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October & November Coming Events

Greetings,

As we move through the middle of October we have a lot of exciting things coming up, please be sure to also watch the announcement board at the Troop meetings and the calendar online.

Weekend of 10/10 – Stone Mountain, GA Campout

Tuesday 10/14 – Fall Court of Honor

Tuesday 10/21 – All Pack Webelo II Visit & Scout Activity Night

Tuesday 10/28 – Halloween Party

Saturday 11/1 & 11/8 – Scouting for Food

Wknd of 11/14 – Iron Chef Campout & Webelos Overnighter

YIS,

Jason Proodian

Committee Chairman

Troop 854

Jeff Blanton – Erv Schreiber Award Winner

Congratulations to Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Blanton who was awarded an Erv Schreiber Service Award at Tuesday’s Court of Honor.

Jeff has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 854 for 12 years as his two sons, Diego and Bobby, have moved through the program, both earning the rank of Eagle!  In addition he has led such activities as summer camp, high adventure campouts and long distance trips.

The award is issued on behalf of Holy Cross and the Troop 854 families to recognize leaders that have provided long term, dedicated service to the boys and is named for former Chartered Organization Representative Erv Schreiber who was a part of Scouting for 60 years before retiring in 2012.

Congratulations and Thank You Jeff!

YIS,

Jason Proodian

Committee Chairman

Troop 854

Troop Mulch Sale – Feb 9th to March 15th

Greetings,

 

The Troop has kicked off its annual mulch
fundraising event this weekend. The boys will be promoting and selling bags of
mulch over the next month leading up to the official delivery day of March
15th. The boys are raising money for summer camp, uniforms, equipment and all
other activities.

 

Delivery is Free! Prices are better than
available at Home Depot or Lowe’s!

Bags are 33% larger (3 cubic
feet per bag) so you get bulk savings.

$4 per bag of your choice of:

· Shredded Cypress (3 cubic feet)

· Pine bark (3 cubic feet)

· Red or Chocolate mulch (offered in 2 cubic feet bags only)

Minimum order of 8 bags ($32)

Orders can be placed via phone or email;

 

Phone Orders/Questions:       407-739-0384

Email Orders/Questions:        troop854mulch@aol.com

 

YIS,

 

Jason Proodian

Scout Sunday – Sunday February 9th

Greetings,

Sunday is the Troop’s Annual Pancake Breakfast at Holy Cross
Lutheran Church as part of the Scout Sunday festivities.

This is the Troop’s opportunity to give back to Holy Cross for
all that it does to support Scouting across the year.

The Troop will be serving a complimentary pancake and
sausage breakfast to the congregation after each of the three Sunday services.  The Scouts will also conduct the flag ceremonies
for all of the Church’s services over the weekend.

All Scouts should be signed up for, or plan to attend, one of
the two hour shifts if you are in town.

Full Class A uniform is required for Scout Sunday and the
Scouts will get to eat breakfast after each of the services is complete so have
them bring their appetites! 

See you all on Sunday.

YIS,

Jason Proodian

Winter Happenings

Troop 854 had a very successful Fall Court of Honor.  Also referred to as COH.  Many families attended our Pot Luck Dinner which is held in the Holy Cross Fellowship Hall.  For the second or third COH in a row we had a packed house.  Thank you to all the volunteers that helped out Mrs. Rachel Van De Mark our COH coordinator.  After the Pot Luck Dinner we gathered in the Church Sanctuary where we issued the following Ranks and Merit Badges.  We had 11 boys earn the rank of Tenderfoot, 5 earn the rank of Second Class, 2 earn First Class, 1 Star Rank, 2 Life Rank, and Matthew Johnston recently earned his Eagle Scout and remains active as a Jr. Asst. Scoutmaster.  The Troop issued approximately 150 merit badges to 47 different scouts!  Way to go Troop 854 that is a lot of scout skills and life skills learned since summer camp!

