The 50 boys and girls that make up the Brookings Cub Scout Park 124 are showing up at local home doorsteps and at Brookings businesses asking for donations in their latest fundraising effort.
The Scouts are selling chocolate candy bars and meat sticks for $1 each.
Scout Master Mike Hamilton said many of the Scouts’ parents can’t pay the entire costs of membership, the uniform, the patches and other expenses that come with being a Scout.
“So my main goal is to raise money throughout the year to cut the costs,” Hamilton said. “I tell each parent that all I really want is for them to just pay for the $36 annual membership, and through the fundraisers we’ll cover the rest of the costs.”
Hamilton said Pack 124 also conduct sales of discount camp cards purchased from local businesses, car washes and other activities to help collect the funds needed to support the club.
Hamilton and his Scouting assistants, volunteer parents, help the children attend Camp Baker in Florence each summer, where the boys and girls can achieve many of their Scouting requirements.
“That costs about $100 per Scout,” he said. “And it costs about $850 for the awards for our Scouts at our annual Blue and Gold Award ceremony. The awards recognize the efforts of each Scout.”
According to Hamilton, the fundraisers are a way to help build each child’s confidence and to build positive community relations. It also gives each child exposure and experience in business.
‘We are family Scouting, so it’s not an individual Scout, it is more about bringing the family together and doing more together,” he said. "This is a family. There isn’t a whole lot for children to do in this community, so we make this a family event to get everyone involved.”
Hamilton said the family philosophy of Pack 124 also helps parents become involved in the Scouting activities as leaders.
For the Scouts, Hamilton goes by the Scouting motto.
“I just want them to do their best, day in and day out, and I want them to grow friendships and not to be isolated,” he said. “So our Pack becomes a huge family.”
For more information, or to donate, call Hamilton at 720-785-3749.