Re: Advice Sought -- Free Riders
John Peschken (peschken@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 13:43:45 -0500
At 03:38 PM 4/18/97 -0500, you wrote:
>We have several Cub Scout packs who contribute $0 to the District and
>Council. To raise funds, they conduct their own activities apart from
>District fundraisers. They are quite willing to take advantage of what the
>District and Council offers in the way of programs and activities, but
>unwilling to help offset the cost of doing so.
I have been part of both a Cub Scout Pack, and a Boy Scout Troop that have
been extremely lukewarm on participating in District and Council fund raisers.
After 6 years as a Cub and Boy Scout leader, neither organization has had
any significant contact with the District or the Council. As far as we can
see, they are just there to sell popcorn, and send reps. out for the annual
Friends of Scouting talk. The District and Council seem unconcerned about
the lack of contact, and so do the other leaders in my troop.
I personally have been trying to attend Scoutmaster Roundtables, in the
hopes that I can find some useful information and ideas for our program.
It's actually been encouraging, and I think we are going to find ourselves
more involved in Council and District events. However, at this point, if
you mentioned the name of anyone from these organizations to the other
leaders in our troop, you will get a long pause followed by "Who's that?".
This is our fault as well. We haven't been trying as hard as we should to
All I can say is that if you make payment of a tax to the local Council or
District mandatory, you'd better be providing them with something for the
money. In our current circumstances, it would be "Taxation without
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City