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Dear Parents,

As you are (we hope) aware Scouting is organised as a “federation” led by the Scouting Association. Therefore each Scout Group is an independent Trust in its own right [feels a bit like a “franchise” :-)]. As such it must be registered with the Charity Commission, produce audited accounts (posted to the Charity Commission and publicly available on its website). Very importantly, legally, it must be seen to be well managed by a Board of Trustees – that is the Executive Committee of the 5th Farnham (Bourne) Scout Group. 

In order that the committee can perform that role we need a written “framework”.  That is contained in the Constitiution of the 5th Farnham (based on the “model constitution” provided by the Scout Association) and in the Policies we apply (in accordance with the overarching Scouting “Policy, Organisation and Rules” – POR) https://www.scouts.org.uk/por/

In accordance with the need to employ best practice, stay current and  continually improve we have recently updated both our Constitution and Policies. These documents are posted on our website <here>

The Executive Committee and scouting leadership of the 5th strive to be an exemplar Scout Group that we can ALL be proud of.  To be successful, this needs the commitment of all of us – including you, the parents.  We would ask that :

1) You do carefully read these documents so that you are fully aware of how we operate. If you have comments, questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at gsl@5thfarnham.org.uk

2) Consider joining in and helping us e.g. by joining the Executive Committee, or by leading a small fundraising project. Or by becoming a leader 🙂 If you’d like a ‘no-obligation’ chat about opportunities please email the address above, or ring Ian on 07734325208 or Liz on 07825314136.

Thanks and regards,

The Executive Committee.

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Covid-19 : May Update

Here at the 5th Farnham (Bourne) Scout Group, along with all other Scout Groups in the country, we’ve sadly had to pause all face-to-face scouting activities for the time being. The Scout Association is monitoring the situation and will advise when there is any change in the current advice and interpretation of government guidelines.

We very much hope that the ‘Skills for Life’ that our young people have already gained from their time in Scouting will be standing them in good stead for this period of lockdown and social distancing. There are so many good resources available online, and we know many parents have been able to support their children with creative activities, but even periods of ‘boredom’ for young people may have enabled them to discover new interests for themselves.

Some of our sections have been able to give their members ideas for badge related activities and we’d love to see what you’ve been up to if you’d like to send in any photos. We’d especially like to know if any of you have done any ‘camps at home’ either indoors or in your gardens. Also in this next phase with the slight relaxation of restrictions on time spent outside and places you can visit, we do hope that everyone will make the best use of the outdoor environment and let’s see where you can explore next!

Some of the leaders are still extremely busy with working as key workers, working from home and childcare. Others are enjoying a well earned rest and time for reflection and planning ahead for when we can meet again. 

Finance

We have paused all subs payments for this term. However, the national Scout Association required us to pay the annual  capitation fee at the end of March regardless which means that our budget for 2020/21 is affected. As a Trust the 5th Farnham is required  by the Charity Commission to hold a financial reserve. Clearly, there are still some running costs even without there being any Scouting – and thus no income. It isn’t clear when we will be able to resume. Clearly the impact on the 5th Farnham finances will be greater the longer that situation endures. We will keep parents informed. However, upon resumption of Scouts it may be necessary to increase the weekly subs. We will certainly need to vigorously fund raise (along with many other organisations) and hope that parents will be keen to actively engage in organising and running that effort.  If you have ideas we would love to hear them.

A gentle reminder re Gift Aid: if you haven’t ever filled in a Gift aid form, or ticked the box in OSM please print and sign this form and return (scan/photo) to gsl@5thfarnham.org.uk, or log into your OSM account and update your details.

Every little helps.

Many thanks,

Ian Turton/ Liz Chart

Co-Group Scout Leaders

May 2020