Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Raffles
Bob & Lorrie Dewar
Thu, 10 Jun 1999 08:01:31 -0500
Debbie and the rest of the list;
All the info needed is right on the back of the Unit Money Earning
Application, my copy is #34427 1994 printing. This information is in the
form of 10 "guides" or questions along with an explanation for each one,
with the object being to answer "YES" to each one to show likely
conformation of Scouting ideals for the fundraising activity. The points
that cover the question of raffles are as follows:
#3-"Does your plan comply with local ordinances; is it free from any
association with gambling; and is it consistent with the ideals and purposes
of the boy Scouts of America?
Money raising projects that include the sale of raffle tickets are in
violation of this policy.
This question can be answered only in terms of specific proposals. If there
is any question of its suitability, contact your local council service
center for assistance."
#6-"Even when sales are confined to parents and friends, will they get their
money's worth from any product they purchase, function they attend, or
services they recieve from your unit?
Here again is the principle of value recieved - a sale standing on its own
merit - so that the recipients are not in any way subsidizing either
Scouting or the member. Youth members must learn to pay their own way and to
honestly earn the money to do it. You cannot permit anyone to use the good
name of Scouting to sell a product."
One of the things that BSA wants for any fundraiser is that when a person
pays his/her $ that they recieve compensation back for it, whether it be a
pancake breakfast, tin of popcorn, or entertainment at a Scout show. when a
raffle ticket is sold, it is sold with the understanding that not everyone
will recieve something of value for the $ spent. Same as when a lottery
ticket is purchased where only a few will win while most just get to tear up
their ticket later because they did not recieve anything of value for the
UC, The Fox
From: Debbie S. <debscout@UTM.NET>
>I've been in scouting for long enough to know that raffles are not
>encouraged nor are they endorsed by BSA, but could those in the know
>please tell the list where exactly (in BSA literature) it tells you
>about the do's and don't's of raffling at scouting activities? Thanks