Re: Scout Exchange to England
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Mon, 20 Nov 1995 16:35:00 CST
>I have put together a trip for Scouts AND Scouters to visit our British
>Cousins in England.
Let me first say that I think trips such as this are an excellent way for
Scouts to learn about the international nature of Scouting, to learn about
different peoples and cultures, and to get a much broader view of life.
There was one thing in the message, however, that disturbs me. That is the
"Leaders, if you would like to organize a group from your council and go
for FREE please contact me."
I would much rather see a deserving youth go for free than an adult leader
who can write the cost off as a tax deduction.
Some years ago we had a leader arrange air transportation for a large group
of Scouts on an international trip. It is common practice in the travel
business that if you book a group of 25 or more seats, the travel organizer
gets one free. The travel organizer, unbeknown to anyone else at the time,
took the extra ticket for himself rather than reduce the cost for everyone,
or reduce the cost for some hardship cases.
Needless to say, I was not happy when I later discovered this while talking
to the owner of the travel agency. Since then we have instituted a policy
that such incentives are to be used for needy youth or to reduce the cost
the group as a whole. They are not to be used to reduce the cost for
I know that it is common practice for school groups to have the children
pay a higher fee to cover teachers, and for travel agencies to give perks to
travel organizers. This is well and fine; but in Scouting, I would much
rather see these incentives be used for the youth that the program is for.
I have also gone out of my way to get thousands of dollars of grant money
for youth so that they can participate in international Scouting events, but
I will not do this for myself or other adults.
This is just my opinion.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
Roseville, MN 55113
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