Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Subsidizing Other Countries
Re: Subsidizing Other Countries
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 10:11:40 -0700
>My only point is that if we are going to offer
>reduced rates to World Jamborees, then there should be a needs test, so that
>subsidized rates are given to the truly needy, no matter what country they
We should subsidize poorer countries scouts, but should leave it up to their
country to go through the efforts to determine how to distribute the subsidy
amoung their own poor.
>The unintended consequences of having our fees subsidize other
>countries is that poor inner city kids from single parent homes in my
>district are unable to afford to attend, while those from the affluent
>suburbs in the same district pay without batting an eye.
Nobody prevents us from subsidizing our own poor families as well.
I didn't intend to say this originally, but after citing these two
paragraphs it became screaming at me and I'd like you to see also
what we are doing:
It didn't occur to us to do a need test and subsidize our
own, but we were asking other countries to do a needs test...
Anyway, even within my own unit, need tests are kind of difficult
to perform: I have seen poor single and working mothers being
too proud to ask for campership as well as people who own a house
(here in the Bay Area) think they deserve a campership