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About vtcchokie92

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    Boy Scouts, Reading, Computers/IT, Camping, Sports
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    Eagle Scout, OA Brotherhood Member, Former Cub Scout Leader, Current Boy Scout Leader

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  1. Thanks for the well laid out discussion. Let me be clear - we do not have separate accounts for each Scout - it is tracked on a Spreadsheet, and includes our Fair Share payments (annual dues), Recharter fees, summer camp, etc. This helps us track which Scouts have paid, which ones may need some assistance from a Benevolence fund within our Troop budget, etc. As I said, it is in our Charter from 2012 that all new Scouts (and parents) have to read and sign when joining, so they understand the rules. Also, our Fair Share is determined using a budget based on historical expenditures for advancements, fees for Camping, Swim tests, etc. and does not take into account fundraising projections. That would be wishful thinking not a budget and with our Troop's low fundraising ceiling, it would hurt the program overall. We want to make sure we are obeying the rules while making sure that we keep the Troop running. With the COVID craziness this year, our annual dues have been harder to collect (timing and availability of funds for some parents), so we need to pay attention to where our funds are going down to the penny. Having a Philmont trip on the horizon for next year has raised questions on what the ISA funds can and cannot be used for. As was stated above, everyone gives you their own interpretation of the rules and what the money can be used for. It is good to have this resource to ask questions of fellow Scouters - this is nothing like what my Scoutmaster had to deal with when I was in Boy Scouts as a Scout.
  2. Thanks. Our Troop was formed before this guidance was put out so it is possible our Charter needs to be updated. We have had some Scouts sell hundreds or even a thousand or more $$s in popcorn, and we wanted to know what they can use the money for. It is a huge disincentive to take everything a Scout sells and provide it to the unit. We don't base what it costs to run our unit on any projections for fundraising, so if someone goes above and beyond, we wanted to know if that money can go to that Scout to use for their fair share dues for the year, summer camp payments, or even payments for Philmont/Sea Base/Northern Tier/Bechtel.
  3. What is the latest guidance on Individual Scout Accounts and where can I find it? Everything I see in the forums disappears after about 2014, with little new discussions. This was part of our unit charter and as our relatively new Troop (5-10 years old) is preparing for our first forays into a High Adventure Camp next summer, we have had a lot of questions on the monies earned by high selling Scouts and what they can be used for with regards to a High Adventure trip. I know it can't go toward personal gear, but what other restrictions are there? Thanks
  4. @Midwest Scouter, wow that seems a bit excessive. Up until this point, our Council has not charged an additional fee for individual Scouts. Our Troop has a Fair Share Payment due each year that covers the costs of running the Troop (camping fees, advancements, etc.) and for any Scouts that have financial hardships we always have volunteers willing to help them with their yearly dues. $180 or so is what the FOS usually quotes (or close to that) as the average cost to support one Scout throughout the year.
  5. @Eagledad, at least in our District, recharter for all the Packs and Troops occurs in the November timeframe and we usually finish out the payment and paperwork around the Thanksgiving weekend - just before or just after. I just assumed (bad thing to do, I know) that was the standard across the US.
  6. So why are the fees going into effect in August vice when units recharter at the end of the year? If a new Scout joins in September of 2020, would the pro-rated fees be based off the $60 or the $66?
  7. Thanks, @MattR. One of my fellow Scouters in the Troop pointed me to this forum site, especially after the National Meeting information started coming out. Short term concerns of our summer camp still on or not pale in comparison to what we could face in a couple of years.
  8. Maybe I missed it in this thread, but have the fees for 2021 been set yet? Rumors show that we will have additional increases in 2021 from what we had this past year.
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