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  1. Rent-a-scout cannot be part of a troop fundraiser because then you may run afoul of child labor laws with kids under 14, as well as liability insurance problems. In my neck of the woods, each Rent-a-scout is a self-employed business man (good for several merit badges: American business, home repairs, painting, personal management, salesmanship, etc). They are all active Scouts, and are supposed to use some of the money to fund their Scout activities. They do go through an informal training session with two of our Scouters who happen to be businessmen. In this workshop they discuss pricing
  2. Hooray! No more overpriced popcorn! Now, we get to sell candy, although the amount of candy pictured will be more than $2. Seriously, the first eight fundraising tips have appeared in Scouting at least twice before and as general info articles. They work, and should be used all the time. I disagree with tip #9 on giving samples. Cut the candies in half; you want to whet their appetite -- not satisfy it. If an entire family is before you -- just give out one sample (probably to the Mom). The kids will then become your sales "helpers" nagging Dad to open the wallet so they can have
  3. It has been shown several times in the past that if you ask six different practicing IRS agents for an opinion, you will get six different answers -- none of which may help you if you are hauled in to tax court (where you are NOT innocent until proven guilty). The main problem, as I perceive it, is that if Billy sells more than Rusty, then Billy gets more money than Rusty added to his ISA. That would be a private benefit, and is illegal. Other problems are some units having funders quarterly or even monthly. They are starting to cross the line from their avowed non-profit purpose int
  4. "I wonder how many kids' parents are claiming those popcorn prizes -- especially those gift cards -- given by council as untaxed income" If the gift card is awarded and given to the Scout, then it is doubtful there is any income tax liability. Most Scouts' income is rarely even as large as the standard deduction. "But money earned from fundraisers must primarily be used in a way that benefits the entire unit, McGowan says. The nonprofit status of the BSA and of the unit’s chartered organization is at stake." -- from the article mentioned Comparing money raised by the troop with
  5. Not helping others shows a lack of Scout Spirit. No Scout Spirit, no advancement. Problem solved. Most fundraisers fail not because the Scouts don't want to do them and share, but because the Scouters have designed a really half-assed event
  6. When we clean out garages (Rent-A-Scout for our older Scouts) we frequently pick up a lot of scrap metal to sell. As for collection points for beer & soda pop cans: the personal touch works: at least say Hi, show them some pix of the last campout, etc. Some of our collection bins are next to the bins of others. Because we are PERCEIVED as being more active in the community, due to our frequent mention in the local paper (we send in the copy and accompaning pix) it is still very worthwhile for us. Going door to door in the neighborhood -- if done frequently -- also works. People see
  7. Yet, if we go to the other extreme, we have helicopter parenting. Should it be a rule of Scouting that either events are closer to home or that the troop provides the transportation?. As I think back to learning the various ranks -- many times we were taught the basics in a group, but learning and getting signed off were individual activities. No-one else could learn it for you, pass it for you, or do it for you in a camporee competition. There are other fund-raising activities besides selling stuff
  8. Stosh, I beg to differ. My community has recycling. However, people can and do separate out the aluminum cans for us
  9. Fundraising frequently involves parents -- if only to drive Junior to the gathering. Nowadays both parents may work; it's easier to just write a check methinks
  10. Is recycling sustainable? Well, it can be! Prices for scrap are cyclical; you need a place to store the stuff until buying season. Get aluminum cans at the source -- meaning there is a collection barrel placed in every large store or office complex for you to draw from. Paint something like "Support Boy Scout Troop ### by donating your empty can. Conserve Earth's resources" Once or twice a week have each patrol or den take their little red wagons up and down the neighborhood picking up the empties people will save for them if collections are without fail
  11. My boyhood Scout troop always did DIY summer camp because they felt they couldn't afford council camp. The younger Scouts always felt a bit cheated because they couldn't horseback ride every day, use the "war canoes", or work on lots of requirements. Council camps just have more stuff, and more stuff to do
  12. Don't forget that what may seem fair to you may not seem fair to someone else. (and vice-versa)
  13. That life is unfair is too much an ego-centric, self-centered view of the world. Character building proceeds when the Scout begins to understand that not every action of his will earn a reward -- even if the action is deemed necessary. So, how do you build rewards? Goal-setting and creating plans to reach those goals. Making progress a small bite at a time. The rest of the time, life is just what happens.
