Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: Paying the Price (Was: Re: Jere Ratcliffe's salary)
Re: Paying the Price (Was: Re: Jere Ratcliffe's salary)
Sun, 27 Sep 1998 14:29:05 +0100
Robert Gerhard wrote:
>While I realize many troops raise a good deal of funds to help pay the cost to
>attend Jamborees and other events, the price is often just too high. Most of
>the time, fund raisers also rely heavily on the areas the troops serve, which
>means a troop in an economically disadvantaged area is going to have a much
>harder time raising the money than one in a wealthy neighborhood.
>As a Scout, I was very bitter when I couldn't afford to go to the Jamboree
>while other Scouts who had not been in the program as long and had half of the
>experience I had were going to the Jamboree simply because they could afford
>to. I felt cheated. I thought long and hard about leaving Scouting then. It
>just felt wrong - and still does - that there is a Scouting elite based on
>income, as well as one based on sweat equity.
>And the sweat equity usually won't "pay the price."
Robert, et al,
This is an interesting thread. Perhaps it's been discussed on the list
recently but I don't remember it in the past year. I remember not being
able to raise the funds to go to Philmont...even after attending every
fundraiser we had in our small rural town...my family simply didn't have
the bucks. Now I certainly didn't quit scouts but it sure brought the
message home loud and clear. There's one program for those with money and
one for those without.
Our troop is economically mixed. We have some real wealthy scouting
families and some real disadvantaged families. I've been a proponent of
the theory that "It doesn't matter so much about the LOCATION of the
campout as it does what the PROGRAM is." Several folks on our committee
talk about scouts being "bored" going to the same camping sites and want to
do monthly campouts in neighboring states or recreational areas that result
in $30-60 fees for campouts. I maintain that you can do a great program
pretty much anywhere and the boys will come away with a good experience.
Any thoughts on this matter?
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