sammythesm wrote: If you have boys collecting cash from members, handing it over to a member of the scout committee who then hands it over to a member of the bishopric, you have introduced two new layers of potential cash fraud - likely without any receipts or traceability. Even though we'd all like to think everyone is honest, it's not always the case. In my opinion, it's always better to have members submit AMFA funds directly to the Bishopric via the usual donation method.
I think we can all agree that it would "always be better to have members submit AMFA funds directly to the Bishopric." I believe the OP wasn't asking about the "best way", but what the specific rule or instruction was.
Take this scenario in a cub scout popcorn fundraiser:
Cub scout goes to his neighbors and sells popcorn. Neighbor (non-member) gives cash to cub, who takes it home and gives it to parent, who takes it to pack meeting and gives it to cub master, who after the majority of the money has been turned in, hands it over to Bishpric member.
What is the likelyhood of the bishopric accompanying every cub during his sales effort in case someone buys some popcorn, so he can receive the money directly?
As far as the Bishop being ultimately responsible for the ward bank account, that's true, but He's also responsible for the welfare of the entire ward, yet we don't expect him to hometeach every family and teach every Sunday School, Priesthood, Relief Society, etc. lesson. That's why he trusts those who are called to serve in positions in the ward. Sure there's a chance someone could be dishonest somewhere in the chain, but that goes for any position in the ward, including Bishops.