Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Tue, 17 May 1994 10:34:08 -0800
Here in Beaverton, OR we are faced with a major dilemma which I foresee
resulting in a decrease of membership in Scouting organizations (ie. Boy &
A property tax measure was passed last year which was SUPPOSE to limit school
funding from our property taxes, and the difference made up by the State.
Bottom line was to force State to cut waste, however politicians in their
infinte wisdom, have made schools the fall guys, cutting off most of the
funding. Personally, it is 'Political Blackmail' - if you don't vote in the
taxes we'll cut where it hurts you the most. -End of Soapbox- sorry!
Situation is that next year all elementary schools, of which a good
percentage of them charter Cub Scout Packs, and all allow Pack/Troop meetings
(Girl & Boy) to be held at the school, will come to a close. The schools
will no longer be open after 6:00pm. Please make NOTE - This is not against
any Scouting organization, as have occurred in other states. This impacts
all usage of the school - PTO meetings, YMCA Basketball, Open Play
Basketball, school programs, Pack meetings, troop meetings, den meetings,
Currently there are two options on the table:
1) Option 1 - No school usage after 6:00pm (period).
2) Option 2 - Facility management of school resources after 6:00pm would be
The recreation district. This would than become a
'Pay to use' with costs
starting at aprx. $50 per hour!
Looking at option 2, you normally need 2 hours for a pack meeting, 15-20
minutes to get setup, 10 minutes for gathering, 60 minutes for pack meeting,
and 20 -30 minutes for cleanup and everyone to leave. That's $100 per pack
meeting! How many packs can afford that luxury?
So what options are available? Here's what we've looked at so far:
1) Apply for usage of middle school. There's only four, and everyone is
doing this, so we may
get some of our pack meeting dates, but not all.
2) Look at other facilities. Unfortunately with our pack (over 100 scouts)
it would need to
be large. Most churches already have a pack/troop associated with them
and don't want to
have something not-affliated with their church meeting so often.
3) Creative Pack Programs: Have four formal Pack Meetings between September
& June, in
which major awards are presented. The remaining months schedule
(which we already do - ie. swim party, field trips, etc.).
4) Disband the pack and encourage people to seek out packs in their church
or a pack sponsored
by a Service organization (ie. Elks). This unfortunately blows the
idea of neighborhood
Cub Scouting out the window.
How we (the entire district) deals with this is going to be an example for
other districts, whose school districts are looking at Beaverton to see how
this works out!
I await with anticipation your response and ideas on how we may best address
this situation so that the boys win. Because right now they're on the losing
end of the stick.
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail:
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City