More on Hungarian Scouts
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Tue, 14 Feb 1995 14:11:50 EST
Hi everyone in SCOUTS-Land. Just some follow up information on the drive to
get uniforms/equipment for Hungarian Scouts.
We have been getting some good responses for this effort (thanks to all of
you). There have been a couple of suggestions for contacts with the
Hungarian Scouting association and WOSM. We are going to do that, and
hopefully get some Hungarian uniforms to include with the rest of the
donations. This also goes along with questions from some good people in
Canada who asked about Canadian uniforms.
We have talked with the leader of the Hungarian troop. He indicated that
multi-national uniforms have a purpose we may not have considered.
Throughout the communist rule, there was a big effort by the government to
present the Western world in a very inhumane, cynical way. We are the bad
guys, only after monitary gains at any cost. Since the fall of Communism,
some of these views are diminishing, but they are still strong (some people
have heard nothing else their entire life).
By getting multi-national uniforms, he believes that we will be showing that
the WORLD does care....that not only the U.S, but Canada and others are not
the devils the people were taught. So we are pursuing Hungarian Uniforms,
U.S. unforms, Canadian uniforms....
Many people have offered cash donations. PLEASE NO!!!! It's ashame, but I do
not want to set a precident (sp?) for asking for money donations on SCOUTS-L.
There are just too many con men lurking the net waiting to take advantage of
good people trying to help. For the people who have told me their scouts
want to help in their own little way, might I suggest having the scouts pick
up some inexpensive item from the scout catalog and contact me for a mailing
address. A $2.00 item might just as well be $2,000 to the Hungarian Scouts.
I know this is not cost effective (it probably costs more to mail than the
item is worth) but if we can stay away from money requests, we can avoid the
nasties out there and help more people.
Thanks again to all who have (and will!) offered to help in this effort.
Also, please be patient with us. Silly things like work and logistics tend
to delay our response to you good people. WE WILL RESPOND, DO WORRY, but it
may take a day or too.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, Va.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City