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Ame S.
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Cut crime in our Neighborhood...Support a low-income Scout Troop!
by Ame S. on December 13th, 2009

Hello friends and neighbors! Thanks for all of your past support on my own personal mission to help two neighborhood boys stay out of trouble by getting them into Scouts. (I'm a reserach junkie, so stats on Groups and Crime below for your reading pleasure just so the title of this email is not misleading).

Now that they have joined Troop 489, and have my husband as a volunteer leader, we realize that it's not just these two boys that need help. This neighborhood troop serves many underprivileged boys in the neighborhood. I posted to the list last week looking for a hand-me-down uniform for my neighbor David, and in response neighbor Kim Mitchell helped take up my project. Her own son is a Boy Scout in a troop in central Austin, and she knows the value of Scouts and the importance of a uniform for group identity and confidence building. So she presented a proposal to the Boy Scout HQ in Austin, and they came through with a donation of 11 tshirt uniforms and books to outfit the entire troop with the basics. (Not one boy in the local troop could afford his own uniform or book, so with Kim's help, they now have it).

But Kim felt that just the basic shirt was a only starting point, and felt that these boys deserved to have the full uniform like all of the other troops in town; scarves, hats, belts, scarf clips, and troop patches. Apparently this stuff isn't cheap, and she paid out of pocket $331.94 so far. Kim felt she needed to prepay and purchase these uniforms now before sending out a plea for monetary support as the boys have their Christmas party this Tuesday night. She does not expect reimbursement, but felt if anybody out there in the neighborhood would like to pitch in to help outfit these boys she would certainly accept your help. Even a dollar here or there helps these boys. $4 buys a scarf slip. $11 buys a scarf. $12 buys a belt. $15 buys a hat. $1 buys a hot dog for the next campfire. (www.scoutstuff.org)

To make it easier for neighbors to contribute, we have set up a web page to make donations to Troop 489 via paypal - http://sites.google.com/site/boyscouttroop489/ one click and you're helping a boy on a positive life path; a boy in this neighborhood! Any donations received above the money Kim has already paid will go straight to the Troop. This troop has not had an outing or camping trip in many years due to lack of funds and parental support. Maybe this year that will change with your help!

Kim has wrapped up all of these uniforms for the boys to open at the Christmas party. This party is open to all friends and neighbors in the neighborhood, so if you would like to show your support to Troop 489, please join us at the party this Tuesday and see some smiles on boys faces when they open their new uniforms. Details about the party below. Thanks as always friends! AS.

Pack 489 & Troop 489 - Pinewood Derby & Christmas Party
Date & Time: Tuesday Dec 15 2009 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location:Sacred Heart Parish Activity Center
Who: All Cub & Boy Scouts, Parents, Families, Neighbors
Goals: To have FUN, Race Pinewood Cars, Fellowship, Awards Ceremony, Celebrate the Christmas Season
Refreshments: Pot Luck - Everyone is asked to bring finger foods or a dessert.

Why is Boy Scouts Important to our neighborhood?

Because…

· Absent a meaningful attachment to a group, some kids are drawn to gangs. Children, especially adolescents, crave excitement and group activity. If they can't find it in programs organized by responsible adults, they become far more likely to find it in gangs. Too many children today have too little access to structured activity with positive role models.

· Eighth graders unsupervised for 11 or more hours a week experience twice the risk of substance abuse as those who are under some form of adult supervision.

Afterschool programs keep our children safe and provide them with much needed, supervised, structured activity. Studies around the nation have proven time and again that children in afterschool programs:

· Are two times less likely to use drugs.

· Are one-third less likely to become teen parents.

· Have improved school attendance and do their homework more often and better.

· Show better achievement in math, reading, and other subjects.

· Learn to respect people who are different from themselves and develop better conflict resolution and social skills.

Sources for Statistics:

Afterschool Alliance, http://www.afterschool.org

Travis County Afterschool Network, http://www.tcafterschool.org


http://sites.google.com/site/boyscouttroop489/
 
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sloneycho
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Cut crime in our Neighborhood...Support a low-income Scout Troop!
by sloneycho on December 14th, 2009

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· Learn to respect people who are different from themselves and develop better conflict resolution and social skills.


With all due respect, the Boy Scouts exclusion of homosexuals in their organization sends the wrong message to maturing boys struggling with their sexuality. What good are all the other achievements if the child hates himself for what he is growing into? Or are the Boy Scouts able to filter out future gay children before this becomes an issue and direct them to Big Brothers Big Sisters?

Someone fetch me my sorting hat.
 
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smittyhoo
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Cut crime in our Neighborhood...Support a low-income Scout Troop!
by smittyhoo on December 14th, 2009

I was in Boy Scouts (and Cub Scouts) for about 10 years growing up. Not once did any of the adults in charge bring up sexuality. So please, don't completely write off an organization that gets a ton of things right for a couple things they do wrong at the national level that can easily be ignored by more progressive local leadership that can do the right thing. The national policies will change eventually.
 
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RosscoB
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Joined on December 1st, 2008
Cut crime in our Neighborhood...Support a low-income Scout Troop!
by RosscoB on December 14th, 2009

Thank you for taking an interest in the community. A Donation is comming your way!

[quote]Hello friends and neighbors! Thanks for all of your past support on my own personal mission to help two neighborhood boys stay out of trouble by getting them into Scouts. ---

http://sites.google.com/site/boyscouttroop489[/quote]

 
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Ame S.
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Joined on December 13th, 2009
Cut crime in our Neighborhood...Support a low-income Scout Troop!
by Ame S. on December 14th, 2009

Paypal issues:

Friends - for some people this paypal link works with no problem, but for others there was an issue with the login or something. If you'd still like to donate using Paypal, you can send it to my paypal address and it will go in to the troop donation pool - ashillington@usedisbetter.com. Another option is check/cash in the mail, and the mailing address of the head leader is on that website we crafted:

http://sites.google.com/site/boyscouttroop489/
 
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