Re: The very popular Troop money opportunity
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 00:43:13 +0000
I just signed on and have been patiently observing Mr. White's "Troop Money"
opportunity. I'm from a little place called Rosholt Wisconsin and have a troop
of about 20 Scouts. I'm also a camp director for a place called Tesomas. I've
heard much about this list and thought I'd check it out- well, it seems I've come in
the midst of a money opportunity. Since there are a lot of 2 cent pieces out
there, I thought I'd add mine.
First off, Mr. Livingston makes a very good point that proper representative of the
Chartering Organization should be informed. (From other entries) Yes the S.E.
should be involved also, but, I'm not sure where the D.E. fits in, because it's
really none of his concern unless the S.E. makes it his concern. I believe that the
S.E. and C.R. would be in contact with each other and do whatever they need to do.
I did really enjoy Mr. Dixon's article and would also like more information.
Further, Dixon said something like "we would have a hard time finding Scout
leaders should we only look at the ones that had never broken the Scout Oath and
Law". Please my friends casting stones at a beggar certainly wouldn't seem very
Scoutlike. And maybe this man that Mr. White has brought our attention to is just
that- maybe he is trying to feed his family. Does it make what he did Scoutlike?
Of course not, but, neither is speeding on the way to work... Do you do it? I
don't want to compare stealing to speeding, but, instead to possibly bring forth a
bit of compassion or should I dare say understanding.
I don't know- maybe the guy took $5,000. If that was the case I may look at it a
bit deeper. But, believe me I wouldn't be looking at the guy- I'd be looking at
the troop and it's record keeping/auditing procedures. I run a Scout Camp with a
budget over a 1/4 mil. I have five auditors that check my spending. They are in
this order: 1. Camp Business Manager 2. Council Book Keeper 3. Council Scout
Executive 4. Two Council Treasurers 5. An Independent Auditing Firm...
I have a Scout Troop with a budget of less than $6,000- about 1/100 that of
camp's. Do you know how many auditors I have? 58 - every quarter each Scout and
parent receives a "detailed" explanation of "all" unit income and expenses and each
boy receives his personal account balance. Additionally, the parents are encouraged
to "check-the-books". All receipts, invoices etc. are open for their perusal.
Sure, the council's executive board glances over the final budget, but, I've been to
those meetings and with the exception of disagreements about camp fees, all their
major concern is about the bottom line. So my point is, that if you don't want this
kind of stuff going on in your unit- the best policy is a very open policy. Every
Scout and parent should know how much the troop has- it's their money- not the
council's and not the Chartering Organization's (maybe I can explain how and why
this is the case at another time)...
So, I'm not sure I'd be looking to condemn the man, but, I'm not sure I'd have that
right even if I wanted it. That's why some people get the "big bucks".
But that's just my opinion- and please these are my own thoughts and opinions. In
no way do they represent Samoset Council, Tesomas Scout Camp or Troop 200...
Hope I wasn't too long in this, my "first" entry:)
For A Better Future Through Scouting,
cjm (aka Chris J. Martin)
Camp Director, Tesomas Scout Camp - Rhinelander WI
Scoutmaster, Troop 200 - Rosholt Wisconsin
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