Our troop has been busy with good old fashioned Scout Camp Outs!  In September we went Canoeing on the Wekiva River.  In October we traveled north to the Florida Panhandle and visited the Florida Caverns and learned some really cool things about Florida’s Geology.  In November we had some new Webelos Two scouts camp with us and we taught them some basic orienteering skills and they also got to learn a little about scout cooking.  December was a Hiking Camp out and January promises to be one of our favorite camp  outs where we do some cold weather camping at Camp Thunder Georgia.  This month many Troop 854 Scouts will be earning the Dentistry Merit Badge while many other scouts will be enjoying a one day Cat Fishing trip.

If you are new to Scouting or would like to see more of the fun things Troop 854 does please check out the PICS Page of our web site where you can see tons of pictures from months and years past.

Until next time, Be Prepared and Be Safe!

Yours in Scouting, Rick Hubbard Committee Chairman

Summer Wrap Up

As we wind down our summer activities Troop 854 just completed our annual trip out of state for Summer Camp.  This year Troop 854 traveled to Camp Woodruff just north of Atlanta GA.  The scouts and leaders were thrilled with the programs, facilities, and maybe even the food. 30 Scouts and 6 Leaders attended.  Two leaders were able to complete their full Assistant Scoutmaster training.  Over 60 merit badges were fully earned and many other partials started.  Other older scouts had fun white water rafting, horse back riding and many other fun activities.  Everything summer camp is supposed to be, FUN! If you are new to our Troop web site please check out and click on the “Current Campout” tab to see the many summer camp pictures and daily blogs from our very own professional Troop Writer Mr. Peter Reilly.

The Troop has a fun Beach/Picnic day planned before we go back to school.  Then the Troop will be back to our regular meeting time of 7:30-9:30 on Tuesday nights once school starts.

Hello Summer!

Seminole County Students are on Summer Break and so is Troop 854.  Well, we are not taking a break but now everyone gets to wear class B T-Shirts to the shortened summer meetings.  Beginning 6-4 our summer meetings commence and will last from 7:30 – 8:30.

Troop 854 just concluded it’s Spring Court of Honor and Pot Luck Dinner.  It was a packed house at Holy Cross and I would like to thank everyone for bringing food to share.  I would also like to recognize Mrs. Wilmshurst for helping to pull off many great Court of Honors for our Troop and I would like to welcome our new Court of Honor Coordinator Mrs. Rachel VanDermark.    We had many rank advancements and merit badges awarded at this court of honor.  In all 70 merit badges were given out and 35 rank advancements.  Of those 35, were 5 Star and 8 Life ranks awarded.  Way to go Troop 854.  I’m sure after Summer Camp we will have another round similar to this if not bigger.  The rank advancement and merit badges earned are a testimonial to the depth of adult leadership that Troop 854 has guiding these scouts along the path of scouting.

The Troop is preparing for our Summer Camp trip to Camp Woodruff in North Georgia. We have a great group of scouts along with Veteran Leaders and New Leaders attending.

I want to wish each and everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. See you on the beach!

Yours in Scouting,

Rick Hubbard, Committee Chariman

2013-2014 Troop Bi-Law & Guidebook Change Proposals

 

Change Proposal #1 – Patrol Organization

 

Submitted
by:  

 

Name:   Jeff Blanton                 Scout [  ]   
Parent [X]

 

 

This
proposal is an:

 

[  ]        addition                                                                      

[  ]        deletion

[X ]       modification

 

To the
existing:

 

[  ]        Troop
854 Bi-Laws

[ X ]      Troop 854 Guidebook

 

 

On page 12 of the Troop 854 Guidebook,
under Patrol Types and Venture Crew Program, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the current
version states:

 

Patrol Types and the
Venture Crew Program

 

New Scout Patrols. When boys join Troop
854 as a new member, or as a graduating Webelos Scout, he will normally be placed
in a New Scout Patrol. The New Scout Patrol is led by a Troop Guide, who is an
older Boy Scout who is at least 13 years old and Star rank or higher. Two
experienced assistant Scoutmasters will be assigned as Patrol Advisors to the
New Scout Patrol. Beginning in February or March each year, New Scouts will
receive an intensive, 6 month program which will give them the opportunity to
reach the 2nd Class rank. It is incumbent on New Scout Patrol members to attend
as many meetings, campouts, and events as possible, as well as summer camp
during this time in order to achieve this rank. After a minimum of 6 months and
at the discretion of the Scoutmaster, New Scouts will be placed into existing
patrols within the Troop. Placement considerations will be based on input from
the Patrol Advisors, Troop Guides, the needs of the Troop, and the Scout
himself.

