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Letter to Parents 04/05/2020

Dear Parents of 12th Eastleigh Beavers, Cubs and Scouts,

I hope this mail finds you well in these interesting times?  We have been living in the unprecedented state of lockdown for 6 weeks now, and it is clear that even when the immediate strict rules are relaxed face to face scouting may not begin again for some time.  

I need to be honest with you all, our initial instinct was to suspend subscriptions for the duration of the shutdown period, to reflect reduced activity and support families likely to be experiencing financial stress.  Unfortunately however, the Scout Association Headquarters has indicated that the fees that we pay to them (covering safeguarding, insurance, training and other infrastructure) cannot be suspended, and will likely increase very significantly next year.  This is coupled with the fact that, as owners of our own property, maintenance and repair costs continue, and we cannot receive rental income during this period.  Therefore the Committee has had to review the situation.

I am aware that each of the sections of 12th Eastleigh Scout Group has taken a different approach to activity during the lockdown, according to the skills and availability of the leaders involved. So some of your youngsters will be getting much more scouting in a virtual environment than others.  I am also aware that many parents continue to pay full subs, and for this I thank you, and encourage you to continue to do this if you are able.

The Committee has decided to ask all parents not currently paying subs re-instate your monthly subs payments from 1 June 2020.   If you can pay the full membership fees, that would be very helpful, but the minimum that we feel we need is 50% the usual fees ie:
£5.00 per month for one member
£8.50 per month for two members
£12 per month for three members in one family.

As always, if you and your family are experiencing financial hardship, please do mention this in confidence to your section leader and we can come to an agreement.  I do not wish any youngster to miss out on Scouting during lockdown or afterwards if they are keen to continue with us.

Best Wishes

Lyn Jack
Group Scout Leader