July 01, 2004

utah, boy scouts trade invoices


after being told tuesday that the organization would have to come up with nearly $14 million to pay for a forest fire allegedly started by some of its members, the boy scouts turned the tables on the state of utah and presented authorities with a bill for $595 million. the bill provides a monetary estimate for tens of millions of previously uncharged hours of volunteer work performed by the boy scouts. nationwide, over 40 million hours of service were performed by the group last year alone, with an estimated half of that total coming from scouts in the state of utah. also noted are the BSA's civic education programs and the effect they have had on lowering crime rates. and with this being the first invoice ever presented to a government agency in the nearly one-hundred year history of scouting, it is understandable that the total could reach the hundreds of millions. said one utah scouting representative eddie lavell cross,

you know, that $595 million is a low estimate. we just counted the big stuff, like building trails and collecting canned goods for needy families. but if we had added "helping old ladies cross the street" to the bill, the total would've reached well into the billions.

no word yet on how the state of utah plans to reimburse the boy scouts for their labor or civic education programs.

and while the cause of the june 2002 fire for which the boy scouts are blamed is unknown, the documented destruction of more utah forests last summer by hippies [see here] remains unprosecuted.

Posted by travis at July 1, 2004 08:08 AM | TrackBack

That is pretty funny. Good on the Boy Scouts.

Posted by: Miguel Lopez at July 2, 2004 07:50 AM

Maybe the Boy Scouts will have to start selling cookies now :)

Posted by: david at July 6, 2004 11:17 AM