 

Regular Scout
Patrols.
After
completion of the New Scout Patrol program, Scouts are placed into existing
Scout Patrols. In some instances, new regular Scout Patrols may be formed.
Patrol Leaders will ensure all Scouts in their patrol are given ample
opportunity to advance in rank and participate in various leadership positions
in the patrol.

 

I propose the following changes be
made to the above-cited text:

 

Patrol Types and the
Venture Crew Program

 

New Scout Patrol.  When boys join Troop 854 as a new member, or
as a graduating Webelos Scout, he will normally be placed in the New
Scout Patrol. In late February of
each year, Webelos Scouts who have completed the Cub Scout program and other
boys who meet the qualifications to be a Boy Scout “cross over” to Troop 854.
These new scouts are organized into a New Scout Patrol
,
which is led
by Troop Guides who are older Boy Scouts who are at least 13 years old
and Star rank or higher. Two experienced Assistant Scoutmasters will be
assigned as Patrol Advisors to the New Scout Patrol.  Members of the New Scout Patrol will vote
for a patrol name for the New Scout Patrol.

 

Upon formation of the
New Scout Patrol, the scouts in this patrol
will receive an intensive, 6 month
program conducted by the Troop Guides which will give them the
opportunity to advance in rank. It is incumbent on New Scout Patrol
members to attend as many troop meetings, campouts, and events as possible, as
well as summer camp during this time in order to receive the full benefit of
this training.

 

Transition to Regular Scout Patrol.
 After completion of the 6 month New Scout
program, the Troop Guides will return to their assigned patrols and the New Scout
Patrol will elect a patrol leader who will lead the patrol. The New Scout
Patrol will then function as a regular scout patrol within the troop. Scouts will
vote for a patrol leader every six months.
 
Patrol Leaders will ensure all Scouts in their patrol are given ample
opportunity to advance in rank and participate in various leadership positions
in the patrol.

 

The reason for the proposed
change: 

 

1.     The Troop no longer follows the above
procedures concerning patrol assignments as currently written, which directs
that after the 6 month new scout program that new scouts will be placed in
existing patrols.  Current troop policy
is for new scouts to continue in the new scout patrol which becomes a regular
scout patrol within the troop.

 

2.     Added sentence to note that new scouts
in the new scout patrol vote on a patrol name after the new scout patrol is formed
which is in accordance with (IAW) troop procedure.

 

3.     Added that Troop Guides will return to
their assigned patrols after the 6 month new scout program which is IAW with current
troop procedure.

 

4.     Added that the new scout patrol will
function as a regular patrol after 6 months which is IAW troop procedure.

 

5.     Added that scouts vote for a patrol
leader every six months which is IAW troop procedure.

 

6.     Dropped the reference about the
opportunity of reaching 2nd
Class rank after the 6 month program so
as to not set an expectation for rank advancement since there are numerous
variables for each scout.

 

Change Proposal #2 – Budget Timeline
Adjustment

 

Submitted by:  

 

Name:  Jason Proodian             Scout
[  ]   
Parent [X]

 

 

This proposal is an:

 

[  ]        addition                                                                      

[  ]        deletion

[ X ]      modification

 

To the existing:

 

[ X ]      Troop 854 Bi-Laws

[  ]        Troop 854 Guidebook

 

 

On page 4 of the Troop Bi-Laws, # 12 Troop Budget, the current
version states:

 

Troop Budget:

 

a.    
Annually, at the July Committee Meeting,
the Treasurer, with input from the Committee Chairman and Scoutmaster regarding
the coming years program, shall present the Committee with a balanced, proposed
Troop Budget for the twelve (12) month period starting August 1 of the current
year (budget year).  The proposed budget
shall include:

                                         
i.   
Projected
income and expenditures with detailed line items for the upcoming year.

