Send a letter of thanks
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Sun, 16 Nov 1997 16:55:02 -0500
I wanted to share with the list a great idea and suggestion which I first
heard about 15 years ago.
The national president of the BSA at that time, whom I believe was Arch
Monson, noted that many of us had been Scouts as youth. He asked each leader
to write a letter to the current head of the organization which had sponsored
the unit we belonged to as a youth. He asked that we thank them for
sponsoring the unit, tell them how much Scouting had meant to us as a youth,
and tell a little about the kind of adult Scouting had helped us to become.
Arch noted that there is always question on the part of a sponsor about
whether their effort and expense is worth it and thanks of this sort are very
I wrote a letter to the Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson
Maryland, who had sponsored Troop 750. He wrote back and was very
appreciative of my letter. He brought me up to speed on what the troop was
doing. (I has moved away from Towson at age 15.)
May I suggest that each listmember consider writing such a letter and maybe
more than one letter if you belonged to more than one unit, such as a Pack
and a Troop. This is Thanksgiving time, so it is particularly appropriate.
I would suggest doing it reasonably soon so it is not lost in the Christmas
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