Friends of Scouting Yes/No
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 25 Sep 1995 11:07:36 EDT
<< Ben Gohlke asks about supporting FOS >>
As a Scout leader over the last 14 years, I dislike the whole FOS
concept. That said, I volunteered to be the council FOS chair
for three straight years. Bear with, and I'll explain the contradiction:
I feel that each family with a son in scouting should support the
program to the fullest they can. The problem with FOS, as I see it,
is that the same parents who are giving time, showing up at COH's,
etc. are the same ones that are asked to contribute.
The parents whose sole contribution is to slow their car long enough
for their son to jump out are not reached by FOS and so don't contribute.
Granted, few will cough up some bucks, but at least they should have
the chance. Becaue I haven't found a better way to reach the unreached,
I do contribute yearly and I urge the others in our troop to do so as well.
Raising yearly dues a small amount ($10-15) and doing away with FOS
short-changes your parents, many of whom may wish to give more.
It also seems poor to charge extra for something and not give the people
paying know more about the FOS program they're supporting involuntarily.
One last point: in my council, much of the committee reluctance was
because past presentations were heavy-handed or guilt ridden. Once
committees saw the new program (we did it at Roundtable for 'free'), the
mixed feelings of some committees vanished and they became supporters.
ASM T32, Monroe LA
(and Fmr FOS Chair. . .among the many hats I wear)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City