Re: Den Dues
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Mon, 20 Nov 1995 10:51:30 -0500
John, You sound like you are in the same predicament as many GS troops.
Parents pay registration, and uniform costs. Dues are 50 cents a week,
and it IS tough. Craft items get very expensive, and outings almost
always require a request for more money. We sell cookies, magazines, and
calendars, much of which the parents try to contribute.
First of all, trying to creat a quality program where the kids are getting
something out of each meeting will help the parents be more willing to
give money. Of course we cannot get blood out of a turnip. It is time
for your troop to do something to make money. If you got to sell, sell to
the community, not the families. Remember to put something back into that
community that helped you. Try to get your troop known for helping and
people will help you. All craft stuff need not be bought, many places
will donate, use your parents as resources. Make your crafts do double
duty. Not busy work they will take home and forget. Make things that are
useful to them in the troop, or camping. Make crafts that can be donated
to a specific cause, or sold to make some money (as well as fulfilling a
merit badge requirement as a learning experiment).
Take advantage of speakers and local community events that can provide a
great learning experience for your scouts. Many community events and
businesses can use help in ways you can't imagine, and usually will give
your scouts an "in" to the events like they would never experience walking
in with their families.
Remember that an outing once a month need not always be a cost outing.
Alternate with low cost or free outings to spread out how often parents
are required to fork over money. Be conscientous about asking for $
support when you know there are holidays or school events that also
require cash outlays.
Yes, it is hard, but that's our job. Work at it, it will get easier.
Parents can help with planning too. They have many connections for
resources they don't even realize. Get to know them and ask for help.
The more involved they are the more they want to help as they can see what
the kids get out of it.
Lisa Varner << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City