Re: Rumor Control
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Thu, 9 Apr 1992 15:29:53 CST
From a UK perspective, the number of paid Scouters in BSA is excessively
Scotland has about 45000 Scouts, not including adults. For this, there are
only about 10 paid staff, including office staff. Only two of the 31 Areas
in Scotland have employees equivalent to District Execs, Edinburgh and Glasgow
(both cities with around 1 million population).
One difference between the two systems is that the official campsites and
activities centres run by The Scout Association in Scotland are expected to
pull their own weight financially. The only central costs are administration,
"Programme and Training" and insurance. y
The way the money is collected: The annual membership fees are collected
locally. National, Regions, Areas, Districts and Groups each set their own
fee based on their own budget for the next year. Each individual member, or
the family of the member, is responsible for paying the membership fee.
Quite often, the Area or District rate is zero, and the Group rate is negative.
There is no degrading appeal for funds like Friends of Scouting. Scouts either
can afford to "pay as you go" or help with Group and District fund-raising
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - A Unique Experience
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City