Re: Adult Fundraising
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 09:08:01 -0500
I am a strong advocate of allowing (expecting) adult participation in
fund raisers. My strongest arguement in favor of it is that often the
same adults get "stuck" doing the work so that all the scouts can have
an opportunity to earn money. If all adults were contributing, I would
not be concerned but in many units only a few support the effort.
Some of the ways I've seen this handled include
1) Each scout family was expected to participate. If the scout and at least
one parent participated in the unit's annual money earning event, then the
troop paid a percentage (usually between 40 and 60 percent) of the scout's
summer camp fee or high adventure fee or jamboree fee. No accounts, no
2) Each scout earned scout bucks in proportion to his effort in the money
3) Each scout earned scout bucks in proportion to his and his family's
effort in the money earning project.
4) Each scout earned scout bucks in proportion to his effort. Parents who
helped earned scout bucks that could be applied to their son's account or
to the troop's scholarship account. Leaders who did not have a son in the
troop earned scout bucks to offset participation costs.
I really liked the approach taken by one of the sports associations. We had
two boys playing. Each paid a basic registration fee. The family then had
the opportunity to either partipate in fund raising to supplement costs or
to make a minimum donation. What they actually did was "sell" us four boxes
of candy at retail. If we sold it all, we came out even. They, of course,
bought at wholesale and kept the difference which was equivalent to the
minimum donation option. Since the candy was paid for when picked up, they
eliminated all the money collecting problems. Seemed pretty efficient to me.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City