But why make this change now? The challenge for several years has been that many units don't participate in the annual family giving campaign. Approximately 1 in 4 families contributes anything to the campaign. This is not sustainable financially, and so Montana Council is changing to an annual fee and eliminating the need for any unit to host a fund raising presentation. As one of those presenters, I can only say "Yea!" as it is always awkward and seems to disrupt our ceremonies. We are all in Scouting together, and the Council Fee is a way for everyone to contribute.
Yes, for some families this may be a hardship, which was the advantage of the previous give-if-you-can approach where those families did not have an additional cost. Fortunately, there are some scholarships. Also, some units go all-out with Popcorn and off-set members fees. Units or individual members can still do this! I encourage you to read the entire nicely presented information brochure, and of course talk to our District Executive Renee Stephens if you have any questions.
Mountain Valley Vice-Chair of Training and Communications