Re: Money scandals
Mary E. Anderson (marya@SMARTNET.NET)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 16:30:07 -0500
> Cathy Porter wrote:
> Kim Moye and a few others have mentioned the problem of a pack/troop
> leader stealing money. This seems to be even more widespread than I
> ever realized. It happened in our pack a couple of years ago ...
> "How to tell if your treasurer is ripping you off." Well, I'm mulling
> that over again.
> In talking to people who have had similar experiences, there always
> seem to be similar tell-tale signs.
> We also set up sensible accounting procedures
You and the list seem to have the above spelled out, so I'll take a stab
at this question.
> "what we did that made it easier because we trusted this person." And
> of course, what you did to correct it. Most groups operate on trust,
> and it really hurts when you learn the hard way that you just can't do
You probably got lax in the question: 'who is accountable for the
money'. Its easily done because asking financial questions is always
uncomfortable, and few of us want to do it. So, we don't take on
accountability unless we're made to, or after there's a problem. That's
why BSA specifically tells us who's accountable in their job
descriptions, i.e. the CC. The bottom line is that they are reponsible.
I think the problem is that many CC don't know or don't accept the
responsibility for the money. Not that I blame them, but it WAS in the
fine print of that volenteer form they filled out. So now that you
set-up all your accounting procedures, just make sure to tell your CC
that S)he is still the one that responsible if anything happens to your
Note: when I use the word responsible, I mean it in the moral not the
2 cents worth
CM Pack 3051
Heart of America Council-Pelathe District: Lawrence, KS
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City