  14. I would not punish the Scout because of the sins of the Fathers (or Mothers). Yes, I would ask for a copy of the police report. Whether I received one or not is another matter. I would give each angry customer the Mother's name and address and phone number, and tell them she lost the money. Since this is the troop's money, could not the troop file for a police report?. Hopefully, when the investigating office then shows up at her door, with the squad car in the driveway, some of the money may be found. If the parents are totally hopeless (is this a single Mother?), then I would te
  15. For those of you operating too far from Council HQ. After you've tried camp cards for a couple of years - to gain experience on the selling end - create your own locally based card with your own local merchants. You can put the excess merchants on flyers you enclose with the card. Try hard to get the printing donated in return for a mention on the card and profuse thanks with photo in the local paper. Keep 90%. Send Council 5% as thanks for their good works
  16. Ray Jardine's book on the tarp is well worth reading. Jardine.com I think.
  17. It isn't always a question of emotional maturity. It's more a question of familiarity with the new environment. Most of these young city dudes don't know anything about firebuilding, using a compass, tying proper knots, cooking, pitching a tent and so on. If you overload anyone with tasks they can't do, they will run and hide, go catatonic or leave Scouting all together. Our NSP is adult led by some very patient Scouters (with a few guides as helpers). A Scout stays in the NSP until he earns Tenderfoot; he then joins a "real" patrol. Our patrols are frequently in flux - some by same
  18. Are there any newspapers where you live? Publicity involving children is freely available if you take the pix and write the captions and then email it to the paper. Here's troop ###, sponsored by xxx, enjoying the war canoes at Scout Camp Whatsit. Here's the Scouts of Troop ###, sponsored by xxx, helping little old ladies across the street - well, I hope you get the idea. Show Scouts camping, troop community service projects, and so on. Get your name out to the community at large rather than trying the closed shop approach. When potential applicants inquire give them your logical and
  19. We sell approx 400 trees. The lot needs to be rent free. Signs advertising the tree lot need to start a quarter mile in each direction. Always let the customer tie the tree onto the car - never you guys. Lot needs to be occupied 24/7 even if not open (travel trailer with large propane tank), else some trees will walk off. Cash box needs to be very secure - as in bolted to the table - or it may also walk off
  20. Three season tents? Those are fairly heavy, so I guess the troop in question just does car camping? No ultralight? When I was younger, my old troop had these wall tents; five to a tent was common. The problem with single occupancy tents is that the total of all the footprints may be larger than the campsite. Thus, hardly leave no trace. When canoeing with three to a canoe if you just allow two man then one Scout is always going to feel like the odd man out. Waterproof tents are generally not a good idea. You want the fabric breathable. The fly over the tent is generally the waterp
  21. [quote=qwazse;n414915 I would encourage everybody interested in this award to contact their local historical societies and ask them about good walking paths that would help their youth touch upon some great American experience. Community libraries are often rife with such references. The majority of you will probably find that the best hike for your youth will not be listed or "certified" on some national site. . Totally agree. There is a form somewhere in Scouting where a local trail can get on the "approved" list. Why would they want to do this? To get all that free labor on cons
  22. While this is a fine list of trails, it is not a list of BSA approved trails. I did find a list from 2003 at http://www.coastalcarolinabsa.org/document/historic-trails/133361 Hope it helps
  23. We haven't done first-aid kits, but Johnson & Johnson used to advertise in "Boy's Life" a whole lot on their first aid kits for fundraising. Have you tried fundraising with Camp Cards?
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