Presentation B – “Favorite Merit Badges” (For use with Boy Scouts & Parents)

Presentation B – “Favorite Merit Badges”

The Unit Friends of Scouting Coordinator, or another adult leader in the unit, should make a brief introduction and then turn the podium or microphone over to the presenter.

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, My name is _____________. I am a volunteer with the local Boy Scout program, just like the leaders are here in your Pack/Troop/Crew. I am here this evening to talk briefly to the parents here about Friends of Scouting, your opportunity to invest in the future of scouting in our community.

Before we get started I have a quick question for a few of the Scouts in the room: What was your favorite merit badge to work on and why? (Take 3 or 4 answers from the group_.

The Scouts here listed merit badges such as: ____________. Earning those badges was fun, but they also taught important skills. Scouts are taught to obey their parents, their teachers and the rules. Scouting teaches that their family is important and that they are important to their family. Scouting is not just something they do, it’s something they are.

Scouting makes for stronger families, better communities, and more successful lives. Scouting teaches LIFE SKILLS. And while Life Skills isn’t one of the 127 merit badges currently offered by the Boy Scouts of America, but Life Skills are what young people take away from earning any Scout badge!

But don’t just take my word for it. Let me show you what Time Magazine discovered in a survey they did. The folks at Time magazine talked with thousands of Scouts and this is what they discovered:

For every 100 boys who join scouting:

  • 1 will save a person’s life with the information he learned through scouting
  • 1 will save his own life with the information he learned through scouting
  • 2 will become medical professionals
  • 10 will have their first exposure to organized religion
  • 2 will become active leaders in their church or synagogue
  • 10 will discover a career or lifetime hobby from the merit badge program
  • 2 will join law enforcement
  • 1 will become a fire fighter
  • 4 will earn the Eagle Scout rank
  • 16 will return to scouting as adult volunteers

As you can see from these statistics badges are more than just an important part of the uniform and insignia – each badge exists to encourage Scouts to explore areas that interest them and to teach them valuable skills. Many times, these experiences lead to careers and lifelong hobbies.

This afternoon we are going to ask you to consider making a gift to help support Scouting locally. In the Westmoreland Fayette Council we spend about $125 per scout, above and beyond registration fees, camp fees and event registration fees, to just to maintain the current program. We want to do more for your children. We want to offer the best Scouting experience possible, offering them the chance to earn as many Badges as possible.

The Westmoreland Fayette Council helps to provide training, professional program support, operates three camps: Tenacharison, Camp Conestoga and Camp Buck Run, provides camporees, activities, operates a store where you can purchase supplies and much more.

Once a year we ask that you make a pledge of financial support for the Westmoreland Fayette Council so that we can continue to deliver and improve the quality activities, opportunities and personal growth that is today’s scouting. Please pick up the brochure that is in front of you. Just follow the directions by printing your name and address, enter the amount you would like to pledge for 2012 and sign the card. You can also chose when you would like to receive your pledge invoice, so there is no need to pay tonight. You can honor your pledge in the form of a check cash or credit card. It is just that easy.

I realize that every family has their own unique financial resources and responsibilities. You do not have to participate in order for you child to enjoy all the benefits of scouting. But every dollar allows us to do more for every scout today and for scouts to come in the future. Please take a few minutes to complete those forms now.

As a way to say thank you for supporting the Council everyone who pledges $125 or more will get this handsome badge to wear on their uniform (hold up patch). Additionally, your unit will benefit from your pledge (pull out unit poster). If your unit raises _________ amount in pledges this evening, or has ________ number of families participant the Council will provide Free Rank Advancement to your unit for the next twelve months! (If key volunteers from the unit made a donation at a kick-off or prior to the start of the meeting, color in the graphs. Hold up the graph and show them how close they are)

(Give them a minute to complete pledge cards)

Scouting is a proud program with over 100 years of success stories. Since we have been talking about badges this afternoon I thought it would be good to mention that periodically we change the design, name, and availability of badges depending on their popularity, shifts in the focus of the program, and changes in society. Therefore, even in this every changing world, Scouting continues to maintain its relevance!

At this time I would like you to pass the envelope that is laying at the end of each table around, feel free to place your pledge cards, any checks and even cash donations into that envelope – we will collect those and

I will be here throughout the meeting and I will announce your unit’s total pledge before the end of the evening. Please complete your cards now and hold them up as we come around and collect them. Thank you for listening to my story and thank you for being such wonderful Friends of Scouting.

(Make a recap later in the evening, showing the unit poster colored in and let them know how close to / how far over their goal they are! If they are close this could generate a little more from the crowd.