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 ISA’s and is concerned about how we conduct fundraising. The troop constantly has multiple fundraisers going, mostly of the “go sell this” 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 ISA’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 don’t have ISA’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 don’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 don’t see how moving to not using ISA's can be done in steps.