Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scout Camp Alert

Scouters and scout families -- the results are in from our fundraising auction earlier this month, and now we've got to scramble to get scout camp paid for as soon as we can.

To attend camp this year, each scout will have to pay $120. That's a bit more than we expected, so let me explain. The auction this year raised an amount comparable to what was raised last year, when scouts only had to pay $40 to go to camp.

However, we need to remember that the fundraiser is for all scout and young women activities in the ward. This year, the allocation went differently, less in favor of the scouts. The Varsity team and the Explorer crew are planning a multi-day trip to southern Utah this summer, which is going to cost them a bit more, and there are more girls going to girls camp. As they got less money from the auction last year than the scouts did, the allocation went in their favor this year. That seems fair to me.

Scout Camp is a wonderful opportunity for your boys. They get to work with others of their age on scout advancement and try new things, ranging from rappelling to rifle and shotgun shooting, in a safe environment where they learn a lot. They get a lot of scouting out of one week of scout camp -- it would take me months as scoutmaster to offer your boys what they get in one week.

Nevertheless, we do need to come up with $120 per scout for scout camp this year. We also have to have the money turned in by May 15. If money is a problem, please talk with me. We have some who are willing to sponsor scouts who have a financial burden but who still want to go to camp. The bottom line is, if your scout wants to go to camp, we'll get them there. We do ask that you pay what you can.

You can either pay with your donations at church, or you can make the payments through me. I can't accept cash -- make any checks out to the Ammon 11th Ward. If you have any questions, please call me.

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