Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: Subsidizing Other Countries
Re: Subsidizing Other Countries
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 11:35:48 -0500
Robert F. Reeder wrote on Sunday, September 27, 1998 5:00 PM:
> 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
> economical reasons.
> 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.
The problem with this logic is that it fails to address the issue of all the
poor Scouts living in the wealthier countries. I can't speak for the other
countries who pay a surcharge, but I know plenty of inner city Scouts in my
council and Scouts from our rural farming communities that can't afford the
high cost of the World Jamboree. The unintentional result of our good
intentions is that only the wealthy Scouts in the US can afford to attend a
World Jamboree while even wealthy Scouts from poorer nations are subsidized.
Would it not be better to subsidize from all nations based on individual
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