scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Too busy to fundraise
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Wed Nov 03 1999 - 18:04:39 CST
The Scout who just got burned out would get our deepest sympathy and an
offer to help out. The parents who were "too busy" and want to buy out
their share get the following explanation:
"The purpose of the fundraising is not just to make money. It is also to
give the Scout experience in meeting the public as a representative of the
unit; to give the public some exposure to the unit; and, most importantly,
to give the Scout the understanding that he is part of a group, and that he
is obliged to put forth a personal effort to benefit the group as a whole,
as opposed to the usual case where his efforts are solely to benefit
himself. As it says in the Cub Scout Oath that you and your son promised
to subscribe to, 'the Cub Scout helps the Pack go'."
In the case of the Troop, substitute, "On my honor, I will do my best, to
do my duty" and "to help other people at all times". Also, "A Scout is
Loyal and Helpful".
It doesn't always work, mind you. But at least the parents understand the
unit's viewpoint. Parents are *definitely* not used to having the various
Oaths and Laws quoted to them.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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