Marc Godbout/UB Networks (Marc_Godbout@UB.COM)
Mon, 10 Apr 1995 08:45:23 EDT
Tim Foreman said on Thu, 6 Apr 1995:
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I think this uniform problem can be pretty easily settled with one little
equation. Motivation + Fund raising = Uniform Money!!!
My group of seven Tigers already has individual Pack accounts ranging from
$45 to $140. This was accomplished with just two fund raisers, a popcorn
sale and a sub sale! The bottom line is motivation and the right attitude
make all the difference!
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Several others have also mentioned fundraisers as an answer to the
problem. But uniforms are not the only expensive part of Scouting. If we
go camping once a month, that's at least $8 for food, or $96 per year.
Add about $150 for summer camp and we're already at $246. Does the boy
have a backpack? We rent them at $5/weekend to pay for maintenance.
That's another $30/year. Or should he buy his own at about $75 for a
decent. small one. A sleeping bag? If we go in cold weather, that's
about $120. Department store hiking boots are about $40. Admission to
some campgrounds could run another $5/boy. So let's add maybe $20/yr for
this. Any special trips, like whitewater rafting? Throw in another $100
Already we're over $500. That's a heck of a lot of fundrasing, about
$15000/yr for a troop of 30 boys. And we haven't even started on what the
troop needs to function. Obviously, most boys will not go on every trip,
but I would prefer that the reason he doesn't go is not because he was
required to buy some pants which are of limited usefulness in the field.
Fundraising money is awfully hard to come by, so let's spend it on
something that helps in the Scouting experience. Also, could you just see
a group of Scouts, in jeans, selling candy at the local supermarket with a
sign saying "Raising Money to Buy Good-Looking Pants"?
Many of the points for a full uniform have been that the troop "looks
good". Well, I think a Scout with warm clothes and a well-prepared
backpack on a trail looks much better than a Scout at home with pretty
ASM Troops 98 and 412
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City