Re: PACK planning/budgeting/funding
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Fri, 1 Apr 1994 09:03:33 EST
On Thu, 31 Mar 1994 23:32:59 +0500 Susan Ganther said:
>On Thu, 31 Mar 1994, Jim Sleezer wrote:
>> What ever happened to collecting weekly dues? The once a year thing means
>> parents fork it out. Weekly dues of 25 cents, 50 cents, even a dollar,
>> can be earned by the cub and he learns to help pay is own way.
>Yes, but it is such an administrative nightmare to have to collect and
>keep track of it that way. The reality is the parents still fork it out,
>which is why we have gone to fundraisers for all but a small fee which
>covers the badges of rank and council fees. This way we KNOW the boys are
Earning it is not the only point. Yes, my boy scouts do pay out of their
own allowance as well as hit up the nearest parent, but you miss out
on something large here. The boys must be taught to be responsible!
Even if responsibility means remembering to ask mom for the dues
money each week. The administrative hassle is the view from the
point of view of adults. Don't forget that we need to see this
from the point of view of the boys and their development. Scouting
teaches in so many subtle ways, dues is one of them. The amount
isn't important. Charge $.10 a week or $.25 and let parents pay
the rest up front.
That's my $.02 worth.
SM of a weekly dues paying troop.
PS I didn't point out that the dues is collected by a boy in
the troop organization. A cub could be set up to do this in the den.
Just show him how to check off attendance and when dues are paid.
Establish some sane rules, e.g., if the dues is $.25, no one may
pay more or less than $.25, $.50, $.75 etc. This keeps the
counting chore down. (I have seen a scout pay hi entire back dues
in pennies and nickels because he was "hot" at the scribe.)
As the adult, you need onl to train, and count and balance after every
meeting, so you can catch errors. As your system improves, you
can administrate less and less.
> YIS, Susan
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City