scout account info
Darla Keller (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 23:45:00 CST
Scout Accounts are great for the boys.
Our troop has had them for about 15 years. It is similiar to a
checking account. We give them quarterly statements and their
balance on demand.
We have a number of fundraisers each year. Too many I'm told.
Some are used to generate money for the troop general fund to be
used for equipment, supplies, etc. Other fundraisers are designed
to raise money for boys.
TROOP MONEY EARNERS
AYSO Soccer concession (9 saturdays), Dulcimer Music Fest Concession,
Local Community Festival food booth, sell ice to fellow vendors, and
downtown clean up after the fest. Also a Cake Auction and Rummage
Wreath Sale, Spaghetti dinner, Popcorn Sale, Candy Sale, and we work
bagging sweetcorn for the local Rotary Club. The Rotary Club Sweetco
sale the boys are paid $10/shift. Each Saturday for 5 weeks, two
shifts/Saturday. A shift is about 3 hours. The other sales campaign
scouts earn a commission for each product sold. These are open ended
allowing a scout to earn as much or as little dependent on his effort
The Scout Accounts are kept in one bank account with the general
fund. The total amount of Scout Accounts are considered encumbered
funds and cannot be spent by the troop for regular expenses. You
have to be vigilant in your accounting. A record is kept on each
boy in a data base. Quarterly we send out statements to each troop
member. We keep a ledger that can be used at Troop Meetings also
for boys to check their account balance. Scout accounts are used by
all scouts for uniform, dues ($30/year), any day or weekend trips,
plus summer camp or high adventure.
We need a high level of fundraising because we have a large troop
with a very active schedule. In 1994 we did 11 fundraisers, plus 59
other trips which included weekend camping, service, day trips,
summer camp and high adventure. Some weekends we have as many as
4 activities taking place at once.
Our high adventure program for 1995 will include a snorkeling/
oceanography trip to Bermuda, cavalcade at Philmont, and maybe a
provincial jamboree at Canada. We need a full powered fundraising
program to support an active Scouting program.
One Scout on year earned over $800 for his Scouting activities.
That was a record which has not been broken. He paid for his dues,
bought his uniform, paid for weekend trips, Philmont, Boundary
Waters. It didn't cost his family a dime for his Scouting. He
came from a family with 5 brothers (all Scouts), his oldest had
diabetes and epilepsy. With high medical bills the family could not
afford to fund his Scouting, so he did it himself.
We do not require any of our boys to participate in any fundraising.
Some boys do, some don't need to. It is important to us to provide
the opportunity for a boy to pay his own way. Any boy from any
family regardless of wealth or poverty can participate in any trip
we offer if he is willing to work. We provide the opportunity, he
provides the determination. It has worked for us.
It requires a very sharp boy to handle the Scribe duties. We have
more than one boy assigned along with a dedicated adult. The
accounting work is very tedious, but it's worth the effort.
Yours in Scouting,
Cliff Golden -- DeKalb, Illinois USA
Scoutmaster Troop 33 , Advisor Post 333
District Commissioner - Kishwaukee District
Three Fires Council BSA
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