Re: Troop Dues
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 28 Apr 1994 15:02:06 CST
On Thu, 28 Apr 1994 10:36:37 -0400 Larry T. Heidkamp said:
>> itself as a high-adventure troop. Both troops seem pricey -- $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!
>> Shel Holtz, Eagle '69, former ASM T549, Granada Hills, CA
>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
>is in the troop) and have been for the last at least 5 years.
They seem high to me also, but then I never think of dues in terms of an
annual amount. In our troop we collect $1.00 per week, roughly $50 per year.
I know we have had the discussion before, but the idea of collecting dues
once a year makes it difficult for a boy to pay his own way. Our scouts are
encouraged to earn their weekly dues themselves. We know some take it from
their weekly allowance and a few ask parents for a dollar as they come into
the meeting room but most find some way to "earn" it at home. We have told
the parents about this objective as well and have their support--well most of
them. One parent wanted to know why we charged dues and another troop did
not. When we explained that the dues included all future registrations and
Boys' Life fees (as long as dues are current at registration time), she
recognized that it wasn't such a bad deal. The other troop charged $40 to
register each year and collected extra money for all activities. Our troop
subsidizes many fees such as park entrance fees when we go camping. We
only expect to need about $40 per boy, exclusive of major equipment and
summer camp fees so the scouts will be asked how to spend about $10 per boy
at the end of the year. Perhaps a special project or new equipment item??
Scouts and adults are all expected to pay food costs for campouts. We have
"standardized" these at $7.00 for one day of three meals. Patrols are
required to hold their food purchases within this limit. If they are under
a time or two, the excess can be carried forward for a special meal. We
anticipate a slight increase when we do our "gourmet cooking" campout. Before
we set the standard, campout costs ranged wildly and we got complaints about
food quantity and selection--one patrol ate nothing but Ramen noodles for the
weekend, another spent $12 per boy on food. Both were unhappy.
If you figure the total cost for a year, $50 in dues, $98 in campout food,
$100 for summer camp, you get close to $250 per year plus uniform and personal
equipment. BTW, we plan to camp 20 nights a year--six nights summer camp,
six nights for two night weekends, and eight nights for one night weekends.
How about some others figuring up total costs to participate.
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 18
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