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Cub Scouts Work Hard to be a Positive Force in Their Community.

Each time I pass the local Cub Scouts who are volunteering their time to raise money for their local Pack447, I have a difficult time just walking by.

Today while on my way to my weekly grocery shopping, I saw Cub Scout Pack447 in front of the local Lucky's market, selling their yummy popcorn treats. Although the last thing I need is a big bag of Caramel Corn, I just had to support these young gentlemen. 

I watched people walk by them (avoiding eye contact with the Scouts) and it amazed me how the scouts were unfazed by the rejection.

As a former Girl Scout leader for my daughter's Girls Scouts, it was not an easy task selling cookies to strangers passing by. We did it to raise money for the community camping trips and outings.

Today it's astonishing what these youngsters do to be a positive force in their community. This morning a group of these Cub Scouts were out on the bay participating in the Coastal Cleanup, picking up some of the most awful garbage. I can tell you from experience this is no "fun outing"

These Scouts also collect canned food for the local food bank that will go to needy families. 

One amazing event these Scouts participated in was the Memorial Day Graveside Decoration, at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. They brought flags to each graveside to help honor our fallen heroes. Did I mention they started at 8:00 AM?

Today these Scouts are not only taught to help others, they are encouraged to go out in the field and do something. We did this 25+ years ago when I was a Scout Leader, however not nearly to the extent that these kids do today.

I have barely scratched  the surface of the amazing volunteer efforts these young people engage in. 

They will be out one day every weekend, raising money, selling their yummy treats, for the next 6 weeks. If you see them, just remember this: They would help you too if you needed them.

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George C. Elefante September 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thanks for the supportive words and your patronage of Pack 447's fundraiser, Phyllis!
George C. Elefante September 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Also, we'll be having our fall recruiting meeting on Monday, September 17th. Please see details here: http://fostercity.patch.com/events/coub-scout-pack-447-meeting
Phyllis McArthur September 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
your welcome George! Those Scouts I met yesterday were awesome!
TGD September 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
"I watched people walk by them (avoiding eye contact with the Scouts) and it amazed me....." Could they have possibly been LGBT people?
Chris Kramer September 21, 2012 at 08:51 PM
A reasonable question, but I certainly hope not. Here's an email that the Foster City Cub Scouts leadership council sent out to all 90+ members of our Pack two months ago: "Hello, Pack 447, The council for Pack 447 wanted to take a moment to address a situation within Scouting that has recently come up in the news. While there is a national organization to the Boy Scouts of America, the program itself is run locally where politics do not always apply or make sense. We want to remind all of our families that Foster City Pack 447 supports the spirit and the ideals of Scouting and the council feels that this means that no single individual or group of people should be prevented from taking part in our shared experience. Our ambition is to bring our sons together to give them the guidance and skills to allow them to become the leaders of tomorrow by providing a fun and educational environment in which to grow. Foster City Pack 447 does not support or condone the exclusion of anyone from our activities based on faith, race or relationships. While the national organization may have its own views, intolerance of any kind will not find a home within the Foster City Cub Scouts."

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