Re: Troop Dues
Ronald Oakes (oakes@PEACH.RTSG.MOT.COM)
Thu, 28 Apr 1994 15:29:38 -0500
Larry T. Heidkamp wrote (quoting from another e-mail from the list by Shel
> > itself as a high-adventure troop. Both troops seem pricy -- $120 for a
> > year in 262, and they said that 444 is more. The troop we came from in
> > the San Fernando Valley was about $60 a year!
> The dues seem very high in all 3 troops. What is included in the dues?
> In my troop dues are $25 per Scout ($20 per Scout if more than 1 boy in
> the family is in the troop) and have been for the last at least 5 years.
> I'd like to see what other troops charge for dues and what they cover.
> Maybe I should ask the committee to substantially raise the dues over the
> course of a few years.
My Troop, starting this year, is charging $15.00 per scout to join. This
fee is to cover their Handbook and Nekerchief and their first year of
registration (which is costing us $1.00 per scout for most transfering
Webelos). Beyond that we have been able to cover expenses for advancement
and registration out of what we earn at our annual Pancake Breakfast.
Our plans currently are to continue this and possibly add another fund
rasier if we start running short. We currently have no plans or desire to
deal with individual dues.
We also charge $5.00 - $10.00 per event for transportation and registration
(provided we stay away from Wisconsin state parks where registration might
run us more than $10.00 per person). This provides us with gas money and
pays for the site fees -- and I have yet to encounter a free site in this
part of the country. Additionally, each patrol purchases their food and
the Scouts pay for their share.
Summer Camp (Camp Napowan near Wild Rose Wisconsin) is $120.00 per boy with
a 10% discount for brothers. Again the Scout's (families actually) pay for
this individually, but through the Troop. (The person in charge of camping
facilities tried to take my head off a couple of years ago when I could not
contact the Troop Treasurer and was forced to turn in individual checks).
So the bottom line. My answer to Larry's question would be: "No, if the
Troop is having trouble making it on $25.00 per year per scout, then it is
either time to find a new fund rasier, or evaluate the troop budget."
BTW as far as I am concerned, Fund Rasiers are a Troop Committee job until
they are ready to bring the Scouts in to work. Actually, I'll pick things
up, and try to sell stuff, but the planning is their job.
Ronald B. Oakes
Scoutmaster, Troop 91
-- Hey, I guess we are a bargain!
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