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Area Boy Scouts losing 20 percent of funding

Last Modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:28 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

The Boy Scouts of America Calcasieu Area Council will lose $121,000, or 20 percent, of its current income — which will present a “major financial challenge” after losing funding from United Way of Southwest Louisiana, a council member said.

“Without significant new donations being received, the Boy Scout board will be faced with raising costs and cutting services and programs to the current membership,” said Council President Tom Price.

The council board is required to balance its budget annually, he said.

“We teach our youth in Scouting how to face challenges and overcome them,” Price said. “That is exactly what the council shall do. Scouting will continue in Southwest Louisiana.”

In December, the local United Way board voted to adopt the focus of its national organization to identify and support the “at-risk” population in the area. United Way funding to all 35 agencies was restricted to only those individuals and programs that meet this new criteria.

“We have a long history of partnership with the Calcasieu Area Council Boy Scouts of America and believe that they provide meaningful service to young men throughout Southwest Louisiana,” Denise Durel, president/CEO of the local United Way, has said. “It is not our intent to withhold funds for the Boy Scouts or any other United Way organization — as long as they meet the criteria established by our board of directors.”

This change in focus and funding restrictions presented one of the challenges for the council officials as they tried to present a viable allocation request to United Way for this year, Price said.

“Although the Scouting program certainly serves youth who would qualify under the ‘at-risk’ definition, the Scouts do not designate its members based on this definition,” Price said. “Simply put, a Scout is a Scout in the Boy Scouts.”

After multiple failed attempts at presenting a request within the new criteria, the Scouts presented a new program to United Way involving a free Scouting program at a Title I school in a low-income area in which United Way would provide complete funding, he said. The new program would meet the new focus, and all funds received from United Way would be restricted to this program, meeting all of the new requirements.

Price said the proposal was accepted and is in the review process. The council board awaits the decision of the local United Way and will then make a decision on implementation.

The council has sponsored Scouting in Southwest Louisiana for more than 100 years. Its mentoring program provides character development and values-based leadership training, Price said. The group is the largest youth-serving organization in the area with a membership of about 5,000.

The council board recommends that any organizations or individuals who support the Scouts send future donations directly to its offic, 304 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

Posted By: Tom On: 4/23/2013

Title: Follow the Money

UW collected over 4 million dollars in donations this year alone. According to their form 990, 15% of that will be retained for UW expenses...that's 600 thousand dollars! UW is then going to regulate how an agency spends the money UW collected on their behalf? That's just wrong....time for the public of SWLA to dump UW and take the time to support their charity directly!!

Posted By: Mike Moore On: 4/21/2013

Title: United Way isn't the Blame!

As a former employee of the Calcasieu Area Council I say stay Scout-Strong and continue to move forward. There is enough blame to go around but it will not solve the problem. If UW wants out of the scouting business as scouts we should allow them to do so. The scouting program was started for young at-Risk youth to have an outlet to express themselves by allowing them to attend a week of camp at beautiful Camp Edgewood and enter act with youth from different races and social economic backgrounds. So what UW wants to cut the treasures they have been committed to providing for so many years.
I blame ourselves for falling a sleep behind the wheel and not seeing this issues becore it got to this point. When wee took away the Chales-Moore-Davis district the membership of the Calcasieu Area Council has been in a Nose-Dive ever since. There were dedicate leaders who gave of their time and treasures to ensure that all At-Risk youth got the opportunity to become a scout.
So lets not blame United Way we must first look in the mirror and ask ourselves, as scouts have we done all that could have done to save this great organization. What did we do before United Way's monies came into play?
I say to you stay Scout-Strong and we will survive this too. And I would recommend you pick the book title Who moved my cheese.
Thanks

Posted By: Barbara Cummings On: 4/20/2013

Title: A million in reserves

United Way has one million dollars in it's checking account and one million dollars in Certificates of Deposits at local banks, and they can't afford to allocated funds to the Boy Scouts of America? UW of SWLA has one of the healthiest reserve ratios in the country. There is no need to squirrel away all of this money when many of the local agencies are in need.

