Re: COST OF OUTINGS
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 17:05:27 -0700
Kenneth Dewey <kdewey@IX.NETCOM.COM> asked:
>Here I go with yet another question.
>Tonight we were having a discussion on what to charge for outings. We
>recently set up a troop fund for each of our scouts. What expenses
>should be included in the cost of the outing?
>My opinion is;
>1) Camping fee for the park
>2) Transportation costs, gas money for the people driving. (I don't
>drive for the outings)
>3) Food to be seperate by patrol.
>I would like to know how you all take care of outing costs. and what the
>average cost for your outings are.
We use fixed fee, $5 per night for camping (other than summer camp).
Sometimes a campsite will cost a little more, sometimes it's free. But
over the last 6 years it has largely averaged out. The advantage is
that when it comes time to sign up for a trip, everybody knows how
much is due (2 weeks before the trip -- so that the patrol knows how
many people to buy for). Adults go "free" (except for time & gas, etc.).
As others have mentioned, we don't generally reimburse for nearby trips,
but we have chipped in some gas money for the longer trips.
Food is planned and purchased by patrol. Beginning this year, they have
set _themselves_ a budget of $5 per night for food, due at the same
time the camping money is due. Previously, they have set the menu,
bought the food, then hounded folks for reimbursement. This was their
solution to the problem, and it sounds like good one.
Adults eat in their own patrol (keeps them out of the way, and we can
show off new menu ideas to the Scouts), and reimburse the one who bought
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
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