What kinds of fund raising?
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 07:22:42 -0600
Could I get some opinions on the most painless fundraising? What do you
do? How much time? Specify Cub age or Troop age boys. I'm interested in
Cubs.International Scouters, what makes a good fundraiser in your country?
Problem - I missed the last Committee meeting but the discussion centered
around NOT selling popcorn because SOME of the money goes to the Council.
I'm of the opinion that if it weren't for the Scouting Office, Rountables,
Akela's Retreat, PowPow we wouldn't have the resources to improve our
Program. We're remote enough from other Packs and Troops that we can't
gain experience and wisdom by osmosis. Besides, we made more money in a
short time than at any time since I joined. I personally found the
popcorn rather effortless for my son to sell. We preselected all our
close neighbors and friends who had Girl Scouts we've bought cookies from
for years! (The last couple years I had to hunt for GS's to buy cookies
from. They've all grown up.)
Candy Bars - 50% PROFIT; however you have to sell a zillion of them to
make any money. And we have local competition now. Our Pack's
Any luck with a garage, yard, white elephant sale (whatever it's called in
your locale)? Seems like the boys might learn something here.
Other suggestions that came up - having the boys have neighbors subscribe
to part of their awards. If they earn the rank, then I guess the neighbor
pays? Since I missed the discussion, I'm unsure how this goes. But it
probably like our spell-a-thon - the pledge is based on how many words you
got right. Again, local competition and I don't like the sound of it.
Are Car Washes out of vogue? What do people charge these days?
We've not assessed dues or registration fees over and above that required
by national. Any resistence to this? Personally, we don't live in an
affluent area. I'd like to keep out-of-pocket low to encourage more boys
FOS - what do other Packs do? Someone at Recruiting Orientation said they
made a lot of money by having a Father-Son Cake Bake Competition and
Auction. Other ideas?
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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