Last night at our troop meeting I had a Scout approach me and announce that “My Family is Poor”. And that was the reason that he did not participate in many activities.
Well, to begin, we do not charge extra for activities, all activities are paid through dues (which he is paid up for). But it struck me as odd that the announcement was made.
My response… Well son, I seem to have heard that a Scout is thrifty. So what are YOU doing about it?
Yes, I put the situation for paying for Scouting right in his lap… not Mom and Dad’s bank account.
Are you collecting cans, shoveling snow, mowing lawns, do odd jobs for neighbors? NO, NO, NO.
Did you sell popcorn, candy, and Christmas wreaths? NO, NO, NO.
Then what are you doing to be thrifty?
When I was a Scout, our Scoutmaster told us that part of being Thrifty was that a Scout paid his own way. I walked dogs, mowed lawns, and baby sat to pay my way through Scouting. I am sure that my parents wrote many checks also, but the point was, I worked to make a contribution.
While I truly believe that money will never be a reason for a boy not to participate in Scouting activities, all they have to do is want to be there, I do believe that the value of being Thrifty is one that can last their life times, setting them up for financial wellness in the future.
This Scout looked at me with surprise. I must have been the first one to ever insist that he work for what he gets.
There is no reason a boy has to do without Scouting, especially money. But paying your own way goes a long way in life, and a Scout is Thrifty. He sets a goal, makes a plan, works his plan, and reaps the benefits of the hard work he put into making it real.
Have a Great Scouting Day!