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Fundraising

Main fundraiser

Each year Troop 229 does a fundraiser in the fall, shortly after the start of the school year. Historically we have sold a variety of items, such as BSA popcorn, Racine Kringle, Berres Brothers Coffee, and a favorite of many, Holiday Wreaths! We ask each scout to participate in fundraising in order to help with the costs of attending our many exciting events throughout the year. Details on the specific dates for fundraising will be provided toward the beginning of the school year, but as far as a general timeline we typicallly see the following:

  • Mid September - Fundraising packets are delivered by the Fundraising Coordinator. Selling starts on a specified date.
  • Early-Mid October - Sales end and order forms are returned to the Fundraising Coordinator.
  • Mid November - Product arrives and is picked up by each family during a designated pickup time.
  • End November - Money due to Fundraising Coordinator. (One check, made out to Troop 229)

Scrip

Troop 229 also utilizes Scrip fundraising. With Scrip, gift cards from merchants where you typically shop can be purchased. Each merchant offers a percentage rebate (varies by merchant, between 1.5 and 19%) on the purchase price of the card. The profits from these purchases are considered part of the scout's fundraising for the year.

Where does the money go?

Our troop is 100% volunteer, so we do not have any overhead of salaries to pay. Our committee always looks to keep expenses down wherever possible by utilizing meeting sites that are no-cost. There are still a number of expenses needed in order to successfully run our Troop such as rechartering and registration fees, equipment repair/replacement, and the purchasing of rank/merit badges. A percentage of the profits from fundraising are budgeted to cover these costs, but the majority of the fundraising profits are allocated to "Scout Accounts."

Scout Accounts

All fundraising profits will owned and controlled by the troop, although we do track how much was raised by each scout. That amount will be tracked and available for the scout to use to participate in other scout events such as Eagles Nest, Fall & Winter campouts, Summer camp, etc.

Costs

There is an annual cost to join the troop. This cost can vary each year based on both national and council required fees. Please feel free to reach out with any questions to the troop leadership.

The majority of the events planned for the troop are "pay-as-you-go" by each scout. Fundraising helps to assist the scouts with offsetting some of those costs, but participation is not required. In the event that the scout does not fundraise enough to cover their events, the balance will need to be paid in full prior to the event registration.

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