scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Requirement fpr Fundraising?
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 07:48:39 CST
>"All scouts are required to participate in fundraising."
>I remain curious - can a Unit actually require a Scout or his family to
>participate in a fundraising project? Is it actually within BSA
>Guidelines to require a family to commit to an amount of, lets say,
>$50.00 worth of Popcorn? I thought there was some rule about not having
>a fundraising goal become punitive? Am I wrong? Or could a Unit,
>District or Council essentially say "each Scout must sell $50.00 worth
>of Popcorn - or the family picks up the difference"?
In our troop, boy are "required" to participate in fundraising, or they do
not reap the benefits of that fundraiser. Parents are told this in advance.
Now, in the case of a fundraiser specifically for equipment, this is not the
case. We do not say, for example, that a boy can't use a troop tent because
he didn't sell any pizza. But if the majority of a patrol does not
participate, then that patrol does not get any new equipment.
If the point of the fundraiser is to help raise money for camp, we set a
minimum amount that each boy must sell in order to be eligible for a troop
campership. We also set goals on the other end: if a boy sells more than,
say, 50 pizzas, his entire camp is paid for, for example.
The short answer is, yes, we do require participation. We don't say how it
must come. Some parents would rather write the check for camp than mess
with fundraising. That doesn't bother me one bit.