Re: Scout Account Info
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX3.IS.TCU.EDU)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 13:27:12 -0600
On 10 Nov 1994, Beaumont, Arthur wrote:
> Probably one of our biggest questions is how to divide the money raised in a
> fair manner among the Scouts who participated? This seems to be one of the
> most difficult issues to resolve, and the one fraught with the most pitfalls.
> YiS, John Beaumont
When the fund raiser is an independent event (not one of a series), it is
a simple matter to divide the money evenly among all participants. When
it is an ongoing event where the money earned is not directly dependent on
the amount of work done, the problem becomes more complex.
My example was a regular paper recycling drive (back when you didn't have
to pay the centers to take the papers). Our sponsoring institution
advertised the drive for us, and each month we took the papers brought to
the drop point plus went to a number of members homes to collect papers,
and all were sold at the recycling center. Naturally, some months more
papers were brought than others, and the price we received varied.
We kept track of participation, awarding 1 unit of credit to each boy who
worked on a given day. At the end of the year (right before summer
camp), we divided the total amount of money raised by the number of units
of credit (total boy days) to determine a share, then multiplied the
number of shares each boy had earned by the value. (i.e., if a boy
worked every month he earned 12 shares). We made no attempt to assess
the level of work a boy did on the days he participated.
The key is to equalize the reward when it is a matter of chance. When it
is simply a matter of effort, a simple solution is usually available.
Charles Schmidt email@example.com
SM, Troop 64 Longhorn Council
Fort Worth, Texas
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