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Unit Money-Earning Project Tips

A unit’s money-earning methods should reflect Scouting’s basic values. Whenever your unit is planning a money-earning project, this
checklist can serve as your guide. If your answer is “Yes” to all the questions that follow, it is likely the project conforms to Scouting’s
standards and will be approved.

  1. Do you really need a fundraising project?

    There should be a real need for raising money based on
    your unit’s program. Units should not engage in money-earning projects merely because someone has offered an
    attractive plan. Remember that individual youth members
    are expected to earn their own way. The need should be
    beyond normal budget items covered by dues.
  2. If any contracts are to be signed, will they be
    signed by an individual, without reference to
    the Boy Scouts of America and without binding the
    the local council, the Boy Scouts of America, or the
    chartered organization?

    Before any person in your unit signs a contract,
    he/she must make sure the venture is legitimate and worthy.
    If a contract is signed, he/she is personally responsible. He/
    she may not sign on behalf of the local council or the Boy
    Scouts of America, nor may he/she bind the chartered organization without its written authorization. If you are not
    sure, check with your district executive for help.
  3. Will your fundraiser prevent promoters from trading on
    the name and goodwill of the Boy Scouts of America?

    Because of Scouting’s good reputation, customers rarely
    question the quality or price of a product. The nationwide
    network of Scouting units must not become a beehive of
    commercial interest.
  4. Will the fundraising activity uphold the good name of the
    BSA? Does it avoid games of chance, gambling, etc.?

    Selling raffle tickets or other games of chance is a
    direct violation of the BSA Rules and Regulations,
    which forbid gambling. The product must not
    detract from the ideals and principles of the BSA.
  5. If a commercial product is to be sold, will it be sold on
    its own merits and without reference to the needs of

    All commercial products must sell on their own merits, not
    the benefit received by the Boy Scouts. The principle of
    value received is critical in choosing what to sell.
  6. If a commercial product is to be sold, will the fundraising
    activity comply with BSA policy on wearing the uniform?

    The official uniform is intended to be worn primarily for use
    in connection with Scouting activities. However, council
    executive boards may approve the use of the uniform for any
    fundraising activity. Typically, council popcorn sales or
    Scout show ticket sales are approved, uniform fundraisers.
  7. Will the fundraising project avoid soliciting money
    or gifts?

    The BSA Rules and Regulations state, “Youth members
    shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money for
    their chartered organizations, for the local council, or in
    support of other organizations. Adult and youth members
    shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money in
    support of personal or unit participation in local, national,
    or international events.”

    For example, Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and leaders should
    not identify themselves as Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts or as a
    troop/pack participate in The Salvation Army’s Christmas
    Bell Ringing program. This would be raising money for
    another organization. At no time are units permitted to
    solicit contributions for unit programs.
  8. Does the fundraising activity avoid competition with
    other units, your chartered organization, your local
    council, and the United Way?

    Check with your chartered organization representative and
    your district executive to make certain that your chartered
    organization and the council agree on the dates and type
    of fundraiser.

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