Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Mon, 15 Jul 1996 17:01:13 -0400
>Re: Sat, 13 Jul 1996
>From: Ronald Dean <redean@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
>Questions in "introduction" regarding spending the pack's money
Question to ask: What do we want to spend the pack's money on? What are the
priority items? Where will the new money come from? Do we have any
Here are some budget possibilites to consider:
. Advancement (badges and certificates)
. Other Recognition, e.g. recruiter strips, Summertime Pack Award pins,
leader award knots (if not in council budget), "thank you" plaque for the
charter partner, "thank you" plaque for retiring leaders, pinewood derby
. Uniforming (insignia
. Books (Wolf, Bear, Webelos...)
. Registration renewal (rechartering)
. Boys' Life subscriptions
. Durable Pack and Den materials (books, scissors, flags,...)
. Consumable Pack and Den materials (paste, paper, wood, pinewood derby car
kits, other project materials)
. Camp fees (Day camp, Resident Camp)
. Costs of other outings (admission fees, transportation)
. Duplication, such as for pack newsletters or pinewood derby information
Estimate the likely annual costs for each.
Estimate the likely incomes for the following year.
Prioritize the possible expenditures. Prioritizing might be aided by
considering how the funds were raised:
. Pack fundraisers
. Anual Fees from Scouts
. Event Fees from Scouts
. Den dues
Communicate intended study to pack members' families and invite their input.
Include the Chartered Organization Representative in the decision process.
Keep records of the decisions that the committee reaches, and communicate
key points to the pack members. Keep background information on the
rationalle behind decisions... helpful if decisions are challenged or if you
reconsider them in the future.
Some rhetorical questions to help guide the analyisis:
Is there anything wrong with carrying a few hundred dollars in the pack
account to cover unforseen needs in the next year?
Would it be better for excess funds left from prior scouts to be used for
lasting items for the pack, such as a storage cabinet for pack supplies or a
new pack flag?
Should the personal benefits received by the scouts be commensurate with
their role in raising the funds? (Should past years' fundraisers be used to
pay for this year's camp fees?)
When Scouts have a fund raiser to pay for camp, should the "records" be kept
by individual or by pack? ("Johnny sold twice as much popcorn as Joey...
shouldn't Johnny get more of his fees paid?" Or is participation the
Should the pack offer to help uniform a leader whose personal finances would
make uniforming a sacrifice?
Should the pack make a donation to the chartered partner? For example, a few
new tables for the church's youth meeting area?
Any variance between the above and national or local council policy,
procedures or preference should be resolved it their favor.
Stan Pope, Morton, IL, a volunteer scouter for
Wotamalo District and W.D. Boyce Council, BSA
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