Making High Adventure Affordable
High-adventure opportunities can be expensive, but these opportunities should not put a drain on family finances. And certainly high-adventure should not be out of reach of any Scout or Venturer. Most programs require plenty of advance planning. Maybe even two years for adventures such as Philmont. Use this planning time to start saving early. There are plenty of ways for individuals to save. Click on the links in the text below for information and applications. You can also download a printable flyer.
How much money do you need to save each day?
Patriots' Path Council employs more than 250 people annually at our Boy Scout and Cub Scout summer camps. We also offer stipends for Scouts who assist with programs such as COPE, summer camp promotions and other Scouting programs.
Many council, unit and crew fund raising drives allow individuals to use a portion of the funds raised to help finance their Scouting adventures.
- Popcorn sales with your crew or unit - contact your unit leader or crew advisor
- Camp Cards - inexpensive discount cards for local businesses
- Troop and crew car washes
- Troop and crew spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts
- Troop and crew product sales
Consider the many opportunities you can find close to home
Popcorn sales on your own - if your unit is not participating in the council popcorn sale you can become a single seller
- Shovel sidewalks in the winter
- Cut grass in the spring, summer, and fall
- Washing windows in the spring, summer and fall
- Neighborhood gardener for your working neighbors
- Helping elderly families with their weekly chores
Several merit badges have requirements that will help in your endeavor. Personal Management will help you in your planning process while Salesmanship and Entrepreneurship both provide frameworks for earning money.
Gift accounts exist for many high-adventure programs such as the Philmont Family & Friends Gift Account. Contributions can be made from a variety of sources for many occasions.
- Community organizations
- Your unit
- Rank advancement
For those in need of a little extra help, consider the many adventureships, camperships and scholarships available for individuals.
Many troops, venturing crews and Scouts utilize Scout accounts. Individual Scouts can save money over time in these accounts for Scouting activities such as high-adventure. Even if your unit does not offer a Scout account, you can set up an account on your own. Further, most Patriots' Path Council high-adventure programs include an account in your name at the office. Examples of accounts include:
- An account in your name within your unit
- An account set up at home with your family or in your name at your family's bank
- An account in your name administered within a Patriots’ Path Council sponsored high-adventure program
Consult your tax advisor for tax implications of any of these ideas
Page last updated: 07-12-2014 08:12 am