Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Registration fee
Re: Registration fee
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 06:52:05 -0400
>> but I'm afraid we'll run-off boys/parents with limited incomes.
>I know of a number of packs that charge an activity fee <snip>
We charge $35, as do most of the Packs in our area...
>If you do have scholarship money, make sure that the parents
>understand that you will give assistance if possible if they
>can not pay the fee but I would not tell them how much is
>available in order to safe guard against free loading.
I firmly believe that no boy should be turned away from Scouting simply because
money. Remember, your registration isn't the only place that parents will fork
There are uniforms, Den dues, etc. What I do with my parents that are in a
crunch is to offer them a variety of options, depending on what their situation
* Create a payment program for the parent
* Allow a parent to pay only the insurance and BSA portion ($13 if I remember
* Waive the registration entirely
BUT, in return for our understanding, I'll ask for:
* A commitment to sell a certain amount of popcorn/perform fund raising, etc.
* Volunteer time on a committee, as a leader, running an event, etc.
So you may end up eating some cash on the front, but you end up with a parent
who is committed to the Pack. You need to approach this on a case-by-case
basis, since some may be looking for the free ride. And I did have to tell a
that their son couldn't participate anymore because they hadn't kept up with
their side of the bargain. However, I've had several others that did hold up
end of the deal and are active members of our Pack. They might not have
gotten past day one otherwise.
As for uniforms, ask your parents to donate their 'outgrown' uniforms to the
Look at Goodwill (or similar) or check with your DE to see if there's a
shop nearby. We've even gone to garage sales and bought shirts for as little as
for the Pack to use.
Be creative and understanding, but most of all be discrete. Most on this list
probably comfortable (I say that since internet access is a luxury for most)
I grew up poor and my parents and I did everything to hide it. Don't make it a
hand out, make it an alternative for those with limited incomes.
Cubmaster, Pack 307