TAC "Fair Share" Payments
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Tue, 18 Aug 1992 13:52:16 CST
BSA Transatlantic Council is given support from the US Military to the
tune of $43 per Scout per year. They have just introduced a ruling
that any non-military youth members of Units in TAC should pay their
"fair share" and make a compulsory donation to TAC of the same amount.
Rechartering will not be possible unless each individual youth
application either has a military ID card number, or a check for $43.
For the moment, they've decided that non-military adults are providing
a service to TAC, and are not included in this "Fair Share" system.
(I'm not complaining at that part.)
However, TAC is not the only BSA organization operating in Europe. The
US Diplomatic communities, and some large academic communities also have
BSA Troops, supported by BSA Direct Service. The new TAC ruling makes
provision for these Troops attending events organized by the TAC
district they're in: they have to pay $43 per person (incl. leaders) per
event. For an good Troop - attending spring and fall camporees,
a Klondyke Derby, and a summer camp, that's $172 per annum. Leader
training courses, O-A fellowships, etc., are all on top of that!
Is it normal for one District or Council to make an extra charge like
this for Scouts from the next District? And is it normal for this to
be on a 'per event' basis? If it was directly related to the cost of
the event, I'd agree, but this is just an administrative fee to try and
prevent participation of non-military youth. "Fair share"?
The ruling is specific to BSA members, and Direct Service Units. It
appears at the moment that we can invite a local-national Troop to a
joint camp and they don't have the same immediate financial burden.
The present ruling by a BSA Council discriminates against Americans!
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - A Unique Experience
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