Posted By: Bobby Glenn On: 4/20/2013

Title: Tree of Impact

I think each of us who werre impacted by the Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts should send a letter to the United Way with a "Tree of Impact" concerning "At-Risk" children.
My tree would show my serving as an advisor for an Explorer Post that had at least one member become an Episcopal Priest who in turn has been implementing programs for At-risk children for over 30 years. It would show how along my way to getting a degree in Special Education (Ph.D.) I impacted hundreds of At-risk children as a Psychologist in programs serving the mentally challenged (even through saving a life implementing skills learned in the Boy Scouts. How I have been a Cub Master and Scout Master for hundreds of Scouts who learned how to serve At-risk populations due to my interest and skills learned at Camp Edgewood and in service projects in my Troop and Explorer Post. I was a Scoutmaster for a troop in a Texas State School for Mentally Retarded.
Cutting funds to "the Boy Scouts" is actually cutting funding to one of the MOST effective training programs for those to work with "At-risk". Since this training is learned over many years and through many projects, they also develop a PASSION for serving others.
Bobby Glenn
Eagle Scout w/2 Palms
Asst Waterfront Director @ Camp Edgewood
Asst Troop Leader - Troop 116
President - Post 116
BA - Government & History - McNeese State University
MS - Applied Psychology - McNeese State University
Ph.D. - Educational Psychology - Texas A&M
Cubmaster for 4 Packs
Scoutmaster for 3 Troops
Asst Advisor for 1 Post
Ltc - USAR (Retired)
Senior Life Saving
Water Safety Instructor - twice
Soccer Coach for 8 years

My tree would show my serving as an advisor for an Explorer Post that had at least one member become an Episcopal Priest who in turn has been implementing programs for At-risk children for over 30 years. It would show how along my way to getting a degree in Special Education (Ph.D.) I impacted hundreds of At-risk children as a Psychologist in programs serving the mentally challenged (even through saving a life implementing skills learned in the Boy Scouts. How I have been a Cub Master and Scout Master for hundreds of Scouts who learned how to serve At-risk populations due to my interest and skills learned at Camp Edgewood and in service projects in my Troop and Explorer Post. I was a Scoutmaster for a troop in a Texas State School for Mentally Retarded.
Cutting funds to "the Boy Scouts" is actually cutting funding to one of the MOST effective training programs for those to work with "At-risk". Since this training is learned over many years and through many projects, they also develop a PASSION for serving others.
Bobby Glenn
Eagle Scout w/2 Palms
Asst Waterfront Director @ Camp Edgewood
Asst Troop Leader - Troop 116
President - Post 116
BA - Government & History - McNeese State University
MS - Applied Psychology - McNeese State University
Ph.D. - Educational Psychology - Texas A&M
Cubmaster for 4 Packs
Scoutmaster for 3 Troops
Asst Advisor for 1 Post
Ltc - USAR (Retired)
Senior Life Saving
Water Safety Instructor - twice
Soccer Coach for 8 years" />

Posted By: Regina Buckswalter On: 4/19/2013

Title: No need to go through the middle man otherwise known as United Way

Donate directly to the agency of your choice. Why donate to United Way who takes a percentage of donations to cover their overhead? Send your money directly to these agencies who serve the "at risk". Don't let Denise Durel or the board determine where your money goes. You determine it yourself by sending your donation directly to the agencies in need.

Posted By: Ethan Miller On: 4/18/2013

Title: Define "at risk"

I think we all need an explanation of what "at risk" means. Somebody has some explaining to do.

Posted By: Carl Cummins On: 4/18/2013

Title: UNITED WAY HAS LOST ITS WAY

The leadership of the United Way has lost its focus. I used to live and work in Lake Charles in the late 70's and even then the United Way was trying to find ways to reduce its support of Scouting. Why! Liberal, cowardly thinking of inept leadership. The United Way has for years tried to bring the BSA down to its level of being politically correct, which in itself, only degrades character. The Boy Scouts of America is a fine organization which actually delivers a character based program to youth who desired to participate. Its time to tell the United Way, keep your money, if you require it to be tainted. The the BSA leadership needs to go to the major donors and the public to share the success of the program and request a portion of the United Way funding to be donated directly to the BSA. Be a friend of Scouting, give to your local council.

Posted By: Blake Lepretre- with troop 25 On: 4/18/2013

Title: how

I clearly dont understand how scouting cannot be for the (at risk population) I dont know how else to put this but, I am a result of the so called at risk population. I had already came into contact with drugs at 12 years old but scouting turned my life around. Without scouting this at risk youth or used to be. No telling were id be right now probllay jail or maybe even dead but scouting turned that around for me. Taught me wrong from right showed me true morals that I would not have learned other wise.I have scouts and the united way to thank for this. so how does this not affect the at risk population again?{followers into leaders, boys into men}

Posted By: Jason "Buford" Caesar On: 4/17/2013

Title: Same games, Same players.

Children, donaters......they lose.

Posted By: John S. Perilloux On: 4/17/2013

Title: Write it in plain English

Just tell us, in easily understandable terms, why the Boy Scouts are being dropped from the program. It seems that whoever wrote the article is just dancing all around the problem in an attempt to obfuscate the real reason.

Posted By: claude On: 4/17/2013

Title: Donations

All of the money I used to donate to the United Way will now go directly to the local Boy Scout council.

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