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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.


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2/4/01

Your Local Scout Council and BSA National Doesn't Support the Scout Unit Financially, the Parents Do, says an Adult Leader



Letter: Scouts, leaders, don't benefit from donations

I realize that you have used quite a bit of ink on this subject, but allow me, if you will, to add another slant. With all this money from United Way and the large amount of donations from other sources, where is this money going (TNT, 1-27)? As a former Cub Scout leader and Boy Scout parent, I can assure you that the kids don't see a dime.

I was assigned as the fund-raising chairman in my sons' pack. We had to raise funds for outings, awards, leadership training, prizes and all expenditures by our pack. We never received so much as a penny from the Pacific Harbors Council. In fact, we had to pay it for registration fees for the boys and the adult leaders and for any training seminars that our leaders attended.

On many occasions, money for prizes and decorations came out of the pocket of one of the leaders. On few occasions, they were reimbursed by the pack.

I am in no way putting down scouting. My sons got a great deal from the scouting program, and I would encourage parents to get involved along with their sons. I would also encourage anybody who donates to United Way to direct the donation away from the Boy Scouts until they stop their discriminatory practices.

Believe me, you will not be affecting the boys at the local unit. They are run, financed and maintained by a very dedicated group of parent volunteers. Give the pack or troop your donation personally. You will be doing a lot of good toward the support of some great kids and great parents.


- JOSEPH COTÉ, Tacoma

 

 

 

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