Re: Service Hrs. & $$
Michael Keables (mkeables@DU.EDU)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 11:21:19 -0600
> 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?
The $43.50 registration fee per scout sounds awfully high to me. Our
pack (60 cubs and tigers) has four fundraising events per year; two
generate funds solely for the pack (discount coupon sales and cake
swap), the other benefits our council and the pack (popcorn and Scout
Show tickets). This may sound like a lot, but in reality is not much
of a burden to parents and scouts. Coupon and Scout Show ticket sales
take place one weekend each outside various grocery stores; cake swap takes
place at a pack meeting (boys make cakes, parents pay an "entry fee"
of $6.32 (our pack number), there is a cake judging contest, and then
the participating boys draw names out of a hat and swap cakes. This
is NOT a raffle as all participants have provided a cake and all take
a different cake home.) The popcorn sale is the only fundraising
event where the boys hit the pavement to raise money for scouting; in
most cases, the "pavement" works out to be neighbors, family, and
aquaintences - I don't encourage door-to-door sales per se.
We pay no fees to the council for registration; we charge $30/year in
dues ($23 pack dues, $7 national reg. fee), and interested boys can
subscribe to Boys Life for the additional subscription fee. Council
receives its funding through its share of the popcorn and Scout Show
Ticket sales plus, I presume, a stipend from the National Office. We
are able to provide neckerchiefs and slides (I make the slides and
donate them to the pack), all badges of rank, arrow points, Webelos
activity badges, sports and academic belt loops and pins, Pinewood
Derby, Space Derby, and Raingutter Regatta kits, as well as
miscellaneous patches (World Conservation, Donor Awareness, Family
Camping, etc.). The pack also pays for medicine wheels for Webelos
who earn all 20 activity badges, an Arrow of Light ceremony (with
customized arrows and a visit from the Mountain Men), rental of a
Pinewood Derby track, and camping fees for the family campout each
summer. The only event for which we charge admission is the Blue and
Gold banquet, which is catered and includes some form of entertainment.
The Denver Area Council Service Center does not sell patches,
uniforms, badges, etc. The Denver Scout Shop is in a separate building
next door and is operated by the council... there is always an adequate
supply of all items listed in the BSA catalog plus a few items of
local interest as well.
It may be that since the DAC is a fairly large council (39,000
scouts), there is no need to issue a council registration fee since the
popcorn and ticket sales usually generate a substantial profit for the
So, I guess to sum up, what you are experiencing is not normal from my
perspective at least.
Mike Keables Cubmaster, Pack 632 Denver Area Council Littleton, CO USA
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