This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The Finance Committee of the area council is charged with the responsibility of preparing, with an eye to area needs and resources, a council budget for adoption by the Executive Board. It also develops a campaign plan for working through each district in effecting organization of a financial effort within the districts for raising the needed funds-either directly or in cooperation with a joint community effort in community chests of their districts.
In this Handbook on Rural Scouting, we are concerned chiefly with the rural districts which are the council units which have direct contact with rural boys, homes and neighborhoods.
At the outset, we must be certain that there are on the Council Finance Committee some men who are farmers and rural people. Also we must be certain that they participate in the finance planning that concerns the rural sections of the district. Show how each gift dollar is used to bring service to boys and leaders in their own district.
The Rural District follows the same general plan as that outlined for all other districts. Captains and team workers need to be people familiar with rural matters and with rural contacts. They must understand the attitudes of rural people and know the financial resources of people in their districts.
The load falls on relatively fewer leaders in rural districts. Everybody knows everybody else. They dislike display. Debts repel them. Economy attracts. They eat at home-so paying for expensive luncheons is an item. They live closer to their homes and are deeply interested in their youth. Probably the play and recreation aspects of Scouting mean less here than do the service, thrift and educational aspects of first aid and the vocational possibilities of the many Merit Badges on rural subjects. Gifts may be in smaller amounts (varying with crop conditions), but once won over, rural people are a very dependable constituency. They need to be approached by folk who "speak their language" to the extent of knowing their problems. In rural areas short-term campaigns are desirable. Towns of 1,000 to 5,000 population may require from two days to a week for the general solicitation. Towns under 1,000 can be handled on a half day, one, two, or three day schedule. Small villages of 250 or less and the rural open country neighborhoods work best, usually, on a one-half day or "dawn to dusk" intensive basis with breakfast "kick-off," "luncheon report" and "victory dinner" in rapid sequence. Sometimes it can be done in an evening.