James Brown (aa473@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Fri, 17 Apr 1992 19:44:11 -0400
I think my old troop in KCMO had one of the better fund-raising
sales around, IMHO even better then the hoagie although thats a
We camped on a farm several times a year. The owner never charged
for use of water, wood etc. however we usually performed some small
conservation project etc for our "keep".
When said farmer decided to turn a small "second growth" stand of
hickory trees back into pasture he offered us the trees, on the
condition we cut them down and hauled them off. (No savings to him
he could have bulldozed them faster and had use of the pasture almost
a year sooner.)
Anyway the branches etc went into a "game cover" brush pile and the
trunks went back to KC. Trunks were cut into three inch long pieces
(by adults with chain saws I believe) and each boy got a "load" to
split into small chips. Chips were bagged and sold for folks to
use in their barbaque pits.
Some bags were sold "door to door" and folks knew it was a fund raiser
but a lot of it was sold from racks some local merchants let us use.
As I recall the signs didn't even indicate it was a "Scouting Project".
Result most if not all of use "earned are way" to summer camp that year.
Troop had a very solid treasury. Boys learned lessons ranging from
safe axe skills to business basic skills. A real win win win.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City