Now there's a point for discussion. I hadn't thought about it this way before.
If the Unit is not supposed to solicit "donations" and a Scout is supposed to PAY his own way, and any fundraisers are supposed to give "value for the money spent" (bags of mulch, cars washed, spaghetti dinners cooked, flags place on front lawns, flamingos emplaced, etc.) , how is this (20% night at the Pizza Hut) not soliciting a donation? The scouts are not doing anything except asking folks to go eat at a specific, privately owned , professional restaurant. And then, that restaurant's owner GIVES the Troop/Pack/Crew a DONATION.
I am all in favor of supporting the Troop. I buy popcorn and cookies and Christmas wreaths and even mulch (altho it is free to pick up at the county dump) . I even eat at the Greek restaurant that announced it would "donate" 20% of that nights intake (not including tips) to a Scout's Eagle project support (went to the school he was projecting at).
What then is a "donation?" When I help the Troop sell Christmas/holiday decorations, and someone comes up and says "I'm Jewish, we don't decorate our house, but I love the Scouts, here's twenty bucks", we will say "thank you !" and put it in the box. That wasn't solicited, was it? We didn't ASK him to give us money, he just didn't want to buy our wares.
But if the Scouts are asking folks to EAT at Hut de la Pizza on Thursday, maybe we can say the Scouts are WORKING for the restaurant, and EARNING their "donations" by being PR men? .
In another vein, when we helped the CO at their Fried Chicken Dinners, busing tables and directing traffic in the parking lot, they would give us a "free" dinner . Did we work for that dinner? Or was the church really losing money on our help (hey, a Scout might eat three times the dinner of the paying guests!) ?