Re: Eagle Project Funding
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 11:14:01 CST
On Mon, 21 Oct 1996 22:04:10 -0400 James A. Sheckels said:
>Question: Is it appropriate for an Eagle Scout to use funds from the Troop
>account to help pay for his project?
It is appropriate provided the use of the funds has been approved by the
>If yes, how should approval be obtained? Should youth members be involved
>in the discussion, or limited to the committee?
I would expect the scout to present a proposal to the troop committee after
which the committee would discuss the appropriateness of funding the project.
Although it's hard to separate the question of the appropriatness of the
project from the appropriatness of funding it, I believe the committe should
focus on funding. Presumably, the SM and Committee Chair have discussed
the funding issue with the scout when they approved his project. I certainly
would not expect the committee to entertain a proposal that was not supported
by the SM and CC.
>Ethical considerations - no other committee members seem to know anything
>about the project funding nor the reason why the account drops 400-500
>dollars in one months time.
Books should be audited periodically to protect the treasurer and the
committee. Perhaps it is time to do this.
Added note: I believe it is appropriate to have a scout raise funds for
a project but not to raise funds as a project. In our troop, we have some
excess funds raised some time ago as a part of an eagle project. They have
been set aside to assist other scouts as needed, especially as seed money.
Generally, we expect a scout to arrange whatever funding is needed to
complete his project but I'm sure the committee would entertain requests
for small amounts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City