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Every day I try to find something for which I am grateful. Some days it is easy to do and other days it can be a real challenge.
Recently, I had a day when I not only could be grateful for many things (including wonderful sunshine after days of clouds and rain!), I also was blessed to have the opportunity to pass along much needed supplies to the Tiger Den Leader of a local Cub Scout Pack.
All of my boys have been active in Scouting. We currently have 2 in Boy Scouts and 1 in Cub Scouts. They have really enjoyed building friendships and learning new skills in that program.
However, it can come with a price tag that causes some to shy away from joining.
The basic dues of $15 is typically not the stumbling block. Instead, it is the cost of attending den meetings where supplies need to be bought that can trip some families up. D’s den leader tried to split up the supplies needed list each week among the boys. She’d end up frustrated when some boys showed up without their assigned items which then impacted the ability to do the planned activities.
The year a boy is a Tiger seems to have a high reliance on crafting activities during den meetings which means the need for a lot of supplies. I’d hate to think a family had to drop out of Cub Scouts because the supplies needed meant den dues of up to $5 per month.
Last week, I shared about Giving Back During the Back to School Season which included a shopping trip to the local Wal-Mart with D as my helper. Doing something to help another leaves me with a wonderful feeling and I want the boys to all experience that as they grow so that it becomes second nature as adults. So, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to do a Simple Service Project and Bag it Forward.
We took a list of desired items supplied by the Tiger Den Leader and were happy to find everything on it. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was how many of each item to buy.
D was a great helper, especially when it came to loading the bags into the van.
For the donation day, I had both D and J with me. J was my helper with the bags and D was my helper with the camera so I could actually be in a photo, too.
My friend’s son, who is going to be in the Tiger den this year, was there to join us in passing along the bags of items. He and J enjoyed taking a peek at what was inside each bag.
I found out that they already have 14 boys signed up to be in the Tiger den and school is just now starting. Fall recruitment hasn’t even happened yet, which has me wondering how much larger the den might grow. Regardless of what happens, they are now set with supplies to get them started on their fun adventures as Cub Scouts.
You, too, can jump on board the giving train with the Bag It Forward project. Check out Champions for Kids on both Facebook and Twitter. You can connect with Elmer’s on both Facebook and Twitter, too. Finally, you can view the entire shopping experience that D and I had in my Google + album.
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