Our district had roundtable last night with the council key 3, the VP of Programs and the camping and properties chair. One of these 5 is a paid professional, the other 4 are volunteers.
Much of their visit was to speak about plans for possibly selling one of our camps and money.
This year our council did away with FOS. They have implimented a manditory $24 "activity fee" on every registration instead.
Councils need money for staff (bookkeeper, paperwork processor, etc), to run training and to maintain camps (taxes, maintenance, improvements, etc.) Without councils we couldn't function. All of that money comes through fundraising and FOS.
In our council less than 12% of families participate in FOS, only 50% of units participate in popcorn sales and less than 10% of units participate in the sale of nuts.
We have 3 council run camps, only 1 of which makes money, between the 3 camps council suffers a net loss of about $75,000 a year and they have deferred maintanance on all the camps for the last 7 years. It is very sad when a scout camp has to be sold but councils cannot run loosing money when they are not getting support from the units.
Just another perspective.