IMPORTANT! From July 2023 a new platform ScoutHub was introduced for the payment of all State and Group fees.
Membership of Scouts NSW involves two fees – an annual State Membership fee that covers member’s insurance, training, member and property services, communications and more. The second fee is a local Group charge (usually per term) and can vary with what your Scout Group is doing each term.
The State and Group fees are paid at the same time by the member, using our billing and registration platform ScoutHub. You can also redeem any valid Active Kids vouchers during the online registration process.
Membership Payments FAQ
At the beginning of each Trek, all existing members are emailed a unique Group Portal link to follow to complete registration.
If you don’t receive the email, visit the ScoutHub group finder here. Then, type in the suburb or postcode where your Group is located and click the blue register button. Follow the prompts to re-register and pay your fees.
Absolutely – we would love you to come along and see what Scouts gets up to. All new members get a free four, to six, week trial period to participate in the local Group. After that period, this converts to a full membership, and notice of payment for the membership and joining fees will be sent.
Scouts are always recognisable by their uniform (especially the badges!). But it is inexpensive and easy to source. Your Group may have a second-hand uniform pool, otherwise you can buy your uniform from the Scout Shop here.
The State Membership Fee is an annual fee set by Scouts NSW and covers the costs of essential services and behind-the-scenes operations at a Region and State level to ensure members can enjoy Scouting now and into the future. This includes members’ public liability and personal accident insurance. The Fee is payable by members of Scouts NSW each year. In 2023, the cost of the State Membership Fee is $270. Learn more about the State Membership Fee, including what it covers, here.
Groups may charge additional fees (usually by term) to cover the program and local activities.
Scouts NSW has a Family Support Fund that assists youth members and Rovers with the costs of participating in Scouts. You can see more information on eligibility and how to apply here. Families can also speak with their Group Leader about their individual circumstances and getting assistance.
2023 Membership Fee Information
In June 2023, the NSW Government announced changes to the Active Kids program.
- From July 2023, the voucher value would now be $50 for all eligible children (previously $100).
- From February 2024, the eligibility criteria will change.
Eligible children with valid vouchers can redeem their Active Kids voucher with Scouts NSW, at the time of online registration and before payment.
There is a one-off registration fee of $60.
Yes, you can use the Active Kids voucher provided by the NSW Government towards your Membership fees and group activity fees. Find out more here.
Have a chat with your prospective Group and they will be able to explain the local cost. This can vary from time to time depending on the activities planned.
The State Membership fee and Group fee are billed together, in two bi-annual instalments in January and July (called ‘Trek 1’ and ‘Trek 2’). If you join after the beginning of the Trek, applicable fees will be payable after you complete your free trial period and are continuing with Scouts.
If you are eligible for the NSW Government’s Active Kids voucher scheme, you can redeem both* of the vouchers against the annual $270 cost (*one voucher redeemable per bi-annual Trek billing period). Simply enter your voucher number during the online registration process, prior to making payment.
Yes, credit (or debit) card is the only way to process payment online. If you need an alternate payment method, please speak to your Leader or our Member Experience Team.
My child has decided not to continue at Scouts. Can I get a refund of their membership fee for the remainder of the year?
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any refunds as the State Membership Fee is an annual charge that has to cover annual costs like member insurance.
I would like to discontinue my child’ Scouts membership. Can I cancel their Active Kids voucher redemption?
We’re sorry to hear that you are considering leaving Scouts. Once successfully redeemed, the Active Kids voucher value cannot be reimbursed as cash nor can it be transferred to another child. The voucher cannot be refunded back to you.
New members who join Scouts can use Active Kids vouchers to pay their State Membership Fee and Group Activity fees. Simply use your voucher as a payment method when you go to pay. A registration fee will also apply. Individual Groups may also charge a Group fee to help offset the cost of activities and supplies.
Leaders and adult helpers need to register themselves using the online system (charged at $0).
We will then invoice the Group treasurers for all registered Leaders directly.
Yes. All Region Commissioners, State Commissioners and Board Directors will be invoiced for 50% of the State Membership Fee. This will be payable online.
The Board has extended the waiving of fees for DLs/DCs until April 2023.