Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Refunds for Scouts leaving troop
Re: Refunds for Scouts leaving troop
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 10:26:00 -0500
If the $2 contributions were directly to his account, then they should be
refunded. If they were part of the dues, then they should not be refunded.
However, the popcorn earnings put the troop in a very awkward position. If
the troop doesn't have the money, how can you have individual accounts for
the boys? What about all the other boys' accounts? If you indicate to
the boys that they have accounts, the funds must be there. As for
refunding, it would depend on what the actual policy has been. It appears
that there is no policy on those leaving, so you are left to negotiate.
New policy can't dictate the past. You really have 2 issues with the
popcorn funds - the status of the individual accounts and how to handle
the account of someone leaving. Good luck!
On Fri, 18 Jun 1999, Sarah Nunez wrote:
> 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?
> Sarah Nunez