scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Needy Scouts
Sun Feb 13 2000 - 13:23:24 CST
Folks, I hesitate to give these hints out. When we get past the obvious idea
of usiform banks and such, we get to the nitty gritty: Still can't afford
what they need.
I have seen, have done, and will occassionally continue to do something
others would hesitate at. Hit the local businesses for donations for gear,
with the promise that we will do our best to get as much for the money as we
can, or accept something needed (shoe store gets boots at wholesale and sells
at no profit to us or to the parents, for example).
I never would have done this, except in Exploring I found a Police Post that
wanted to form. The area where the police station was would be pretty classy
but the area they wanted to recruit from was poorer than dirt. They went to
the local merchants and told them point blank: "We will take these youth. We
will give them guidance. We will give the the ability to learn leadership.
They will not want to come into your store and shoplift and will eventually
be your friends. And we will see them every week, so if you see them do
something wrong, tell us and we'll take care of it."
Then they told the kids they were getting uniform shirts gratis, pants
gratis, shoes at 50%, the union was getting them off-duty shirts. But they
also told them the community paid for the stuff and if they did something
wrong, they would not be just kicked out, they would be forced to return all
the free stuff first. Ditto if they quit.
Councils hate me because they want that money, but tough. If the unit needs
it and the company is not known for regular donations to BSA, I say they are
prime for a donation of some sort if they will offer it.