Re: Council Policies?
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Fri, 7 Nov 1997 10:00:11 -0600
> Just a couple quick questions.
> We just picked up our popcorn from the Fall fundraiser. 17 of our 30+
> boys sold popcorn. 5 will get certificates, 3 of those will get patches,
> and 2 of those will get pins. The other 12 boys get nothing. We live in
> a very rural area and unless your parent works where there are several
> employees sometimes selling a large quantity of popcorn is just not
> possible, therefore, we consider them "Doing Their Best". Instead in this
> instance, only THE Best get any recognition whatsoever. Is this the way
> Popcorn Sales are run in all Councils? It just seems like a tiny .75
> patch for effort is not a lot to ask for a boy who tried.
This sounds like the way the Popcorn Sale is run by my council. If you
want to provide each boy who sold popcorn with a special patch, you
might want to check out this company which has quite a few "stock"
patches available for Scouting activities:
The Patch Place
P.O. Box 2648
Chino, CA 91708
> Also, this past spring after the Pack Father/Son Bake-Off about 2 weeks
> before the District Bake-Off we were informed that there would not be a
> District Bake-Off for the top winners in each Pack. The boys were
> devastated. It has been on our Calendar for over 8 months and boom it was
> gone. When I called Council to question this, I was _told_ that it made
> no Money therefore it wouldn't be held. Are we in this for the $$ or the
Yes, we are in this for the kids and so are our councils and districts.
But it takes money to run the Scouting Program at the council and
district level. Many United Ways are cutting back on funding to
Scouting (especailly in urban councils) and the councils are
concentrating their efforts in replacing these funds. One way they do
this is to make sure council and district events "make money" or at
least break even. Personally, I don't like to see this happening but I
can certainly understand why it takes place.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City