Re: Cost of the World Jamboree
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 15:15:29 -0500
If Jay Thal is correct in his statement that...
1) You are a USonian, a citizen of the nation with the greatest GDP.
While at the Canadian Jamboree the info being passed out was that
there was a tiered fee structure based on the wealth of nations.
This makes it "easier" for national contingents from poorer nations
to be subsidized by the contingents of the richer ones. The obvious
problem with this is that it is likely cause the exclusion of the
poorer Scouts from wealthier nations.
.. then what we have here is a somewhat perverted Marxist approach to
participation: To each according to his needs, from each according to what he
should be able to afford based upon where he lives even if he really can't
afford it through no fault of his own.
If this system of subsidy were based upon the real resources of each scout's
family, and contributions were requested to help subsidize those who are truly
in need, I'd say fine. But what this will lead to is the absurd situation of
some of the wealthiest families in non U.S. countries being subsidized by some
of the not so wealthy families of the U.S. There are millionaires and upper
middle class in nearly every country, no matter how poor the country and there
are lower middle class and poor in every country no matter how wealthy the
If the governments of each scout were paying for the trip, then it would make
sense for the basis stated by Jay. It would be very similar to the U.N. Since
payment is from each boy's family instead, then this is an unjust burden which
will keep many interested scouts away. And more's the pity for it.
But then again, I could be totally wrong.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City