Mountains District, NNJC
Policies & Procedures
Unit fund-raising projects
play an important role in enabling units to obtain new equipment, go on
camping trips, and participate in other activities and events. More important,
the way a unit earns money is of great importance in the education of youth
members in basic values. Usually, these projects fall into four groups:
Your district finance committee
is responsible for keeping units informed of national policies concerning
unit finance and for approving proposed unit money-earning projects like
those listed above. In addition, be sure that the members of your unit
committees understand their responsibility for guiding the finances of
the unit. These individuals not only promote the proper use of the unit
budget plan and administer unit funds, but they must also be familiar with
unit money-earning policies.
Service projects - car washes, forestry projects; the collection
of paper, aluminum, scrap iron, and plastic.
Activities involving parents - bake sales, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti
Sales of tickets for council shows or other events.
Sale of commercial product - candy, Christmas trees, first-aid kits,
popcorn, or light bulbs.
The following BSA policies are designed to protect both the unit
and the good reputation of Scouting:
General Guidelines for unit money-earning projects include:
No direct solicitation for funds by units is permitted.
The unit committee is the custodian of all funds.
All units must submit the Unit Money-Earning Application, No. 34427,
to the local council for approval. Such approval is contingent on prior
approval of the unit committee and chartered organization.
On the back of the Unit Money-Earning Application, you will find a set
of 10 questions for units to answer as they plan their project. If they
answer "yes" to all the questions, it is likely the project meets Scouting's
standards and will be approved.
Do not gamble or conflict with local ordinances.· Ensure your
project provides a value worthy of the money spent on the project.
Respect the territorial rights of other units.
Do not conflict with goods or services offered by established merchants
Do not schedule a project that conflicts with established dates of
fund-raising in the chartered organization, council, or community.
Protect the name and goodwill of the Boy Scouts of America.
Do not enter a contract that may bind the BSA, either locally or
Consider money-earning projects that serve a dual purpose of conservation
and money earning. Collection of aluminum, glass, paper, and scrap metal
can be profitable when conducted near a recycling facility. Units should
be sure of a market before any collection. A collection must be well planned
with adequate adult supervision and safety precautions.
The Unit Money-Earning Application is available through the Council