Re: Eagle Project Funding
Jerry and Joyce Johnson (jjj39@MAIL.IDT.NET)
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 11:37:31 -0700
James A. Sheckels wrote:
> Your comments please -
> Question: Is it appropriate for an Eagle Scout to use funds from the Troop
account to help pay for his project?
> If yes, how should approval be obtained? Should youth members be involved i
n the discussion, or limited to the committee?
> Ethical considerations - no other committee members seem to know anything a
bout the project funding nor the reason why the account drops
400-500 dollars in one months time.
(See - Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 18-927, from your Scout
Service Center for all Requirements and Limitations. For discussion only
this part quoted for reference.)
"While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a
service project helpful to your religious institution, school, or
community." The project may not be a fundraiser. "Fundraising is
permitted only for securing materials or supplies needed to carry out
The unit leader and unit committee approve the Eagle Project.
When the youth presents his plans to the committee, he at that time,
would show; Materials and supplies to be used, cost of those needs, the
request of troop assistance, etc. A Scout should plan on obtaining what
funding is necessary to complete his project and present this in detail
to the committee. Usually a Scout will show where his money is coming
from to cover his expenses if he has planned the project properly. Most
often the group that is benefiting will provide for the project or he
will show where is plans to get donations from local businesses.
If at the time of the committee approval of the project the committee
approved the use of troop funds, then it is appropriate.
Being part of our District Advancement Committee, I would question the
plans of this project before approving it if he didn't show how HE
PLANNED to obtain funding. I would call the Scoutmaster and ask why
he/she and the committee didn't direct him on this type of planning. I
would ask how many of the Troop Adults were trained.
I believe we would not supporting the youth to show his abilities in the
planning and development of his project, where he would feel the
self-worth and great accomplishments, if we as a committee just handed
him the money and didn't suggest to him where and how supplies, materials
and funds could be obtained. I personally can't see troop funds being
used for Eagle Projects, but can see individual committee members
donating small amounts if the need is there.
As the Chartered Organizational Representative for my Lutheran Church
Troop and Pack, I suggest that a meeting with the Committee Chairman and
Treasurer be held as soon as possible to review and audit those books.
There could be a reasonable explanation. Don't let this issue continue to
fester within the committee. Gossip and hard feelings will pull the Troop
apart and hurt the program for the Scouts.
Jim, you have my support and best wishes in getting these issues cleared
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City