Re: Troop Dues
Ed Henderson (BigEdBSA@AOL.COM)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 22:51:12 -0400
We charge $36.00 a year (and pro rate that to $3 a month if someone joins
during the charter year). We have never messed with collecting money at
every meeting but do allow parents to pay $12 a month for three months on the
The $35 includes a subscription to Boys Life (everyone gets it, even if they
claim they never read it, Boys Life is one of Scouting's last bargans), the
Mutual of Omaha Insurance, and troop operations for the year.
We get $200 from each of our two sponsors (St. John Lutheran & Sacred Heart
Catholic Church). Other money is generated from Scout Show tickets and
occasional other fundraisers.
We maintain about $6000 in troop equipment (including a hige troop library
and a trailer full of tents & cooking gear).
We occasionally tap our funds to help out needy scouts get to major events,
we gave several hundred dollars of seed money to our new Cub Pack a few years
ago, and we sometimes give the council summer camp money for special projects
that we want to donate to.
We have a uniform bank which is not only self supporting but also generates a
small income for us, other troops even use it (each uniform shirt & pants is
$6.00 or $2.00 plus good used trade in).
Scouts are expected to purhcase a troop T-Shirt and we may be doing troop
hats in the next few months.
Generally we keep about $2500 in our account which we invest half of in CD's
or a Mutual Fund and the rest in checking. About six months ago First Union
started hitting our account with $6 service charges (we have had the account
at this bank since the early 1970's) so we are looking for a new bank.
We recognize that $36, especially after deducting $7 for registration, $8.13
for Boys Life, and $1.58 for Insurance is hardly enough to cover badges (we
make money on a few and loose money on the ones who work hard). As far as I
know, we have the lowest dues in the district. All of the sons of the
doctors & lawyers tend to huddle in two troops in town that don't get shell
shocked from their dues which run upwards of $100 a year. If I tried that we
would loose most of our troop.
The adults all pay $10 and we double register the two pastors at the two
churchs as Members of Committee besides Institutional Heads because we feel
it is important for them to get Scouting Magazine & the Council newsletter.
The two pastors don''t pay dues, we consider the financial support they give
the troop should cover that.
If we do anything different this year I fear the committee or PLC will cut
out Boys Life. Even though we often follow that national troop meeting
plan, it does not appear to be widely read - that is sad.
I am very interested to hear how other troops handle their finances.
Scoutmaster - BSA Troop 12
Flint River Council
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