Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Scout accounts
Re: Scout accounts
Ian N Ford
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 11:17:07 +0100
My experience of running a British troop is that we operated a scheme for
the kids to save for camp fees etc. and they could pay in weekly. It was NOT
the troop's money, it was just like putting it in a savings bank, only we
put it in an interest-bearing account and made a few pounds on the interest.
But the kids could withdraw THEIR money at any time FOR ANY REASON with a
note from a parent giving a week's notice. They got a cashier's cheque from
the Building Society ( savings and loan in the US which held the account.
It was a service to Scouts who wanted to pay instalments.
However, that was money the Scouts or their parents had paid in, not "
commission " on selling things.
We " discounted " fees for Scouts who came as helpers on Cub Scout camp as a
way of recognising that we valued their input. Another Pack in my British
district runs one heavily-subsidised weekend camp per year so that every kid
gets an opportunity to attend at reasonable cost. The other camps are
charged at full cost. If a boy or girl doesn't attend the subsidised camp
that was their loss, they didn't get the next one reduced. In the same group
Scouts are given "discount vouchers " for participating in fund raising,
i.e. they get a piece of paper which says " This voucher is worth five
pounds off a troop camp or activity of your choice whilst you are in the
troop. It is not transferable and there is no cash alternative. " The
principle is that the families who participate in fund raising get some
recognition whereas the " free riders " don't.
Maybe that is the solution for BSA troops ... perhaps rather than credit
money to so-called " Scout accounts " the troop could offer a " discount
voucher " for summer camp or other SPECIFIED items to Scouts who meet
certain criteria ... those criteria could include participation in fund
raising and earning $X or more, 90% attendance, whatever you decide.
Non-financial targets would emphasise that it is not just about selling
popcorn but participation in the troop's activities. As with any discount
voucher, you have to buy the product to get the discount !
ADC (Adult Training) Greenwich, London UK
District Committee Member, Mayflower District, Transatlantic Council BSA