Help Hungarian Scouts
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Thu, 9 Feb 1995 17:00:26 EST
NEEDED: Used Cub Scout/Boy Scout uniforms, camping equipment, etc. for a
group of scouts in HUNGARY.
Imre Tasi, a retired High School Principle who is 62 years old, presently has
42 boys in a Hungarian Scout group. The Group is extremely poor and does not
have money for uniforms or equipment.
Imre was a Cub Scout/Boy Scout from 1940 to 1948 when the Communists took
over Hungary and forced the scouts to disband. In 1994, when the Communists
failed, Imre began to gather boys to start up a Cub/Boy scout group. They
would appreciate any items for the scouts. THEY DO NOT WANT TOYS OR MONEY!,
but items associated with scouting only. The most important items they need
One of our den leaders works with his 60 yr old brother and this is our point
of contact. If we can get used scouting items, Pack 160 will arrange for the
shipping to Hungary and ask for pictures in return to share with everyone.
My Note: They are only asking for used uniforms and equipment...however, if
anyone would like to acquire anything NEW, I'm sure that would be very much
appreciated...BUT REMEMBER, DO NOT SEND MONEY!!!!! If you would like to help
but do not have used equipment...buy something new and donate that item.
For uniforms: Please remove any awards from the uniform but leave everything
else intact. We are meeting with the Hungarian Embassy soon to see if we can
acquire Hungarian flags to replace the U.S. flag. Also, we want to ensure
that they have proper unit numbers...so leave unit numbers on the uniform (if
they are still there). We will take them off and only send appropriate
numbers with the uniforms. But for each number that matches, that is one less
we will have to buy.
If your pack/troop would like to contribute anything, please contact me
directly BEFORE DOING ANYTHING, especially if you are considering buying
something...We don't know what the response will be from a nationwide list
like SCOUTS-L and don't want to be flooded with stuff in excess of what is
reasonably needed. Respond directly to email@example.com.
If you ultimately end up contributing to this cause, we would also like a
photo of your pack/troop to accompany the shipment.
These kids are extremely poor, struggling to even find enough to eat. The
program being developed by Imre gives these kids a rare chance to actually be
kids. Imre remembers what being in scouts was like 50 years ago and wants to
give these boys the same great experience in a difficult environment.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, VA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City