Re: Fundraisers & Cub Scout Dues
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Wed, 31 Aug 1994 02:07:51 -0400
Barb raised an interesting point when she said her Pack used monthly
raffles. Most of us would consider them harmless at first glance.
However, remember from Basic Training that raffles are not an approved
method of securing funds. The subject of money-earning projects is
discussed in Chapter 6 of the Cub Scout Leader Book. At page 84 the BSA
policy is spelled out, "The plan must be free of gambling, in harmony with
local laws, and consistent with the ideals of Scouting. (Raffles are not
an approved method of securing funds.)"
When a Pack decides to ignore the rules, its teaching its Scouts its okay
to ignore rules as well or at best sending confusing signals.
Why not try a monthly silent auction, bake sales, etc.? Any kind of
fundraiser that involves the Scouts will tend to teach thrift and help the
boys to learn some valuable lessons. Adult money-raisers may be
expedient, but at the same time don't teach much.
Consider planning a budget with Pack/Den dues to cover most of the program
to start and begin with a small fund-raiser to get it going. Most
Councils have popcorn or other campaigns that can be used with the added
benefit that the sales also support Scouting at the Council level.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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