Re: Financial Link Between Pack and Troop
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Sat, 2 Dec 1995 15:48:51 -0500
A lot of what I will say here is purely my own opinion - but that's an
opinion backed by 35 years of Scouting in several different countries.
It's wonderful to hear that your Pack is doing well, and it sounds as if
it will continue doing so - at least as long as teh adult politics are
NOT allowed to harm the programme being designed for and delvered to the
POINT ONE - The Pack is not, and should not allow itself to be cornered
into believing it is, beholden tothe new Troop in any way, ESPECIALLY
financially. Any funds that come out of the Pack funds to help get the
Troop underway should be considered as a LOAN - with the paperwork to
back the funding up as a loan - with a SPECIFIC date by which every
penny of the loan is expected to be repaid to the Pack treasury.
The Pack raised that money, and it needs to be there to fund the Pack's
programme, not the Troop's.
SECOND POINT - Aside from the fact that you cannot force all of your
graduating Cubs to go into the Troop, just because there may be a
Pack/Troop policy that this be so. Hopefully, this policy will NEVER be
put in place, since it is just plain wrong. Scouting is developed on
several principles, and choice of where you continue your Scouting
career is one of the choices. If you restrict your graduating Cubst to
going only into the affiliated Troop, you will lose Cubs to Scouting -
if there is some reason they do not want to go to the Troop, they will
feel that there is no way they are entitled to continue in Scouting.
DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!
I would NEVER ask a Cub Pack to help finance our Troop. If the Troop
needs money, it is up to the Troop to raise the money. If the Troop has
no equipment to begin with, there are other ways to go around the
financial question. For instance, the Troop can, as mentioned above,
seek a loan from a source that will provide one. In the meantime, there
are always a lot of Troops around that are not camping on any given
weekend. The British Group I worked with in Europe was not averse to
renting tents and other camping equipment to other Scout Groups when
they didn't have enought to go around, for example.
Good luck in your dealings with the Troop, but don't get into anything
that will lose your money and hurt your ability to provide a quality
programme to your Cubs.
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