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.
A Scout is Thrifty-He does not wantonly destroy property. He works faithfully, wastes nothing, and makes the best use of his opportunities. He saves his money so that he may pay his own way, be generous to those in need, and helpful to worthy objects. He may work for pay, but must not receive tips for courtesies or "Good Turns."
Skill in doing anything has to come from experience. This is as true of handling money as it is of currying and harnessing a horse or servicing the automobile.
Years ago, the Scout requirements were changed to include provisions that met life conditions of rural boys. Instead of a cash "thrift" deposit in a bank, a rural boy may "earn, own and raise a farm animal" or "earn and contribute at least one dollar or its equivalent to the family budget."
Here we have a practical recognition of the fact that there are times when money is scarce around the farm and rural home-hence creative equivalents are provided.
The boy in the well-handled rural home lives in the presence of careful thrift. To give him actual experience in managing many of his own affairs is to teach him the essential art of business management. The educational values far exceed what most of us realize. Therefore, there is a far-visioned wisdom in placing suitable budget responsibilities on the young Scout's shoulders.
Scout expenses are neither numerous nor large but the Budget Plan says "Look ahead to what you'll need -then earn and save-so as to have it ready." This is good sense. The squirrels and bees weather their winters by doing exactly that.
Let us examine this sample Tribe Budget, which has been sent in by Lone Scouts.
Dues of 5c a week
What this amount will do
Registration Fee (for a year).............$ .50
Incidental Expense (for badges, handbooks, equipment) ............................65
"BOYS' LIFE" subscription (Scout Concession Offer) ...........................75
Welfare work (gift baskets, etc.)...........45
Sinking Fund (for emergencies)...........25
Total .................................. $2.60
In other words, the average of 5 cents per week, or 20 cents per month, will put and keep the Tribe affairs on a sound financial and business footing.
Here is a valuable plan:
1. The Tribe Scoutmaster and the Tribe Committee should talk over the budget plan, discuss what the Tribe needs are, and give especial thought to the ability of boys in the District Tribe to meet such a budget.
2. The Tribe Scoutmaster should then discuss the plan and the items carefully with the Leaders and
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Junior Officers of the Tribe-here again carefully reexamining the amount of dues, to be careful to embarrass no one.
3. The whole plan, as recommended by these two groups, should be thoroughly discussed by the Tribe members and both the plan and the amount of dues approved by the entire Tribe.
4. A small revolving fund of about one dollar per member is desirable. The Tribe Committee should take the responsibility for setting up such a fund to be kept intact by dues replacements-and using it only for the items as budgeted. To earn it is desirable.
5. A member of the Tribe should serve as Assistant Treasurer working with a member of the Tribe Committee who would serve as Treasurer. The funds should be banked. Monthly reports should be made to all concerned. Regular audits should be made.
While the farm and village situation as to chances to earn is different from that of the city, where there are more people who might be needing help-yet the farm and rural town provide many ways:
1. The rural Scout may raise and market a cash crop of his own, perhaps in a 4-H or home project.
2. The roadside stand affords opportunities for sales of various products of the farm.
3. Where neighbors are off a main road, he might sell them on a commission basis.
4. Various personal services can be offered in cleaning, moving, mowing lawns, clearing up yards, washing windows, washing automobiles, whitewashing fences. The selling of home made things has surprising possibilities. One enterprising pair of youngsters in a small community undertook to wash dogs for people for a modest sum. Their business thrived and the boys made thrift dollars.
5. Wild flowers, mistletoe, nuts, pussy willows, as well as flowers and vegetables raised in the home garden may be sold door to door or from roadside stands. Mistletoe has been gathered by boys in the South and distributed by Scouts in the urban territory of Northern councils.
6. Small evergreens have been planted and raised to Christmas tree size and then sold as live Christmas trees. Some nursery stock is very profitable though it does take time.
7. For the Scout who is a craftsman, the products of his skill may be sold direct, or from a roadside stand, on commission, or may be handled by some local store.
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