Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Subsidizing Other Countries
Subsidizing Other Countries
Robert F. Reeder
Sun, 27 Sep 1998 14:59:49 -0700
Robert Gerhard wrote:
"Would it seem fair then to charge some Scouts $6,000 in order to
subsidize Scouts from families with income levels below a set amount?"
Remember that this was concerning a World Jamboree. The prices are set
at a higher level than National. Tne only differences in price between
a boy in New Jersey and one in Washington State are 1) the travel costs,
and 2) the cost of activities before and after the jamboree. I think
that if you look at the National Jamboree costs, you will see the same
thing. All boys pay the same "basic cost" but then pay the travel and
pre/post jamboree touring.
If all scouting organizations in the world were charged the same "basic"
price, how could this great gathering of scouts be considered a "World
Jamboree?" There would be so many countries left out simply because of
Additionally, it should also be noted that the boys going to the World
Jamboree pay for camping equipment (tents, flys, etc) that are then
donated to these less fortunate countries scouts.
As an attendee at the last World Jamboree in The Netherlands, I am proud
that my spending of "extra" dollars allowed someone else, who may not
have otherwise had a chance to attend, to have an opportunity that
he/she will remember the rest of their life.