Last week, our council advised the units that scout accounts are not valid for anything that personally benefits the scout.
The new BSA National Policy states:
Individual Youth Accounts http://www.scouting.org/filestore/finan ... _Guide.pdf
The use of individual youth accounts to credit amounts from fundraising to an individual toward their expenses is not permitted. The IRS has stated that crediting fundraising amounts constitutes private benefit. However, the unit could use the funds (all or a percentage) raised to reduce or eliminate dues and various registration fees, purchase uniforms and Scouting books, and purchase camping equipment. The unit could also use its funds to provide assistance to individual Scouts in cases of financial hardship.
“There may be older official BSA documents that exist on the internet that reference
the use of Individual Scout Accounts, this statement supersedes all other references.
We are making every effort to replace older documents as they are discovered.”