Re: Friends of Scouting Yes/No
Hutcheson George M (RX29470@DEERE.COM)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 07:16:07 GMT
Chuck Bramlet wrote:
> Look at your units, and at the boy's in them. See how many of these
> boys are from single parent homes, or homes with other disadvantages.
We pull our boys from an elementary school. The area includes affluent
families as well as a public-assistance housing area. We have many members
who's families can easily afford full summer and winter uniforms as well
as paying all pack expenses. We also have other, single parent families
where the parent is working full-time as well as attending the local
university. We must watch the overall cost of the program so we don't
force people out by being too expensive.
I think FOS is OK. Not perfect, but OK. Those who can afford to donate
do so. The funds support both council campsites, the scout service
center, and a number of programs. The FOS program provides anonymous,
non-embarassing financial support by lifting much of the burden from
those who really can't afford to pay.
Rather than bash FOS, it's the packs and troops that don't participate
in council fund-raisers that I'd really like to flame!
Pack 44/Troop 42
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City