Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Tue, 28 Nov 1995 11:00:00 PST
John, a yearly pack dues of $35 SOUNDS too high to me but after
breaking it down it may be about right. I'd recommend your pack
convert to the budget plan of asking for $1 per den meeting per
Scout. This should bring in close or more than $35 per family.
There are program advantages to asking for the money in $1
increments instead of all at once. From that $1 a meeting you
should be able to fund the pack and dens just fine.
When I became Cubmaster almost 4 years ago my pack asked
for an annual check of $22.50 per Scout ($7 registration, $7.80
Boy's Life, $7.70 to the pack). Last year we lowered it to $15.80
per Scout (only $1 to the pack). This year I hope to eliminate it
altogether and rely on just $0.50 dues per den meeting. Next year
we may lower that to $0.25 per den meeting.
The reason for this change is Popcorn Sales. For several years
our pack sold about $3000 to $4000 worth of popcorn (net profit
around $1000 to the pack). Then 2 years ago we sold $7000 in
popcorn. I figured doubling in one year was just a flash in the
pan - no changes were made to our finances. Especially since the
top salesman graduated to Boy Scouts after that year. Then the next
year (last year) we sold over $9000 (that's when we decided to
lower the annual fee). This year we sold over $12,000. A combination
of a fund raiser and low weekly den dues should be enough to run a
pack. We also pay for Scouters' registration, B&G, new neckerchief,
derby kits, and some other food events. I'd like to see my pack get
along on less money but those awards are very expensive plus we
are needing to add to the Webelos camping equipment as the pack
has grown from 35 to 95 boys over the last 4 years.
CM, P125, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City