Dear parents, friends and Members, whether you’re new to the Group or have been involved for a while, welcome. Scouting is one of the most rewarding and exciting activities that you and your family can ever be involved in.
No other organisation offers such a diverse range of activities for young people across such a wide range of ages! It’s the biggest youth organisation in the world with nearly 40 million members. In Australia alone, we have almost 70,000.
What does it cost?
First things first: It is our fundamental belief that nobody should miss out on Scouting because they can’t afford it. If you’re struggling financially, you can talk to one of the Leaders in confidence to discuss options.
Scouting is a non-profit organisation. We receive no external funding: public or government. We rely on term fees, fundraising and most recently, have sought grant aid to minimise costs.
When you first join, we ask each member to pay a one-off $228 membership fee to cover the administration costs of a new membership. From your second term onwards, we ask you for a fee of $100 a term. Beyond week-to-week activities, the fees cover general running costs, insurance, hall costs and maintenance.
Beyond that, we’ll also ask for payments for other things such as camps or other special evenings and activities. We do try to keep these costs low, and generally they amount to about the same again as the Term fees. However, major events and expeditions can add significantly to the costs unless we offset them through fundraising or grant aid.
Talking To Us
Generally-speaking, we will provide you with programme and week to week information by email. However, we believe that two-way communication is essential. We recognise the importance of your feedback and also how critical it is for you to understand what we are doing. We want you to feel that we’re approachable and responsive to any concerns you may have.
Your first point of contact is the Section Leaders: Ron, Phil, Allison and their teams will be able to address many queries or concerns you may have. In addition to being available at the Section meetings, you can get in touch with them using the contact details below.
Ron is the Group Leader, and is always available through email and phone. He is there not only there to talk to you about any specific or individual questions you may have, but is also happy to take the time talking about administration, Group plans and the ‘bigger picture’.
Supporting us as an adult
As adults, our focus is on supporting our Youth Members, and as they move through Scouting, to plan and deliver fantastic programs themselves. We encourage them (and ourselves) to think beyond their perceived limits to achieve objectives bounded only by their imaginations. Nothing should be impossible!
At 1st/2nd Ocean Grove, we believe that our strength is in a triangle between our Youth Members, our Leaders and our parents. For all three, we’ve learned that the more you put in, the more you get out.
Being an adult in Scouting is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We work hard to create an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment. The more adults we involve, the easier, fun and rewarding it will be for all of us!
Like many of the clubs and activities your child takes part in, we expect you to support the running of the Group. We know from experience that the more you are involved, the more your own child will benefit.
We realise the demands upon you and your families. We want you to commit only the time or money that you can afford and there are many ways in which you can do so. We invite you to become a Committee Member, Parent Helper or a Leader.
As a Parent Helper, you will support the leaders either at Mob, Pack or Troop meetings and perhaps some activities outside of the Hall – perhaps a weekend camp or two or another activity. We ask all adults to undertake a Working with Children and police check before helping us.
As a Leader, beyond the Working with Children and police checks, we will ask you to take the Scout Promise and Law and also to undertake a programme of training over your first 2½ years. This training is nationally accredited (including Certificate III/IV in frontline Management) and you have the support of not only your local team, but District, Local, Regional and National resources in undertaking the training. Because we recognise its importance, we bear the full cost of this training.
If you’re not able to assist as a Leader of Adult Helper, we’d like you to join our Group Committee, where you will help us plan and run fundraising, publicity, or maintenance of our equipment and facilities. The Committee is growing, but still needs more members. There is a lot to do, but it’s not all hard work. There’s a real team spirit.
You don’t need to be a parent or guardian. Today, more people are considering undertaking Community Service than ever before. More and more this is seen as increasing one’s employability. Scouting and the support of Ocean Grove is a worthwhile and satisfying way of achieving this.
We’re frequently asked whether Leaders and helpers are paid. The answer is no: all Leaders and supporters are volunteers and receive no payment. We do it either because we’re parents ourselves or have been Members in the past and recognise the benefits of the Scouting to young people.
Thinking About Joining the Scouts?
Why not attend a meeting night and join in!
New Members are welcome to attend at our Hall on the relevant Section meeting night with your first 3 night free! Conditions apply.
Joeys (5 to 7 years) – Tuesday – 5:00pm to 6:00PM
Cubs (8 to 10 years) – Tuesday – 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Scouts (10 to 14 years) – Wednesday – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venturers (14 to 17 years) – Tuesday – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venturers meeting at the Leopold Scout Hall
Further information for new members is available from our Parent Information page.