We had our Pack’s annual planning meeting yesterday, and it was brought up that a few of the scouts do the majority of the fundraising. About half participated in the popcorn sale, and about a third in camp cards, with a handful making the majority of the sales. Some parents and committee members think it is not fair for the few to do the majority of the work and all the scouts to benefit from it by not having to pay dues and having campouts and events paid for all the Scouts.
While I agree that it is unfair, I don’t think that matters with the spirit of Cub Scouting and cooperation. The Pack is working together to provide a better program. The scouts who sell more in fundraising do get recognized with prizes, free camps, and activities. Our AOL scouts get to take a portion of their profits from fundraising into their scout account when the cross over to the Troop. We also offer free or discounted activities in the spring to those Cubs who sold popcorn in the fall.
Some have proposed that we require all of our Cub Scouts to work a store front shift or sell at home for each fundraiser or have to pay dues at the end of the year, even though we do not need to collect dues. This, of course, would be presented to the parents at the beginning of the school year. We were able to table the proposal, but it will come up at our next meeting.
I think that defeats the purpose of the Scouts earning their way by giving them a cop out to pay their way, but then again some are not earning their way. It may also leave a bad taste in parent’s mouths if they pay dues when they know we do not need to collect them. I have tried to research this, and cannot find if it is even allowed.
Any input would be appreciated.