In a Neighborhood Patrol where there is no sponsoring committee, the three parents who approve the Patrol Scoutmaster are the ones with whom the Scoutmaster should first talk over the advantages of a Patrol Budget Plan and how it should be handled. They in turn should talk it over with other parents involved, while the Scoutmaster is doing the same thing with his Scouts. The important thing is to be certain that no boy or home is embarrassed. The Patrol Budget Plan and the amount it entails should be adopted by the Scouts of the Patrol, as something they want to do, after having had time to discuss it at home.

The Neighborhood Patrol (or Den) probably meets weekly and the weekly budget plan of 5 cents from each Scout (or 10 cents if they prefer) creates a carrying fund. The items covered are the same as for a Scout in a Tribe or Troop. Setting aside 5 cents per Scout per week will cover:

1. The Scout's Registration Fee................. $ .50

2. "Boys' Life"-a year's subscription (concession price) .....................................75

3. Scout Handbook (50c)-unless they decide to buy these individually-and badges...............65

4. Welfare Work (gift baskets, etc.).............25

5. Sinking Fund (for emergencies)...............25

6. Available to add to item (3) or (5).............20

52 weeks @ 5 cents each................. $2.60

These funds should be turned over to one of the parents serving as Treasurer, with one of the Scouts as Assistant Treasurer. The funds should be banked; reported on regularly, audited, and used only for the purposes planned.

Lone Scout (or Lone Explorer, or Lone Cub) Budget Plan

In many respects the Budget Plan gives the Lone Scout (or Lone Cub) a maximum of training, because he not only must earn and secure the money, but he also must administer it with the cooperation of his "Friend and Counselor," or his father, or both. One of the Lone Scout's personal jobs is to keep a record of his own Budget showing this regularly to his "Friend and Counselor" for approval or suggestions.

His 5 cents a week "laid by" will do considerable for him-in 52 weeks it becomes $2.60.

Sample Budget for Lone Scout (Lone Cub-5c per week)

Reregistration Fee-for next year................ $ .50

"Boys' Life"-one year-Scout Concession Price.. .75 Scout Handbook (50c) or some Rural Merit Badge pamphlets ....................................50

Scout Badges or special item......................25

Small gift to some worthy cause..................30

Special Fund (for emergencies)..................30

52 weeks at 5c each....................... $2.60

At 10 cents a week a Scout would accumulate $5.20, which he might budget, with the help of his "Friend and Counselor," something as follows:

Sample Budget for Lone Scout (Lone Cub) at 10c per week

Reregistration Fee-for next year................ $ .50

"Boys' Life"-one year-Scout Concession Price.....75

Scout Handbook (50c) or some Rural Merit Badge pamphlets ....................................50

Scout Badges...................................25

Gift to some worthy community cause, Red Cross, etc.......................................... 1.00

For building a Home First Aid Cabinet........... 1.00

For purchasing hobby books......................75

For Emergencies................................45

52 weeks at 10c each...................... $5.20

These sample budgets indicate what may be done with a small amount regularly "laid by." On a 10-cent budget, a Scout could purchase a young calf in some sections and seasons, and start towards ownership and a substantial value which might be the nucleus of his educational or college fund.

The banking of the sums will depend on local conditions and distances. This plan may do much to train the young Cub, Scout, or Senior Scout in management and thrift, so essential to getting along happily and well throughout life. (Get copy of Troop Budget Record Book and literature from Council office.)