Re: Fund Raisers ..long sorry..
Michael Salvetti (msalvett@LINKNET.KITSAP.LIB.WA.US)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 09:47:06 -0800
On Tue, 16 Dec 1997, Morrisonch wrote:
> My question is this: How can we get boys more involved in a fund raising
> effort... We have some very faithful families and more who are apathetic
> about supporting the program.
I have not had a problem getting boys involved with fund raising. What I
do is explain to them what they will be doing and how much we will be
making. That gets them excited. My experance with fund raisers is to have
a lest two a year maybe three buts thats pushing it. I plan them to make
big money. I also let the scouts that its there fundraiser not the
committee or the parents and they are going to be working it with the
parents watching to see if everything is going ok.
The meeting after the fundraiser I let the scouts know how much they made
and ask them. Do they what to do it again next years? Than I ask them for
there comments on how to improve it for next year and any other ideas?
This method works and really gets them involved more in raising money for
> and what other fund raising ideas have been most successful for your
One idea you might want to try is x-mas recycling. It's easy and the
scouts love doing it. You can make some big bucks. Here's how to do
Find a good location where your troop is visiable to the puplic like a
store parking lot on a main road.
Put in your local newspaper where you are going to be and the amout you
want for each tree (* ask $3.00 per tree *). Then the public will drop
You will need to haul the trees off to dispose of them yourself. Another
way is to contact a local business that has a large chipper that can
handle trees and find out if they would like to donate their services and
equipment to chip the trees and they keep the chips. If they say yes, they
can do it right at your location.
You can also expand this and make more money by going out and getting the
x-mas trees yourself. This does involue adults with pick-ups, trucks, or
trailers that can haul trees. Have the scouts go door to door. They
collect the money and get the tree. Then bring back the trees to your
If you do decide to do this the do's and don'ts are:
1. Don't go door to door and get money ;first and come back later
for the tree. I have heard of groups doing this and they don't
come back for trees.
2. Don't advertise that you are going to neighorhoods. People will
expect you in their neighorhoods and you may never show. There
can be bad feelings on how you do this, so don't advertise.
3. Don't advertise to let the public know you will pick up their
tree by them calling a phone number and you going out to
collect. It dosen't work. PERIOD.
1. Do it on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend after x-mas and
maybe the next weekend alsodepands on when x-mas and new years
2. Get the scouts involved.
3. Have fun.
If your area has never done x-mas tree recycling, it will take a while for
the public to catch on. I have been involved with one cub pack and a troop
in oregon and they did fantastic. I moved to silverdale, wa. and I started
the troop in doing this which was the first time for the troop, we made
over $300.00 the first time. It gets better every year.
May the scouting spirit live long and prosper
Michael Salvetti I have done so much with so
troop 1541 little for so long, I can
committee member now do everthing with nothing
chief seattle council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City