Re: Allocation of Scouts'
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 26 Jun 1993 11:16:54 +0100
In our troop last year we were in the fortunate position to have covered
our basic costs with a reasonable margin in hand. Being based at the
American School in London we are fortunate in that all the kids come from
backgrounds where paying for camps etc. is not too much of a problem, so
we had never subsidised activities apart from the odd occasion when the
troop hired a bus for a campout. The PLC and Troop Committee decided to
order troop sweatshirts. The Scouts had a competition for the best design,
and this was eventually worked up into the finished version. In fact, two
designs were very good, and the shirts have one on the front and one on
the back! The shirts had to be <earned> by participation in a fundraiser.
It was not that we desperately needed the money, but that we felt it
important that the kids should realise that they needed to work to get the
benefits. The amount of money raised was immaterial. Those who put in the
time got a shirt. Few of our fundraisers involve individual Scouts in any
case - we tend to do things like run the coffee and donut concession at
the school's Summer Camp Information Day. (This is where parents and kids
turn up on a Saturday to meet representatives of the various Summer Camp
programs, usually in March time.) Each patrol is allocated a time slot
and they man the stall for that period.
This year the Committee decided to open individual accounts, but mainlyto
deal with another problem. We found that the Scout who bought the patrol
food for w/e campouts was not always being reimbursed promptly, so we are
saying that every Scout should pay into his account up front, and then "
write a check " to the food quartermaster. The Scout could either credit
the balance to his account, or draw the cash. Several parents have
indicated that they would be happy to credit their boy's account with say
fifty pounds ($75) at the start of the year so that the first few campouts
were paid for.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City