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    • No, the money goes to support the Boy Scouts of America, which is a "non-profit" which attempts to provide a Scouting program, with varying degrees of success, depending on your local variables. There are other Scouting programs out there... "As for me and my house", we conduct a Scouting program under the auspices of, and using the materials developed by, the Boy Scouts of America.  99% of the work done to put on this program is done by the volunteers and parents of our unit.  (Maybe even more 😜 )  And there have been discussions in our Committee about moving our entire Scouting program to Trail Life USA (https://www.traillifeusa.com/), or Outdoor Service Guides (https://outdoorserviceguides.org/).  
    • Perhaps I didn't word that well. Yes, money going council's way absolutely supports Scouting. What I was trying to say was that when individual units aren't ferreting out potential sources of these funds, those funds never end up with the council OR the unit. They just get missed. Like stated in previous posts, I'm meeting both registered adult volunteers AND parents who work with these companies and they're not logging their hours.
    • You seem to think that financial support of the council does not support "Scouting."  That's concerning. BSA has lots of rules and guidelines about how units are to finance their operations, etc., and who can solicit funds from outside sources.  (Spoiler - the unit cannot solicit).  They're not perfect but they're the rules and simply circumventing them or flouting them isn't the answer IMHO.
    • Apologies, it wasn't my intention to bait. Perhaps I wasn't clear. I meant that in order to stay on the civic side of the line, we all have to self-monitor, which the GSUSA scouter may have failed to do. Political issues one is very touched by are ones one might have to consciously stay far away from the line on. For Palestinians, the Gaza situation is going to be very "hot" for natural reasons. Not a problem per se. But that means needing to figure out how to not let the fire burn when in the role of scouter.
    • Most of these programs are pretty well publicized to the employee and most of the council websites near me have a matching gifts/volunteer button with search tool for volunteers to find out if a company has one.  If your council isn't publicizing it, keep bringing it up at Roundtables and see what happens. Keep in mind some people like to keep their giving habits private, so saying they know nothing about it might be an easier way for them to say stay out of my stuff. 
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