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I've already donated over 300 (leatherworking) stamps to the 4 sets of Day Camp (for our Council in Las Vegas, NV) tools and have another 300 that will be going to our Summer camp and Girl Scout set that I am putting together. I am documenting my progress in putting the leather tool sets together and will be able to provide information about what works and what doesn't in order to help other councils do the same. Of note to all the Scouters out there willing to donate leather tools and stamps. I especially need the following: All 2d/3d stamps & sets, even if incomplete All sizes of 2d/3d Stamps 1", 3/4", 5/8", 1/2". 3/8" & 1/4" Any 2d/3d stamps in the number range 8500 to 8549, especially the Jewish and other religious symbols. All Scout stamps 13 sets of the Cub Scout Stamps (8532, 8445, 8442, 8441, 8443, 8444, 8440 & some have no number) 17 sets of the Boy Scout Stamps (Craftool 8508, 8543, Some have no number) 7 sets of the OA Stamps (8508, 8545 & 8411) 6 sets of the Wood Badge (8544, 8412, 8413, 8414, 8415, 8416, 8417, 8148, 8419 & ?) 7 sets of the Girl Scout Stamps (Craftool 8483, 8484, 8485 & 8486) Yes I'm working with Girl Scouts also. Alphabet and number sets, even if incomplete 3/4" & 1/2" Standard Alphabet 3/4" & 1/2" Numbers 3/4" & 1/2" Wood Alphabet 3/8" Fancy Alphabet 3/8" Fancy Number Set Any other sets that the kids would like Swivel Knives and Blades Poundo boards All Handle Stamps and Stamp Sets Tool handles for 3d stamps 500 - Large Handles 1200 - Small Handles (These are being glued to the smaller stamps so they don't get lost as easily) Mallets 182 - Wooden Mallets 130 - Plastic or Rawhide Mallets 48 - Number 2 or 3 Edge Bevelers Please PM me if you can donate leather tools and stamps. . (ed - RS) Thanks for you assistance. Dale
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.