RE: Eagle projects
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 28 Nov 1990 23:16:00 EDT
It took me some time to research it all out, but I have some good
answers (I feel) to your Eagle project proposal. And some suggestions.
First, I think the project is a valid one. There are a few things
which, if handled well, can prevent denial or clarification when the application
goes to National....
The first thing is the nursery. The guys (and girls) there have to
understand that the selling of plants and flowers have to be on what is called
"its own merits" and not those of the troop or Scouting....therefore, his
"idea" to sell other plants and items at a higher cost to raise monies for
the park would not work, since he is not "donating at the cost" but rather
"making monies which would then be turned over for this usage". Many times
our good name and rep gets lots of units and Scouts with great intentions in
trouble....customers rarely question the value or even the price of a product
because "its for the Scouts"...a sale must stand on its own merits and not
those of Scouting, either directly or indirectly ..(4427, guidelines for
fund rasing projects, and ????, (the catalog number is missing from mine!)
the advancement guidelines booklet...
Next, then , if the nursery cannot allow Scouts to help sell plants,
maybe the town can purchase the trees and plants at costs and have Scoutpower
to plant them, with direction by the Eagle candidate and the nursery guys.
If the town cannot, have the Eagle candidate to write or visit the regional
(sectional) "soil and water conservation district" or "administrative
development district" or "community development program (depending on what
the state calls it...) Each state divides itself into administrative districts
to administerr federal and state aid for such projects. The paperwork is
minimal and can be done by the city...and the labor costs cut by again having
Scout troops to do the work....some Scouts can also work toward the William
T. Hornaday Medal or Badge or unit certificate for their work in the project
from beginning to end....
If the ADD says that they don't have the funding, try this...adopt a
tree! Have the nursery to sell trees to people who would buy them in the name
of a deceased person, a commuinity group, even the city. This builds a
strong cross-section of support and makes everyone "feel" part of the project
even if all they did was to buy a tree in someone's name. (They could also
use it as a tax deduction as well...)
The State conservation department has trees but wants to sell them??
Well...that's cheapo but I can understand that too....how about having the
conservation department to donate the trees if in exchange for Scouts to
do a conservation project for the department??? Worth a shot!
Finally, try the service clubs in and around the area. They may want
a piece of this action too....
The idea is NOT to have Scouts to become "fund raisers" for anything
that comes along...there have been Scouts to use this approach to get autos
for charities, buildings constructed, sidewalks paved, etc....most of those
projects make it past the Council but require lots of explaining at the national
level...due to this "will the plan protect the name & goodwill of the BSA and
prevent it from being capitolized on by a sales campaign?"
Hope that I helped, not hindered what can be a valuable experience
in leadership...conservation...and in coordination!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City