When the New Wears Off (March 2013)

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Capital improvement programs are not always the answer to declining camp attendance. A camp makeover or a “Cub World” is no substitute for strong leadership and well-executed programs.
Consider the following.

  • Money raised for ill-conceived projects that are destined to fail can hurt future fundraising efforts and Scouting overall.
  • New facilities can make good programs better, but they can also make poorly planned programs worse by raising the level of everyone’s expectations.
  • When considering a facilities expansion, consider where the Scouts are going to come from. They don’t magically appear because of a new facility.
  • What is left after the new wears off?
  • If you build it, can you maintain it?

The Properties Department can help you work through these issues to develop the best game plan for Scouts and Scouting. Send us an email at fixcamp@scouting.org or call Jennifer Bevis at 972-580-7826 to arrange for a consultant visit by phone.