Re: Cross over and $100
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 20:32:56 -0500
First, congratulations on a fiscally sound unit. While most units at
least get by, few have so many resources the only problem is how to give
With that said, though, I think the new policy is really a BAD idea:
First, if the pack has that many resources, how about cutting the
parents a break and reduce current fees and dues? If you're taking in
that much extra, either you're charging too much, or have fund-raising
fever (there have been posts about units who have gotten carried away
with fundraising, to the detriment of the program). In either event,
budgeted long-term income and expenditures should be brought in line,
without having to resort to such an obvious giveaway. Cut down on
fundraising, and spend a bit more time and effort on the program!
Second, if the pack needs to relieve itself of a budget surplus, it
would be better to put it toward a PACK activity or equipment, rather
than gifting those who are leaving. The money was raised, either from
the parents or the community, on the explicit or implicit understanding
that it was to go for pack purposes, not to benefit the individual boys
and their families.
Third, I REALLY don't like the idea of discriminating between CO and
non-CO bridging. There have been some heated discussions about the
proprietary interest the CO's Troop may have in "their" Webelos -- to
actually bribe the boys, families and/or the troop to make the "right"
choice is, IMHO, unconscionable. Why should a boy's decision to go with
another unit cut him off from the "birthright" your Pack seems bent on
gifting at least some of its Webelos? Oh, sure, you said they won't be
told -- but do you REALLY believe that word won't leak out? Even if it
did stay a secret, if I were the parent of a boy who made a "wrong"
choice and lost out on the $100 windfall, I'd be LIVID when I did find
out! Of such slights are lawsuits made.
Scott, I think if your pack goes through with this ill-considered plan,
they'll live to regret it! I don't doubt the good intentions, but this
is a ten-gallon can of worms you're opening!
Scott Patterson wrote:
> Well we did it!
> Last night at our Pack committee meeting, I had been asked to bring
> up an idea that a few of the leaders who are also involved with Boy
> Scouts had been discussing. A little history first, the Pack is a
> money making machine, we lovingly call it our "Cash Cow" and any
> given time it has over $5000 in the bank, enough history!
> The idea is, that when a boy moves to the troop (same charter org.)
> the the Pack will give the Troop $100. This is to buy new equipment
> for the new boys and the troop, plus the boys who are coming over
> are the ones who earned the money in the first place by doing
> fundraisers. Well we thought it sounded great.
> And you know what, so did the Pack Committee. They passed it and
> about $1100 will also cross over next week.
> Note: If the boys go to another troop no money changes over. Also the
> boys do not know about the money.
Steve on Cattail Creek
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