Fire Up Your Pack, Was "Re: Introduction"
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 14 Jul 1996 02:10:46 -0400
Sounds like some of your Pack's folks were using the idea that a lack of
structure is necessary for fun as an excuse not to plan good activities
to avoid making the commitment necessary to deliver a really great
program. The old saying is "Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail."
Take advantage of their interest in spending the money in the Pack
treasury to plan a year's worth of FUN activities for the Cubs,
allocating money for each.
Before approving an expenditure walk them through all of what has to be
done to make sure that the activity comes off well - who's going to do
what? What can we get for free? What do we have to buy? Along the way
you can plant the seeds for further planning down the road as you get
closer to an event.
As to the money your Pack has, while it should be spent to benefit the
Scouts, there are no hard and fast rules as to how and when it should be
spent. The best thing to do is to review previous year's expenses and
make a budget that allows for anticipated expenses and a few expenses
that can't be planned. Many Pack's try to carry enough reserve to assure
that in the Fall they'll have enough money to buy whatever they need to
get started again in the school year.
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - email@example.com
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