Join Us

Keen to join 1st East Ryde Scout Group? 

You and your child can do a trial visit to a section meeting and meet other members and the leaders. Please contact Phillip Ward, our Membership Officer, to confirm the best time to attend a meeting and to answer any questions.

4 easy steps to join:

  • chat with the Membership Officer and attend a section meeting
  • meet our Group Leader, who will explain more about how our Group operates, and Scouting in general. 
  • complete the relevant forms
  • pay your invoice for your annual fees (you can use your Active Kids voucher)

 

Membership, Forms and Fees

FormsStay In TouchUniformFeesActive Kids

 

Forms

It is important to complete the relevant forms so our insurance covers participants at each activity. Membership forms can be completed online at Scouts NSW or downloaded below:

  • New Youth Member (Y1): the Youth Membership Application form for each new member
  • Adult Helper (A2): parents are encouraged to fill in the "Become an Adult Helper Application form" so they can assist with activities when required. Note: all adults in scouting (including parents who come to activities to help out) must have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC) as well as the Adult Helper form.
  • Adult Member (A1): for Adults who would like to become leaders

 

Stay In Touch

  • add your name to the group email list - contact the webmaster if you are not receiving group emails
  • join the private Facebook group

 

Uniform

Shirt

Each section wears a shirt with a different colour across the sleeve, yoke and collar.

Shirts can be purchased online at https://scoutshop.com.au or visit our second hand uniform shop. 

Scarf

A 1st East Ryde Scout Group scarf will be presented to each youth member when they are invested into the section. They will also receive some badges to be sewn onto their shirt. Cost of the scarf and badges is covered by your fees.

The Scouts NSW website has more information about uniforms and placement of badges for each section: Joeys | Cubs | Scouts | Venturers | Leaders

 

2020 Fees

Continuing Youth Members

Scouts NSW Membership East Ryde Scout Group  Section Subs  Annual Fee 
$200 $100 $40 $340

 

New Youth Members

1st East Ryde Scouts works to the Scouts NSW financial year which runs from April - March.  Fees based on when your child decides to join are outlined below.  Invoicing for the full year occurs in April each year.

  Scouts NSW Membership & one-off Joining Fee East Ryde Scout Group Fee Section Subs  Total Fee 
Join in Term 1 (Apr, May,Jun) $200 + $36 $100 $40 $376
Join in Term 2 (Jul, Aug, Sep) $150 + $36 $75 $30 $291
Join in Term 3 (Oct, Nov, Dec) $100+ $36 $50 $20 $206
Join in Term 4 (Jan, Feb, Mar) $50 + $36 $25 $10 $121

See notes in the section below regarding application of the Active Kids voucher to your fees. 

The following rebates are applicable for children of leaders and committee members from the East Ryde Scout Group Fee:

  • Leaders - $80 rebate per youth member
  • Committee members - $40 rebate per youth member

 

Adult Leaders

There is no charge for adult members (leaders, committee or registered parent helpers).  The group pays the annual membership on their behalf.

 

Scout NSW Membership

Scouts NSW membership is a large part of the yearly fees. This covers administration and development of scouting in NSW and in the Sydney North Region, provision of campsites and activity centres, training of leaders and insurance for all members for personal accident and public liability. For new members there is a one-off joining fee of $36.

 

Group Funds

The 1st East Ryde Scout group fee pays for general running costs of our group, such as electricity, gas, maintenance of hall, equipment, and to cover the leaders costs. The amount charged does not fully cover our yearly expenses so fundraising activities supplement these amounts. All group families are expected to participate in fundraising activities throughout the year and working bees at the hall.

 

Section Subscriptions

Weekly subscriptions or 'subs' are payable by each youth member in each section. The amount is equivalent of $1 per week and must be paid even if you don't attend every meeting. This money is kept within the section by the section leader and is used to cover the cost of resources, such as craft materials, needed to run the weekly programs. Subs will be invoiced at the beginning of the year along with your fees.

 

Active Kids Rebate

Active Kids is a NSW Government program which helps families get their children active, via 2 x $100 vouchers per child annually. Scouts NSW is an approved provider of the Active Kids rebate. 

  1. Go to the Service NSW online portal to apply for your Active Kids voucher
  2. Download a copy of the voucher
  3. Redeem your voucher via the Scouts NSW website. They will inform our treasurer and this will be reflected in your fees invoice. Please do not send your Active Kids information to our treasurer.

Note: the Active Kids voucher can only be applied to the Scouts NSW portion of your fees. The first $100 voucher for 2020 will be applied to the "first term" as per the Scouts NSW financial year, from 1st April 2020 and the second $100 voucher will be applied from "term 3" 1st July 2020.  For further information regarding the Scouts NSW terms, please refer to the  Membership Fees table above.

 

Fees Invoice

Fees are invoiced twice a year during Term 1 and Term 3. Please pay promptly as we are all volunteers and our time is valuable. If you have not received you invoice by the end of Term 1 or within 2 months of joining, please email our Treasurer.

The Group recognises that some families may struggle to meet payments from time to time. If you are having difficulty paying fees please contact the Treasurer - Alison Gill or the Group Leader - Darren Mason.

Payments by Bank Transfer

Account name: 1st East Ryde Scout Group
BSB: 062-245
Account number: 00904904
N.B. Please include child's surname and invoice number in the reference field.

 

Payments by Credit Card

Payments can be made by credit card by contacting our Treasurer. Payments will be processed manually and will incur a 2.2% surcharge.