Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 2 Mar 1996 16:18:51 -0800
> Flame suit on here.
> This is the second year I've helped out with our district's FOS
> campaign, and I don't see why so many people blast these
> fund-raising efforts. Scouting takes not a nickel of government
> money, but any institution as big and well-established as BSA
> money to keep things going. Why shouldn't the families be
As a Scouter and a former Scout, I am very proud to support
scouting not only with my time and effort, but with my wallet as well.
I owe the BSofA so musch that I could never hope to repay them fully. I
see my current efforts as mere tokens of my appreciation for all of the
benefits I have derived (and now my son the Tiger Cub) from scouting
over the years.
My dad died when I was very young. Without Scouts I would have had
few (if any) quality male role models to emulate. Although I did not
become a rocket scientist, I have done well for myself and am
considered a leader within my company. I learned so many intangible
lessons from scouting on how to be flexible and just plain solve
problems, not to mention real skills that come to be needed on a
However, I have heard the tales about some of the "presenters", and
I know from whence some of the animosity arises. The presentations have
been charecterized as being lengthy and boring. While we could all get
angry with the criticisms, perhaps we should LISTEN instead.
This past year our presentation was done by our Cub Master and it
was GREAT. His message was quite short and direct. The results were
double of what the "official" presenter did the year before... (almost
$1200!!!). He realised he was preaching to the choir and kept it BRIEF.
He did keep us posted through-out the evening of how much we had raised
and that only built the momentum.
Anyway, I was very impressed, and if you would like some more
insight as to how he did it, e-mail Kevin at email@example.com . I am
sure he will be glad to help out.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City