Let’s go over the rules of fundraising. It’s clear to me that reality on the ground and the rules have diverged so widely as to make the rules de facto worthless.
Units aren’t supposed to fund raise for individuals. Families are expected to find their own way to raise money and pay dues and activity fees. Dues are supposed to cover unit costs, not fundraising
If we buy something to resell I can’t sell it to support Scouting. The Scouts can’t wear their uniform doing fundraising unless it’s approved
I can’t request donations
We’re supposed to not fund raise the same dates as other units and check with the council for dates.
I understand the goal is to teach kids to be self reliant, to raise money on their own. When it cost ~$10 it was possible to cover camp, registration and unit dues from one official fundraiser as a pack. How many Kindergarteners of low income families do you think are going to be able to find a way to pay the $100+ in registration costs many councils have now and unit dues?
How many people would be willing to buy something from a kid that is out of uniform and isn’t promoting scouting?
The fundraising rules as they are should be scrapped, let charter orgs and units partner to raise money and make the standard be more about being appropriate for scouting than being picky about who you can get money from.
How many kindergarteners and first graders can really go out and raise money on their own?