“A Scout is Brave…”
Why should a youth sell camp cards? He can help earn his way to camp, to raise money to help make his unit more successful, or to support other experiences in this great program. All of these are true, but how does this apply to the Scout Law. There are many ways, but consider this:
When a Scout participates in a product sale they approach people who in many cases they do not know. They ask them to support a program that many of those being approached may not be familiar with. This forces a Scout out of their comfort zones. It requires them to face the possibility of rejection. In short it forces them to be brave.
Bravery is a quality where someone faces something they are uncomfortable with, and by facing that they learn they can deal with that thing. One of the bravest things that a 1
grader can do is go up to someone they don’t know and ask them to be a part of what they are doing. The person may say no which helps to teach rejection, or they may say yes. This forces the youth to grow and helps to prepare them to be an adult.
So remember that yes while they are raising money, the most important thing is that we continue to help our youth grow mentally and emotionally as we prepare them for their future.