Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: donations (long)
Re: donations (long)
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 07:33:05 -0600
The F.O.S. campaign solicits the community on behalf of the Scouts. It
pays for camps, professional payroll, council service center, training,
That money goes to the council. The council is made up of thousands of
boys and leaders. I'm a member of my council as is every boy in my troop.
That money is working for all of us at the council level.
The money our troop needs for equipment and activities is earned through
fundraising at the unit level. Fortunately our fundraising has provided
enough money to purchase needed equipment and finance the program the boys
have chosen. It's been hard work.
I believe fundraising is part of delivering a Scouting program to boys.
One of Scouting's primary aims is to foster citizenship. Part of
citizenship involves paying your own way. Another part of citizenship is
involvement in the community.
Our food booths, spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts involve the
community. We earn money while bringing people into contact with our
Scouts, it helps build a bridge between the community and our troop.
People see where the money is going, it's going to the boys. The boys are
right there working hard.
Someone mentioned wanting a level playing field with the council in
terms of soliciting donations directly from businesses and individuals.
Personally, I don't need or want a level field. Level fields are too easy
to walk across, they're not much good for building character (another of
our aims). I'd rather climb mountains. It's hard work, it requires
teamwork, it builds comradarie, and it feels awfully good when you finally
get to the top. I'd rather have that for my boys.
Financing the boys' dreams needn't be easy. It's part of the program. We
try to make it part of the experience of being a Scout. Earning their own
way through hard honest work.
When fundraising becomes a phone call or a hand out at the unit level,
then I believe we've lost an important component of the Scouting program.
We need to pitch in to help the district make it's F.O.S. goals so the
council can afford to operate all those things we take for granted.
We need to work with our Scouts to earn the funds we need for our troop.
It doesn't have to be easy. It just has to be honestly earned.
I think proper fundraising can teach a boy a lot about character and
citizenship. After all, that's what Scouting is supposed to be about.
Scoutmaster Troop 33