We had a an adult leaders meeting last night where there was hot topic of debate with no conclusion reached beyond putting it to the PLs Council for their input. That is fund raising....
My group is quite lucky in that we have a twin troop in Canada. They came to us for summer camp in 2015 and we are planning on going to them in 2017. It won't be cheap. Our estimate is about £1300 per person pre fund raising. We will need to fund raise and our target is to get it down to £1000 or less per person. In addition, while we draw from a reasonably wealthy area of town, not all our families are as well off and we want to make some extra provision for getting the cost down even further for them.
So far so good.
We also have an annual event called The Sun Run. It's an over night hike, sun set to sun rise, the closest Saturday night to the summer solstice each June. Normally we get the troop to decide on a charity and we get sponsored and typically raise close to £2K for that charity.
The question is whether this year charity should begin at home and we use it as a fund raiser for Canada. Broadly there are 3 options
1. Stick as we are and do it for another charity
Pros - its within the scout spirit of doing something for others and sponsors are likely to be more generous if we're doing it for others. everyone has an equal amount of skin in the game when it's 3am and raining and they're tired....
Cons - does nothing for Canada fund raising and we will need to fit something else into the pogram,
2. Use it as a general fund raiser for Canada
Pros - its a tried an tested, popular part of the program that we will get a good turn out for as the scouts love it. Proven money spinner
Cons - much of the sponsorship comes from families of those doing it which somewhat defeats the object. Sponsors may be less generous. Not everyone doing it has as much skin in the game
3. Use it to assist those who need extra help with Canada
Pros - its a tried an tested, popular part of the program that we will get a good turn out for as the scouts love it. Proven money spinner. everyone has skin in the game if they are helping their friends out who need it (although recipients stay anonymous)
Cons - does nothing for general Canada fund raising thus needing to get something else into the program.
There's the 4th option of doing a mixture of the 3.
Like I say, next stage is PLs council but just wondering what others think.....