our Family Fun Evening featuring plenty of activities to keep the whole family fed, watered, and entertained for the evening. After all of this you might even want to consider….
….Offering More

Kids are great aren’t they? Scouting is fun. If you enjoy songs, games, fires, ropes, rivers, mountains, tents, and generally having a good time then why not lend us a hand? You might be surprised how much you enjoy it!