"Ewan Scott" <***@btinternet.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
Post by Ewan Scott
Bit smaller, but I visited Brighouse Gala Day and there were three Scout
Groups present with hot dog/ burger stalls. Only youth member in view at the
time was a Beaver - I didn't think it was a wonderful advert for Scouting
at all, but that's just me.
I would tend to agree with you - it does however depend on what the Groups
were trying to achieve.
If they were trying to recriut new members or leaders then they were way off
mark just having a Beaver accidentally in uniform and in selling hot dogs at
If on the other hand they were not trying to "sell" Scouting but just raise
funds then I guess that it didn't matter whether they were Scouts, Guides,
Boys Brigade or the local youth club.
I do know that at one local Gala round here the Scouts and Guides used to
run the cocanut shy - I am not sure whether they wore uniforms or not but
ALL the funds raised went into the gala fund and then any profits from the
day could be applied for by the various organisations from the village. In
this case they could raise a lot of money for the fund and an organisation
who had done nothing at the gala could apply for funding and the Scouts
could (although never did) get nothing.