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Everything posted by boomerscout

  1. Sometimes it's car camping or no camping if it's hard to get volunteer Scouters willing to hike.
  2. As a courtesy, and to be ethical, you should also have a full discussion with your chartering organization. Don't leave them out there twisting in the wind.
  3. 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".
  4. First, you'll need to make sure insurance covers non-Scout groups enmeshed into Scouting activities. Many Council camps make available their facilities when Scout camp is not in session. The only problem I foresee is the "outsiders" won't understand or practice the Scout Laws, leave no trace camping, or being helpful to others. They may even taint the Scouts by having IYAs (individual youth accounts).
  5. it would be better just to hand back the original check. That way actual ISA money hasn't entered his checking account
  6. Problem here is that Council is not legally responsible for you, your chartering organization is. They are the ones you should have asked if they don't mind you skirting the law National has taken a position. It is in their "Product Sales Guide" (which is different from their "Product sales Manual).
  7. That we are selling popcorn means the work hours at Cousin Willie's are being reduced because we have cut into their sales
  8. Hmmm, the troop as parasite; interesting model. If every Scout had their own micro-business, no-one would need camperships. What does planning backpacking trips have to do with Philmont The backpacking does show leadership and character. That should not imply he somehow deserves a reward (trip to Philmont) for same.
  9. If this lawn service company can't do a better job than some kid with a mower, they need to find another line of endeavor
  10. I like worksheets because they help keep some flighty minds organized. Downloading the ones from USScouts will only cost the print per sheet charge
  11. No, no prohibition. For example, many for profit riding stables "offer" horsemanship mb, U.S.Naval Academy offers STEM merit badges through its NESA chapter, many zoos handle the reptile...mb/
  12. I suppose you pack them next to the emergency water canteen condoms?
  13. You don't carry your Scout Handbook or Field Manual with you? Horrors!
  14. KDD: You could have the committee member read BSA's "Product Sales Guide". It's online; it's a short, quick read
  15. If an ISA represents cash that be drawn upon, especially if it can be transferred to other units, then it doesn't matter how good the treasurer is. These funds need to be kept in a separate bank account separate from the unit's bank account. The principle of commingling is as follows: "Trustees, guardians or lawyers holding client funds have a duty not to commingle those funds with their own, since commingling is generally prohibited as a conflict of interest. Use of commingled funds for an investment, even though it might benefit both the trustee and the beneficiary, is still improper.
  16. no, no ISA, no Christmas Club approach, no personal expense account. Now, if the troop is going to buy everyone pants, you could say the pants will cost each forty Scout spirit points. Fundraiser A is worth 4 spirit points, paperdrive B is worth 6.. you keep a running balance until the pants are "paid off", but at no time can there be a personal kitty to draw from -- I believe
  17. [quote=Scouter99;n40798 Until we get better guidance from National, what I'd say is that with some of these programs, either the council or the vendor kicks in extra commission if sales are over $X. You could maybe allocate that to boys who are outstanding sellers. But again, we can see that Johnny sold a ton, but the total sales resulting in extra commission were the result of everyone's sales added together. You simply have to separate allocation from sales. While you can't allocate any money to specific boys for oputstanding sales - that would be wages - you can award incenti
  18. Let the Scouts save their odd jobs money in their own piggybanks. That will give them a leg up on the Personal Mgmnt mb. By having them put their odd jobs moola into a troop ISA type savings account you may be acccused of commingling funds -- something you never ever want to be accused of.
  19. The IRS website has a discussion on de minimis. I inferred (I am not an attorney) that if it is under $100, and happens infrequently -- such as annual dues -- then you are OK. The IRS went on to say that incentive awards - I'm thinking local Council camp fees or parts thereof - are OK if they are not spoken of as earnings, and are presented in some kind of ceremony. As for the one paragraph from the BSA, the publication also said: "“There may be older official BSA documents that exist on the internet that reference the use of Individual Scout Accounts, this statement supersedes all
  20. Qwazse: I realize you are upset, but if BSA-national says that ISAs are not allowed, then that must mean that ISAs are not allowed. Therefore, your example of Scouts pooling their ISAs to send someone to HA/Jambo is specious because ISAs aren't supposed to exist. If some troops still engage in ISAs, that just means National has not yet yanked their charter. While the article in Forbes started with an account of an athletic booster club, it more importantly went on to talk about de minimis and private benefit. In any case, the writer does not make the policy for the BSA; what he gave ar
  21. From Scouting.org Can my unit credit amounts from fundraising to an individual toward their expenses? No. The IRS has stated that crediting fundraising amounts constitutes private benefit. However, the unit could use the funds (all or a percentage) raised to reduce or eliminate dues and various registration fees, purchase uniforms and Scouting books, and purchase camping equipment. The unit could also use its funds to provide assistance to individual Scouts in cases of financial hardship. From a CPA writing in Forbes: Fundraising funds used to pay registration fees, sum
  22. If the $2000 was left within the troop, the troop could provide its own camperships as in all the troop money being used to send the entire troop to camp. That way, more Scouts within Council could go to camp. If the HA or Philmont was promoted as primarily a training workshop to better spread the gospel then maybe no problem. We all know it's not. Both are promoted as being great fun and having a wonderful personal experience. That's private benefit. If you could get an actual letter from the IRS instead of a verbal opinion -- that would be great (Twelve miles per day at Philmon
  23. "One half year being an honorable camper. Making sure everyone's pack is in order, making sure all other tents are up before pitching your own, polishing those grills, being obsessive about litter pick-up, whipping the ends of every frayed rope, coiling every loose rope, being THE GUY scouts can go to when they can't figure out a skill, cleaning windows and mirrors during the fuel stop, being first gathering kindling to start the fire. And doing all of it with a cheerful and friendly disposition ... THAT entitles you to other boy's votes." Well, yes and no. A lot of OA is about brotherho
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