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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Finances and Insurance

These pages are intended to assist you in finding the resources that you need, with clarification of a number of technical issues which are frequently queried by members.


Through Unity Insurance Services, Scouts provides insurance to protect what is most important: you, the members.

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Scouts requires groups to use bank accounts (POR Rule 5.6). Learn more about banking.

Learn more about Scout group bank accounts

Accounting and Reporting

Independent examination of accounts, receipts and payment, scrutineer's report to the trustees and the trustees' annual report.

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Important facts about UK VAT for Scout groups, districts, counties, areas and Scottish regions.

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Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax relief set up by the Government to enable charities to claim back 25p for every eligible £1 donation that is made to your charity. Make the most of Gift Aid for your local Scout Group or your donations to UK Scouts.

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UK Headquarters Membership Fee

The UK Headquarters membership fee is calculated based on the number of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Please note that there are different arrangements in place to set fees in the Nations, and as such, the Nations' Boards are responsible for setting the fees in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Grants and funds for your local group

Whether you want to take your Scouts away for a new outdoor adventure, or simply need to do some repairs to your meeting place, there's probably a grant or foundation you can apply to for support.

Grants and funds for your local group