Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Subsidizing Other Countries
Re: Subsidizing Other Countries
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 10:08:46 EDT
In a message dated 98-10-05, Phil Hammon writes:
<< Among his souvenirs is a Ugandan
Scout Uniform. It consists of a Medium Quality T-Shirt. >>
We realize there are many less economically stable countries out there, many
of whom will be attending the World Jamboree. The point that was being made
is that the person who traded away that Ugandan t-shirt uniform would probably
be the exceptional Ugandan Scout who could afford the complete uniform (had
there been one) in the first place.
Look at this whole thing from a 17 year old's point of view: Sure, it's nice
to help the world. But it doesn't feel so great when it precludes you from
participating. If you don't think the higher fee structure does this, you
need to spend more time talking with more families.
What we need is a study of the average family income for Scouts attending the
WJs and compare those numbers to the average Scouts back home. I would not be
surprised if the vast majority of those attending were much better off than
their brethren back home. They are the financially elite, and that is what
some of us are arguing against.