Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Thu, 29 Feb 1996 14:24:17 EST
Flame suit on here.
This is the second year I've helped out with our district's FOS family
campaign, and I don't see why so many people blast these necessary
fund-raising efforts. Scouting takes not a nickel of government
money, but any institution as big and well-established as BSA needs
money to keep things going. Why shouldn't the families be approached?
I don't know how things are in ya'll's neck of the woods, but around
here a week of cub day camp costs $75 ($65 if you meet the
"early-bird" deadline). A comparable week of private, non-cub day
camp starts at about $200, and can be twice that. Sleepover camp for
boy scouts and weebs is also a bargain. A week of private, non-scout
camp runs $300 and up (way up). A week at Goshen is half that.
Our council subsidizes each kid in the council to the tune of about
$90 a year. Thus, if a kid goes to a week of summer camp or a week of
day camp, he has already gotten his subsidy and then some. Bottom
line--scout camp alone (whether day or sleepover) is a huge bargain,
and it is not unreasonable to ask families who can afford it to
contribute a little (tax deductible) extra each year to help defray
these and other necessary costs associated with running an
organization as large and well-established as scouting.
As far as never seeing anyone from the district without his hand out
goes, a lot of our district scouters are also unit scouters (like me,
for example) or were unit scouters for many years. My committee chair
is a council scouter, and my advancement chair is a district scouter.
I don't know about others, but I am in touch with my UC every month;
he's a district scouter. Also, anyone who goes to RT no doubt sees his
DE and various other district scouters there. Try talking to these
people once in a while. You might find that they're actually pretty
decent people and worth getting to know!
It kind of surprises me to hear from such fine scouters as generally
populate this list so many complaints about the non-caring "duct tape"
guys, how egregious and money-grubbing DEs are, etc. I think scouting
would be a whole lot better off if the unit types and the district
types would make an effort to get along a little better, and work
together toward the common goal of making scouting a great experience
for every kid in their units--and districts.
YiS and proud to be a district scouter (and unit scouter too),
Eastern Regional Director, District 96 FOS
the portajohn guy, Spring 96 camporee
Cub RT staff
Instructor, 96 Den Chief Conference
CM, Pack 1515
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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