Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Refunds for Scouts leaving troop
Refunds for Scouts leaving troop
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 09:06:33 -0500
We have a Scout who is leaving our troop, and his father is asking for a
refund of his troop account. Up til now, our troop policy on boys'
accounts was intended to direct that they use it for troop functions,
but it wasn't really clear. In this particular case, the boy had
contributed $28 in $2 increments along with weekly dues, and he'd earned
about $250-275 selling popcorn. Unfortunately, the troop doesn't have
that much money to give him right now. Furthermore, his father had paid
for the rental of a trailer for one of the troop outings last year, and
he also paid for prizes for the top popcorn sellers, not only for the
troop but also for our CO's pack as well. He repeatedly refused offers
from the troop and pack for reimbursement, but now he's bringing this
issue up as a guilt trip. To cap it off, he's on the board of our CO,
although I don't think he could initiate a sucessful effort to disband
the troop or anything similar (nearly everyone on the board has one or
more sons in either the troop or the pack or both).
I'm inclined to let the boy have the $28 he contributed, but insist that
troop fundraisers are only for troop functions, even though we credit
them to the boys' accounts. Others on the troop committee say we
shouldn't refund anything, and still others say that perhaps we should
eat this one and call it a learning experience. We have since done away
with the $2 weekly contribution to troop accounts, and in the future all
monies in the boys' accounts can be used *only* for activities with
*our* troop. If they leave the troop, they forfeit the account.
What would you do in our shoes?