                                        
ii.   
Actual
income and expenditures for the current year with estimated values for the
balance of the current budget year.

                                       
iii.   
Actual
income and expenditures for the preceding year.

b.   
The proposed Troop Budget will be issued by
the Committee Chairman, via standard communication methods, to the parents of
all active scouts to all parents and registered leaders within one week of the
presentation with notification of the review period and voting date for the
proposed Troop Budget, which will take place at the next scheduled Committee
Meeting.

c.    
Comments to the proposed Troop Budget will
be accepted by the Committee Chairman and/or Troop Treasure prior to and during
the August Committee meeting.  The
comments do not need to be distributed, but will be presented during the
discussion period prior to voting on the budget.

d.   
During the August Committee meeting, the
proposed Troop Budget will be reviewed, discussed, adjusted as necessary and
voted upon.  The proposed Troop Budget
requires a majority approval of eligible voters present at the August Committee
meeting to pass and become the current year Troop Budget.

 

 

 

I propose the following MODIFICATION be made to the above-cited
text:

 

Troop Budget:

 

a.     Annually,
at the July Committee Meeting, the Treasurer, with input from the Committee
Chairman and Scoutmaster regarding the coming years program, shall present the
Committee with a balanced, proposed Troop Budget for the twelve (12) month
period starting August 1 of the current year (budget year).  The proposed budget shall include:

                                         
i.   
Projected
income and expenditures with detailed line items for the upcoming year.

                                        
ii.   
Actual
income and expenditures for the current year with estimated values for the
balance of the current budget year.

                                       
iii.   
Actual
income and expenditures for the preceding year.

b.    The
proposed Troop Budget will be issued by the Committee Chairman, via standard
communication methods, to the parents of all active scouts to all parents and
registered leaders within one week of the July
Committee Meeting
presentation with notification of the pending discussion and vote at the July Committee Meeting, and
solicit any feedback from the Troop.
  of the review period and voting date for
the proposed Troop Budget, which will take place at the next scheduled
Committee Meeting.

c.     Comments
to the proposed Troop Budget will be accepted by the Committee Chairman and/or
Troop Treasure prior to and during the July August
Committee meeting.  The comments do not
need to be distributed, but will be presented during the discussion period
prior to voting on the budget.

d.    During
the July August Committee meeting, the
proposed Troop Budget will be reviewed, discussed, adjusted as necessary and
voted upon.  The proposed Troop Budget requires
a majority approval of eligible voters present at the July
August Committee meeting to pass and become the current year Troop
Budget.

 

 

The reason for the proposed change: 

 

Since the advent of the Troop budget process in 2011 it has
become apparent that the July presentation, August vote, time line was not
conducive to managing the annual Scout finances since the actual vote to approve
the new year finances was not even happening until the new year had started and
the expenses were beginning to be used.

 

A more timely, process is for the CC to work with the SM and
treasurer in June and into July, as they do on a regular basis as the Scout
year moves along, to review the prior year’s budget for accuracy and any
necessary changes, as well as identify program expenses for the coming year and
design the projected new budget for the Troop and Committee. 

 

The CC will send out this new budget proposal at least a week in
advance of the July committee meeting so everyone can review it, give some
feedback, and then the budget can be discussed and voted on by the Troop
Committee at the July meeting, leaving it ready to be executed going into August

 

Change Proposal #3 – Rental Vehicles

 

 

Submitted by:  

 

Name:  Roger Sifrit                   Scout [  ]   
Parent [X]

 

 

This proposal is an:

 

[ X ]      addition                                                                      

[  ]        deletion

[  ]        modification

 

To the existing:

 

[  ]        Troop 854 Bi-Laws

[ X ]      Troop 854
Guidebook

 

 

On page 40, under Activities Transportation, the current version
states:

 

 

I propose the following ADDITION be made to the above-cited
text:

 

When the Troop rents or borrows a vehicle from another
organization or company, the fuel reimbursement will be the actual fuel
costs.  The driver will submit receipts
for fuel purchases.

