Darla Keller (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 29 Nov 1994 20:15:00 CST
I had an EAgle Scout in my troop that did a blood drive several years
ago. It was an excellent project.
He arranged for a person from the blood bank come to a troop meeting
and make a presentation to our Scouts about the benifits of giving
blood. This involved a film and discussion concerning the products
made from donated blood and the very important uses of donated blood
in hospitals and emergencies. Also the safety of donating blood in
todays environment of contagious diseases.
The boys learned a great deal. This presentation was also repeated
for an adult forum of the church that sponsored our troop. It was
very educational for our scouts and many church members.
The Eagle candidate organized committees of boys to work on different
aspects of the project. Some went door to door soliciting donors,
another called church members. Another committee worked at the blood
drive serving cookies and juice and acting as greeters.
Although the blood drive was a one day event, the EAgle project was
not, it involved weeks of work. The Eagle Project should benefit the
school, church, or community. It must involve planning and leadershi
The blood drive was a huge success. It was the first time I had ever
donated blood, I do now on a regular basis. Many parents and church
members donated for the first time.
The church was so impressed with the project, they now are sold on th
idea and sponsor an annual blood drive each January. This upcoming
January will be their 7th annual blood drive. That Eagle really
started something. I'm sure lives have been saved because of donated
blood from these drives. It is an excellent project if done correctl
YIS Cliff Golden, Three Fires Council BSA, Illinois
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City