My thoughts on fundraisers: Overall, I'm not fond of them. They can become the focus, rather than a means to an end. I hate the "nothing for something" fundraisers. If I'm going to give you a tiny box of candy for $5, I'd rather just ask you for the $5. My time is valuable...maybe even more than my money. I'm not interested in having 30 people spend 4 hours at a carwash and raise $300. That's $2.50 per hour, per kid. Not good enough. However... I know that sometimes, for some, they are a "necessary evil." We are blessed to have in our community a "men's club" that has a Barbecue hut. It contains several large, gas-fired, commercial "stew pots." We use it to make camp stew. Lots of camp stew. Here's my plan: Any of our camp (kids and JH) or mission trip (SH) kids can participate, but participation is voluntary (but you must participate to reap the benefits). Each child must sell at least 10 quarts of stew to get credit (more is encouraged, but 10 gets you credit). We split our proceeds evenly...some folks, because of work connections or policies...or just "knowing more folks," are able to sell more. But 10 quarts puts forth the effort. Beyond that, we're "helping each other out." Each child (or in the younger cases, a parent) must work a 2-hour shift. We start at 6 am on Friday, and end at 11 am on Saturday...so there's plenty of work (not to mention chopping 280 pounds of white potatoes and (sniff) 125 pounds of onions!). We ask church folks that can to donate supplies (canned foods I specify, meat, etc.). I end up having to spend between $1-2K every year to get what is donated. After expenses, we split the proceeds. Still totalling this year...in which we sold nearly 1,200 quarts of stew at $7 each (and it is phenomenal stew). Last year, 80 kids made $90 each for camp...and for each child, it was about 3-4 hours of work (now THAT'S a good rate). For families that had three kids going to camp...one kid got paid for. And a side benefit: It's a great time of fun, fellowship, and our church enjoys seeing the kids work for their money, rather than just be given it. Just sharin' an idea.