What FOS contributions pay for
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 10:34:30 EST
Several of you asked me privately to post the 2-page list of items our
council spends money on each year. You recall that I mentioned I was
an area captain for FOS last year, and as part of the background info
I received to help me with my job, I received the list reproduced
below (Caps below do not denote shouting; rather, they are a verbatim
transcript of what NCAC sent out).
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WHAT DOES NCAC DO FOR THE LEADER AND HIS UNIT?
TO HELP THE LEADER WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF HIS UNIT, OUR COUNCIL
MAINTAINS A SERVICE CENTER WITH CLERICAL STAFF TO:
1. Handle registrations, BOYS LIFE subscriptions, and special
requests to the National Council and other organizations.
2. Keep records of advancement, membership, training, etc., necessary
to unit operation.
3. Produce monthly and special council bulletins to keep leaders
informed of latest local and national news, coming events, etc.
4. Produce notices, minutes, agendas, etc., for district and council
committees that are developing programs and service for leader and
5. Handle countless phone calls and visitors for information related
to unit operation and Scouting procedures.
6. Provide, without charge, dozens of regular and special forms,
applications, scoreboards, certificates and literature, helpful in
7. Produce district and council calendars and schedules, programs,
kits, and special aids to assist leaders and their committees.
8. Make reservations for films, equipment, long term camping, day
camps, short term camps, camporees, jamborees, training courses,
meetings, Cub Pow Wows, Exploring activities, annual council and
district meetings, and troop leader events.
TO ASSIST LEADERS, THE COUNCIL EMPLOYS A TRAINED, FULL TIME STAFF
WHICH COUNSELS, GUIDES AND INSPIRES:
1. Through informal training in unit operation.
2. Through person-to-person counseling on unit relationships,
administrative and operational problems.
3. Through guidance of all committees, commissioners, roundtables,
meetings, conferences, courses, district and council activities in the
development of programs that directly benefit leaders and units.
4. Through contacts with the community resources (clubs, churches,
government, etc.), securing help for all units that they alone could
not obtain. The use of parks, recreatioinal areas, use of buildings
for special affairs, picnic areas, camp sites and swimming facilities
are a few examples.
5. Through contacts with institutional heads giving guidance on unit
organization, relationships, leadership and unit problems.
PROVIDING THE UNIT WITH DISTRICT AND COUNCIL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE,
1. Sets up and conducts various types of activities in which units
participate such as Scout Anniversary Month, Scout Show and community
2. Organizes camporees, Cub Day Camps, Webelos Day, Explorer events,
and absorbs the losses where they occur.
3. Works with various community groups to arrange for Scout
participation in civic affairs.
4. Recruits and maintains a corps of commissioners for unit leader
and committee visitation and counseling and roundtable planning and
IN EDUCATIONAL AND RELATIONSHIPS PROGRAM, THE COUNCIL PROVIDES THE
1. A library of films, filmstrips, records, projectors, and screens
for use in training and promotional programs, at no cost to the unit.
2. Informal and formal training courses with most of the cost of
trainer literature and materials, etc. and all the staff time included
in the council budget.
3. Monthly roundtables for the benefit of leaders, committeemen,
assistants, and den leaders, materials, staff and other costs.
4. Scouter's Key and training awards, Den Leader's Training Award,
Silver Beaver, Arrowhead, and other Scouter recognitions and Eagle
5. The major portion of expense connected with troop leader training
camps and programs, den chief conferences, Cubbing Pow Wows, junior
leader training courses and council-wide Explorer activities.
6. A merit badge counselor corps offering assistance in more than one
7. A variety of advancement forms and certificates without charge.
These are processed in the thousands each year.
IN THE FIELD OF CAMPING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, THE COUNCIL:
1. Maintains Goshen Scout Camps for year-round camping and Cub family
and Webelos outdoor events.
2. Offers units the use of equipment for short-term, weekend and
3. Employs full time camp rangers for the protection of the Goshen
Scout Camps and the convenience of units using facilities. They keep
these facilities available at all times.
4. Provides campers's savings cards, unit leaders' guidebook, camp
slides, folders, literature, and other aids to help units with their
5. Provides a limited number of partial scholarships or "camperships"
for Scouts who need some financial help to have a summertime camp
6. Offers units the high adventure of Philmont Scout Ranch,
Wilderness Canoe Trips, National Jamborees, field days, camporees, and
the like. These would not exist without a council giving leadership
TO HELP THE LEADER DEVELOP HIS PROGRAM, THE COUNCIL PROVIDES WITHOUT
1. Program helps, program planning charts and calendar of activities,
meetings and special events.
2. Awards such as ribbons, certificates, roundup awards, etc.
3. Scores of different certificates, Eagle Award Kits, and volunteer
4. Roundup, camporee and scout anniversary kits, posters, and other
5. Sample song sheets, ceremonies, parents' night program outlines,
training aids, etc.
6. Source materials and personnel.
7. Materials, books, pamphlets, folders, filmstrips, and special
helps from the National Council and cooperating organizations.
TO PROTECT THE UNIT LEADER, THE COUNCIL:
1. Screens requests for services, money-raising proposals or offers,
guarding against improper use, Scouting commercialism and
2. Maintains a liability policy that protects all leaders in the
event of a suit arising from Scouting activities.
3. Has staff members available on what is practically an
around-thd-clock, around-the-calendar basis to meet any emergency.
Every year all units receive many direct benefits from the council.
It is difficult to place an exact price tag on these as the services
vary greatly from unit to unit. The Family Phase of Friends of
Scouting conducted by units helps to pay only a portion of the overall
costs of the direct service provided to our troops, packs, and posts
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This is what the Council gave me last year. I understand that each
scout in the Council is subsidized to the tune of about $90 a year.
While we can all probably quibble about one or two or maybe even
several items on the above list, I think it is unfair--as well as just
plain inaccurate--to state that FOS goes solely to pay the DE's
salary. That just ain't so!
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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