One of the Scouts we took to Africa in 2001 sent me a brochure on a Venturing trip to WV for white water rafting. Sounds like a neat trip, but . . .
The cost for a Saturday - Tuesday trip is $125. That includes 2 (only TWO)days on the river, plus camping fees. High priced, no? But wait, there's more.
Each Venturer or Crew is ALSO responsible for their own transportation to West Virginia. AND camping gear. AND meals (except for two lunches on the river); if you don't want to cook, the camp will sell you meals, the menus of which are mediocre and the prices restaurant-high. Oh, yeah, and wet suits, tips for guides, event t-shirt, and video are "extra," too.
I make the REAL cost of this event for Venturers from Indiana at least $200 for four days. That's not stratospheric, but it bugs me.
When I put a trip together, I endeavor to accomplish two things. 1) There will be a champagne program on a beer budget (every dollar goes up on the screen). 2) The price quoted includes EVERYTHING except coke and souvenir money. That way, kids who are counting pennies can go and have as good a time as the kids with deep-pocket daddies and mommies.
I see the same thing afflicting church groups and the programs they plan. Is anybody else bugged by this?
I was editing our Crew's Roll of Adventurers the other day. That's the comprehensive list of everybody who's ever gone with Venture Crew 699 (and its immediate predecessor, Explorer Post 697) on one of our summer treks. It's quite a list. To reacquaint you with where we've been (and where we're going), here's the chronological list of our annual superactivities.
1997 -- Philmont Scout Ranch 1998 -- Philmont Scout Ranch 1999 -- Isle Royale National Park 2000 -- Philmont Scout Ranch 2001 -- "Trip of the Millennium" to Tanzania (UM Scout Mission Trip with our Crew as the organizational base) 2002 -- Isle Royale National Park + Niagara Falls 2003 -- Yellowstone National Park + everything in-between 2004 -- Adirondacks + NYC & Gettysburg 2005 -- "Three Peaks Adventure" to United Kingdom (getting ready now) 2006 -- "Colours of the Church Mission Trip" to Africa University, Zimbabwe (in planning stages now)