The primary source of funding for Scouting's activities is individual membership fees. Additional funding is provided by camp and special events user fees. The financial support received from various internal and external sources, helps to reduce membership and other user fees.
Groups should consider fundraising as a way to supplement the income from fees. Groups may plan their own fundraising activities or they may choose to participate in fundraising programs offered at the Area (for example Apple Day) and National / Council level (for example Scout Popcorn).
If a Group elects to plan their own fundraising, a request needs to be submitted to their Area Commissioner in a timely manner.
Groups should be aware that processing may take up to 4 weeks (depending upon the nature of the fundraising program).
Prior permission is not needed if a Group wants to participate in one of the following programs in which Central Escarpment Council participates.
Scout Popcorn ("Scout Canada's most sucessful fundraising program!")
Every year we continue to grow in our popcorn fundraising efforts and the 2007 campaign was no different. Last fall Central Escarpment Council had over $550 thousand in popcorn sales. Over $200 thousand of this was retained by participating groups and additional funding went to support the Central Escapment Council and the National Council.
Many thanks go out to all those who sold the product, those who bought the product and those who distributed the product for without your help this would have been an impossible task.
Scouttrees for Canada
What is it?
In 1972 Scouting in Mississauga and Georgetown ran a national pilot program for a project, which became known as Trees for Canada. Now known as Scoutrees For Canada, it has become a Canada-wide environmental program designed to give all members of Scouts Canada the opportunity to demonstrate, through action, their concern for their community.
In future years the millions of trees (over 50 million trees planted since 1972 and increasing by 3.5 million a year) will help beautify Canada and provide a renewable resource. The members involved receive practical training in conservation and reforestation and they will see the results of their work for years to come.
Scoutrees For Canada can also be a fund raising project. The funds raised have been used to help further Scouting in our community and to develop campsites. Some of the money is used to support international Scout programs designed to help Scouts in Third World counties learn about "village technology" so they can help their families and communities. Learning about fish farming, planting trees on the edge of the Sahara, learning trades - these are examples of projects Scouts have undertaken in the past few year.
How does it work?
Each participant is provided with a kit to use to solicit sponsorship pledges for the trees, which are to be planted by the section or group. On planting day the trees are planted in different location within our Council. After planting day the pledges are collected and a report and a percentage of the funds are forwarded to the local Council Office. A donation tax receipts are given if a $10.00 or more pledge is given.
What happens to the funds?
Seventy percent of the net funds raised are kept by the group for their use and the remaining 30% is forwarded to the Council Office and the Provincial as well as the National Councils via the Local Council Office. The Council share (15%) is used to offset local Scoutrees costs and operation costs. The Provincial share (5%) is used to support special growth projects in northern Ontario and the National share (15%) funds the Canadian Brotherhood Fund to assists Scouts in developing countries run self-help programs adapted to local needs and conditions (for information on the Canadian Scout Brotherhood see the National website at www.scouts.ca )
When does it happen?
Planting day is usually near the end of April, check the Central Escarpment Planner calendar for the exact date. But remember, if you wish to participate your group or section must make a commitment in the previous fall.
How do we get involved?
Each September a letter from the Council Scoutrees Chair, is sent to each Group Chair requesting a Commitment Form for interested groups be returned to the Council Office by late November with the number of planters anticipated and the name, address and telphone number of your group Scoutrees co-ordinator. Call the council office at 416-490-6364 or the toll free number of 1-888-SCOUTSNOW to obtain a Commitment Form.
What do co-ordinators do?
They attend one pre-planting and one post-planting meeting at the Council Office. They provide information to the Scouters in each participating section to send home with parents to ensure maximum participation and support. They arrange for meals and or refreshments, garbage bags, extra shovels, etc. They liase with the part representative, provide or arrange for basic planting instruction and co-ordinate parents and youth on planting day to make the wisest use of time and people.
Year Round - Planned Giving
Planned Giving enables donors to make future/deferred contributions to Scouting through a number of tax creditable methods. Supporters may wish to support the Movement by remembering Scouts Canada in their will. Please contact the Council Executive Director