A Scout is thrifty.  He does not wantonly destroy property.  He works faithfully, wastes nothing, and makes the best use of his opportunities.  He saves his money so that he may pay his own way, be generous to those in need, and helpful to worthy projects.  He may work for pay, but must not receive tips for courtesies or Good Turns.                                                                                            

Scouts Pay Their Own Way

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One of Troop 868's goals is to help our scouts learn the value of hard work and experience the sense of personal achievement that comes from paying one's own way.

Toward that end, the troop conducts a number of fund-raising projects throughout the year.  Part of the money raised is used to fund general troop operations and part is set aside into a special "CampFund Account" maintained by the treasurer for each scout.  Scouts may use funds in their individual CampFund Accounts to pay all (or at least a significant portion) of the cost to attend summer resident camp and any associated activities that are part of the trip.

Because of outstanding participation and support by both scouts and their parents for troop fundraising, Troop 868 does not charge any dues or sustaining membership fees and transportation costs for monthly outings throughout the year are subsidized to keep participation costs for weekend outings and other activities affordable for all scouts.

The CampFund Account system makes it possible for EVERY Troop 868 scout to attend summer resident camp with the troop at little or no out of pocket cost to his parents.

Vincent, Chris, and Trey walk a neighborhood on a Saturday morning knocking on doors and handing out order forms in hopes of getting residents to purchase plants from us. Patrick chats with a customer at the troop's annual Plant Sale and stands ready to carry her selection to the check-out area.
Philip helps a customer with some bedding plants at the Troop's annual Plant Sale. Andrew and Vince hawk candy bars outside a local gas station.
J.D. and Clinton sell candy bars in the lobby at a local Kroger grocery store. Stephen and Tim sell candy bars outside another local Kroger store.