In some packs, troops and crews, adults pay nothing to attend weekend camping trips.
Instead, as a way to thank the Scouters for their service and time, their costs are included in the campout fee for the Scouts/Venturers.
In other words, instead of paying $12 to cover food and supplies during a weekend trip, Scouts might pay $15. That would cover the cost of adult leaders’ food, facility fees and any other one-time expenses.
Michael R. belongs to one of those troops, and he wrote me with this question:
I wanted to know if it is only something troops in our area do. … Please let me know. We are reviewing our bylaws and want to be sure we are doing what is right/expected — not something that we just came up with on our own.
Michael is referring to those weekend trips most troops take every month. He isn’t including things like summer camp or trips to BSA high-adventure bases or the national jamboree. For those costlier events, adults do pay their own way.
For this Tuesday Talkback, let’s discuss: Who pays for the adult leaders’ camping fees in your Scout unit?