Dues or not to Dues
Michael N. Kazarinoff (mnk1@CORNELL.EDU)
Mon, 15 Dec 1997 08:10:19 -0500
In our troop, boys who do not require scholarship aid pay $30. twice a year
for dues, plus the boys must either participate in fund-raising or pay an
additional fee (i.e. popcorn- they either sell $60. or pay the troop $20.)
Based on complicated formulae, the money goes to the troop and/or scout
accouts. Even these periodic collections keep our scribe busy writing up
receipts. When we don't receive payment in a timely fashion, we publish a
list of delinquent accounts in the troop newsletter. If we still haven't
received money, the boys are warned they won't be able to play "game" at
the end of the next meeting. This is the ultimate threat and usually we
get payment that week.
Our Pack collects $15. dues each fall (for Pack dues- the dens keep their
own separate accounts). Last spring we looked over our total budget,
divided it by the number of Cubs, and found we spent $45./cub that year.
When popcorn came up this year, we told parents that we have a short-fall
of $30./cub which must be made up by popcorn sales. Theoretically, each
cub should sell $90. worth of popcorn to make up the difference (since the
Pack receives $30% of the cost), but we thought that was too much to ask,
so we just take what we get and amend our budget accordingly.
Yours In Scouting,
Den Leader Coach in Baden-Powell Council,
Ithaca, NY and
"I used to be an Antelope in NE-CS-52.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City