Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Subsidizing Other Countries
Subsidizing Other Countries
Roman J. Smith
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 07:06:36 -0500
Robert Gerhard wrote:
>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
>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.
O.K. I may be a real fly in the oinment here, but I have real thick skin an
it a quite fire resisant too.
I have very few scouts who were able to go to the National Jamboree because
they were not able to afford it. I have some scouts who are not able to
afford Philmont, even with camperships and fund raisers. (We are still
scrambling to get a few more to go with what funds we can add for them.)
We have no one who can afford the Word Jamboree. So what? Its no big
deal. There are other things we can do as a troop and probably have just
as much fun.
I see no where in scouting where it says that we must provide a chance to
get any scout to a Word Jamboree. If some scouts can afford to go, and
want to spend that time there...GREAT! I hope they get a chance to go. If
a scout has only $1,000 and can not go, then why not put those funds and
time at one of the high adventure camp where he will be phyicaly challanged
and maybe learn more about himself that he would swapping foreign uniforms.
What we should be doing is sitting down, looking at our program options by
troop an by boy, figuring out what the best program is available and
working within our means. Not every scout will be able to go to World
Jamboree, National Jamboree, one of the BSA high adventure bases, or even
make next week's campout.
If we put our energies into figuring our what we CAN do, and stop whinning
about what we miss, we may be able to make up for missed oprotunities that
we can not get to. (I am not accusing any one person of whinning on this
issue, it is just a statment on some of the general direction of threads
like this one.)
It would be great if every BSA member could go to Chile. But that would
not be good for the Jamboree to have all the U.S. overrunning their
program. If one boy really want to go, and can not afford it, try troop
fund raisers to send that one boy. (If a troop can raise $3,000 to send
the troop to Philmont, they can raise $3,000 to send one of their numbers
Lets move from the "we can not do this" stage and go to the setting our
priorities and goals mode. Then we can do whatever we want. And I
susspect that the World Jamboree will not be a high priority for most
troops and scouts.
Roman J. Smith
University of Notre Dame
(219)631-4624 Fax: (219)631-8223
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 505
-I used to be an Owl
Committee Member, Ship 505