Re: Fundraising Ideas - Reply
Brent R. Summerhays (bsummerhays@MSGATE.CV.COM)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 12:52:20 EST
One major fund raiser which we have found to be extremely successful is a
flag subscription service. Both troops I have been involved with have
begun and continue to use this.
Basically, what it is is a service where the scouts in the troop post a
nice US Flag in the front yard of the subscriber on each of 8 major US
holidays early in the morning and then retrieve it in the evening. This
entailed purchasing the flags (after subscriptions were received so we only
have what flags we actually need), the 10' aluminum conduit and the pvc
pipe which is cut to about 14" and put into the ground as a receptical for
the flag. We have even added a threaded end on top and cap the pvc when a
flag is not in it to keep out dirt and rocks.
The subscription cost for 1 year is $25. The first year, expect about half
of that amount to go to the cost of the flag and accessories. We renew our
subscribers each year at the same price and each subsequent year, it is
straight profit. You can advertise, "sell", promote, however you feel
Both troops have in excess of 75 current subscriptions ($1875.00 per year
for putting up (max 30 minutes if split into "districts") and taking down
(max 30 minutes also) flags on eight days of the year.
We have the boys parents sign up to drive the district with 2 or 3 boys so
the responsibility does not fall on the scout leaders. Good use of a troop
committee in my book!
You can usually find flag retailers who specialize in flag sales who will
be more than happy to give you a great deal on 3' X 5' US flags if you
explain that they are for a BSA troop and you will be buying multiple
flags. The 10' conduit typically cost us from $1 to $2 each. Then you
have the sheet metal screws/washers we used to attach the flag to the
conduit and the pvc pieces.
It has been really successful for us and it looks wonderful to drive down
several of the streets in our neighborhood on a US holiday and see all of
the flags (looking uniform and proud) flying to celebrate our heritage and
Hope this helps. :-}
Brent Summerhays Singing Beaver
ADC, Mesa District (AZ) W4-10-92
Grand Canyon Council Eagle Scout
Father of Star, Eagle Scouts
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Subject: Fundraising Ideas
Author: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU> at
Date: 6/14/95 1:24 PM
My name is Bill Case and I'm a doctoral candidate in the
Baltimore Area Council's College of Commissioner Science. I'm trying to
prepare a book of fundraising projects other than those that require the
Scout to sell something. So many of our boys are "sold out" by sports
teams, Scout troops, School activities (band, theater), that they are
understandably less than enthusiastic about another fundraiser where they
have to sell something. There are lots of fundraisers out there that
don't require being a salesman: car washes, airplane washes, neighborhood
dog shows, and so on. I'll bet troops not only in other councils but in
other countries all have several really good fundraisers - and I'd I'd
appreciate it if you were to share them with me. If you'd like, you can
e-mail them to me at the address below, but I suspect that they'd be
pretty useful to many list subscribers.
Were you to make a suggestion, please include enough information
to allow someone not familier with the activity to host it. Suggest
prices if appropriate. If there are variations on a theme, please
include them. Thanks in advance.
Bill Case NE-VI-28
THE Capitol District I used to be an Antelope ...
Baltimore Area Council Scout Round Table Commissioner
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