Re: Cub Pack Administration
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 17 Jun 1991 20:08:00 EDT
While it does seem that Boy Scouting is an expensive venture to get into,
please allow me to compare the cost of Scouting aganist other things youth are
familiar with. (This is part of what I do when I came to your unit or Council
and talk about Scouting and its challenges....)
Most youth are familiar with the video rental place. They can go there and
rent a Nitendo Action set for home consumption. At the video store I go to,
a game costs about $1.50 a night. That is, if I rented on for a night. Most
kids rent a Nitendo game for a weekend.
That is the cost of sending a Cub Scout to a overnight camp....or the cost of
a Boy Scout campout ($4.50).
Most youth attend a movie at the local cimera at least once a week. Occasionally
they will see the same movie twice because they liked it or the star(s). If
a youth saw a movie (national average $5.50), ordered popcorn and soda ($2.25)
and played two video games while waiting (.50), they would have paid out just
to see the movie (not transporation to and from, etc) $8.25 per showing. Let's c
all it 8 dollars to round it off....seeing one movie a week (52 weeks in a ye
accounting for seeing the same movie twice and sometimes not at all), a youth
spends $416.00 on movies and related items a year.
That is the cost of enrolling one person in Boy Scouting for the full three
year period of time (11-13), summer camp each summer (@90.00 each summer) and
all badges and insignia he would earn.
Young men love to go places, to "hang out with the dudes" ("mark the block",
"pound the streets", "hang with the bloods", etc.). There is no cost associated
with this worthwhile venture. There is a cost when you get hungry and decide
to stop by a store and get something to munch on. Knowing that most youth
(male AND female) will NOT get a apple or orange, the cost of a soda is about
$.75 and the cost of a Hershey's candy bar is about .60. Multiply this by
300 (we are taking account of the fact that nobody's going to "hang" in the wet
part of some days and the coldest and hottest days of the year) and we have
$1.35 times 300 days or $405.00.
That is total costs of outfitting a Cub Scout in full uniform, of his dues,
his awards, Day Camp and WEBELOS Camp at a summer camp facility twice and all
fees with a Cub Scout Pack for the entire three years he serve as a Cub Scout
and the half year he remains as a WEBELOS.
Finally, Anne, Youth love to entertain. They love it as much as we do. Socializa
tion is extremely important, especially at the tender ages of 10-16. If a yo
uthbought one cassette tape at a record store each month ON SALE ($9.95), the
12 month total would come to $119.40. If we multiply this further by 7 (10-16)
we come with the amount of money most Councils ask to send your son or daugthter
on a Philmont or National Jamboree tour, including spending cash.
I hate to compare the cost of Scouting aganist sports, because I personally feel
that both are important to youth development. I compare the costs of "why
this stuff is so expensive" aganist things that youth woulr do anyway.
I come to you Unit in a old Scout shirt. The patches are all in the right places
and I look sharp. The jaws drop when I tell you and the other parents that I
bought this shirt at Goodwill for $2.00. The matching pants for $1.50.
Scouting is more than a another expense. It is an investment. Everytime you
pay my Pack tresurer that $48.00 per year you are investing in your son's
future....and By crackeies, I want you a part of that investment as well.
Nothing in life comes free...including Scouting. We all have managed to keep the
costs down through our generous time and efforts and that of others that when
they could not give time, they gave monies. Just imagine how much--at subminium
wage--would your service to Girl Scouting be worth...
I get amd when I see scout patnts for $35.00 or a shirt for $18.00. But I do the
same thing when I go into a department store and see the same prices on a nice
shirt and pants there. Most if not all units, Anne, keep the costs down for
participation because they too have to shell out the moola too.
I hope that I have responded to your concerns well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City