We were going to change from scout accounts to a scout bucks prizes for fundraisers program.
Sell within a certain range of popcorn and get a coupon for a campout,
a higher sells numbers get a coupon for x% off summer camp.
a certain range of sales, pays for your recharter for the year.
so like sell $100-$200 in popcorn and get a campout coupon
post flags for our flag program fundraiser and get two free campout coupons
sell $250-400 get recharter paid
sell $500 and get $100 off of summer camp.
It was also going to include advancing in rank, get a free campout coupon,
Getting chosen for a por and going to tlt get a free campout coupon.
Highest attendance at meetings, get a free campout coupon.
and maybe a couple other things.
With off the top of profit at least x% going into the troop account general fund
and x% going into a campership fund that would award things like free campout coupons.
of course one of the questions will be have you participated in the fundraisers, but also advancing, pors, and family need levels.
And that the troop would toss in a few of the coupons for door prizes for attendance at court of honors and service projects just for fun.
The idea is that the reward/benefit would not be determined only by how much popcorn you sell,
and that a reward/benefit can be earned without participation in the fundraiser itself.
But that if you do participate extra in the fundraisers, you could "earn" more and help pay your way to camping.
It would be more work for someone to track at least at first, but once the certificates were passed out it would be up to the boy/family to keep track of
Then our CO said they didn't think it was a problem and to continue what we are currently doing. Our CO is a small non-profit with express purpose of keeping up our local scout lodge and supporting local packs/troops.
We sell over $20k in popcorn and scouts "earn" 35% profit.,
but we also get about $9 k a year from our troop flag fundraiser and only about 10% of that goes out to the youth as reward for working the program.
Right now all profit from popcorn goes to the scout, he can use it on campouts, summer camp, recharter, food for campouts, uniforms, hiking boots, etc etc. And if we go skiing, he can use the $ to pay for his family's costs if it's designated a family outing.....
And when he changes troops he can take the money with him even if it's a different CO. It sure looks like a bad case of private benefit and not enough other funds in the CO so that it's insubstantial amount. But I'm not a tax lawyer.