Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Scouting for Food
Re: Scouting for Food
John and Bernadette Curry
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 22:42:27 -0500
I am glad that SFF went well for so many units. For our Pack, Scouting for
Food was frustrating this year.
Our Pack Committee had decided to expand participation in SFF this year (we
charted in 1997). Originally we were to meet one Saturday, distribute and
collect bags on the same day and either begin or end the day with a short
"Pack Meeting". As the Leader (and SFF coordinator) who suggested the method
explained it, the boys would proceed door to door, with adult supervision,
talk to the occupant and leave a bag for pickup the same day (about 20-30
minutes after the initial contact). Something similar to Halloween
trick-or-treating only with a follow-up. As Tiger Coach this particular
Leader used this method for the Helping Others Big Idea, and the results
were just short of fantastic for the time involved.
When it came down to the wire, the Committee rejected the idea for
door-to-door solicitation. So I became the new SFF Coordinator and began
working on Plan B at the 11th hour. And Plan C at the 11:30th hour.
No grocery store gave permission for us to collect outside as most had their
own corporate program, civic, church or youth group collections going on.
Even Safeway. So, I wasn't able to come up with a coordinated plan in time
for the Pack to participate in Council's SFF drive. Mea Culpa.
*The Pack came through in the pinch and there is a happy ending.* Saint
Bernadette Church's Troop 995 asked if our Cubs might be interested in
assisting them in distribution and collection of food as they had scheduled
an extensive camping activity for the weekend of November 14th! Our 2
Webelos dens, and the 2 Tiger Dens assisted the Troop. The Wolves and Bears
were divided, some assisted and some arranged to have den families donate
items for delivery to the local drop off point. One den used the "Halloween
approach" to collect food. *I'm proud to say that the Leaders, families and
Cub Scouts of Pack 995 of Springfield Virginia, Old Dominion District,
National Capital Area Council triumphed over adversity* (and my poor
planning). *We might not have had the most coordinated collection efforts,
but we came through. And in our small way, we helped. I am proud of the
Cubs, Leaders and families of our Pack.*
I'm still trying to get the figures for what we were able to collect, but
you can bet that we'll do better next time.
Bernadette Moran Curry
Committee Chairman, Pack 995
Acting Tiger Coach, Pack 995
Old Dominion District
National Capital Area Council
Chartered by Knights of Columbus Council #6153