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.
ROFL...I have to say that would be a deal breaker for me. I'd gladly pay my dues for BSA because these are services I require. I would not pay a user fee for something I don't....especially if the council is not good at managing its finances (not saying yours is, but I know mine isn't).
But now you've just increased membership fees by 100% (from $24 to $48, $60 if you add in BL); and that's on top of any unit costs. So my unit charges $75 annually. We are cheap compared to others in my area ($100+ for many of them). Of that $75, BSA takes their share, the rest goes in to annual equipment maintenance, awards, meeting costs, etc. We balance out each year and have a cash-on-hand account of $2000 for emergencies. We would lose MANY members if BSA raised dues.
To be honest I like the activity fee idea better than FOS. I think it would be easier to sell parent at registration every year by saying "yep, it's $75 a year to be in scouting. 1/3 goes to national, 1/3 to council and 1/3 to the unit. Write one check now and we'll do local fundraisers for all the rest." That's better than constantly coming back to the unit asking for more money.
Why not just charge those units who use the camps? I don't see a need for other units to subsidize my unit using the camps, nor would I expect to subsidize other units. Make it demand-based, not a tax everyone approach.
Edited by Krampus, 09 December 2015 - 08:57 AM.