Dave Wells (davewells1@CSI.COM)
Sat, 13 Dec 1997 08:37:59 -0500
We had a similar problem collecting dues. The solution for us was to do
just what you have described. It is never pleasant to ask people for money.
But it is necessary to pay for troop expenses. We collect $1.00 each week.
Our dues amount to $52 per year. The scouts owe this amount whether or not
they attend a meeting. We prefer that they pay weekly to help to create a
small responsibility for the scout. Of course, we do not turn away money,
if a parent needs to pay us monthly or annually.
When dues collection falls behind for an individual, I send a letter to his
parents. If this does not work, at the next outing, we charge him the
outing fee plus whatever dues he owes. If he does not pay, he does not go
on the outing. This has been an effective enforcement method for our troop
to collect dues.
As much as we encourage the scout to pay weekly, we have to realize that
often it is the parents who are not providing the money for the scout, for
whatever reason. Usually they just forget. Scouting is not at the top of
everyone's priority list as it is for the people on this list. That is why
we send the letter directly to the parents when we have not been receiving
I think you are doing everything the right way. It's not a great job, but
someone has to do it.
ASM Troop 377
Stoney Creek Mills, PA, USA
"...used to be an ANTELOPE..." NE-IV-92
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