Re: Eagle Project Funding
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 19:28:53 -0400
At 10:04 PM 10/21/96 -0400, 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?
I don't think it inappropriate for a troop to decide to fund all or part of
the Eagle project of one of their members. For example, the project might
be for the church or school where the troop meets and it might feel that
this is something worthy of the troop's financial support. So, I think it
depends on the particular project, the state of the troop treasury, etc.
Also, it might become difficult, once the troop starts down that slippery
slope, to refuse to finance future projects.
As to whether it is appropriate for the Scout to look to the troop for
funding, why not? Clearly, under the rules for service projects, the
fundraising needs to be ancillary to the primary goal of the project, so I
would expect that the project itself would be sufficient for the Scout to
demonstrate the necessary leadership skills, etc. For most candidates, the
need to raise the money is an often necessary distraction, rather than an
integral part of the project.
>If yes, how should approval be obtained? Should youth members be involved
>in the discussion, or limited to the committee?
Clearly, the method will depend on the rules of the particular troop, but it
certainly should be the same as any other expenditure that is not routine.
Thus, I would figure that it would take discussion and approval by the full
committee, unless, of course, the troop has a policy of providing up to X
dollars for an Eagle project, in which case I would guess an amount up to X
dollars could be disbursed without committee deliberation.
If the committee is going to entertain a discussion of funding the project,
then certainly they should allow the Scout to make a presentation about the
need for the funds. I don't think he should be part of the deliberations,
>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.
This is probably the more relevant problem - what happened, who approved it,
etc. As others have said, get to the bottom of it ASAP, with as little
acrimony as possible.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City