 

 

The reason for the proposed change: 

 

Normally, we rent vehicles when we don’t have enough seats to
transport the scouts using privately owned vehicles.  The larger the vehicles, the less fuel
efficient they are.  A 12 or 15 passenger
vehicle will get about 10-12 miles to the gallon.  Based on the formula for the trip to summer
camp (1200 miles, $3.50 per gallon, 12MPG), the driver will spend $350 but only
be reimbursed $264, yet we will collect $720 for 12 scouts.  There is also no maintenance consideration on
rented/borrowed vehicles.

 

Change Proposal #4 – Gas Mileage Costs

 

Submitted by:  

 

Name:  Bruce Haefner   Scout
[  ]   
Parent [X]

 

 This proposal is an:

 

[  ]        addition                                                                      

[  ]        deletion

[X]        modification

 

To the existing:

 

[X]        Troop 854 Bi-Laws

[  ]        Troop 854 Guidebook

 

 

On page 40, paragraph 2, under “Activities Transportation”, the
current version states:

 

For camping, transportation will be provided by Troop and family
members. The Troop

Activities/Transportation Coordinator always seeks parent
volunteers for transporting Scouts to non-local

activities. Adults attending campouts are expected to provide
rides for Scouts who need them. Most trips

are planned to take no more than two or three hours. For
activities that exceed 50 miles (roundtrip), a fee

of $5 per 100 miles traveled (rounded up to the nearest 50 miles)
will be added to each Scout’s camping fee for driver reimbursement. Drivers
will be reimbursed for mileage incurred up to maximum amount collected per
transported Scout. Any overage is the responsibility of the driver. Tolls that
are required to be paid by drivers en route to the program area/campsite on the
assigned route should also calculated and included in the gas fee that is
charged for the campout.

The Transportation Coordinator will assign the drivers according
to the amount of seats needed for each campout leaving as few empty seats as
possible to minimize the amount of gas spent. The Treasurer will reimburse the
Transportation Coordinators assigned drivers based on the following schedule:

 

                                    ¢ Per mile

< 4 passengers                
 0.18*

> 5 passengers                 0.22*

Vehicles pulling the trailer 0.45

 

 

*Up to the amount collected per each transported scout in
vehicle. 

 

 

I propose the following changes be made to the above-cited text:

 

 

                                    ¢ Per mile

< 4 passengers                
 0.25*

> 5 passengers                  0.29*

Vehicles pulling the trailer 0.45

 

 

 

The reason for the proposed change:

 

The current fuel allowances are not adequate, having said that
the government average is 56.5 cents per mile. I am not saying we need to go
that high but we need at least 25 cents per mile for non-trailer pulling
vehicles and 45 cents for vehicles pulling the trailer could stay the same.  I know the thought is to get as many scouts
in a vehicle as possible but I would like the per mile allowance to start at 25
cents and go from there.

 

 

The figures I am using is a vehicle that gets 14 to 17 miles per
gallon “without a trailer” and 9 to 12 miles per gallon pulling the trailer.

 

 Value of fuel in my math
was $3.80 per gallon.

