Lynn Brown (tupperbabe@HOTMAIL.COM)
Sat, 4 Apr 1998 13:59:40 PST
Although our scout lives an affluent neighborhood and both parents drive
expensive cars. We were informed by the parents that they had come on
'hard-times' and would not be able to pay his dues ($10 quarterly).
Although, they could come up with $10 everytime our troop went camping
(1-2 per month). We had been 'floating' his dues until thing got better
for them but decided to put it back to the family (especially after we
saw the scout coming to meeting with a bunch of new, nonessential
'stuff'). We offered several options, including; the scout could
participate in our fundraisers, work off the dues by doing odd jobs for
several committee folks that volunteered to pay. The parents were angry
that we would no longer let them off and expected their son to pay. We
stated that, as part of the development of a scout, he was expected to
be resourceful and pull his own weight. The scout has always
participated in the fundraisers and we have not had to fund him since.
I would suggest that this boy needs scouting more than most. He doesn't
seem to get much support from home. Offer him opportunities to 'earn'
his way but be careful not to lose him. He needs Scouting! In order
for this to work, the troop has to offer fundraisers. Besides popcorn,
our troop had great success with a frozen pie sale right before Easter.
The average scout made about $50!
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