scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Needy Scouts
The Gillams (howlers@INTELIPORT.COM
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 08:02:01 CST
Scouting can be a very costly venture for some families. Let's face it,
many families struggle with day to day survival of just paying their
Recently we had a boy join that says he only has one pair of shoes. Our
Troop is preparing for a Klondike Derby that is held on a farm that is
about one and half hours away. Last year is was muddy and wet so I'm
sure we can expect much of the same. It was requested that, if possible,
Scouts wear a water proof type of shoe/boot. This boy says in front of
everyone that he only has one pair of shoes. If this is the case he may
ruin his only pair.
The boy is new Troop member and apparently his parents are separated as
the Dad lives many miles away in another state. The Mom has evidently
moved back in with her father.
Realizing many people are proud and don't let on they need help can make
this a sensitive situation to be in. I have asked Troop parents if they
had an old unused pair of this type of shoe/boot.
Can any Scout-L member offer ideas how they handle Scouts who are
financially challenged. Most of the boys in our unit are from middle
class income families but I don't want to have to always beg from them
for help. Or should this not become as issue. The Scout Oath says help
other people at all times.
What do we do?
Troop 164, ASM
Tidewater Council, NC