Re: Leaders Fees
Charlie Thorpe (charlie2@RO.COM)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 11:11:51 -0600
>...The way BSA suggests that packs finance their operations is a
>combination of WEEKLY dues (paid by the boys) and some type of
>fundraiser(s). The point of weekly dues (paid in the Den and
>transferred to the pack) is to teach boys about regular saving and
>I appreciate the intent behind the weekly dues, and what it teaches
>the boys....I don't think we could be providing the program we have if it
>weren't for the yearly fees...
One of the neat things about having a flexible unit bureaucracy (oxymoron?)
is that we can take advantage of the strengths of BOTH methods <g>.
Long-term background expenses (registrations, Boy's Life, unit equipment,
etc.) can be covered with an annual fee from each family. This fee could
be pro-rated if the family participates in fund raising (down to zip if
they are active <g>) ...or the family might choose to fork over the $ and
spend their fund-raising time some other way. Collecting the annual fee at
re charter time could be set up as an adult responsibility and thus could
become a good way to determine both if a family wants to continue in the
program and (quietly) if a family needs scholarship help. Whatever system
the unit works out should be thoroughly documented and great pains should
be taken to ensure that all families (including folks thinking about
joining your unit) understand what their obligations are. It might not
hurt a bit to have the committee do a reality check every year (or so) on
fee's, scholarships, fundraising, etc.
Short-term immediate expenses (supplies, etc.) can be paid for thru a
boy-run dues collection system. The kids can get a chance to learn
important $ saving/ handling/ spending lessons...especially if the dues are
kept fairly low and the results of non-payment (or poor administration <g>)
means that something can't be done the way it was planned because the $
never showed up. The younger the kids, the more direct the connection has
to be between the dues money (having/not having) and obvious (fun!)
elements of the program. BSA has an (almost!) bullet-proof system worked
out to help the boys collect the dues.
Handling Scout money is too good a growth experience to waste on adults!
We get plenty of our own growth opportunities as we worry about paying our
bills, FOS, and taxes....AND electing wise stewards of our tax $ <g>.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City