Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Out of Council Troops must pay more?
Re: Out of Council Troops must pay more?
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 11:24:52 -0500
It's really quite simple. Most camps and reservations are subsidized by
their local Councils. The cost for summer camp programs doesn't come
close to covering the costs involved with running and maintaining these
facilities, and the salaries of the full-time staff etc. etc. And I
won't even go into the ongoing capital costs associated with buildings
The fact is, local unit members and their families are supporting these
facilities through their donations and capital improvement drives. Every
time you give to an FME or Golden Eagle banquet, capital improvemnets or
endowment drive, even your popcorn fundraisers, or whatever else your
Council may do to raise the funds necessary to underwrite Scouting in
your area, a portion of those funds go to underwrite the cost of your
camp and/or reservation.
Now, an out-of-Council unit has not contributed or invested in that
Coucil's camp or reservation infrastructure. So it is very reasonable to
expect to pay more to cover some of these costs that otherwise would be
reflected in higher fees for this type of program at any other
commercial location. This "surcharge" sould more closely reflect the
actual cost associated with the program. Each Council will evaluate this
additional charge differently. The fee differencials could be justified
on this basis alone. I'm sure other rationals for fee differences hve
their purpose as well, but this is the main reason program fees are
different for out-of-state units at most camps.
Central Florida Council (Orlando)
Troop 225 ASM, AQM; Tipsa Lodge 326;
ADC and District Training Chair;
"usta be a Beaver (SR189)....
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