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#1 ItsBrian

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:36 AM

Nobody's posted here for a little so...

 

My troop has about 5 fundraisers a year. We are only a small group of 12, with 4 adult leaders.

 

We have fundraisers that sound difficult but are extremely simple.

 

We do two clothing drives, two craft shows/flea markets, and an easter bunny breakfast.

 

The clothing drives are extremely simple to do. You schedule a meeting with a company who pays per pound of clothes. My Troop has made 1000+ from it once. It depends on how many donate, so advertise well. Invest in yard signs, papers in public business, etc. You unload their car, give them a tax receipt, and they're on their way. It is extremely easy, especially for a small troop.

 

Flea Markets... not completely easy, but as long as you have a team of people with experience in fundraising. If you do have one, do not call it a flea market, call it like "Holiday Bazaar", "Craft Show / Flea Market", something to appeal to others. Flea Market means to some people garage sale junk. 

 

Breakfasts are really simple, have three-four parents in the kitchen (use your charters space if possible) and then buy in bulk pancake mix (you can make waffles with it too) and have scouts wait around the tables. Buffet style can cost you more money, offer two pancakes or one waffle, drink, and a piece of sausage.

 

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

 

 


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:54 PM

@ItsBrian, FYI, when I was a scout, we held pancake breakfasts, and the older scouts ran the kitchen, doing all the cooking. Parents kept scarce except for the charter org rep who made sure everything was working for us and the SM.
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:51 AM

@ItsBrian, FYI, when I was a scout, we held pancake breakfasts, and the older scouts ran the kitchen, doing all the cooking. Parents kept scarce except for the charter org rep who made sure everything was working for us and the SM.

Yeah, that's what I mean by like a holiday-themed breakfast. Unfortunately, due to health codes in my town, the adults are required to do the cooking. I actually like when the parents get involved, to provide more support. I usually ask two-three parents to help, alongside the SM and two ASMs.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:56 PM

My troop has stopped participating in door to door sales.  Instead, we'll do roughly four fundraisers a year.  The first is an annual spaghetti dinner.  A number of parents and "emeritus" parents put that on every year, as their way of giving back and supporting the troop, so I wouldn't count it as an "easy" fund raiser.

 

The PLC votes on remaining fund raisers each year, but the three we do pretty consistently are:

 

1. Helping with ticket and soft drink sales at the town's big summer festival.  Nets us several hundred dollars, which goes into the general fund.  No work for us other than to show up and follow directions from the event's staff.  Easy.

 

2. Dunk tank at end of school / beginning of summer block party.  Nets us a couple hundred dollars, which we use to subsidize summer camp activities. Only prep work is to rent the dunk tank and fill it up ahead of time.  Each patrol takes a time slot and amongst themselves handle deciding who's going to be getting dunked, collecting money, schlepping the tennis balls back and forth.  Doesn't make us a ton of money, but the kids have so much fun with it, we'd do it anyway.

 

3. Pie in the face toss at the school halloween carnival.  Traditionally a fund raiser by high adventure participants to subsidize their adventure.  Probably the most amount of work (need to prep an area to catch errant pie filling, purchase pie material, then clean up afterwards) - but its become another tradition that the boys look forward to.  And, since they're in charge of doing all the work, who am I to stop them? ;-)


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:30 PM

Raffle off a goat.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 06:37 PM

Raffle off a goat.

 

Sounds tricky.  You need to acquire the goat, care and feed for the goat prior to said raffle, pickup and dispose of goat droppings...

 

Plus, I think the BSA has some rule about raffles.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:01 PM

Sounds tricky.  You need to acquire the goat, care and feed for the goat prior to said raffle, pickup and dispose of goat droppings...

 

Plus, I think the BSA has some rule about raffles.

 

That's too bad.  When I suggested it to a group I was with, we raised well over $10,000.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:31 PM

That's too bad.  When I suggested it to a group I was with, we raised well over $10,000.


Wait wait you actually raffled off a goat
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:05 PM

Of course we did.  That's why I suggested it.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:53 AM

Of course we did.  That's why I suggested it.

 

We are going to need more than a one line answer to this. There's a story there and I'm sure we all want to read it. 


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#11 ItsBrian

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 02:01 PM

We are going to need more than a one line answer to this. There's a story there and I'm sure we all want to read it.


You got that right.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 06:51 PM

Ya gotta think outside the box. 

 

1) what's their reaction to the suggestion of buying a ticket

2) and what's your reaction.

 

:)  It's really not that difficult.

 

The key is really obvious, maybe too obvious to see.


Edited by Stosh, 28 September 2017 - 06:52 PM.

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#13 SSScout

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:16 AM

Renting goats is very traditional.  Folks used to do this waaaay back before  power lawn mowers.  Fence in the cemetery and turn the sheep and goats loose.  A day or two later, close cropped grass !  Tether the beastie in your yard and move it around every day, trimmed grass.  But one must be careful of the ddesired flower beds, poor goat doesn't know the difference between weed and begonia....


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:03 AM

https://www.alleghenygoatscape.org/

 

Evidently, they do pretty well against invasive plants.

And some ne'r-do-well's have vandalized perimeter fences.

I don't think they were rustling .. just liked knotweed, I guess.


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 08:00 PM

Outside the box, people, outside the box......


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:32 AM

Goats.  What's a goat, when the challenge is fundraising?

 

On another level,  back in the days of "possible",  for many years, my dad's Lions Club sponsored a horse show on a local farm.  This was a traditional fund raiser and community event. ( as happens, the farm is now a shopping center. Sic Gloria Agricola).  The event included dressage demos, hunter/jumping classes, big horse teams (Percherons, Clydesdales in 4, 6 and even 8 horse hitch), lots of horse events, dawn to dusk, all day.  Us kids, many Scouts, all were put happily to work in various capacities.  Messengers, escorting celebrities, policing jumps, handling gates....

 

 Part of the event involved the raffling of a Shetland Pony . All us kids wanted to win that ! Regardless of the lack of acreage or fencing in our yards.  One year,  my buddy Henry and I were put in charge of escorting the pony around the County Fair while our dad's sold the raffle tickets. I remember loading the pony into the back seat (!!) of Mr. Stabler's  Oldsmobile, big battleship of a car, and driving to the County Fair like that.  Nice pony....

 

Ah, the memories....


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:57 AM

Goats.  What's a goat, when the challenge is fundraising?

 

 Part of the event involved the raffling of a Shetland Pony . All us kids wanted to win that ! Regardless of the lack of acreage or fencing in our yards.  One year,  my buddy Henry and I were put in charge of escorting the pony around the County Fair while our dad's sold the raffle tickets. I remember loading the pony into the back seat (!!) of Mr. Stabler's  Oldsmobile, big battleship of a car, and driving to the County Fair like that.  Nice pony....

 

Ah, the memories....

 

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