Scout Leadership Project
Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Sat, 23 Nov 1996 10:53:16 -0500
OK, I don't know a lot about boy scouts. I've admitted that before. So,
I'm not sure how in-depth a project needs to be to count. But, I do know a
thing or two about what is needed this time of year. Especially, since you
appear to be in 'snow country.'
I've got some suggestions.
He could help pick locations where drop boxes could be located for
food/toys/clothing. And, help plan a drive to get these things collected
for the holidays. This would include planning for regular pick-ups and
delivering of items to whatever charity will benefit from them. If you
wish, he could also make signs, someone would have to get the materials to
him. Maybe, he could distribute flyers at school, and even have a special
event to spotlight the drive? This planning could be done a lot at home,
with phone calls, etc.
He could help arrange for the boys to go to a local nursing home and sing
songs (Christmas Carols) to the residents. Actually, most residents would
be glad to have people come and sing any kind of song. Especially popular
would be songs that they knew when they were younger. Again, this involves
phone calls and calendar work. Perhaps a trip to the library to get some
song research done. If he has a good school library, maybe that would be
useful in finding the old music. If there is a computer at school with an
internet connection, perhaps the librarian could assist him. Maybe, the
boys could even bring cookies, if you check with the resident dietician
first. Or, make a small gift for the residents. It is a sad fact that many
people who go into nursing homes are forgotten during the holidays.
He could help organize a service where the troop shovels drives/walks for
elderly residents. This would be a great idea! I know I worry about my
elderly relatives who are up in snow country. Again, this is a lot of
planning by knowing the residents, and scheduling. You may end up with a
couple of old fogeys who "don't want no help!" So, you need to be extra
careful there and not hurt anyone's feelings.
He could help locate a family for the troop to "adopt" for Christmas. Where
the troop would try to raise food, toys, clothing, maybe even a tree with
some old decorations? I know I've got a box in the cellar that I don't use.
I'm not suggesting the troop use funds for this. But, that the boys do
their best to raise the items necessary. Maybe they could fix up some of
their old toys and clean them. Or they could try to get some donations from
local businesses for the family. Sometimes, you can get old 'evidence' from
Police Depts. I know my sister recently purchased at an auction a $300 bike
These are my suggestions. I hope that any of them are useful. And, I wish
the boy the best. He really wants to be a scout. And, getting through his
parents non-support is going to be tough. And, while I know he lives 15
miles from anyone isn't it possible that people could take turns picking him
up. I don't know how many scouts are in your troop. But, is it possible
for five or six to take turns trying to get him. His parents will continue
to bring him occasionally, so this wouldn't be too much to ask. I'd like to
think that if I were in your troop once every six-eight weeks would be
something I'd be willing to do.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City