Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Friends of Scouting
Re: Friends of Scouting
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 08:16:31 -0500
> $80.00 to keep a boy in Scouting
> for one year. can you tell me how Council arrived at this number?
Bob, I'm sure your council arrived at this figure the same way
my council arrived at a figure of $85 per Scout per year: Take the
total council budget for a year and divide it by the number of
registered youth. Seems fair and straight forward to me.
Now some may question the need for spending so much or may ask the
council to justify such a large annual budget. I'd have 2 kinds of
First, the council has professional staff salaries, an office and overhead.
Regardless of your opinion of the value of some of the District Executives
and such, we need the staff to handle registrations, recharter, summer
camp sign up, to get forms, questions answered, and hundreds of little
tasks done every day. They are a resource that I and many of my fellow
Scouters use a LOT. Who else is going to maintain a file of your advancement
records so you can go and research all of the Eagles form your troop?
(not all of your troop's past Advancement Chairmen have kept as good a
record as you are now keeping ;-). Then there's the printing, copying,
mailing, and registration support the council staff helps with for
jamborees, Cub Basic training, Boy Scout leader training, Wood Badge,
University of Scouting, White Stag, Voyageur training, Pow Wow, O.W.L.
training, and on and on and on. Finally, my council has SIX camps. Summer
camp fees only covers the staff and food for the week you are there. But
the camps are open year round. The camps and facilities also need to
be maintained and upgraded and there needs to be a ranger or caretaker
at each camp. And all of that is where your $80 per Scout goes to.
My second point on FOS is that BSA keeps the registration low ($7) so
as not to deny Scouting to anyone for financial reasons. But $7 does not
begin to cover the true cost of Scouting. So if you are in the financial
position to pay your son's true cost for the year - then please do so
a tax deductible donation through Friends of Scouting. And knowing
that everyone must make choices, there are families that will not be able
to pay the full cost of Scouting for their son. So, if you are in a position
to pay more than your full share, that would be greatly appreciated.
Peter Murphy, SM T125, Crossroads of America Council