Date: Fri, 9 Jun 1995 14:30:08 -0400
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 23:36:03 -0700
Cheryl Singhal <csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG> writes:
Subject: Service Hrs & $$
>Also, We'd like to know about other Troop's dues structure. Ours are
>currently $15/yr; the Treasurer thinks we need to double that to $30, but
>the Troop Committee wonders what the "average troop" charges. (We know of
>one that charges $500/yr, but feel that's NOT average!)
We charge $50.00 per year. That covers the boy's registration, one or both
parents, Boy's Life, and all of the initial insignia and subsequent awards.
It's pretty close to break even, or perhaps a little under what it costs
per Scout for the year. When Webelos join in mid-year, we cover the cost
for the extra 6-8 months out of the treasury.
In addition, we charge $5 per night for campouts, plus food costs which are
determined by the patrol's taste in cooking. That also comes close to break
even after figuring in varying costs of camping in different places. It is
also a way of forcing them to commit to a trip before the food is purchased.
Summer camp is extra, and the Scouts decide with their families whether to
go for one or two weeks. Most years about 2/3 stay for two weeks. This year
it's only half, but we have two that will be on staff and a third as CIT, plus
a crew going to Sommers Canoe Base in August. One Scout was bitterly disap-
pointed that he couldn't go because he HAD to go to Sweden with his choral
group(!!!) -- but we made arrangements for him to go later in the summer
with another troop.
High adventure trips and other major troop outings (we've driven to the desert
for spring break a couple of times in the last 3 years) may incur extra costs
for gas as well.
Last year we had a couple of Scouts spend 29 nights of camping, including
13 nights at summer camp. That comes to over $400 for camping during the
year, plus food. The average was close to 20 nights and probably about
$350. All three of mine were above average (ouch, that smarts).
We offer two fundraisers, wreath sales (with proceeds split between the troop
and the Scout's personal account) and popcorn sales (all money to the Scout's
account). The Venture Crew also holds additional fundraisers for trips to
Philmont and Sommers Canoe Base, with all money going to the Scouts' accounts.
Last year we had one Scout who paid for his week at summer camp ($170) entirely
from his wreath sales. The troop account covers leaders' fees and shortfalls
between what the Scouts pay and what the campground costs.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
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