Gearing Up for Scouts
It’s that time of the year. School starts and so do the additional activities for the kiddos. Not just the kiddos, but also the parents who volunteer. I’m getting ready for a new year of Scouting. One thing I do not look forward to is Fundraising. I have never cared for it but have always understood it. There is a story that always makes me laugh I can’t recall it exactly but this is basically how it goes:
There were three men standing at the gates of heaven before Saint Peter.
Saint Peter asked the first man “What did you do with your time on earth to help mankind?”
The first man replies “I was a lawyer and I worked many pro-bono cases to help innocent men find justice.”
“You may pass” Saint Peter replied and turned to the second man. “What did you do to help your fellow man?”
The second man replies “I was a doctor and I worked in third world countries giving medicine to the disadvantaged”
“You may pass” Saint Peter said. Then turned to the third man who looked like he had been beaten down by life with dark circles under his eyes and asked “and you?”
The man slowly looked Saint Peter in the eyes and said “I was a fundraiser for a non-profit”
Saint Peter gasped and put a blanket over the man’s shoulders and walked him through the gates and said “Rest now my son you have been through hell now you may rest”
It’s not exactly how it goes but you get the idea. If you have never canvased a neighborhood and gone door to door asking for donations for a non-profit you can’t relate to the slammed doors or poor excuses why people can’t help. If you think it’s awkward to say no it is far more difficult to be the one asking.
The scouts don’t make it that hard, they do have some fundraising campaigns that hopefully will make it better than I have experienced in the past. Only time will tell. The first fundraising campaign is set to start the end of next month but there are some preparations that need to be set up such as contacting stores that we can fundraise in front of.
Other than fundraising I also have to get some lesson plans together for the scouts and plan some outings. I love getting the kids on field trips. It’s fun when we are in our meeting area but when the kids can actually get out and experience and visit places and talk to professionals in different fields that really a great take away for the group.
Well we will have our first meeting tomorrow so fingers crossed everything goes great and the kids and parents both have a great time. This should be a great kick-off to the year!