Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Troop Accounts
Re: Troop Accounts
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 09:49:04 -0500
We also have individual accounts for the boys (families) though it is just a
paper accounting as there is only one checking account. I've always told
the boys and families that the money stays with the troop if they leave.
Had one dad ask about it several times when his son was quitting with
about $125 left in his account - but he was agreeable to the policy. His
son did stick around long enough to go to summer camp one more time
just to use up some of his account.
I would not be in favor of transferring accounts. Our area is pretty mobile
and there are a couple of boys who move in and out every year. We've never
considered transferring money either way. Some of the Webelos coming in
next spring are talking about getting some money from their pack and
it to which ever troop they go to. While I will not turn money away, I am
to advise the pack that they keep their money. They money that Webelos II
is to cover the Tiger Cubs and new Scouts who don't normally participate
in popcorn or other fund raisers.
One exception you should make to not transferring accounts is any money
deposited directly from the family instead of just from a group fund raiser.
We encourage Scouts to deposit personal money into their account to pay for
summer and high adventure trips.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Drew Mrenna [SMTP:dmrenna@USA.PIPELINE.COM]
> Sent: Monday, November 30, 1998 7:25 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
> Subject: Troop Accounts
> I need some wisdom from the group.
> About six boys left one unit and transferred into another. There was
> some personality conflicts within the leadership of the troop, so the
> transfer kept the boys in scouting.
> Here is the problem. Their old troop had set up "scout accounts". Each
> of these scouts had money in their accounts. They want the money to be
> transferred to their Scout Accounts in their new unit.
> The old troop is bulking at the idea. Each month the scouts ask for a
> status of their old accounts. Each side is getting upset at the other.
> The old troop has contacted the district commissioner on policy on this
> issue. For what we know, there are not local or national policies on
> scout accounts. The policy is up by the individual units and the
> chartered organization. My understanding, the old troop is afraid that
> they will be creating some kind of policy that other units would have to
> follow. They claim that other units do not transfer accounts.
> We are trying to explain to their old unit that the money was set up for
> scouting. As long as the boys remain in scouting, then the money they
> earned for scouting should follow them. It would be different if the
> boys dropped out of scouting, but they did not.
> Okay. That is the problem in a nut shell. What great wisdom do you all
> ADC, UC - National Pike District, Baltimore Area Council