Fund raising ideas from England
Tue, 2 Apr 1991 01:51:21 PST
In my troop we have an event called a duck race. We have a huge
supply of yellow plastic ducks. Each of these has a number painted on it's
underside. Several weeks before the event we sell numbered tickets one for
each duck. On the day of the race we dump all the ducks in the river at our
local park. A quarter of a mile downstream one of the leaders has a net strung
across the river to catch the ducks. The first ten or so ducks to reach the
finish line win a prize for their ticket holders. We have the scouts posted
along the river bank with sticks to free any ducks that get caught in the
reeds. This has become a regular local event and the council publicise it free
for us as we run it on the day of the town's water carnival. Several times a
year other organisations hire our ducks from us to run similar events.
I do children's parties in my spare time and use empty 35mm film
cannisters for a couple of the games. You will probably find that your local
film processing shop throw these away. If you ask nicely they will save them
for you. They are great for all sorts of games and a host of other projects.
They come in black and also clear. You could if you wished use these instead
of the ducks for a water race. Sell tickets with peoples names and addresses
on and seal them in the containers prior to dumping them in a stream. Make
sure you don't lose any though, we don't want to get accused of littering the
countryside do we.
In my role as a children's entertainer I also sell balloon models to
raise money. The balloons that I use are called skinny balloons and I make an
animal from one balloon. These balloon animals I sell for 25p each. They cost
me #5.50 for a bag of a 144 balloons. Even if I get 20% breakages which is
extremely rare you can see that I make quite a healthy profit. I buy my
balloons from America where the folks can get them for about half what it costs
me, as I have to pay import duty and VAT on my balloons. If anyone wants the
address drop me a line.
Cheers for now
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City