Re: t-shirt giveaway?
Colin M. McConnell (colinm@RUST.NET)
Sun, 20 Sep 1998 23:20:02 -0400
Mark Arend <arend@CENTURYINTER.NET>
>We are trying to encourage the wearing of Scout t-shirts on campouts, etc.
>The Troop would give a camp t-shirt to any
>Scout who is registered for summer camp by a certain date. Or we could
>them a discount on them--perhaps they pay $5 and the Troop pays the
Go for it! Why not give or discount a T-shirt for:
** 2 months perfect attendance?
** organizing a community service project?
** organizing a conservation project?
** etc, etc, etc.
If it will help Scout Spirit, Troop identity, pride or anything else I see
no reason not to find a number of different ways to present them with their
"gang colors". Why not have one troop meeting a month be "T-shirt meeting".
Personally, I would avoid giving T-shirts for advancement and use them to
develop other areas that may need a little "support".
As to the funding of this, should not be a problem. A one day car wash can
net anywhere from $180 to $575. We've found the key is to have a "free" car
wash, donations only. Use a local gas station, Mr.. Muffler, or other
business that wants to help out (the water is free that way). Ask local
business to assist in supplying other items such as window cleaner,
whitewall cleaner, paper towels, lunch, etc. Have a sign made that lists all
sponsors. Promote it! Get the local paper to put an article in, before or
after, that tells how the local business community supports Scouting. Sure
makes it easier for the second, third, and fourth car wash. Make up a flyer
and have it posted in local businesses or other applicable locations.
You could even have participation in 3 car washes and the Scouts & Scouters
would get a T-shirt and/or the owner & employees of the car wash location
wear Scout T-shirts that day.
Of course, your local chartering organization or meeting place in an option
for a car wash location. Ask the PLC what they think of the concept, they
may have a better idea. Remember, you need their full cooperation & support.
It would be nice to have the ideas come from them. Of course you are the
counselor and guide.
If the T-shirt concept is approved by the PLC, is it time to re-design your
current one? If yes, have the Scouts submit their ideas for a new design.
Colin M. McConnell firstname.lastname@example.org
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