Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: FW: donations to units
Re: FW: donations to units
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 22:52:20 -0500
I am sort of new to this also, I have a troop that was started about a year
ago. Geographically I am on the end of the food chain from my district.
They have offered help, but usually refer me to me district which is
functional (sometimes) for roundtables and not much of anythig else. I
have heard the same story from other scoutmasters in my district. I have
not been given anything in writing and have not found anything, I am sure
it must be somewhere in all the literture that is out there. If this is a
fact then I have sinned, and intend to sin again until I am told I can not
accept donations. Council nor district did anything financially to start
our troop other than collect the registration fee, and ask for donations to
the friends of scouting. All of the equipment has been through donations
(CASH!) and some camperships have been through dontations. My local United
Way can not help me out, the money they receive has to go to council, as a
result they do not list the Boy Scouts and do not forward any donations. I
am sure some lifelong scouter or commissioner on the list can provide us
some guidance and specifics. I can understand why few people want to
volunteer and try to run a troop, the paperwork and support from both ends
(Council and Parents) can be truly disheartenening.
I hope some positive factual response comes forth.
At 06:18 PM 4/26/99 -0400, Nell Colbert wrote:
>From: Nell Colbert [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Monday, April 26, 1999 6:06 PM
>Subject: donations to units
>This is my first post to the list even though I've been "lurking" for a
>while. I've been involved in Boy Scouting for more than 17 years and
>currently serve as the Scoutmaster for one of the larger and more active
>troops in our district (40 active boys.) I've been through both Boy Scout
>and Cub Trainer Woodbadge and am serving as an SA (3rd time around) for
>this summer's Council JLTC course. I'm active on both the district and
>council level and am also helping out our brother Cub Pack as they rebuild
>I got a phone call from my daughter and son-in-law last night. They had a
>question about a donation that was made to their son's Cub Scout Pack. I
>need the collective help of the list to be able to answer their question
>because I was dumbfounded by the information they gave me. First, they live
>in Ohio - in the Columbus area. Their Cub Pack was doing a community service
>project a couple of weeks ago (I think they said they boys were doing some
>weeding, trash pick-up, etc. in a local park.) A local businessman saw the
>Cubs and their parents hard at work and sought out the Cubmaster and made a
>sizeable donation to the Pack. The Pack did not approach the business about
>a contribution - the donation was made because the businessman was
>civic-minded and realized that many of the boys in the Pack came from
>families who cannot easily afford all of activities (like day camp and
>resident camp) that scouting offers. The pack committee decided that they
>would use these unplanned for monies to offer camperships for all of the
>boys who wanted to attend day camp this summer. Now, here is the kicker -
>the Council got wind of the donation and told the pack that they pack could
>not keep the money - they pack was required to turn the entire donation over
>to the council - in fact, they were told that ALL donations (even from
>parents who wanted to contribute directly to the pack's activities) had to
>be turned over to the council!!
>Does anyone out there have experience with this kind of council policy??
>Here in Central Florida Council, units are asked to refrain from seeking
>financial contributions from local businesses because the Council does
>contact these businesses for contributions to the Council Finance campaign.
>However, if a parent makes a donation or a company makes an unsolicited
>donation to a specific unit, the unit keeps the donations. I had a very hard
>time understanding why the Ohio council would claim the donation that was
>clearly made to a specific unit.
>Thanks in advance for your answers - I'll forward them to my daughter.
>SM, Troop 631