Dues / Not Dues
Dan OCanna (DanOCanna@AOL.COM)
Sat, 13 Dec 1997 00:12:22 -0500
Wayne Hill wrote:
>I wanted to poll Scouts-l to find out what you do about dues.
>I just want to know if you do weekly or yearly dues, and are you happy with
>the way its working out?
Here's the full funding of our troop. $25 / Scout annualy at recharter time.
This covers registration, insurance, and Boys' Life. The remainder of that
annual fee is considered "dues". An additional $.50 is collected weekly by
This IMNSHO is important. The Scribe records each Scout's dues and keeps up
with who is current with weekly dues, and who is not. Though it is a
"problem" keeping up with the weekly collections, the Scouts learn
responsibility by this process. The Scribe also learns about record keeping.
The dues policy is described to parents when the boy joins the troop and there
is no confusion on their part. The teeth in this system is that a Scout must
be current with his dues before he can advance in rank. Ocasionally an Eagle
candidate has to come up with a sizeable piece of cash to settle his account.
Responsibility is learned in different ways, I suppose.
Our troop also participates in 3 other fundraising activities. Popcorn and
Scout Show ticket sales are Council sponosored activites. Our troop also has
a contract to pick up roadside trash quarterly. The procedes from these
activities are either split between the troop and the Scout's escrow accounts
or credited entirely to their accounts depending on the Troop's financial
situation. For the last few years the troop has only needed to access 20% of
the popcorn profits. Scout Show revenues and the trash contract monies are
credited to the boys who participate on a proportional basis. No work no
Our outing expenses are collected for each activity. The boys (and adults)
buy thier own food on a patrol basis. The boys who wish to participate in the
fundraising activites can usually pay their full Summer Camp fee and most of
their Scouting related expensed from their escrow accounts.
All of this is a bit more of a headache for our treasurer than simply
collecting a flat fee from Mom or Dad annualy. Our troop committee feels that
the responsibility that the boys learn is worth it.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington KY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City