Re: Council Policies?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 8 Nov 1997 19:34:07 -0500
All of us whether we are volunteers or professionals are in it for the
boys. As a unit leader my conception of what this meant was I great deal
different from what I have now after serving at several levels in
Scouting. Long ago as an ASM and a few years back as a Den Leader, ...
and Cubmaster, I thought the only good Scouting was when you were working
directly with the boys and giving them whatever you could. I guess my
view has shifted now that I've seen a little of what it takes to
guarantee a quality program going beyond the unit to encompasss year
round support and this requires money, the same way your Pack can't hold
an activity without having money to pay for it.
If your Pack had an activity that cost $50 each and charged the boys only
$4.00, you might be able to do this once in awhile, but you couldn't make
it a practice without going bust unless you have some wealthy benefactor.
A Council is in the same boat. It has a budget. It can do some
activities once in awhile that don't make enough coming in to cover the
cost and Summer Camps typically are the biggest expense in this catagory.
This money has to come from the money that comes in from FOS, United Way,
the Combined Federal Campaign, and other donors. This money is almost
always hard to come by. So time and attention gets devoted to
fundraising. Sometimes the folks involved don't do a very good job of
communicating the why in an effort to get more in a short time. This can
lead to bad feelings and a sense that all "they" are concerned with is
Sadly that is wrong. The "they" is "us" in this case. We all want the
best program we can deliver to the boys to be possible and work to get
the money in the best ways we can. We're not perfect and we make
mistakes both as volunteers and as professionals. But the bottomline is
that we are all in it for the boys. And if it isn't for the boys, its
for the birds.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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