When to call a reporter
In the article "Telling Scouting's Positive Story" in the November-December 2001 issue, Bill Sloan gives some very good tips. However, he suggests calling reporters about 10 a.m.; that may not be a good time for some reporters, depending on the paper's deadline. Instead, you should find out your local newspaper's schedule by asking a reporter, "What's a good time to call?"
A special place for special pictures
Your October cover story and article about keeping a scrapbook to store your memories was excellent!
As a young Scout, I started a scrapbook the weekend that I ran for Unami Lodge chief in the fall of 1985. I filled it with pictures, programs, and keepsakes from troop, district, lodge, and national events. It ended with pictures of me at the end of my tenure as a youth leader, being presented with the Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award at the national OA conference in 1990.
Though only 11 years have passed since the pages in that first book were filled (I now have two complete books), I look upon those pictures often for great memories and inspiration. And I do it filled with pride and thanks, for I credit my experiences in Scouting for making me into the person that I am today.
I can only imagine how special these pictures will be later in life. Time can pass on, but the memories on the pages in my scrapbook will tell stories forever.
No butts about this project
Every year the Cub Scouts of Pack 55 of Northville/Edinburg, N.Y., clean up the shoreline of a small lake the pack has adopted. We noticed a large amount of discarded cigarette butts, and we put together a fact sheet showing the harm to wildlife, contamination of water sources, and fire hazard caused by discarded cigarettes. We discussed this issue with the Cub Scouts, and they become motivated to focus on the problem, with the following results:
Adopting a section of land near water for regular cleanup is a particularly good project for Cub Scouts, because they are often too young to participate in local adopt-a-highway programs.
Chester O. Enders
March-April 2002 Table of Contents
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