The group aims to support as many young people to participate as possible and we've outlined some of the things that we do as a group below:-
Section leaders work to a budget which ensures that it is only on very rare occasions that weekly Monday night activities will come with an additional cost.
Camps are ran at cost and the group offers staged payment plans where requested to support young people to access our events. The group fundraises for equipment separately and equipment is never funded from event costs.
The group holds stock of key equipment such as waterproofs and wellies to ensure scouts can access events even when they might not have all of the equipment required.
For events such as a scout section summer camp, the group accesses the Scout Association Financial Hardship Fund to support scouts to participate, the Scout Association Hardship Fund application is submitted 7 weeks ahead of the event and families eligible for support are outlined below. When the group makes an application on behalf of an individual, the family must be able to evidence their situation:-
total household income level below £23,000 in London or below £20,000 outside London
young carer (recognised by relevant authorities)
looked after child (in care)
free school meals* or pupil premium funding
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 (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and annual income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
Working Tax Credit
Disability Living Allowance (related to the young person or parent)
guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Through the group executive, the group continues to assess options for additional support for young people to access scouting at 4th Washington. You can find out more about the work of the group executive here.