Re: Council Policies?
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 8 Nov 1997 18:52:42 -0600
Calvin and some others already answered your first question, Alicia...and
did also answer the second one below:
>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
What's wrong with you organizing a "Bake-Off" with the other winners from
your Pack and doing it during Scouting Anniversary Week in a local shopping
center or mall. While it would NOT be a "District event",
it would become "the best of the best" and more importantly offer a lot of
hungry shoppers some examples of what Cub Scouting is all about!!
When your District or Council says "we don't make money from it", they are
not talking about "making hand-over-fist" money.....they are simply stating
that the event will not "make as much as we will have to put into it". In
this era whereby Councils have to be really picky about what can be done
with the little money they do have for programming, some of the "planned
programs" that were planned when "we had more money" last spring or over the
summer, have to be cut or scaled back in order to provide "essential
Scouting programming" to your unit, Alicia.
That doesn't mean "you can't do it"....just that the District won't place
their resources into doing it "for you". In those cases, we Scouters need
to start expressing to each other "if we want to do these things, we'll
going to have to get in there and help with organizing and providing" those
programs. In this case, with the Bake-Off, this can be easily incorporated
into existing District programming without a loss of income or expenditures.
I would approach your District's Finance Chair and District Executive and
see if this can be incorporated into an existing District program, Alicia..
If it cannot, seek their permission to do it on your own and having your
Pack to sponser the event or to have a group of Packs to sponser it (best way).
Don't try to do it "completely on your own", but also don't abandon it if
your District says "nah, we don't see a way to do it and still come out
even"....if your fellow Pack leaders want to see it happen, together you
will make a way for it to happen and in doing so, you will show your
District's leadership that you're indeed in Scouting "for the boys".
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