Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Donations, last note
Re: Donations, last note
Jim Miller Jr.
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 14:55:30 -0500
Having read Joel's most recent note, I can't help but think that the
point has been missed in its entirety.
No Scout should be getting a "free lunch" in the Troop program. That's
not what we're supposed to be teaching them. Unit fundraising should be
carried out by Unit members - specifically, YOUTH unit members. We're
supposed to be teaching them the value of paying one's own way.
Those people who wish to support Scouting may do so through local
Councils or National.
Those people who wish to support Scouts have more options including, but
not limited to, private foundations providing camperships, Council
campership funds, and especially Pack/Troop/Team/Crew/Ship fundraising
activities where all donors are expected to receive something of true
value in return for their support.
Whether it's serving as a cook or waiter at the Troop Pancake Breakfast,
placing American flags in people's yards as part of a Troop Holiday Flag
service, or selling popcorn to friends and neighbors, Scouts should be
expected to pay their own way through their own efforts.
My Troop has accepted cash donations from organizations, but ONLY when
we have provided some kind of service in return for those donations.
Just last week members of Troop 5 served as waiters at a holiday party
the local UNICO chapter runs for handicapped children. UNICO may make a
donation to our Troop in return, but the Scouts EARNED that donation
through their efforts.
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Vice Chairman - Venturing, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA