Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts discontinue partnership with United Way

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

The Boy Scouts of America Calcasieu

Area Council is discontinuing its partnership with United Way Southwest

Louisiana after

the organization reduced its annual financial allocation to the

Scouts by 70 percent. Now, the Council can raise funding year-round

without restrictions, said Council President Tom Price.

The Council’s executive board decided unanimously to be removed as an agency, effective immediately. The reduction in funding would have begun in July.

“All donations to the Council will provide unrestricted funding for the traditional scouting program and Camp Edgewood,” Price

said Monday.

In June, the local Boy Scouts Council

was allocated $32,549 from United Way of Southwest Louisiana — a funding

reduction of

$88,451 for 2013. Last year, the group received $121,000, or 19.8

percent, of its $611,000 annual operating budget. The Boy

Scouts would have received almost $41,000 because United Way

allows for designations by donors. The group would have gotten

the higher of the two numbers.

In 2000, the national initiative of the

United Way was to modify its procedures for fund distribution. The

model, called the

Community Impact Business Model, is based on funding programs that

achieve “measurable results,” concentrating on assisting

programs that provide opportunities for at-risk children and

adults. This year, the local chapter of the United Way adopted

this model.

The funding from United Way going to

the local Boy Scouts was being used for overhead and not the at-risk

population, as defined

by United Way. When defining “at-risk,” United Way “looks at

indicators of potential barriers relating to education, income

and health,” the local United Way documented.

“While the United Way of Southwest

Louisiana is disappointed that the local Boy Scouts are discontinuing

their partnership

with the United Way, we wish them all the best and success,”

Raymond Steiner, United Way chairman of the Board of Directors,

said in a statement. “We will be happy to work with them in the

future should they decide to develop programs for families

unable to participate in scouting due to financial constraints.”

“The Council wishes to recognize the importance of United Way, which provides vital financial support through public donations

to many worthwhile partner agencies in our community,” Price said.

The Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts will now

be totally dependent on public donations. Just like United Way, the

Council is a nonprofit

organization and all donations are tax deductible. The public can

support traditional scouting directly by mailing support

to: Calcasieu Council, 304 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr., Lake Charles,

LA 70601; by calling the Council office at 436-3376 to make

a donation by credit card; or by setting up an automatic payroll

deduction donation with employers.

“On behalf of our Scouts, the Council

wishes to thank everyone in SWLA for their steadfast support,” Price

said. “Boy Scouts

have been an important part of the development of youth into

leaders in our community for more than 100 years and with your

help will continue as such for many more.”