scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Active equals paying dues
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU
Thu May 18 2000 - 09:09:36 CDT
Hi Roman, L-ers,
The concept of "dues" is perhaps not practiced in most troops if you mean
that a scout brings X amount of money each week. That used to be the case
many moons ago....like when I was a lad. (sigh) This practice has, in most
troops, been replaced by a "troop fee" that is due at rechartering. I
believe the general practice is that $7 of the fee goes for registration $X
goes for Boy's Life and then it gets fuzzy and different for each troop.
Our OA scouts pay their Lodge dues at that time, etc. Our troop fees are
$50 per year. We have few fundraisers as we just feel that the boys are
hit up all the time for candy bar sales, light bulb sales, etc by other
school and sports groups. Our parents seem to appreciate the fact that
their boys don't have to do a lot of fundraising events for the troop. We
do sell holiday-season wreaths and trashbags. This money goes into scout
accounts for the most part.
Roman, I guess I don't understand the concept of charging for campouts
however. Why do you do this? Is it for transportation? I assume your
scouts plan and pay for their own food through their patrol quartermaster,
right? I mean, that's the patrol method at its foundation.
And yes, it DOES cost us to run a meeting in lots of ways. For instance,
our troop pays all the utilities....gas, water, sewer, electricity for our
scout cabin. We also pay for equipment....tents, stoves, etc. We also pay
for the troop flag, American flag, cleaning supplies, toilet paper,
etc....all things that it takes to run a meeting.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that each troop is different with a
different set of financial needs and practices.
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
Jim Peterson (of the Kansas variety)
ADC, Pelathe District
Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
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