 

Change Proposal #5 & 6 – Troop
Annual Dues Collection Process

 

Submitted by:  

 

Name:   Jeff Blanton                 Scout
[  ]   
Parent [X]

 

 

This proposal is an:

 

[  ]        addition                                                                      

[  ]        deletion

[X ]       modification

 

To the existing:

 

[ X ]      Troop 854 Bi-Laws

[  ]        Troop 854 Guidebook

 

 

On
page 3, Article V, Dues, FUNDGING & REGISTRATION, paragraphs 1-4, the
current version states:

 

1. An annual
participation fee of $180 will be assessed to all registered Scouts in Troop
854. This

fee is payable on
August 1
st
of each
scouting year and must be paid in full no later than

December 25th of the same year.
Annually, this fee will pay for Troop dues, Troop insurance, one

(1) Troop Activity
Shirt, re-registration fees, cross-registration fees, Boys Life subscription,
troop

level equipment, and
all Boy Scout related awards and badges. The troop offers several

fundraising
opportunities during the fall for scouts to earn enough money to pay this fee.

 

2. Scouts who join
Troop 854 during the year will be assessed a prorated participation fee that
will

carry them forward to
the following August 1
st. This prorated fee
is due with their Boy Scout

application at the
time of joining. New Troop scouts will also receive one (1) Troop neckerchief,

red shoulder
epaulets, one (1) set of Troop numbers, and one (1) Troop nametag. Boys without
a

current BSA
membership are also responsible for paying the prorated membership fees and
initial

Boys Life
subscription, as determined by Central Florida Council.

 

3. Families with more
than one registered scout in Troop 854 will pay a reduced fee of $150 for the

second registered
sibling, $120 for the third registered sibling, etc, etc (the 7
th brother is free!).

Scouts who pay their
fee before September 1
st
will
receive a discount on their annual fee and only

pay $150.

 

4. Scouts who fail to
pay their annual participation fee in full by December 25
th will not be reregistered
in the troop during the annual recharter process and will be dropped from the
troop

rolls on
December 31
st.

 

I
propose the following changes be made to the above-cited text:

 

1. A semi-annual
participation fee (dues) of $90
will be assessed to all registered Scouts
in Troop 854. These fees will pay for Troop dues, Troop insurance, one
(1) Troop Activity Shirt each year, re-registration fees, cross-registration
fees, Boys Life subscription, troop equipment, general operating expenses and
all Boy Scout related awards and badges. The troop offers several fundraising
opportunities for scouts to earn enough money to pay these fees.

 

2. The semi-annual
fee is $90 and is payable on August 1st and again on Feb 1st and
must be paid in full within 90 days. Scouts who pay their fee within the first
30 days that the fee is payable will receive a discount and only pay $75.

 

3. Scouts who join
Troop 854 during the year will be assessed a prorated participation fee that
will carry them forward to when the next semi-annual fee is due. This
prorated fee is due with their Boy Scout application at the time of joining.
New Troop scouts will receive one (1) Troop neckerchief, green shoulder
epaulets, a Troop 854 number patch, and one (1) Troop nametag. Boys without a
current BSA membership are also responsible for paying the prorated membership
fees and initial Boys Life subscription, as determined by Central Florida
Council.

 

4. Families with more
than one registered scout in Troop 854 will pay a reduced semi-annual fee of
$75 f
or the second registered sibling, $60 for the third registered
sibling, etc, etc (the 6
th
brother
is free!).

 

5. Scouts who fail to
pay the August participation fee in full by December 25
th will not be
re-registered in the troop during the annual recharter process and will be
dropped from the troop

rolls
on December 31
st.

 

 

 

The
reason for the proposed change
: 

 

Changing from an annual participation fee to a semi-annual
participation fee will reduce the financial burden for both new and current
scouts in Troop 854 by spreading out the payment and can help in the retention
of “at risk scouts” who may choose to leave the Troop rather than pay the high
cost of an annual fee.

 

1.     Reducing
the fee due in Fall from $180 to $90 (half of the annual fee) will reduce the
financial burden/shock to the new scouts that cross over in February. New
scouts must already pay a prorated participation fee when they cross over
(approximately $63), a summer camp fee ($500+), as well as other expenses such
as uniforms, a scout book, and camping gear. This quick succession of expenses
can create a financial burden on our new scout families. Anything we can do to
reduce this situation can only benefit our new scout families.

