Re: Could Lose Charter
Jim Miller Sr. (jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG)
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 10:24:06 -0500
Unfortunately, the choice of words can sometimes trip us up. A unit may
charge "dues" at whatever level it deems necessary to support its program.
If you chose to charge them annually or weekly or whatever would seem
to be up to you.
I can find nothing in the BSA finance manual which prohibits this. Therefore
you should probably call the portion over $7.00 "dues" rather than
fee in order to be clearer.
From: Wayne Hill
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 1997 8:56 AM
To: Jim Miller Sr.; multiple recipients of list scouts-l; Jim Miller
Subject: Could Lose Charter
Our Charter Rep was talking to our Council Exec. after a meeting and
mentioned during the conversation that he had to pay his son's $25
registration fee. He said that Council Exec. became very upset and said
that the Troop should not be charging $25, that registration is only $7 per
boy and registration should not be used as a fund raiser. He also said
that this is against BSA policy and he could pull the troop Charter for
doing this. (Nothing has happened to date).
This is the story as it was told to me at our Troop Committee meeting by
the Charter Rep. The Charter Rep. wants to get this resolved and so do we.
We had talked about it being called a Joining Fee but we were still not
sure if that would settle the issue. Others mentioned that other Troops
in our Council charge between $50 to $100 to join, sometimes yearly. To
resolve this issue I agreed to post this on SCOUTS-L to see what others
were doing and get some guidance.
1) Is there a BSA policy that someone could post about registration and/or
2) What do you do in terms of registration fees?
To start things off, this is what we do. This joining fee is outlined in a
handout we give the parents, so everything is up front. Also, the Troop is
in a old blue collar town with some boy's coming from single parent homes,
so we are aware of financial situations. The Troop Committee can wave any
fees. (Usually one the the leaders puts the money out for the boy....you
know...a real Scouter.)
For boy's joining from our locate Pack the joining fee is $25 which includes:
1 BSA Registration
1 Subscription to Boy's Life
1 Troop Neckerchief and slide
1 First Month's Dues ($1 per week)
1 Joining Badge
For boys NOT coming from the Pack the joining fee is $30 which includes all
the above plus the Scout Handbook (The boys from the Pack receive a
Handbook from the Pack is a Graduation gift)
Each year after the boys pay their $7 registration and the Troop pays for
their Boy's Life.
Dues are a dollar a week except in August when the Troop does not meet.
We have two fund raisers with 20% the profit going into the boys personal
account for camping trips and personal gear.
Weekend camping is $15 per person.
So please help me out. What do you all do. Please post to SCOUTS-L, I
think this may be of interest to all.
ASM, Troop 165
Gloucester City, NJ
Camden County Council
Lekua 77 Brotherhood
...a good ole " We are all products of our choices "
Bobwhite too... " Scouting is a good choice "
James J. Miller, Sr. <JJMSR@lsfcu.org>
President, Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City