Re: Fundraising for Charities (Salvation Army topic)
Tue, 10 Dec 1996 06:04:56 -0600
Bob Nieland beat me to the point in our Sal Army discussion:
>Because the primary need of the organization at this point is funding, we
>had thought about organizing a fundraiser in which our Cub Scouts could be
>involved. However, our District Executive found what appears to be an
>official BSA Rule prohibiting Scouts from soliciting money for other not for
>profits. The page she faxed to me is headed "Rules and Regulations, Article
>IX." Section 2, Clause 1 on that page states:
>"With the consent of the local council, members of the Boy Scouts of America
>may cooperate with established non-partisan and nonsectarian national
>movements for the relief of humanity in undertakings to raise money by
>giving personal service, provided, however, that this shall not involve the
>use of BSA youth members as collectors or solicitors of money."
This clause, Bob, was originally written back in the days of collecting coins
for international relief agencies like UNICEF (the United Nations International
Children's Education Fund) and the March of Dimes and other organizations.
Back in those days, I can remember walking around with narrow tube coincans
asking for donations to those worthwhile causes. The BSA did NOT participate
in those kinds of door-to-door campaigns because back then, as now, the BSA
is a national movement and therefore it would be a conflict-of-interest for one
national movement to raise money and solicit monies for another. The BSA
participates with other member nations of the World Association of Scouting
Movements and donates and raises funds for the World Friendship Fund and
World Campership Fund.
And yes, if you find a copy of the 1958 or 1946 versions (the only other two
versions of the Rules that I have here), you will find the word "funds"
"money". As far as I'm aware, this has been part of the BSA's rules since
the middle 40s (that's as far back as I can go over here in Europe!)
Therefore, Scouts can work alongside the Sal Army units and can provide the
labor for the car washes or the work for the blood drives, but cannot "accept or
ask for money" as designed going back to that Unknown Scout in England. It
simply becomes a Good Turn for the other organization and a study or
experience in giving without expectation of receiving for the Scouts and
Thanks for asking me, Bob....and thanks also for the excellent reference!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
(Brigade) Signal Officer, TF 21, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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