Re: Require pack fund raiser participation?
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Thu, 8 May 1997 08:40:08 -0400
At 08:46 AM 5/7/97 PST, you wrote:
>Our Pack has also decided to require participation in fund raisers next
>year. ... Snip!
My concern with this issue is how do you define "required participation"?
What do you do with the boy who doesn't sell candy/popcorn/Tom Watt? Do you
with-hold rank advancements, say they can't go on an outing, or make them
drop out of the unit? Gee, I sure hope not.
In our Troop, and many others I'm sure, the benefits from a fundraiser are
directly proportional to the Scouts level of participation. When we sell
candy, the number of bars each Scout sells is recorded and his "account" is
adjusted accordingly. Same with wreaths, popcorn, etc. With car washes, we
record the number of hours worked and use a point system to credit the boys.
The Troop of course, takes a cut of the profits.
Each Scout can then use the money they earned to pay for any Scout or
outdoor related item. They can pay dues, pay for a weekend campout, buy a
backpack, baseball glove, or anything else they (and their parents) want.
We even had a Scout earn enough to buy his own canoe! Since they can't get
service hours for fundraising, this adds an incentive to helping out,
without chasing away Scouts that are heavily involved in other activities.
Besides, Scouts that are over six feet tall and weight 200+, don't do well
I'm sure an active Pack can adopt the same type of incentive program. It
gives the boys an early lesson in earning their own way. Just think of how
proud a Cub would be telling his Mom his pack was going to Day Camp, and he
already paid for it!
I used to be a Bobwhite... Covey up!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City