Brings up something mentioned at the last RT. Popcorn sales.
Unit sells popcorn ("Hey, it's not over priced, this is a DONATION to Scouting, with a THANK YOU gift in return."). About 1/3 goes to pay for the Popcorn (Trails End), 1/3 to the unit (divvy up as a Scout Account? and Unit? Pay for Philmont?) and 1/3 to the Council.
Okay, if the Unit sells "holiday trees" or sells spaghetti suppers, they decide who keeps what (wholesale the trees to Oregon or NC, grocery supplier gives discount).
Any units on the receiving end of this website VOLUNTARILY donate a third to their Council?
In the mean time, it almost makes sense, what the original poster said. Almost. Most Units that I know already collect some dues and then include the Handbook(s), neckers, hats, insignia, "bling", camp prepayments (credit!), and ceremonial regalia (candles, flags, banners, sign outside the CO).
We all pay taxes. These taxes are used (one hopes) to pay for lots of things us citizens need and like. Roads, schools, dams, parks, zoos, military protection....
I may never get to see Zion Park in person, but I like to think my taxes have preserved it. Are our membership fees and FOS and popcorn going to preserve Camp Wizbang so it won't get sold to a developer because the SE needs a pay bump and no one thought to "promote Scouting" other wise? Are only us locals showing Scouting to be the program for certain nephews ( hello UncleP ) by which to grow into men ?
It is nice to get a paycheck for what one does.
we have a local community museum. It was started by an auctioneer who realized he was selling off the history of the area everytime he cleared out an old farm or settled the estate of a family who no longer lived within 5 miles of the grandparents home. It started with a collection in the National Bank's basement. This museum grew and became popular. School groups came. Exhibits of the "old ways" were created and one wall was dedicated to a local baseball legend. They named the road in front of the museum after his family, which donated the land for the construction of the new building. Volunteers worked tirelessly.
Now, it has five paid staff, the original founders are almost all gone. One half of the "town" gallery has been cleared for a sculpture gallery, wine and beer gardens are more frequent than special exhibits on "old time things". The dedicated wall to the ball player is taken down, in favor of a big poster extolling the next pottery demonstration.
Is BSA Scouting taking this same course? Is the Program taking backseat to the necessity of paying wages? Hey, is this de ja vu all over again?
Increase the National membership fee, maybe. Include all that other stuff, no, that's the Council trying to take a piece of the Units pie.....