Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Out of Council Troops must pay more?
Re: Out of Council Troops must pay more?
Richard C. Ickler
Tue, 30 Nov 1999 08:41:30 -0800
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From: "Joel Korczynski" <JoelMarc@AOL.COM>
> Why does any council charge more for the same site to an out of council
> verses an in council unit? I just had a run in with a council who wanted
> charge 150% of the normal fee just because we are out of council. Does it
> cost the camp 50% more to host my unit? If so what is it that I am paying
> extra amount for? They tell me they must charge this to cover their costs.
> What cost? No one could answer that one. Are we not all Scouts? Aren't we
The situation is analogous to why state supported colleges charge "out of
state" tuition. No, it doesn't cost more to host an out-of-Council troop
but do you honestly think the small fees that are charged cover the actual
cost of operating the camp? There are substantial costs for camp operations
(maintenance, caretakers, business management, etc.) which come out of
Council general funds rather than being paid for by camping fees. This
money is raised by local fundraising, not BSA National. If you were to
inquire, I bet your own Council has similar policies. Higher fees are often
levied to help reduce the subsidy. Admittedly, some Council's with very
popular camps also use this policy to help ensure that "out-of-Council"
camping doesn't overwhelm the local groups. Still, I think such policies
are only sensible Council management.
Long Beach Area Council (CA)