Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Contingency Funding of District Events
Re: Contingency Funding of District Events
Sun, 2 May 1999 08:57:35 -0400
Robert Wright wrote:
> Face it, sooner or later, an event isn't going to make it, financially.
> The contingency funds, used correctly, enable the Council to pay off
> the oustanding bills & prevent our suppliers & service providers from
> getting burned.
> Is 15% enough? Is 20% too much? Beats me!
> But, recent postings mentioned overpriced meals & other deceptive
> practices, sometimes in addition to the fee. In the words of Gomer
> Pyle- "For shame, for shame" on Councils that try to make money off of
> their volunteers and Scouts
Councils making money off their volunteers and Scouts? Standard practice
but where does that money go? Back to their volunteers and Scouts. So long
as it is used wisely, it is a practice that works for everyone. The real
danger in this practice is pricing events out of the acceptable price range
so that you prevent Scouts from participating due to their parents inability
to afford the cost. Viewing the posts on this subject, one would get the
impression that there are a number of councils that have gotten greedy and
are dipping much to deeply into the well. As in every subject we can
discuss on this list, the bottom line is the boys and does this practice
serve in the best interest of the boys.
A Bodacious Bobwhite and an ole Eagle too!