Re: Fund Raisers
Robert Caron (robert.caron@UMB.EDU)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:49:54 -0500
> My question is this: How can we get boys more involved in a fund raising
> effort and what other fund raising ideas have been most successful for your
> troop. We have some very faithful families and more who are apathetic about
> supporting the program.
Let's start with the philosophy for fundraising (money earning). In our troop,
we believe participation in Scouting is costly, but we want as many boys (and
adults) as want to be able to participate. To that end, we strive to shift the
cost of Scouting from individual payment to fundraising as much as possible.
But fundraising should not be so prevalent in Troop operations that it detracts
from the program. We don't want boys going around saying all they do in the
Troop is work on fundraising. So our efforts go into coming up with high yield
fundraising activities. Our primary fundraiser is a Christmas Wreath sale
conducted door-to-door on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In that one-day
fundraiser alone, we net about $4000 (Troop of 40 boys).
As far as getting Scouts to participate, that one's easy (to us, anyway). We
run two really fun activities each year -- winter camping in the New Hampshire
White Mountains with a ski trip, and a special Camporee in the Spring (lately,
the Six Flags Camporee in New Jersey). To be eligible to attend these
activities, Scouts must participate in the fundraiser at a minimum level (e.g.,
sell at least two dozen wreaths).
Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
Brotherhood, Chippanyonk Lodge #59, OA
Knox Trail Council #244, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City