Re: TROOP DUES
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 11:55:45 -0700
Have the kids pay their dues, its an integral part of the program. It's
great if you want parents to pay an initiation fee or annual dues to
keep the troop funded for outings and activities, but the boys should
pay their way individually. There are boy positions that require
collecting dues and regular record keeping to make the experience
valuable. The boys learn from paying dues, and from being behind in
paying too. My kids don't budget for dues, thought they should. Their
challenge is getting themselves and their $1 to the meeting together.
That to me is the real lesson, get your uniform ready before the
meeting, bring your book and your dues money. Making boys think more
than 5 minutes ahead is terribly important to the program.
When you boil it down, the reason that Troops don't collect dues is not
for the boys, but because adults are intollerent of disorder. They want
things neat and quick so they can get on with the program. Paying dues
is part of the program.
Hope that my fevor on this topic isn't too blunt. It's the parents
program, they should, in the end, tailor it to meet their needs.
MCB Quantico, VA
Tom Scherwitz wrote:
> There seem to be many responces to the questions on dues. So here
> is my 2 cents worth.
> Troop dues should be payed each meeting by the scout. The reasons
> for this is that dues are to help defray the cost of operating the
> troop activities. They are not ment to be payed by check ( which most
> scouts do not have ) each year ( although that makes budjeting for the
> troop easer ). they are ment to teach the scout to budjet his money
> and also to teach the scout responsibility by having the scout rember
> to pay dues on a regular basis.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City