Camp Card Weekly Update:Attached below is the weekly update from Camp Card coordinator Cindy Zeyak. If you need more cards or to turn in money from the ones you have already sold, Cindy's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entering the third week of the Sale
Two weeks of the sale have passed. We still have another six to go. If you need additional cards please contact your Camp Card Champion, District Executive or the office to get more. If you have found out that you have too many cards, they can be returned now and other units that may need them can have the opportunity to sell them. Keep in touch with your boys and their families to see how they are doing. This is also a good way of keeping your deadlines in front of them and to help avoid surprises, the family who took 20 cards, (value $100), that are not able to account for them, or forgot to tell you they were going on vacation when you have your collection scheduled.
“A Scout is Thrifty…”
Another point of the Scout Law that a youth lives and learns while selling camp cards is That a Scout is Thrifty. 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. As we all know life is not a free event and Scouting is no different.
There is a cost to this great program. Uniforming, books and every camp out, whether a weekend or a High adventure trek has a cost associated to it. While parents can and do pay for many of these outings the Scout can learn the value of money and the hard work it takes to earn it if they participate in the process. It will also help them to appreciate what it takes to succeed. By having them set themselves a goal it gives them a target and something to shoot for.
This can also be an education for the parents who may not realize that awards, and unit equipment all need to be purchased. Everyone’s disposable income is stretched these days, but by participating in unit fundraisers a Scout and his family can have that cost lowered.
So remember that yes while they are raising money, the most important thing is that we continue to help a youth grow mentally and emotionally as we prepare them for their future.
Here are some other sales tips to think about.
1) Appearance. Wear the uniform. When selling camp cards your boys are representing the Boy Scouts of America, your council and your unit. Make sure the uniform is clean and properly worn. Shirt tucked in etc. Have your hair combed. In general be neat and tidy, a Scout is “Clean.”
2) Be polite. Not only is a Scout “Courteous,” but there are many examples of how a Scout’s behavior affected a sale. Not everyone approached will purchase a card. Make sure the boys know to thank them anyhow. There are many times Scout will make a sale after the initial ask was declined, to the person declining or to a witness to the ask, because of how the rejection was handled by a courteous and polite Scout.