Re: Introduction & costs
golden cliff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 13:54:54 -0600 (CST)
> > We have 4 super trips planned for 1997. They will include;
> > a trip to West Virginia (rafting/climbing/caving/mountain biking)
> > a trip to Washington D.C. (sightseeing/Assateague Island/Jambo visit)
> > a trip biking from Niagara Falls, New York to Portland, Maine
> > (this is the 1997 section of a multi-year transcontinental bike trip)
> > a trip to Central America (mayan archeology/coral reef/rain forest)
> >We usually do anywhere from 2 to 4 major trips each year, with dozens of
> >smaller trips throughout the year.
> My question to Cliff is "How can you afford this?" Do all (or most) of your
> young men attend all the trips? How much do you expect the trips to cost
> and how do you fund raise the necessary monies? How long are these trips,
> and approximately when are you planning them?
Our 4 trips will take place this summer. Some of the trip dates will
overlap. Any of our trips are cheaper than the cost for participation in
our local council Jamboree contingent. Cost of trips...
$ 1,100 12 days Central America June 11-22
$ 475 16 days Bike Trip July 19-Aug 3
$ 250 9 days Washington D.C. July 26-Aug 2
$ 175 7 days West Virginia July 1-7
> Any one of these trips would stretch any of our local Venturer Companies'
> resources, not even speaking of our 2+1. However I would love to know how
> you achieve these great trips. Maybe we could use some of your ideas.
We have several fundraisers each year where boys can earn money for their
"Scout Account". Scout account money can be used for any Scouting
related expense, i.e. uniform, dues, activities, etc. They can carry
over funds from year to year and save up for a big trip. The record for
a Scout earning money is $825 in a single year. Many of our fundraisers
are open ended allowing a boy to raise as much as he needs/wants.
Usually boys will participate on one of the trips, sometimes two. We keep
our groups fairly small. Different boys like different types of
The trips are chosen by the boys themselves. I usually propose ideas,
along with other adults, and other boys. We have a weekend training
conference where different ideas are presented and discussed. The boys
vote on which trips we will do each year.
We have a large group of boys, doing just one big trip doesn't work out
for us. We have established a tradition of doing several small group
trips based on the interests of the boys.
Over the past years we have done, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing, caving,
horseback, international, jamboree visits, sailing, snorkeling, skiing, etc.
We have more information on our Troop 33 home page at...
I will be working on another home page for the post and offer more
details on high adventure activities in the near future.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33/Advisor Post 333; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA