Re: Wal-Mart Commercial
Evette Ogden (eogden@KERN.COM)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 13:42:39 +0100
>I'm not surprised at all by the lack of cooperation from the local
Actually, our local Wal-Mart here in Bakersfield was VERY generous to us
for our Cub Scout Day Camp. They donated 25 VERY NICE fishing rod&reels
and some assorted tackle. It was a pain in the neck to use the "PO"
method that our council prefers, but in the end it was worth it. Maybe
next year I'll ask for a different method of doing things.
The store wouldn't hold the items for us, so we had to gather them up,
then have them ringup the total, then go back to the Scout Office and get
the purchase order for the exact amount. When we returned, we had to
re-gather the items (and some of them were no longer there! rats) and
re-total them. Arrgh, what an experience.
Like I said, it was a pain in the behind, and a real waste of time, but
we figured since they were kind enough to donate so many fishing poles
for us, that they deserved the rest of our business too.
As Day Camp Director for our district, I have found that SO many people
are supportive of scouting. It is not hard at all to get donations and
discounts if you just take the time to ask. Most people recognize that
BSA is a good organization and a worthy cause. I have never had any
problems with getting donations, especially when it's a reasonable
request for something that is directly for the boys.
Just my $.02,
Southern Sierra Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City