“Ever since I can remember my son Gabriel who is a Cub Scout in Pack 679 in Mission Viejo has wanted to be a fighter fighter. His room is decorated in fire fighter memorabilia and painted in Fire Red.
As popcorn season approached we had lots of conversations about what we would learn while we were selling popcorn. Looking people in the eye, talking about all of the fun things that we do in Cub Scouts, learning to make change, handling a turn down gracefully by saying ‘thank you’ whether a person buys or not are all important life lessons that our Scouts learn.
I am so grateful for the people who take the time to talk to our Scouts during storefront popcorn sales and recount either their own or their child’s fond memories of the pinewood derby, camping or fishing with their den.
We were almost done with our sales when all of a sudden Gabriel’s real life hero’s a truck of firefighters showed up to do some grocery shopping. They took the time to recall their own time in Scouting when they were kids and gave Gabriel some pointers such as speaking loudly and clearly and having a presence when he joins the ranks of firefighters one day!!! They told him that he will start to learn the skills he needs today in Cub scouting! They bought a bag of White Cheddar Cheese for their firehouse to share.”
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Last year was my son’s, Murphy, first year selling as a Tiger Cub for Pack 700 and like most first-year scouts, he took on the daunting task of selling to strangers outside our local grocery store. He had a full day of experiencing success and failure before my wife arrived at the end of the shift to help us pack up and depart.
About then, a really kind-hearted woman arrived and was very complimentary about Murphy’s salesmanship. She was a mom and understood how much courage it takes for a trepidatious six-year old to approach strangers confidently and, in the scouting spirit, offer them popcorn. As my wife arrived, she snapped a picture of Murphy selling to this kind woman (with her permission).
This year, Murphy’s first shift selling at the same location (and as a Wolf Cub) was better. He was driven, engaged with every person approaching those doors, and exceptionally courteous. My wife arrived at the end to help us pack up and caught a quick picture of Murphy selling to his final customer of the day. We were tired, but appreciated how kind that final customer was and she graciously agreed to let us take a picture of our “sale in action.”
When I came home and looked at pictures, I realized it was the very same woman. She clearly supports the scouts and wanted to see that little guys like mine feel accomplished in this new experience.
As we begin fall and our Scouts head back to school, many individuals begin thinking about ways to help young people even more as they learn how to navigate through life’s challenges. As we all are very aware, Scouting is one of the best of life’s “navigational” programs around and prepares youth to have the grit and determination to overcome so many obstacles to success.
I continue to hear from Scouting families that the program has had such a dramatic impact on their lives that they want to give back in a meaningful way through Friends of Scouting, along with other ways, but don’t always know how.
One great opportunity is with your IRA and unlocking its power to make a gift to the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America to serve more Scouts. If you or someone you know is over 70 ½ years of age, you can make a direct transfer from an IRA to Orange County Council BSA up to $100,000. The transfer will count toward the Required Annual Minimum Distribution rule (RMD), and avoids income tax normally imposed on the annual withdrawal.
It’s really pretty simple to do. Contact your IRA investment advisor as soon as possible prior to year-end. He or she can complete the transfer for you. To qualify, the individual must be age 70 ½, and the donation must be a direct transfer from your IRA or SEP IRA to a qualified not-for-profit organization such as OCBSA. We can provide you with the necessary information such as the tax ID number that might be needed. Your gift couldn’t be more critically needed than now as we seek to raise support for ongoing programs, camperships and rebuild the IROEC after recent damage from fires. Your gift can create an important named legacy too!
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