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How does fundraising work in your troop?

Who organizes and runs the fundraisers?

Do you do the same things every year?

 

Our troop has not done any fundraising in several years other than popcorn.   The troop earns whatever percentage of the sales and the scout earns a percentage of that for their scout "account".  Our biggest popcorn seller Eagled and aged out.  He sold half of our total sales, most boys don't even participate, it is easier for Mom and Dad to write the big check to cover dues.

This year we raised dues and still expect to be about $500 short of our projected expenses.  A bottle drive was proposed, but no one volunteered to run it.  Someone said that it is boy lead troop, let the boys do it.  Now, I am all for paying your own way, but it is the committee's responsibility to be sure funds are available for the program, right?  I agree that the boys should participate, but the boys who will can't drive to pick up bottles at drop off locations.  Who should decide where the locations are going to be, when the drive is going to be, how everything is going to work?  Is that something the boys should plan or is that something the boys should participate in but the committee should run?  It has been suggessted that any money raised goes right into the troop treasury and individual scouts that wor on the drive get nothing in their accounts.  Mykid will be there but I don't know how many other scouts or parents will step up if they don't get a direct benefit of it especially since none of the scouts in the troop now have ever had to do any kind of real fundraising.

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My Scouts come up with their year of Scouting.  We look at it together and determine if there is anything beyond average camping / food fees.  Example:  spelunking requires rental of equipment, McDonald observatory requires entrance fee, etc.  We determine what we want to fund through fundraisers.

 

We provide that number to the committee.  The committee also budgets for equipment replacement/maintenance, COHs & summer camp.  Once it's determined what we need for the year, the number / type of fundraisers are set for the year. 

 

This year we're doing 2 - one in the fall - selling mistletoe; and one in the spring - selling camp cards.

 

We based this on the "Ideal Year of Scouting".  It's not our council, but it laid it out pretty well.

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I didn't answer all of your questions.  I apologize.

 

Different people run the fundraisers each year.

 

We did camp cards last year & will do them again this year.  This is the first year for mistletoe for this Troop.

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At the beginning of the year the boys plan their calendar and figure out how much stuff costs to make the program happen.  They they decide on whether or not they want to fundraise to cover the costs or pay out of their pocket.  They are seriously looking at no summer camp next summer because of the cost and will do a week long canoe trip of their own creation instead.

 

Whatever money is raised this year will be taken into account for next year.

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I was wondering the same thing. How involved in the planning, in a boy led troop, are the boys once the decision is made to hold a fundraiser?

I'm on our committee and a few of our ASM's have complained that our last fundraiser was not boy led, that they need to do it not the committee or parents. We hosted a bazaar, the rental fee from each vendor was the fundraiser. It did very well, but for the majority of the planning, getting vendors, renting a location, advertising etc., was done by myself and my son on occasion. The boys did participate by setting up the day before and by being there the day of selling hotdogs, craft items they made, santa pictures and helping vendors or directing traffic etc. The other fundraisers we do are car washes and Christmas tree recycling. The boys always participate but not in the detail planning of the fundraiser.

We are in the process of switching to a boy led troop and I'm curious on how others involve or not involve the boys in the process of planning.

Thanks

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My boys are not at all involved in the fundraising of the troop other than in volunteering to help with the adult's project.  The parents are totally responsible for the finances of the troop.  Either they pay for the program out of their pocket or they fundraise.  I don't care which they choose to do.  If they plan an event, they can take in 100% of the proceeds for the troop.  If the boys help out, they get a cut for their patrol account.

I've never had any drama with the set-up over all the years it's been in place. 

OMG!! the boys don't EARN THEIR OWN WAY?  Seriously people, 99% of the scouts basically are getting other people to pay their way, either mom and dad cough it up or one walks up and down streets hawking over priced merchandise.  And seriously, who really sells more mom and dad at work or the scout himself?

Get real and get practical.  Mom and dad do the selling, just have them set up the fundraiser they want to do and as SM don't worry about it. 

I don't know how many hours I spent sorting out wreaths, popcorn, and Mother's Day flowers over the years.  Really wasn't my job, most parents were invisible, and as an adult led program so were the boys.  Nope, not for me.

It was interesting at the first meeting with the parents, they asked me if all the traditional fundraisers were going to be kept in place.  Told them it wasn't my problem and I wasn't going to make it my problem, but if they want to take over, no problem.  If not, all moneys necessary for their boy's activities will need to be paid in advance.

As the program support person and not a member of the committee, I focus on my own lane.  If the money isn't there, not my problem.  And for some strange reason, they money always shows up so I'm happy with how it works.

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Adult association is a method of scouting.

So, we basically get adults to support fundraisers that boys will get behind. That means scheduling around important events, asking for help appropriate to the boy's skill, and helping the boys understand the balance sheet especially regarding the financial benefits to the troop.

This especially means that participation is voluntary. So you better make it fun.

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