Saturday, September 03, 2005

Need an army? Call the Boy Scouts

“A Scout Is Helpful”
“On my Honor I promise….To help other people at all times”

I have no doubts that the Boy Scouts have been involved at the top level of organization in the Houston Area. Here's the official Boy Scout call to action that was sent out to all members. However, the scouts are mainly minors so their direct contact with the refugees will probably be limited, especially at first.

Here's a exerpt from the Boy Scout call to action:

1. Within the next two weeks, organize your scouts, in uniform if possible, to collect food from their neighborhood. Please keep in mind that Scouts should always have adult leadership in any door-to-door effort. Needed items are:

· Paper goods such as plates, cups, diapers and tissue
· Cleaning supplies such as bleach, Top Job, Mr. Clean
· Bottled Water (no glass containers)
· Single serving snacks such as Pop Tarts, cereal bars
· Peanut Butter
· Heat and eat foods such as chili, stew, canned pasta with sauce, and canned vegetables
· Any other single serving foods that do not require refrigeration
· MRE’s (meals ready to eat)
· Baby formula
· Personal hygiene products

The Scouts in the area run door-to-door food collection program in the Spring so putting one together, dividing up the city, and getting it done is something that the Scouts can do.

In our county, we'll be working with the Brazos Valley shelters. We've been formulating some long term ideas but nothing solid yet. Here's some of my ideas so far:
  • Sponsor children in the Packs for free- no fees and dues
  • Try to provide uniforms and books for the boys
  • Hold a build-a-thon and build bed frames for the refugees' new homes
  • Have each Pack assigned to clean the shelter on a certain night
  • Organize something for people to do, a special event or game, at the shelter

If you have any other ideas that you'd like me to put on the table, just leave it in the comment section and I'll be glad to pass it along when we meet for Roundtable.

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