Woltz, Al LTC (woltza@SHAFTER-EMH3.ARMY.MIL)
Mon, 28 Nov 1994 18:35:00 PST
SS>Well, We used to do it in Cubs but have gotton away from it.
SS>The problem really gets to be those that have and those that don't.
SS>There were a few people who can continually afford $70 cakes but the
SS>majority of parents can not.
SS>I gave my son a limitation of $40 for the night. Over and over, he was
SS>disappointed because he was outbid. For an 8 year old, this is not
SS>much fun. This was the major event of the month (pack meeting) so
SS>I wrote the pack a check and took the kids to a movie.
SS>We had a much better time MAKING the cake than buying it.
Here's an idea you might find interesting. We've tried a timed,
"unstructured" auction we call the "Helter-Skelter Auction". It takes a few
more people to conduct, but you'll be surprised at how much fun you'll have,
AND how much money you'll raise. We're planning to use this format at our
December Round Table to earn money for a FOS/SME Kickoff Pancake Breakfast.
I'll report on its outcome on or about 15 December.
A count-down stopwatch with the capability to set seconds. (preferably a
darkroom timer with a loud alarm)
5 or 6 "collection baskets/bowls
1. Present the item for auction.
2. Set the timer (only the auctioneer should know how many seconds (or
minutes) are on the clock.
3. Begin the auction with minimum bid of $.25. As a person bids - they pay
IMMEDIATELY to one of the collection baskets set throughout the room (the
larger the room, the more baskets needed).
4. Bids continue as long as there is time on the clock. BIDS CAN GO UP OR
DOWN ($.25 cent minimum). As an example, you could have a 15 SECOND
auction, and the bids could go: $.25 - $.50 - $.25 - $.30 - $.50 - $1.00 -
$.25 - $.50 - $.25 - $.40, etc.
5. When the timer goes off, time has expired, and THE LAST recognized
bidder (regardless of his/her bid) gets the cake. (In the example above,
the individual who bid $.40 would win the item, but in 15 seconds, the
auctioneer collected $4.20. The next auction could go for 2 minutes, and at
the rate above, the same item would net $33.60 (if the auctioneer milks
about 10 bids every 15 seconds). To add some spice, we've stated that
subsequent bids may be any amount higher in increments of $.25 but cannot be
made lower than $.25 below the previous bid. As an example, the bids could
go: $.25 - $.50 - $.25 - $.75 - $.50 - $1.00 - $.75 - $.50 - $.25 - $.50,
etc. ($5.25 in 15 seconds). (An increase can reach for the stars, but
decreases can only be decremented $.25 at a time.)
6. If you want to avoid having money being thrown around the room, assign
numbers to your families and prepare slips of paper with their numbers on
them in advance. The individual then only needs to put his/her bid on the
paper and announce the bid as it is placed in a basket. Families can then
settle with the auction staff at the end of the auction with one "large"
7. As in all sporting events, the call of the official (the auctioneer) is
final. The auctioneer MUST recognize EACH and EVERY bid and he/she must
know who made the last bid. Be decisive!
LTC Al Woltz | Cub Master, Cub Scout Pack 677, LDS
firstname.lastname@example.org | Committee Member, Boy Scout Troop 677, LDS
Ft Shafter, Hawaii | Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 304
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