Re: Service Hrs. & $$
Laura Piccoli (LPiccoli@AOL.COM)
Tue, 13 Jun 1995 12:42:29 -0400
Hello. I've been reading everyones notes for a couple weeks now and have
decided to post myself.
This is in response to the dues structure of $15/yr which the treasurer
thinks may need to be raised to $30/yr.
I agree that dues must be judged by what you get for your money. Our small
Cub Pack (30 boys) currently pays $7/yr. registration to the counsil. An
additional $10 will get you Boys Life. The Pack buys the boys their
Neckerchiefs at the end of every year and buys all badges and special awards.
We have dinners and events for small fees and the Pack pays the rest. We
have two fund raisers a year to do this and have been relatively
Now we must pay an additional $43.50 per boy to the local counsil to support
them (This is new as of January). We participate in counsil sponsored
Bowl-a-thons, and sell Scout Show tickets and candy bars with (I believe)
half of the profits we earn going to the counsil. The money that goes to the
counsil is counted towards the $43.50. We have not participated in selling
popcorn twice a year and the other sales they have had because we need our
profits to run the Pack and the profits we'd get from popcorn aren't as high
as our sales.
I believe we must support our counsil, I really do. I have a problem with
the specified amount for a couple of reasons. First, I believe the Scout
Office could be in a more ecconomical place than at our local mall.
Secondly, we want to push scouting and the activities necessary to build
good scouts, not the basic principles of making good Jr. Salesmen. Thirdly,
and perhaps most importantly, we don't want people to have to tell their
child that they cannot be a cub scout because they can't afford it. And
forth, our parents have said they're tired of selling things.
I think our registration fee will be going up (unfortunately with no increase
in what the boys will receive). It may have to go up to reflect this new
debt and we may loose boys. We'll be meeting again as a committee in August
to make a final dicision. Fortunately, we do have some of this money (owed)
to lower our portion of the obligation.
I'm curious to find out if this is a regular obligation of other areas.
By the way, the Scout Office we support is not really doing well. I (and
others) have had to go to other shops to find badges, neckerchiefs, books,
shirts, etc. Is this normal?
Cub Pack 20
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City