 

2.     Reducing
the fee can also improve scout retention. 
Each year when the annual fee is payable in August (the start of the new
scout year) we have older scouts returning from summer break whose interest in
scouting and level of participation in troop activities has declined. These “at
risk scouts” are at a critical point in their scouting career where their
parents take a hard look at the $180 annual fee and ask themselves if it is
prudent to pay the fee with the distinct possibility that their son will drop
out of scouting a month or two later. The annual fee creates an un-necessary
“decision point” for these at risk scouts where they must decide whether it is
worth paying the annual fee or just drop out. This decision point can also
occur with new scouts that crossed over in February and for whatever reason
their Boy Scout experience is not what they had expected and have doubts about
continuing in the Troop.

 

3.     Sometimes
the decision to not pay the annual fee and leave scouting was the right choice
for the scout and his family. However, over the years, we have lost several
quality scouts who were still somewhat active and had enough interest in the
program to continue in the Troop but with the burden of the annual fee they
made the decision to drop out rather than continue. By implementing a
semi-annual fee, more of these at risk scouts may choose to continue in the
troop. There are many reasons that we lose scouts but financial reasons should
not be one of them.

 

4.     In
general terms, it is likely that most troop parents would prefer two lower
payments spread six months apart rather than one large payment.

 

5.     A
disadvantage of this proposal is that it will require the Troop to collect a
participation fee twice a year rather than just once a year. Although it will
add to the workload of our Troop Committee, I believe that it is in the best
interest of the Troop to make this change.

 

 

Submitted by:  

 

Name:   Jeff Blanton                 Scout
[  ]   
Parent [X]

 

This proposal is an:

[  ]        addition                                                                      

[  ]        deletion

[X ]       modification

 

To the existing:

[  ]        Troop 854 Bi-Laws

[ X ]      Troop 854
Guidebook

 

 

On
page 15, under Dues, Fees, and other Financial Matters, paragraphs 1-4, the
current version states:

 

An annual
participation fee of $180 will be assessed to all registered Scouts in Troop
854. This

fee is payable on
August 1
st
of each
scouting year and must be paid in full no later than

December 25th of the same year.
Annually, this fee will pay for Troop dues, Troop insurance, one

(1) Troop Activity
Shirt, re-registration fees, cross-registration fees, Boys Life subscription,
troop

level equipment, and
all Boy Scout related awards and badges. The troop offers several

fundraising
opportunities during the fall for scouts to earn enough money to pay this fee.

 

Scouts who join Troop
854 during the year will be assessed a prorated participation fee that will

carry them forward to
the following August 1
st. This prorated fee
is due with their Boy Scout

application at the
time of joining. New Troop scouts will also receive one (1) Troop neckerchief,

red shoulder
epaulets, one (1) set of Troop numbers, and one (1) Troop nametag. Boys without
a

current BSA membership
are also responsible for paying the prorated membership fees and initial

Boys Life
subscription, as determined by Central Florida Council.

 

Families with more
than one registered scout in Troop 854 will pay a reduced fee of $150 for the

second registered
sibling, $120 for the third registered sibling, etc, etc (the 7
th brother is free!).

Scouts who pay their
fee before September 1
st
will
receive a discount on their annual fee and only

pay $150.

 

Scouts who fail to
pay their annual participation fee in full by December 25
th will not be
reregistered in the troop during the annual recharter process and will be
dropped from the troop

rolls on
December 31
st.

 

I
propose the following changes be made to the above-cited text:

 

A semi-annual
participation fee (dues) of $90
will be assessed to all registered Scouts
in Troop 854. These fees will pay for Troop dues, Troop insurance, one
(1) Troop Activity Shirt each year, re-registration fees, cross-registration
fees, Boys Life subscription, troop equipment, general operating expenses and
all Boy Scout related awards and badges. The troop offers several fundraising
opportunities for scouts to earn enough money to pay these fees.

 

The semi-annual fee
is $90 and is payable on August 1st and again on Feb 1st and
must be paid in full within 90 days. Scouts who pay their fee within the first
30 days that the fee is payable will receive a discount and only pay $75.

