Re: Fundraising Ideas/quick easy fun!
Sundae Kadlec (clover@POPMAIL.MCS.COM)
Tue, 18 Apr 1995 10:36:00 CDT
In a recent letter you write:
Because of certain financial conditions that affected
some members of our pack, we are running short on funds
for things like Den Chief subsidies. If anyone knows
of a quick (can be organized and executed within a few
weeks), low key (we have 75 boys and need about $1,000)
fundraising event, I would appreciate a note (to me
personnally if you don't feel its of general interest
Our committee whose pack of 50 boys were hurting for
certain hit on the greatest fundraiser we have ever done,
it is so effective we run it once a year. In the past
3 years we have raised over $1000 each time. WHAT???
Bowling--Yes a bowlathon!
Find an area bowling alley, go in as a leader
(in uniform) talk to the manager. We have a bowling alley
here that let's us bowl for only the cost of the shoes
(pack expense). Book up a good long time, making sure
that each child attends with a responsible adult.
Type up a pledge sheet, allowing for parents,
neighbors etc, to pledge for each pin dropped (leave room
for them to put a cap on thier pledge) as well as
allowing them to make a flat donation. Even at a nickel
a pin they all add up. Be sure to note on the form that
the bulk of the boys will bumper bowl be sure to add
that this is tax deductable, asking people to pay by check
if you do not want to write up donation reciepts.
We ask that each bowling sheet be worth $10 in pledges.
The boys bowl 2 games, and the points are added together
for the donation value.
We make this a seriously BIG event. After the boys are
done bowling 2 games. Then it is the leaders turn!
We ask each Den to provide a parent to bowl for a DEN
Pizza party. We don't allow anyone (adult) to bowl for
this if they are a league bowler. And we do have them
alternate straight bowling with 'goofy bowling' i.e. pushing
the ball down the lane with their foot, or bowling between
another adults legs.
The adult bowler gets a chance to be a kid and they
enjoy this, the kid's love to see the den leaders on their
knees! While this takes place the organizer uses this
time to tally up the pledge sheets.
We give scout store gift certificates to the top 3 boy
bowlers at $15, $10, and $5. The winning den goes off
to Pizza hut whenever they choose, and the leader submits
for reimbursement. When funds were really low we also
gave as inducement prizes for the top money maker.
These were highly effective inducements, we purchased scout
wallets (3) and put four dollar bills in them! We kept
the prizes a secret (we really hadn't decided what they
would be until we saw how much the kids raised, we had to
do the wallets, it seemed like providence!)
Last year the top money maker brought in $178,
second place was $159.
It is amazing!
And the good thing? The kids have a BLAST!!!
Munhall School Pack 154
Sweete Water and light laughter until we next meete.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City