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  • #31
    Originally posted by boomerscout View Post
    We don't sell BSA popcorn because it is contra to #5: "All commercial products must sell on their own merits, not the benefit received by the Boy Scouts. The principle of value received is critical in choosing what to sell".

    This. At least when it was sold in the decorative tins it made for some nice gifts. But the quality is poor and the prices are too high. Camp cards, OTOH, are great -- they are easy to sell (no need to wait for product to deliver), a good value to the buyer and make a nice profit. We're supposed to be teaching the boys something, right? Thrifty & Trustworthy are a lot easier to explain when selling camp cards than popcorn.

    Our TC is also looking at running a merit badge clinic in the fall. With much of the space donated by our CO and time donated by our parents, we're thinking we could raise some money there as well.

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    • #32
      You may be able to get away with it but it is frowned upon by National. See GTA 2013. 7.0.4.10 Charging Fees for Merit Badge Opportunities Council, district, and multiunit merit badge fairs have become increasingly popular over the past several years. While they provide a service to our Scouts, they should not be presented as fundraisers. There are many other methods available to raise the funds necessary to operate the Scouting programs at any level. Although charging fees for merit badge fairs, clinics, or similar events is not prohibited, any fees charged should be limited to recovering the costs related to presenting the opportunity. Local councils and districts may also include in the fee a reasonable contribution to the council’s overhead and administrative costs. Using merit badge events as fundraisers, however, is discouraged, and councils may exercise their authority not to approve them.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by dfscott View Post


        we're thinking we could raise some money there as well.
        Promote the clinic as a freebie except for the cost of supplies. That way many more Scouts will show up. Announce that refreshments & fried chicken will be available. Sales of soda pop, water, iced tea, snacks, luncheon entree should bring in the money.

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        • #34
          [QUOTE=King Ding Dong;n413636. There are many other methods available to raise the funds necessary to operate the Scouting programs at any level.. Local councils and districts may also include in the fee a reasonable contribution to the council’s overhead and administrative costs..[/QUOTE]
          Whoa! Troops can't include a reasonable fee to cover their overhead and salaries, but council can? There are many other methods available that council can use to raise the funds necessary to operate the Scouting programs at any level

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          • #35
            We are still doing it, but only on a minimal level. Working on developing other directions and may opt out all together going forward.

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            • #36
              Boomer, your troop pays salaries?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by King Ding Dong View Post
                Boomer, your troop pays salaries?
                well, we'd probably like to. Would make reimbursing for gas and tire wear a lot easier. We do have overhead

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