scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Volunteer Pay
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Apr 17 1993 - 16:25:11 CDT
Mark Blakemore wrote and asked:
>I just heard that there are some volunteers getting paid for such things as
>directing a Cub Scout Day Camp? Is this prevalent throughout the country,
>except here in South Texas? Is it a good or bad idea? Was it worth the
>money? Do you call them Sir?
First, it's not worth the money; those volunteers directing a Cub Scout Day
Camp receives at the most $100 per week for the three to five week Cub Scout
Day Camp period. Second, you call them "whatever they wish to be addressed."
Seriously, Mark, some LARGER Councils have been and are currently paying the
Day Camp Director and Program Director a small stipend for their
participation, planning, coordinating and conducting Day Camps on a Council
or District basis. They have to agree to conduct X number of Day Camps
throughout the Council or District area, have to agree to support X number
of volunteers whom will work the Camp, and of course, agree to have the Day
Camp inspected and all of the other items which are the responsibility of
the local Council before it opens and again while the camp is in operation.
Those larger Councils are turning to paying the stipends, mainly because
they are finding it hard to get a set of volunteers to do the work needed
AND take the time off from work or home without a significant loss of
income. While $100 a week won't match up to the loss of several hundred
dollars a week, it can do wonders for a family.
Those people are considered "employees of the local Council" and are
required to in many cases, pay for insurance and federal and other taxes
(none in Texas, right?) in consideration of receiving the payments...and of
course, like all employees, must pass whatever Council employment policies
and checks required of all other employees.
Is this a good thing?? In my opinion, while its a good thing on a short term
basis, it is NOT a good thing on a long term basis. The Council should be
working with the employers of those volunteers wishing to serve as Camp
Directors and convince them that it is their best interest as a community
leader or member to keep them on the payroll and pay them a percentage of
their regular salary (or their full salary) in recognition of their desire
to serve the entire community as an employee of THEIR FIRM (and to allow
them to wear identifying items connecting them to their employer whenever
possible during their week of camp.....and to allow the firm to place a card
or other item informing the public that they think highly of Cub Scout Day
Camp AND their employees).
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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