Re: Car wash; Scout Sunday
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 20:40:14 -0600
"Important Financial Information for Units" is periodically
reprinted and distributed by Nassau County Council. Item 3
reads: "The unit may earn money by sales or events they organize.
Candy, light bulbs, first aid kits are all examples. Car washes,
spaghetti dinners, pizza sales are some other ideas. By BSA
national rules, boys may not wear their uniform for any of these
sales or activities." Since the national popcorn sale is a Council
sponsored event, boys can sell this product in their uniform. (go
Item 6 reads: "Units MAY NOT solicit for money. Seeking donations
of money or materials is not allowed. "A-Thons" (except the
Council Scoutwalk, or other Council-run events) are solicitations
and are, therefore, not allowed. Units are not 501c3 non-profit
agencies - the council is. Therefore, units may not accept United
Way funds or other government or private grants or funding.
Donations to units are not tax deductible."
Item 7 reads: "Raffles, 50/50 drawings etc. are specifically
prohited in the Boy Scouts of America."
First -- it's the local Council and the National organization that
hold the not-for-profit status. Second -- the rest of it's
gambling, and since we're molding young (moldy?) minds, it's a
But Council also knows that units have to survive and need to be
creative in their fund-raising. They do not get involved unless a
complaint is received. Then, they usually tell you that you should
"review" your fund-raising policies. This is what happened to our
Pack ... someone who is moving on out (finally) and who helped
create the "let's do raffles and 50/50s" policy reported the new
committee (which still has some of their old friends on it) for
continuing these practices. Of course, they didn't say it that way
-- they said how dare they carry on a corrupted execution of Scout
policy. Scary thing is -- this couple now runs a troop!
If Council has not complained that your car wash is run as an
"a-thon," it's not likely they will. It sounds like a great idea
-- congratulations on shifting the paradigm!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City