scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: FOS vs. Scout Program
Scott Patterson (scottpat@NETDOOR.COM
Sun Apr 23 2000 - 16:14:16 CDT
I have held out as long as I can on the FOS subject.
Four years ago my wife and I stopped giving to FOS. Our reasons for
stopping are personal, but had to do with disclosure of how our council was
spending money and the lack of money being put back into the scouting
program, mostly our councils once beautiful camp. We now give our former
FOS donation of $1000 in the way of uniforms and equipment to needy scouts
and troops. Does this bother me that I am not supporting our council, NO not
on bit! I am able to see my donation at work in the 25 scouts and 5 troops
that we have helped over the past four years.
My feelings about FOS have been reinforced this past few months. Over my
years in scouting I have made many life long friends across the country and
several are professional scouters. This past January several of us were
able to meet and had a mini reunion while I attended a convention. Out of
the 13 scouters 5 were professionals. The question of FOS came up and I was
surprised by what all 5 professionals said about how much time they are to
spend on Fundraising, Starting new Units and FOS verses how much time they
are allowed to spend on the scouting program 4 of the 5 said they must spend
85% of their time to increasing the revenues in their district and 15% on
program, the other one said that she spends about 95% of her time
increasing revenues and about 5 % on program.
All 5 have been professional scouters over 5 years and 2 have been in for
20+ years, and all are form different councils and states!!
Why can't the BSA separate the Program from the Fundraising. Have some
professionals that do nothing but fundraising and some that do nothing but
the scouting program. Some persons are better at fundraising and some are
better at working with the units and scouts! I know that they say this will
increase the payroll but I don't think that is true. It would require a
different attitude and thinking in the way of many Council Executives. You
would need to shift the duties of the DE's or Directors, but it could be
Wishful Thinking on this Glories Easter Day!