Re: Troop Dues and Cost of Outings
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 09:37:18 -0500
The two subjects can be related. In our troop, the dues run $90 per
year, payable annual or semi-annual. We cover registration, Boys Life,
all advancement awards, administration expenses (mailing, Court of Honor
expenses, etc), and set aside a portion for equipment
replacement/repair. All fund raiser profits go directly to the boys who
participate on a prorated basis. If items are sold (popcorn), funds
earned by each sale are credited to the individual's account. He may use
it for anything he wants, but we encourage it be Scouting related. He
can pay his dues, pay for an outing, or buy something if he wants. We
hope it will be used for something other than money to feed the arcade
machines. That is why we keep it in an account. Thus, the dues are
higher than some other units, but they can be offset by fund raising.
This assures that the "free loaders" on the fund raising projects don't
take the earnings of those who work hard.
To the unit wanting to raise dues - just look at the recent increases in
the cost of advancement awards! You do have to keep up with the times.
Outings are priced based on each outing. All costs associated with an
activity are wrapped into one amount, but it is unique to each outing
since costs vary. If there is an entrance/camping fee, that is part of
the cost. If food is purchased by the patrol or individuals, it is not
included in the activity cost. If we eat as a group, food cost will be
included. If we need to stop at a fast food location enroute, money is
collected with the activity cost and given out to each boy at the food
location. This prevents younger boys from spending their food money on
snacks or other items early in the trip and having none when it is time
to eat. If the group is mainly older boys, we don't need to do this. On
regular troop outings, parents are expected to drive at their expense.
We want to rotate the driving among the parents, so everyone gets to
participate and pay instead of collecting for each trip and reimbursing
the driver. If it is a really long trip or special activity, we may
collect funds for transportation. Our weekend outings range from 0 to
$20 or $30, depending on activity fees (like this weekend, we have a
horseback ride on an outing).
The above works for us, but I am not saying it will work for all units.
It does require some overhead in record keeping and money handling.
SM, Troop 7
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City