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One-off costs.

 

Initially there is the cost of the basic uniform which consists of stone coloured uniform shirt, activity type trousers, and a general purpose polo type shirt. The RRP of this from Scout Shops is around £50. Dark blue “Craghopper” trousers are also virtually indistinguishable from the Scout Shops article, they’re fine for ordinary wear, and can often be found on offer online or in Cotswold, Go Outdoors, etc. (but you didn’t read that here).


See the Equipment Suppliers list in the Useful addresses page of this website for the local official suppliers, particularly the Someries District Scout Shop in Luton which has given us excellent service ever since we started.

 



Something similar with one of the commercial youth holiday providers would be around 3 times this figure.


If we do a lot of activities the cost might increase to £200, but still a lot cheaper than the commercial equivalent. A weekend event away might be in the order of £60, an evening out locally £5-10, whilst an evening in the HQ doesn't cost anything.


We do some fundraising to add to our income from subscriptions and this also helps when we’re looking for grants and other sources of income which often require matched funding.


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At the moment - Dec 2016 - we have 21 Explorers and so we’re temporarily below the capacity of 28-30 which the leaders and the Explorers together have decided is the most efficient size for us to be. Any larger and we have problems with transport when we go out, and also with activity centres and instructors who are geared to the average school class size of 25-30. We also know from the experience of other Units that large Units can start to fragment themselves into smaller sub-Units and we don’t want to lose being the the close-knit and friendly Unit that we’ve been ever since we started.


We’re always happy to see new members if we’ve got space,  so contact one of the leaders if you know them, or email Webmaster@Brocks-explorers.org.uk and we’ll get back to you.  As a first move we suggest that you come along for a few weeks to see if you like what's going on and how you get on with the rest of the Unit. If you think it's going to work for you then join us, if not we’ll shake hands and part friends.


Please don't be put off if you don't know anyone in the Unit, or can’t persuade a friend to come with you. We’ve had several Explorers who walked in “cold”, just having moved to the area for example, and they’ve not looked back. One characteristic that we’ve had from the start in 2002 is that we’re a friendly Unit and if you’re interested in doing the sort of things we do that’s a good starting point.


The other one-off costs are those directly related to activities, events, etc undertaken by the members. The policy with these is to keep costs to a minimum by using Scouting “in-house” resources where possible and negotiating group discounts elsewhere. We realise that neither Explorers or their parents have bottomless pockets, and the plan is to space out the more expensive events across the calendar, and fill in between with lower or no-cost activities, particularly those social ones which are essential to an Explorer Unit but don't have to cost the earth.


Costs incurred for activities will often be significantly less than a school or commercial company would charge. For example we’ve run our annual camp for several years in various places around the UK, for around the £200 mark all-inclusive - transport, activities for 7 days, and full board of course.....in a tent in a field though!