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The Venturing Crew I work with needs to fundraise as it's account is low in funds. At last weeks meeting they were discussing fundraising ideas but most required startup funds that the crew just doesn't have. The youth really like to sell Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars but they don't have enough funds to cover what is needed to do this. The only low cost idea they came up with is a Can and Bottle Drive. They have enough funds to get flyers to go door to door to pass out but are looking to do something else. Anyone have any other little or no start up cost fundraising ideas I can suggest to the youth?
I have read the topics about Fundraising for the Good of the Whole Troop and the BSA policy about this At out COH last night I was talking with our Treasurer. He read the article in Scouting magazine about ISAâ€™s and is concerned about how we conduct fundraising. The troop constantly has multiple fundraisers going, mostly of the â€œgo sell thisâ€ type. Our Treasurer wants to bring this up at the next committee meeting and knows there is going to be some upset parents. So, how do you move away from ISAâ€™s? We have scouts with accounts that have a balance that run anywhere from a negative (they owe money) to a couple of scouts who want to go to Jambo and have nearly $1000 in there account. We will have some pretty upset parents if after earning $1000 for Jambo and then finding out it was going into the troop general account for everybody. What do you do with the current funds? The other question was how do you distribute funds if you donâ€™t have ISAâ€™s? We have scouts who work just about every fundraiser and others where the parents just write a check for everything. I fully understand the idealist concept of if a Scout wants to go to Philmont or Jambo then everyone pitches in to help as this was the way we did it in my Troop as a youth but I donâ€™t see this going over with many parents today As just like moving from adult led to boy led it takes time to change a troop culture. I can see how moving to a boy led troop can be done slowly over time but I donâ€™t see how moving to not using ISA's can be done in steps.