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Troop Finances

The Troop needs money for various expenses throughout the Scouting year. These expenses include:

Insurance
Boys Life
Scout registration
Adult registration 
Adult Leader Training fees
Junior Leader Training fees
Badges of office
“Trained” patches
Troop neckerchiefs
Anniversary patches
Rank badges
Merit badges
Merit badge cards
Tot'n chip cards
Programs for award ceremonies
Annual Awards Dinner:
Scout families subsidy
Guests’ dinners
Other awards presented by Scoutmaster, Committee, or Senior Patrol Leader
Refreshments at award ceremonies
Eagle ceremonies
Presentation to Scouts bridged over from pack (handbook, red tabs, troop number, neckerchief, slide)
Annual picnic (main course)
Propane
Camping gear
Restock first aid kit
Web site fee
Mailings (for families without Internet access)
Supplies (flip charts, markers, flag materials, etc.)

This expense money is gleaned from three sources: dues, fundraising events, and donations.

Dues: The troop charges dues at the rate of $60.00 per year and is payable at the end of the year. Each Scout is encouraged to earn his own money for dues.

Fundraising: Troop 61 has tried various methods of fundraising. It is important that the boys equally participate in the fundraising and that each boy does his part. Fundraising activities are decided upon by the Troop Committee and always require parental support. One of the more difficult aspects of leader development is getting the boys to follow through on their commitments. We expect all the Scouts to participate in earning the money for their camping equipment, badges, and other program expenses.

Donations: In the past, we have received donations from Scout families and employers of committee members. These are infrequent and are not received on a regular basis so, while we are grateful for them, we cannot plan on them in our annual financial planning.