Re: What kinds of fund raising?
Dr. Steven C. Myers (r1scm@DAX.CC.UAKRON.EDU)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 14:53:22 -0400
At 07:22 AM 8/21/96 -0600, Jan Mussler wrote:
>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.
I have a real problem with this. What of the kid that can't find a sponsor
-- does he get his rank? Do others think he "earned" his rank or "paid his
way?" For those that do get a sponsor, does the money go to the kid, his
den, or the pack. Why not just fail to get the award and save some money.
What if a kid earns the award and the sponsor can't pay -- hard feelings...
No I think connecting a pay system with rank advancement is contrary to the
values we are trying to instill.
In our troop we sell popcorn, have spaghetti dinners, sell pop at the local
5 day rib fest around the 4th of July, run a booth at the Cleveland National
Air Show (I'll be there Sunday all day), sell Entertainment books (just tell
me which city), and manage trafic at a local cemetary over memorial day. If
it's a holiday it seems we are earning our way.
Value of all of this -- Of the total dollars it took to complete a High
Adventure for our Venture crew in Kentucky, 66% was from funds raised and
placed in boys scout accounts. This occured after 18 of 35 boys attending
summer camp had use their scout accounts to attend summer camp. (none of
the new kids had scout account money, hence only 28% of summer camp was paid
for by scout accounts.) After these two trips and 5 boys to NOAC, there is
still nearly $3000 in boy accounts. But next year is big bucks -- Philmont,
Nat Jambporee, our High Adventure, at least 2 $50 campouts ....
Want a great program -- it will cost ya. By the way we extend financial aid
to all who need it so no scout has to miss out on a trip. This is why last
night we found out we were nearly broke -- time for more fundraising.... Go
... sell popcorn.
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