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I've got to admit that our pack plays slightly lose with the dues. Though we won't sign anyone up for summer camp or other explicit activity without receiving payment, we are flexible with re-charter.
- If a scout is attending meetings and/or involved, we recharter them. We treat dues as a separate issue.
- If they paid dues but we haven't seen them for a long time, we recharter them. They paid and that was the purpose of the money.
- Only if they don't pay dues and they are also not involved at all, then we drop them. No communication necessary as they are not communicating with us.
I'm not a collection agency. We do our best. We notify parents and maybe send a 2nd request. We deal with parents the best we can. But if parents don't bother to pay dues or pay attention, then the kid is not going to go very far. We just want him around as long as he is interested and benefitting from scouting.
Our Pack's philosophy on Due's is very similar to Fred8033. We will re-charter scouts that are active and work with their families if they have a financial hardship. In our situation, families with active scouts usually try to pay when they can.
If we must send a reminder, the letters are quick and to the point with courteous language. If the dues situation becomes seriously delinquent, then we will send a reminder that "awards" will be withheld from the scout until arrangements can be made to bring the dues current. The cost of awards are covered from Dues so we can justify this action if necessary. Fortunately, taking this type of action is rare, very rare.