 

Scouts who join Troop
854 during the year will be assessed a prorated participation fee that will
carry them forward to when the next semi-annual fee is due. This
prorated fee is due with their Boy Scout application at the time of joining.
New Troop scouts will receive one (1) Troop neckerchief, green shoulder
epaulets, a Troop 854 number patch, and one (1) Troop nametag. Boys without a
current BSA membership are also responsible for paying the prorated membership
fees and initial Boys Life subscription, as determined by Central Florida
Council.

 

Families with more
than one registered scout in Troop 854 will pay a reduced semi-annual fee of
$75 f
or the second registered sibling, $60 for the third registered
sibling, etc, etc (the 6
th
brother
is free!).

 

Scouts who fail to
pay the August participation fee in full by December 25
th will not be
re-registered in the troop during the annual recharter process and will be
dropped from the troop

rolls
on December 31
st.

 

The
reason for the proposed change
: 

 

Changing from an annual participation fee to a semi-annual
participation fee will reduce the financial burden for both new and current scouts
in Troop 854 by spreading out the payment and can help in the retention of “at
risk scouts” who may choose to leave the Troop rather than pay the high cost of
an annual fee.

 

1.     Reducing
the fee due in Fall from $180 to $90 (half of the annual fee) will reduce the
financial burden/shock to the new scouts that cross over in February. New scouts
must already pay a prorated participation fee when they cross over
(approximately $63), a summer camp fee ($500+), as well as other expenses such
as uniforms, a scout book, and camping gear. This quick succession of expenses
can create a financial burden on our new scout families. Anything we can do to
reduce this situation can only benefit our new scout families.

 

2.     Reducing
the fee can also improve scout retention. 
Each year when the annual fee is payable in August (the start of the new
scout year) we have older scouts returning from summer break whose interest in
scouting and level of participation in troop activities has declined. These “at
risk scouts” are at a critical point in their scouting career where their
parents take a hard look at the $180 annual fee and ask themselves if it is
prudent to pay the fee with the distinct possibility that their son will drop
out of scouting a month or two later. The annual fee creates an un-necessary “decision
point” for these at risk scouts where they must decide whether it is worth
paying the annual fee or just drop out. This decision point can also occur with
new scouts that crossed over in February and for whatever reason their Boy
Scout experience is not what they had expected and have doubts about continuing
in the Troop.

 

3.     Sometimes
the decision to not pay the annual fee and leave scouting was the right choice
for the scout and his family. However, over the years, we have lost several quality
scouts who were still somewhat active and had enough interest in the program to
continue in the Troop but with the burden of the annual fee they made the
decision to drop out rather than continue. By implementing a semi-annual fee,
more of these at risk scouts may choose to continue in the troop. There are
many reasons that we lose scouts but financial reasons should not be one of
them.

 

4.     In
general terms, it is likely that most troop parents would prefer two lower
payments spread six months apart rather than one large payment.

 

5.     A
disadvantage of this proposal is that it will require the Troop to collect a
participation fee twice a year rather than just once a year. Although it will
add to the workload of our Troop Committee, I believe that it is in the best
interest of the Troop to make this change.

 

May and June Coming Events!

Welcome New Scouts and Parents

February is that time of year when many young Webelo Scouts finally earn their highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light.  After earning the Arrow of Light these Scouts move on to a local Boy Scout Troop of their choice.  I understand we have 15 new scouts coming to Troop 854 this year.  This weekend these Webelos were treated to a special cross over ceremony that Troop 854 conducts every year at Camp La No Che just for these scouts that are crossing over into Boy Scouts.  Our very next camp out is geared toward these new scouts where our older scouts will work wit them on many basic scouting skills needed to earn the Scout and Tenderfoot Ranks.

To all of the new scouts and parents that have chosen the Troop 854 family I welcome you and look forward to having you as part of our Troop.

Yours In Scouting,

Rick Hubbard

Committee Chairman

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