scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Needy Scouts
Rick Seymour (Rick@KUDU.NET
Sat Feb 05 2000 - 00:36:39 CST
> 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.
> Can any Scout-L member offer ideas how they handle
> Scouts who are financially challenged?
Why not ask your community?
One of our Troop's most successful fund-raisers is the collecting of
deposit bottles and cans. A week before the collection we distribute a
flyer like the one at the end of this post. We return the next week and
collect the containers.
I always ask for contributions of used camping gear and clothing on a "Wish
List". In the winter, warm clothing and water-proof boots move to the top
of the list but are included year-round. Donors who need a receipt for tax
purposes call for a pick-up, but most donors just leave the gear with the
Scouts who participate in fund raisers earn a "credit" of 1/2 of the
camping fee, and the additional money is divided among the participants and
credited as cash in their Scout Accounts to be used for camping gear.
We are a high-adventure Troop in which all physically fit Scouts
(regardless of age) are allowed to back-pack, tent in the snow, canoe on
moving water, rock climb, etc, provided that they have the right gear. For
this reason we discourage wasting their money on BSA Scout Pants, since
Nylon "Zip-Offs" are cheaper and more useful. This makes it possible to
use our Activity Uniform as a METHOD in the OUTDOORS, where it belongs (
We also have a Uniform Bank. A volunteer sews the standard patches in the
proper places and we charge the Scouts $20 for their first used shirt. $15
of this is a deposit which can be returned when they leave the Troop.
Trade-ups for larger sizes are free as they grow. Patrols in which all
members wear both their Scout Shirt and Troop Activity Pants for the entire
campout earn recognition and privileges.
Sometimes we organize Saturday Patrol Tours of the local thrift stores,
looking for the otherwise expensive gear that is required for our
particular style of camping. Water-Proof boots are usually around $6. Ugly
$4 used snow pants, or $3 out-of-style formal wool pants can be worn hidden
under their "Zip-Offs."
Almost all of the Scouts in our Troop ("Kewl" or "Popular" boys included)
wear used gear. Scout Shirts and Activity Pants that bear scuffs and
mended rips are a status symbol, and are worn with pride at Courts of
Hope that helps!
Yours in Scouting,
[Below is a Sample "Slinger"]
DEPOSIT BOTTLES & CANS
Help the Hard-Working
Boy Scouts of Troop 252
Earn their Way to Camp
9 AM Saturday, December 4
Leave Them On Your Doorstep & We Will Cart Them Away For You!
DID YOU KNOW?
ONLY 41 DAYS REMAIN TO MAKE A CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION IN TIME FOR THIS
YEAR'S TAX RETURN!
Why Not Donate that Dusty Old Gear to Needy Scouts and Take It Off Your
Troop 252 Wish List:
1) Sturdy Winter Boots
2) Heavy Wool or Acrylic Socks
3) Polar Fleece Sweatshirts
4) Snow Pants
5) Warm Ski Jackets
6) Sturdy Hiking Boots
7) Food Dehydrators
8) Back Packs
9) Sleeping Bags
10) Small Dome Tents
11) Camp Stoves & Lanterns
12) Misc. Camp Gear
13) Heavy Rain Pants & Coats
14) Olive-Drab Army or "Cargo" Pants
To arrange for a pick up and receipt of donated camping goods, call Troop
252 Fund-Raising Chairperson: Dianne Woch 555-5555.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 252 wish to thank you for your continued generosity
and support of Scouting in the boys' own neighborhood.
Watch for our Post-Holidays Bottle and Cans Pick-Up, January 15, 2000!