Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Scouting For Food
Re: Scouting For Food
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 13:20:12 EST
I am the SSF+ coordinator for our district, which is physically one of the
largest districts in our counsel. You will notice the plus sign. Our council
has done an experiment for the last three years in coordinating with Goodwill
Industries and an Native American organization called Walking Shield to pick
up clothing AND food. Hence the name Scouting for Food PLUS. We have had
great success so far.
The first year we picked up clothing was a SHOCK. No one had any idea the
amount of clothing we would have donated.
I think, however, this year it finally occurred to our council to be more
careful about scheduling our dates. It seems the other smaller charities buzz
around us like vultures because our food drive is the LARGEST in Orange
County. Additionally, the charities that want clothing swarm around now, too.
(I'm only saying this because both our food and clothing drives are so big and
not because the other charities are anything other than well-intentioned.)
IMHO changing our dates from year to year and keeping it pretty much under our
hats until we are ready to actually distribute bags will be most helpful.
Also, our food pick up was 50% higher this year because after three years of
being coordinator for our district I finally got through to Scouters the
following two things: (a) do not go out early in the morining!!!! people are
sleeping and haven't put food out yet; and (b) have at least one car drive
through the neighborhoods at around 2:00 p.m.to pick up stragglers.
Additionally, our troop which is over 65 years old, and like a lot elderly
beings, is very set in its ways, was forced to cover a different area this
year. Our troop has grown and the area covered was one that was larger and
had never canvassed before.
I think all these factors contributed to our success. But I also heard a
great deal of complaints that other charities had beaten us to the punch on
November 7 and 14th.
But I feel that by having our food/clothing drive earlier than other charities
AND by varying our dates from one year to the next to confuse those other
entities we could do a lot better.
Katherine Coates, ASM Troop 28
SSF+ District Coordinator, Santiago District