Re: Purpose of Councils
Steven M. Horvath (horvath@COMM.MOT.COM)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 07:56:53 -0500
On Thu, 11 Jul 1996, PABLO_MANUEL wrote:
> Just a thought- If the purported purpose of Councils is to make money
> selling printed matter, why has my local council divested itself of that
> function by "outsourcing" the Scout Shop to a contractor tenant activity?
> Perhaps they find it more important to run the Council than to sell
> Manuel Pablo, ASM T-1518, Springfield, VA [email@example.com]
> National Capital Area Council
My old council is presently considering the same issue. They want to
close down the scout shop and let the private sector handle the
merchandising. This creates a problem for parents as the prices are
generally 10-20% higher at these other stores. They also tend to not be
very well stocked on necessary items. The reason our council gave
(actually it was perceived as a threat) for doing this was to solicit
additional funding through "Friends of Scouting". AMOF- here's part of the
article directly from "Northwest News", Northwest Suburban Council,
Winter/Spring, 1996. NSC is the NW Suburban (Chicago) area council.
FRIENDS OF SCOUTING-- Some Important Facts
Each spring the Northwest Suburban Council conducts a Friends of
Scouting (formerly known as Sustaining Membership Enrollment) campaign to
help generate a portion of the council's annual budget. These funds come
from a variety of sources including business, foundations, and
individuals. Of the "individual" portion of this funding, parents, like
yourself, are asked to participate as well. Because your son(s) is
involved in the program you are the DIRECT beneficiary of the best
Scouting has to offer. Without Friends of Scouting (FOS) dollars, the
following is just the beginning of what would be necessary:
*The reduction or elimination of the Scout Shop
*An average increase of nearly $60 in Day Camp and Webelos Camp fees and
even higher for long term summer camp over the current fees.
*A significant increase in registration fee over the current $7. This
would prevent many boys who need Scouting the most from joining.
*A reduction or elimination of leader's liability insurance at Scouting
End of Main Article.
This is followed by a Q&A section which I'm not going to quote. Now I
understand the need for dollars; but, it seems to me anyway that a Scout
Store would bring *IN* money. Why would they want to eliminate it? Makes
no sense. Instead they would elect to sell the materials to the private
sector and let them worry about moving the merchandise. That still
represents doing business. I'm no economics major, nor do I have any idea
of what constitutes a non-profit organization. What can and cannot be
legally done business wise is way beyond my scope. It just seems wrong to
shutter the Scout Shop and send the work out elsewhere.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City