Re: Staffers--pay or not?
Joyce and Jerry Johnson (jjj39@IDT.NET)
Tue, 31 Mar 1998 22:22:28 -0800
I have been part of the Boy Scout Program/Programs for 25 years
now. I am not rich - I do not have deep pockets - but I have paid
my way to every training / camping / 5 National OA / many Regional /
etc., etc., etc., event I can think of. My husband was the Course
Director for Wood Badge. We had to budget $$ for the recognition of
his hard working staff. Our $$ - not the course $$. We pay to have
the opportunity to serve our community and our youth. We have a
cause or two in our personal lives. Two of them happen to be our
church and the other the BSA Program.
Our two sons have been out of the youth side of the program for over
10 years. We still keep paying to share our knowledge. I'm sure
there are other areas we could be putting our time and money. More
than likely more time into swinging hammers and $$ into the LATCH
Whatever - be it the Lions - Elks - Masons - Shriners - Eastern Star
- Moose - Little League - you name the organization - it costs money
Over the many years I have heard many reasons why the Boy Scouts
should pay the way for the leaders. Nothing is free - we pay our
own way. That is the way it is. We choose our priorities. If a
unit can budget to pay for registration for a member - that's
great. I encourage each unit to budget the money to pay for adult
leadership to attend Basic Training and Wood badge Training. Some
troops can and do pay for adults attending summer camp.
Other than that - you want to attend as an adult - you pay!! Sorry
- but that is the way it is.
Yours In Scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City