Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: donations (long)
Re: donations (long)
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 00:39:03 -0600
You asked a very good question with regard to Friends of Scouting (FOS) funding:
>However, how does it
>pay for training or activities, when all of those things have to be self
>funded? If we are talking about professional training, fine, but if that is
>the case, let's say so. I don't know of a volunteer training event that is
>paid for with FOS monies. Quite the contrary, most volunteer training
>events and activities turn out to be council money makers.
Let's disassemble a common Scouting training event: the basic training course.
First, we have to find a place to host the training event. In most
Districts, the same location that hosts our Roundtables, Huddles and
Leaders' Exchange meetings (the latter is a new term and it applied to
Exploring and my understanding it will be used for Venturing as their term
for their version of a "roundtable meeting") hosts the basic training
course. Let's say it is.
So, First Baptist Church of Warsaw, Kentucky, is the site for the
Scoutmaster Fundamentals course. Because the event is being held on a
weekend, the church asks the Council to pay for its electricity, heat and
for the janitor, Mr. Sparks, to be there. Good thing we didn't ask for the
kitchen, because it would be $40 more.
Some Districts divide this up between the participants....making them pay
$10 to $12 for it and the other items to come from the training event.
Other Districts "suck it up" and the professional pays for it (and hopes
that a month, two or three from now, the expense check will give it back.
The next thing are the training materials itself. The Council purchases a
set of the BSA's training materials, all videotapes and other training aids
used to produce those training courses. The Council does NOT get them for
free!! Within each month's "Council Pouch" there is an order form which is
normally given to the Council's staff member in charge of training. That
person, with a little guidance from the Scout Executive, completes the form,
makes arrangements to get the check, and sends it all off to National. Once
the materials arrive, the volunteers make a mad dash to the Council office
to make sure that their District doesn't get left out of the materials AND
more importantly, to get copies of the paper scripts and make additional
copies for the other members of the training team.
Some Councils only request ONE copy of the videotapes and other items from
National, and do a "project sale" with a business to get them to either
underwrite the cost of getting the videotapes professionally duplicated or
to have the firm to do the duplication themselves.
The next thing are the trainers involved. Of course, they should be trained
beforehand, and that's normally done at a Council-level introduction to the
new course taught by members of the Council's Training Committee and with
the assistance of several professionals. Again, the location of the
facility and the materials used all have come from somewhere, and it's the
Council that foots the bill for most of those fees, and the participants are
paying for the food and some paper products.
Finally, there's the recognition pieces.....each trained Scouter should
receive a TRAINED strip and other items from the Council. Those strips are
costly....$1.10 a piece now. Some Districts make the Scouter "pay for it"
by including it in the fees for attending the course; many Districts again
don't ask the volunteer to pay for the training except for food and that
money comes from again....the District's part of the Council's budget which
is funded through Sustaining Members (Friends of Scouting).
Multiply that by several districts, and you get a sizable amount of money,
normally taking up about seven to sixteen percent of a typical Council's
"Wait a minute! I've just figured this up in my head and it doesn't even
come CLOSE to several thousand dollars...maybe several HUNDRED dollars!!"
Your're right. Basic Scout leaders' training maybe takes up six hundred
dollars a year in a five-district Council. But have you considered the
OTHER training that goes on in a typical Council on a yearly basis?? We train:
*Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leaders, and Venturing leaders
(youth and adult) --sometimes two or three times a year??
*Commissioners and District-level volunteers
*camp staff (both short term and long term camp) and Campmasters (used in
some Councils as a stopgap for small professional staffs which would
normally open and close and explain camping facilities to Scouting and other
units using the camping facilities on other than summer camp basis)
Additionally, Councils have to PAY NATIONAL a set amount of money to send
people to or to hold their places for:
*National Camping School (for the Boy Scout as well as Cub Scout camps)
*Philmont volunteer training courses
And Councils have to pay the serving Region a set amount for managing events
*Area or Regional Venturing activities or events
*Section or Area Order of the Arrow Conclaves
*Regional Scoutmaster conferences
And don't forget Wood Badge (and in some Councils, Scouterversity and/or
Finally, Councils have to pay for professionals to attend ongoing training
and coaching courses, starting with the Professional Executive Institute
(PEI) and going onward to other professional training and coaching events.
In many cases, these events are "train-the-trainer" type events which
eventually the professional returns, passes the materials off to his or her
volunteer counterparts and coaches them as they perform that same training
in the Council or within their District.
We do ask our fellow volunteers and professionals to "pay their way" to
these things, but the materials, facilities and in some cases food, have to
come from a central budget as well as recognition and faciliation items.
Those things all come from the Council's annual budget which they get in a
large part from those contributing to Friends of Scouting /Sustaining
Hope that all helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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